top of page

In a year that the theatre community has been devastated by the pandemic, starting out in the industry at such extraordinary times has never been more challenging. With the uncertain and ever changing situation and precarious nature of theatre programming right now we cautiously wait for the industry to get back on its feet. Rather than hibernation we are however committed to supporting young designers more than ever.


In a response to this unprecedented year we will be offering 12 bursaries to 12 brilliant young designers from the graduating classes 2020 and 2021. Each recipient will receive £4000 and a placement alongside an established designer to gain first hand experience of the production process.


This year submissions and judging will take place online as we are still adhering to Covid restrictions throughout the summer. Being online this year, we hope encourages graduates from all over the country to apply, without the burden of travel costs and physical portfolios. We hope that in a year that has been devastating for many that this support can provide some light at the end of the tunnel. 


The Linbury Prize for Stage Design is funded entirely by The Linbury Trust, a charitable trust founded in 1973 by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG (John Sainsbury) and his wife Anya, Lady Anya Sainsbury, CBE, the former ballerina Anya Linden. The name ‘Linbury’ is thus derived from the names Linden and Sainsbury. 

Ana Ines Jabares .png


“It made me aware of how important it is to be part of a creative community, to support others and help them to develop their skills and to shine. Winning the Linbury has definitely been a career‑changing experience. And now I feel I have the responsibility to return that favour to the audience by trying my best to raise standards in theatre design.”
Ana Ines Jabares, Designer


  • 12 bursaries will be awarded to support industry placements alongside established stage designers and producing organisations to gain first hand experience of the production process from inception to opening. 

  • Those placements will be scheduled as soon as projects begin from autumn 2021.

  • £4000 fee will be awarded to each designer with an additional travel and expenses budget of £1000.*


*each placement will need assessing for its particular costs depending on location and duration. We would like to make clear that the placements will not cost the awarded designer to complete.




Throughout Summer 2021 The Linbury Prize will hold a  series of events and seminars for all to attend. 

Check back later for more announcements and dates. Sign up here to receive information on future events.

Cindy Lin.png
“As a Linbury Prize finalist in 2015, I have seen how the Linbury competition is not just an invaluable platform for finalists, but also an incredible opportunity to meet fellow designers from across the UK. I have come out of this experience with a deep admiration for my peers and the diversity of talent in this country.”
Cindy Lin, Designer, Linbury Prize Finalist 2015
bottom of page