NIDA’s excellence in design comes to the fore at APDG awards

4 December 2017

A winning picture: Julie Lynch and Two NIDA winners

A winning picture: NIDA winners Genevieve Graham and Charlotte Mungomery with Acting Head of Design for Performance Julie Lynch (photo: Phoebe Powell)

Last night, NIDA’s leadership in the design sphere was once again highlighted at the annual Australian Production Guild Awards (APDG), where six of our students and graduates picked up awards for their stunning work. Our various designers made up over thirty percent of the potential design nominations for the award ceremony.

The annual event celebrates the significant talents of design professionals from the Australian film, television, live performance, event and interactive multimedia industries across 20 categories, with three industry recognition awards.

We would like to congratulate all NIDA students and graduates who were nominated for an award and recognised as some of Australia’s leading designers.

The evening was hosted by designer, performer and Oscar-winning animator Adam Elliot (Harvie Krumpet, 2003), and held at Melbourne’s Melba Spielgeltent on Sunday 3 December.

Two of the evening’s major wins went to NIDA Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design for Performance) graduates Charlotte Mungomery (2016) and Genevieve Graham (2016), who are both currently studying a Master of Fine Arts (Design for Performance) at NIDA.

Mungomery won the Short Film or Music Clip Award for her production design for triple j Unearthed Vampires (created while studying at NIDA in 2016), while Graham picked up the NIDA Foundation Trust Emerging Designer Award for Live Performance for her innovative set and costume design for Eurydike and Orpheus, which was part of NIDA’s June 2017 Production Season.

‘Congratulations to all of our students and graduates who were nominated and took home awards last night. Having so many of our talented designers nominated at such a prestigious awards ceremony demonstrates the strength of NIDA in the design sphere. We are proud of our leadership in design,’ said NIDA Director/CEO Kate Cherry.

NIDA Acting Head of Design for Performance, Julie Lynch, said: ‘We are delighted with the high achievements of NIDA students and graduate at this year’s APDG awards. It is a considerable achievement that NIDA design and technical production graduates have been nominated across a wide variety of design fields, including: screen, live performance and events. This achievement is a testament to the strength and appropriateness of design training at NIDA, and how our training translates into the profession. Our congratulations to all the winners and nominees.’

Here is a list of NIDA students and graduates who were nominated – winners are highlighted.

The NIDA Foundation Award for Emerging Designer for Live Performance (set, costume or lighting)
SALEM – Charlotte Mungomery (Design for Performance, 2016)
Woyzeck – Sabina Myers (MFA Design for Performance, 2017)
Turquoise Elephant – Emma Vine (Design, 2014)
Eurydike and Orpheus – Genevieve Graham (Design for Performance, 2016)

The Jennie Tate Award for Costume Design for Live Performance – sponsored by HLA Management
The Drover's Wife – Tess Schofield (Design, 1986)

The Tempest – Charlotte Lane (Design, 2010)
Chimerica – Renee Mulder (Design, 2008)

Award for Design on an Event – sponsored by Design Awards
OzAsia Festival 2016Simone Romaniuk (Design, 2003)
2017 Winter FestDark Mofo Festival Bruce McKinven (Design, 1997)
Light For The Wild – Taronga Vivid Sydney 2017 - Lucy Keeler (Design, 2003) & Nicholas Tory (not a NIDA graduate)

Lisa Mann Creative Management Award for Costume Design for a Television Production
A Place to Call Home Season 4 – Lisa Meagher (Design, 1987)

AIT Award for Set Design for Live Performance
Bennelong – Jacob Nash (Design, 2005)
The Tempest – Charlotte Lane (Design, 2010)

ACS Award for Production Design on a Web Series or Television Drama
A Place to Call Home Series 4 – Fiona Donovan (Design, 1992)
No Activity Series 2 – Elizabeth Moore (Technical Production, 1991)
Cleverman Season 2 – Jacob Nash (Design, 2005)

AFTRS award for student screen design
Lobster Paradise – Nick Fry (Design for Performance, 2016)
Lobster Paradise – Genevieve Graham (Design for Performance, 2016) 
Lobster Paradise – Charlotte Mungomery (Design for Performance, 2016)
Lobster Paradise – Ara Steel (Design for Performance 2016)
Lobster Paradise – Courtney Westbrook (Design for Performance 2016)
Lobster Paradise – Mathilda Robba (Design for Performance 2016)

Hero Frock Hire Award for Costume Design for a feature film
Dance Academy: The Movie – Tess Schofield (Design, 1986)

YEO3D Award for Lighting Design for Live Performance
The Drover's Wife – Verity Hampson (Technical Production, 2005)

AFTRS Award for Design for a Short Film or Music Clip
Vampires – Charlotte Mungomery (Design for Performance, 2016)
Maurice’s Symphony –  Hannah Sitters (current student, Design for Performance)

Design for an animated short film, commercial or series
Light For The Wild – Taronga Vivid Sydney 2016 – Lucy Keeler (Design, 2003)

Drawing and Concept Illustration
Light For The Wild Vivid at Taronga 2017 – Lucy Keeler (Design, 2003)

Production design for a web series or television production
No Activity Series 2 – Elizabeth Moore (Technical Production, 1991)

Julie Lynch and the winners

Right-Left: awards attendee, Charlotte Mungomery (winner), Julie Lynch (Acting Head of Design fro Peformance), Genevieve Graham (winner), Nick Fry (nominee) and Hannah Sitters (nominee)

Julie Lynch and  Genevieve

Julie Lynch (L) and Genevieve Graham (R)

Charlotte

Charlotte Mungomery (L)

The Winners the winners

NIDA grads and students Lucy Keeler, Lisa Meagher, Charlotte Lane, Genevieve Graham and Charlotte Mungomery with fellow award-winners on the night.