Ryan Foote studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, completing his Bachelor of Fine Art and Majoring in Sculpture and Spatial Practices in 2005 before completing an honours degree in 2006. From here Ryan has had the opportunity to show his work at exhibitions around Australia and in more recent years overseas. Locally, Ryan is a well-known name in installation art, having created large scale works in places like Federation Square Melbourne, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne’s GPO Building, Flinders Lane Gallery, Platform Artist Space and 271 Collins Street.
Simultaneous to his art career Ryan has worked in designing, creating, and installing major projects for multiple fashion festivals, beginning in 2005 with his first commission for Mercedes Australian Fashion Week. Today his repertoire includes work for L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Sydney, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Shanghai Fashion Week and more. While most of Ryan’s set design work focuses on fashion festivals, he has also designed multiple theatre sets for plays and musicals.
In mid 2006 Foote was offered work at the Victorian College of the Arts – The University of Melbourne in the Sculpture and Spatial Practices department as the Sculpture Technical Officer and then went on to lecture Sculpture there until mid 2010. He has also undertaken guest lecturing roles in other universities, as well as being a creative consultant for artist, designers, galleries, organisations and companies.
Q. What’s one thing you wish you’d known when you started your career?
A: If you aspire to achieve extreme highs in your careers, you also have be prepared for the extreme lows, it’s inevitable with highs come the lows, and it is the people that are aware and prepare, are the ones that keep growing and moving forward.
The Scenography presentation guides students through the world of runway scenography, its importance in delivering a successful show, and the various roles that contribute to creating a wholistic visual experience. The talk covers such topics as set design, lighting design, scenographic process and personal anecdotes on getting started in the industry.