This evening sees the third in the 2017 series of Xchanges exploring and debating The Value of Design all of which have taken place in partnership with the Society of British Theatre Designers. http://www.theatredesign.org.uk/
Walk along the arches below Queens Road Peckham station, and amongst an eclectic mix of creative businesses you will find immersive production specialists Footprint. Established over 13 years ago, Co-founders (a Husband and Wife team) Danny and Agnes Lennon have built a fiercely ‘local’ company with a genuine global reach.
Their team of skilled designers, craftspeople and technologists work with leading theatre, film, and TV companies and producers, creative agencies and designers, and a growing number of brands and retailers to bring bold, unique ideas to life.
Over the years Footprint have seen many changes, not just in Peckham but in the creative sectors they work in. “Every day brings new creative challenges and technical opportunities for the business. We are now are really able to deliver brilliant ideas in the way they should be”, Danny excitedly tells us. Footprint’s clients include the National Theatre, BBC, ITV, Secret Cinema, Merlin Entertainments, Liberty, and Baku international Islamic Games – each project building on Danny and the team’s experience and foundation in film and TV set production, and a huge opportunity that came with working on the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Footprint these days has a genuine global reach, and featured on a recent Netflix series, alongside international stage designer Es Devlin (who works with Footprint, and closely with the likes of Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Take That). https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80057883
Es Devlin, Belgian Triennale. C-mine, Genk.
Footprint offer a comprehensive service for the design and build of immersive audience and visitor experiences. With clients both in the UK and across the world Danny knows that global impact is not just about size; “We’ve learnt that you don’t have to be ‘big’ to be international and that’s down largely to how we communicate. Whilst our business was founded on local clients and projects, advances in technology have allowed us to reach, build relationships, and work alongside the wider World. Effective dialogue and understanding of ‘the finer detail’ is absolutely critical to how the most intricate of ideas are brought to life – and that is something that hasn’t changed. We also now have a fantastic, reliable, flexible supplier network to hand across the globe (and from around the corner here in Peckham!) with broad skill sets, and ‘best in class’ ability. Whether it’s a local Peckham project or an Olympic ceremony – the same approach tends to apply.”
Footprint feel the benefit of Peckham and its proximity to central London every day. “So many of our clients are based centrally, we pride ourselves in inviting them to ‘smell the sawdust’ and visit our workshops to see and input on the projects coming to life”, Danny tells us.
In 2016 the business established ‘Footprint Xchange’, initially as a forum for their vast network of contacts to discuss the advancements of relevant technologies for the creative industry. Xchange is now a platform where individuals who are interested in Design, Creativity, Craftsmanship and Culture can come together, hear from experts in the field and meet one another. “Xchange is like TED talks for the Creative Industries”, as Jordana Leighton of Peckham Festival recently suggested!
On 15th September Xchange will be part of Peckham Festival, hosting a free evening at the Copeland Gallery (7pm). The speakers selected for this event are Peckham based Muralist and Gallery Artist, Remi Rough, a local individual with true global reach through every project he works on. Xchange also welcome’s Verity Treadwell and Simon Casey from Merlin Entertainments, who will give a glimpse of what it’s like to work backstage for the largest European entertainments company. Merlin run 123 attractions in 24 countries across four continents, including Legoland, Madame Tussauds, The London Dungeon, Chessington World of Adventures, among many other visitor attractions. The evening will be brought to the festival in partnership with The Society of British Theatre Designers, for what will be a lively exploration of what ‘Global/Local’ really means in today’s creative economy.
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‘There is no other company like yours who is building stuff but at the same time intellectually exploring where we are and where we could be.’ Fiona Watt, hon secretary of SBTD. Past Xchanges have led to wonderful conversations and collaborations with speakers including; Fiona Watt (Honorary Secretary of The Society of British Theatre Designers), Ab Rogers (Architect), Tupac Martir (Experience Designer) Jim Whyte (Trends and Insights specialist), Pippa Nissen (Architect & Designer), Jim Rokos (Product Designer), and Stephen Miller (Design Council), to name but a few.
Taking this deliberate approach to exploration, Footprint will be unwrapping more exciting territories in 2018/19 after recently receiving a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award, in conjunction with London Southbank University, the integration of immersive technology and physical environments will become a key focus for the collaboration. Congratulations Footprint!