Andrea Carr has worked across a broad spectrum of the performing arts, bringing vitality to global ecological and social themes. Her work has been included in the UK representation of the World Stage Design Exhibition Taipei, in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology Future Now, and in the ‘Designers Lead’ section of the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) 2019 – 2020 exhibition at the V&A. Her eco-design remit is to re-purpose objects, use surplus materials and commit to a closed-loop design process, in which all components are considered in a cyclical manner, with their afterlife as important as their current use. Embracing chance along the way, her work often distills into designs that move between art installations and immersive environments. Andrea is also studying Process Orientated Psychology. She works from her Peckham Studio, her ‘dream palace’, where she goes to ground her ideas, make models and mock ups, and as a space for collaboration. She co-founded an online site EcoStage Pledge with eco-scenographers Tanya Beer and Alice Hault as an initial way to bring people together and talk about ecological practices within the industry.
Current self-directed projects include: Duende collaboration with Jennifer Leach (Outrider Anthems), multi-media, multi-track storytelling, mythology and Lorca interweave to explore our relationship to the earth; Rubbing Out, pilot project launched on Lost Species Day hosted by Gallery 73 with ONCA Brighton, community engaged interactive art project exploring diversity loss, now in development with filmmaker Gemma Riggs.
Latest Credits include: Staging Places UK Design for Performance at V&A, exhibiting Stuck produced by HOAX 2019 – 20; Stuck selected for inclusion in The Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology Future Now and digital exhibition 2017; HOAX Eco-scenography in Action (lead artist), ONCA’s Future Fictions Symposium 2018; Extant, UK’s leading visually impaired theatre company, extensive tour of Ionesco’s The Chairs, design exhibited World Stage Design UK section, Taipei ’17; Compagnie Tabasco, Paris, Les Mille et Nuits, includes puppets, tours international festivals 2019-20; Deaf & Hearing Ensemble Nodus Tollens, commissioned by Greenwich & Docklands Festival, premiered Liberty Festival, Olympic Park; Double Trouble multi-media Adventures in Black and White, Streatham Project Space in association with BAC, No Direction Home Camden Peoples Theatre; Mayes Creative Deep Space site-specific sci-arts project, STERTS, Cornwall imagery incorporated into textile design for the costumes; WOW Festival, South Bank and Red Gallery, London exhibited After Little Stitches artwork, Artists Against FGM, Forward UK. Co-founded Terabac, works created explored insect ecology through design and performance, toured Brighton Fringe Festival, Grounds of Croydon Ecology Centre, Theatre Delicatessen (interventions) Rain or Shine Festival, Burgess Park ’18;
Past Projects include: Poetry International McGough’s Menagerie by poet Roger McGough, South Bank Centre, Purcell Room; At Home with Ted Bunny by performance artist Trevor Stuart toured Young Vic, Serpentine Gallery, ICA; Ra Ra Zoo circus Gravity Swing, Riverside Studios, London, The Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon; Bath and Wessex Opera Turn of the Screw by Britten, Bath Theatre Royal, Bath; Hull Truck Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, Shaw Theatre, London and USA; Friches Theatre Urbain, Paris, Ubu Ru toured major street theatre festivals, Lille, Aulillac, Challon sur Son and throughout Europe; Sisters Bon Bon Eight Inches Between Us (dance), ICA London, CCA Glasgow.
Participatory projects as designer / lead artist include: ENO, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Philamonia Orchestra, Glyndebourne, Somerset House, HMDT (Hackney Music Development Trust), Handel House Museum, Cummings Museum.