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Grace Smart

Grace Smart

Biography

Grace Smart is an award-winning theatre designer

Recent Articles

Returning to work is a tonic, but the new normal is dampening the spark

Returning to work is a tonic, but the new normal is dampening the spark

Be more chipper? While going back to work has been a revitalising experience, it’s been hard to retain a ’before Covid-era’ spark, says designer Grace Smart
In design, there’s a fine line between compromising and bastardising

In design, there’s a fine line between compromising and bastardising

Design work isn’t dispensable depending on budget demands, says designer Grace Smart
Model boxes are not an optional add-on you can drop to make cost savings

Model boxes are not an optional add-on you can drop to make cost savings

Theatre design is like Married at First Sight, says Grace Smart. You don’t want to show up at a venue, look down that central aisle and realise there’s been a huge mistake
Creative or technical? It shouldn't be a choice between the two

Creative or technical? It shouldn't be a choice between the two

The fusion of art and craft is theatre’s great strength, says Grace Smart, so why do we think there’s some kind of contradiction between being creative and technical?
It’s high time we flipped the board on those with a monopoly on the industry

It’s high time we flipped the board on those with a monopoly on the industry

With stepping-stone spaces such as Trafalgar Studios 2 closing, it will become harder for young talent to break through, says designer Grace Smart. And turning to found spaces won’t solve the underdog issue
We’ve gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, but theatre will shift back

We’ve gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, but theatre will shift back

The aesthetic concept of the sublime loomed large in 2020, says set designer Grace Smart, as everything felt huge and frightening, but at some point we’ll return to the delectable version of the sublime that exists in theatre
Creatives have proven their mettle this year – who we are isn’t being erased

Creatives have proven their mettle this year – who we are isn’t being erased

Who we are, what we worked so hard to be and the art we create isn’t being erased – it’s being solidified and bolstered. Creatives have proven their mettle this year, says Grace Smart
Theatre won’t be fixed by cutting costs around the people who make it

Theatre won’t be fixed by cutting costs around the people who make it

As designers return to their model boxes and theatre makes moves to return, Grace Smart says the only way to fix its peeling paint is to put people first
Theatre's return is an opportunity to show what designers really do

Theatre's return is an opportunity to show what designers really do

Designer Grace Smart says now is the time to be hiring, appreciating, crediting and remembering the people with big ideas
As theatre's rescuers arrive, we must look out for those who don't have a raft

As theatre's rescuers arrive, we must look out for those who don't have a raft

As theatre slowly gets back afloat, we need to pay close attention to what and who is sinking around us, says designer Grace Smart
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