School Student Set & Costume

Design Challenge


In association with 


Adjudication Panel

Tim Chappel (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Masked Singer)

Amanda Henderson (Designer, Gloss Creative )​

Greta Nash (Award-winning filmmaker, writer, director)

Linda Thompson (Artistic Director)​

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Opera means 'the works'.
Opera is not just about music, singing, words and characters - the design tells the story, too. 
An opera podcast leaves the listener to imagine what might be happening on stage.
Your imagination can give you the visual elements that help tell the story, your way. 
We're wondering what our Figatroll opera set and costumes might look like to you.
There are 4 categories:
Category 1:  Prep - Year 2
Category 2: Year 3 - 6
Category 3: Year 7 - 9
Category 4: Year 10 - 12
Designs can be submitted as 
PDF - A4 (4pages max.)
video link
Our panel will select 20 designs based on merit and originality to be featured in a Virtual Exhibition at YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub website for the ten days of the Festival.   In categories 3 and 4, the panel is keen to see designs that are environmentally-aware - for example, using recycled materials.
Entry is Free
Only 1 entry per person (1 Set Design, 1 Series of Costumes or Set/Costume Design Combination)
Entries close:  October 10, 2020. 
Prize-winners, honorable mentions and finalists will be announced on October 12 and exhibited in a Virtual Exhibition at for the duration of the Yarra Valley Opera Festival (October 16 - 25)
How to enter

Important information

To be considered for selection, artists must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.

Each entry needs to include name and contact details of your School.


 Challenge Opens:  September 14, 2020 

 Entries must be received:  Before 5pm on October 10, 2020 

Finalists announced: October 15, 2020

Virtual Exhibition at YAVA as part of the Yarra Valley Opera Festival:  October 16 - 25, 2020

For Schools
We encourage entries from Schools, but ask that you conduct your own internal judging and submit only top works (up to 10) into the Figatroll Set & Design Challenge.

Only one entry per person.
Your entry may include set design, costume design, or both.
Entries in PDF or link to YouTube or Vimeo to be uploaded with completed entry form below
To be eligible, you need to provide your School name and contact details.
If you experience problems with upload, you may email your entry (attach PDF/include video link) to
PDF File size: 10MB max.


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