On a summer afternoon in 2009 at the Australian Film Television and Radio school, Production Designer, George Liddle, stood from his position in the audience to address an auditorium of screen designers gathered to discuss the future of production design. “If anybody is interested in forming a guild for stage and screen designers please meet me in the foyer after this meeting”.
A handful of people gave George their contact details and word got round. Then, on the 4th of June a meeting of about fifteen people was held. It wasn’t the first time a guild for stage and screen designers had been initiated; member numbers had not been sufficient to sustain earlier incarnations. In 2009 designers were the only sector of the Australian media and entertainment industries without a representative body.
In this first meeting a core group volunteered to meet regularly and act as the founding committee. In this meeting was George Liddle, Peter Sheehan, Annie Beauchamp and Kate Wills.