What is ASAM
The Association of Scenic Artists and Makers was formed in the Summer of 2020.
We came together in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic as an offshoot of #SceneChange discussion where UK theatre designers met to start a dialogue. Since then we've evolved into a growing community of scenic artists/painters. Though there is often an overlap with the design community, ASAM exists to support painters and makers at all levels.
We are a community and a network for scenic artists, painters, makers, all those who work with their hands to shape ideas into reality across theatre, TV and film, events and beyond...
We welcome professional scenics and makers at any stage in their careers to get involved with ASAM moving forward:
We have become a supportive network - at the moment the best way to get directly involved is probably on our Facebook page for a more social way of seeking advice.
Please do also use the forum for questions about scenic techniques, career advice, and ASAM itself! We're a growing organisation so always ready for opinions on what you'd like to see from ASAM, and welcoming to any new faces at our meetings or socials!
Or send us an email. This will go directly to one of our small group of volunteers so please be patient - we'll try to get back to you soon! For broader questions and to reach more people, do use the website forum or Facebook.
We are also now on Instagram!
@scenic_association or #scenicassociation to stay up to date or be featured!
WHAT DO SCENIC ARTISTS AND MAKERS DO?
A scenic artist (or scenic painter) will paint the set, or scenery, on stage for a theatre production.
This could be for for anything from backdrops, floors, large pieces of scenery to furniture and props.
They also work for TV and film, festivals and events. Their work might extend to theme parks, escape rooms, commercial exhibitions, advertisements, animation...
Often they become makers too and alongside the myriad of paint techniques used, many also work in a more 3D way on sets, props and more.
The job is hands-on, physical and a rewarding challenge.
ASAM is the voice of the scenics and makers in the UK.