1946 - ?

Michael Stennett

Michael A. M. Stennett, was born at Farnborough, Hampshire in 1946, son of John Henry March Stennett (1919-2003), an army officer, and his wife Pamela Mary née Eyre, who married at Chesterfield, Derbyshire in 1941, who moved back to Derbyshire in 1948. Michael was educated at St Anselm's Preparatory School, Bakewell, Derbyshire 1954-1960 then at Repton 1960-1963 followed by studies at Chesterfield College of Art 1963-1964 then at the theatre design department of Wimbledon School of Art 1964-1967. After a short time in Rome and then at the Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1969 he became an independent theatrical designer. He designed for numerous productions including Australian Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Royal Shakespeare Company but from 1990, Michael Stennett began to decline work, finally deciding to end his career in the theatre in 1994. In recent years, Stennett he has remained firmly at home in Suffolk arranging exhibitions and accepting various commissions. Stennett's portrait paintings include a number of studies of Dame Joan Sutherland and members of her family and in 1993, HM the Queen commissioned a portrait drawing of Sutherland for the Order of Merit series at Windsor Castle. As an artist he had his first solo show at Suffolk's Aldeburgh Theatre Gallery in 1998 with a second the following year, also showing Sailors at Adonis Art. He lived at Yoxford, Suffolk where he was involved in launching and managing the Barnsdale Gallery which closed in 2003. In 2013 he was still living at Yoxford.

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