To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tony Harrison’s Trackers of Oxyrhynchus at Delphi, which Jocelyn designed, the Archive of Performance of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford staged an evening of talks with Tony Harrison, Barrie Rutter (original cast), Jack Shepherd (original cast), Peter Parsons (Oxford) and Oliver Taplin (Oxford). This was accompanied by an exhibition of Jocelyn’s designs and Tony Harrison’s notebooks.
The second Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival (this is the world’s largest annual multi-arts celebration of Samuel Beckett, who attended Portora Royal School in the island town) included an exhibition of facsimiles of Jocelyn’s theatre designs for Beckett’s productions. These facsimiles will be on permanent display at the Portora Royal School. Jocelyn and Beckett worked together on many plays, often the first productions of his work in Britain and also on the world premieres of Krapp’s Last Tape and Footfalls.
Peter Farley curated Head Room at Wimbledon College of Art, which investigated the way in which Jocelyn Herbert and Yolanda Sonnabend visualised the human head in the contexts of performance and fine art.
Vicki Hallam, a mask maker and close colleague of Jocelyn’s, conserved the masks from Oresteia and the Mask of Orpheus.
Marien Quelun-Koen, an MA conservation student at Camberwell, conserved Jocelyn’s pin board with its display of photographs and notes which became the centrepiece in her degree show. Marion compiled a survey Preservation Management Plan of the Collection and Conservation Treatment of Jocelyn Herbert’s Pinboard.
External visitors included Beth Oppenheim from Cambridge University to research her MA thesis “The invisible designer’: Demythologising Jocelyn Herbert at the Royal Court.
The JHA was part of a display at the UAL Library Services conference, Celebrating Our Collections.
Negotiations began to build stronger links between WCA, the UAL and the National Theatre. This coincided with the National Theatre’s expansion. The new paint studio, updated workshops design studios, production office and project spaces for emergent theatre makers puts design at the heart of the National Theatre. The NT hosted a ‘hard hat’ tour for UAL staff.