Charcoalblue at ITEAC '23 Australia
Our very own Erin Shepherd and Julian Messer led a session focusing on the challenges and opportunities of designing flexible, community-focused art centres at this year’s International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference in Australia. The in-person session ‘Creating a Gathering Place Where Stories are Shared’ was part of ITEAC International’s Brisbane Hub considering themes of environmental sustainability, the digital revolution and serving communities. The presentation explored the evolving landscape of theatre design and the importance of communal spaces.
Photo credit: QUT Design Lab/Tessa Rixon
Erin and Julian emphasised the significance of transparency, and shared examples from some of our projects that daringly blur the line between public and private space - such as the Performing Arts Quarter in Leuven, Sydney Theatre Company, and the Geelong Arts Centre in Victoria. The porosity of these spaces allow audiences a glimpse behind the curtain--an approach that demystifies the inner workings of the theatre production, but also fosters a deeper connection between the audience, the artists, and the space itself. Erin and Julian also underscored the transformative role of theatre consultants in the development and design of cultural buildings, and were honored to represent Charcoalblue's theatre consulting practice at a gathering of such an esteemed group of design colleagues.