Category Archives: Recent work

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Everyman Theatre, Liverpool wins the Stirling Prize!

Congratulations to Steve Tompkins and his team at Haworth Tompkins Architects for winning this year’s Stirling Prize. Read the full article here or watch a BBC video here.

DHA Designs worked with HTA on the exterior and interior lighting design for the new theatre.

Stair smallDHA Designs recently completed the lighting for the new Miles Stair at Somerset House, London. The staircase was designed by Eva Jiricna Architects and is made from Ductal, a material a thousand times stronger than concrete. The lighting was supplied by Lightworks, including Prolicht’s Never Ending wall lights and Ares LED ingrade uplights.

The Sun by Dale Chihuly in Mondo*Arc magazine

Dale Chihuly's piece, currently on display in London

Dale Chihuly’s piece, currently on display in London

Simon Marks, DHA Designs lighting designer, recently illuminated Dale Chihuly’s striking piece of art for the Halcyon Gallery in Berkeley Square. Made from over 1,500 hand-made pieces of glass, the sculpture is a perfect example of Dale Chihuly’s massing of colour that he uses in his pieces to such incredible effect. Simon worked closely with Halcyon to ensure the lighting on the piece gave it the right eye-catching qualities, without flattening the sculpture. Instead, the colours and texts of the piece are brought out to stunning effect, resulting in the beautiful image taken by Paul Brown of Demotix for Mondo*Arc magazine.


DHA have worked with Chihuly Studios in the past, including his chandelier at the V&A Museum & incredible flower installation in the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.

Mary Rose Museum shortlisted for Museum of the Year 2014

The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014, along with five other museums. The judges will announce the winner at the awards ceremony on 09 July in London. DHA Designs designed the lighting for the museum, winning the Public Building category of this years Lighting Design Awards.


Ship to Shore exhibition at Sea City Museum

seacity_logoLast week, we spent a few days lighting the new temporary exhibition in the Pavilion at Southampton’s Sea City Museum: Ship to Shore. This exhibition explores the many different ways that artists have engaged with seas & oceans, using a variety of media and techniques. Works from (among others) Tacita Dean, Tracy Emin, Susan Hiller, Steffi Klenz, Richard Long,  and Yinka Shonibare MBE are exhibited alongside historic paintings including La Vague by Gustav Courbet. The exhibition is unusual in that it is actually spread over two sites, with the other part being shown at the John Hansard Gallery, a short bus ride away.

The exhibition represents our continuing relationship with Sea City, as DHA originally provided the architectural and exhibition lighting for the refurbished building that now houses the permanent Titanic exhibition, as well as changing exhibitions on Southampton’s relationship with the sea.

Jameel Prize 3 opens at the V&A

Concrete Carpet. Artist: Nada Debs

DHA were delighted to continue their relationship with the V&A Design Dept with this exciting exhibition of contemporary art. The Jameel Prize showcases 10 artists work (drawn from 270 entries), with materials ranging from concrete to fabric to spices. The lighting had to bring out the best in the individual works whilst making the space work as whole.

Two vastly different ‘carpets’ dominate the floor space of the gallery: one in concrete by Nada Debs which shows beautiful engraved lettering, and one that recreates floor tiles but made entirely of spices by Laurent Mareschal. The winning entry was Dice Kayek for three garments called Istanbul Contrast.

More information on their winning entry and all of the shortlisted artists can be found on the V&A website here

Stanley Spencer at Somerset House

DHA completed the lighting for the new exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s Sandham Memorial Chapel paintings, Heaven in a Hell of War, which chronicle his experiences as a War Artist & medical orderly in WW1. Normally displayed in the purpose-built chapel in Burghclere, the canvases have moved to a temporary home in Somerset House whilst the chapel is restored.

DHA worked with the exhibitions staff at Somerset House & curators from the National Trust to ensure these monumental works are displayed to their full advantage in their new home.

V&A Theatre Gallery re-design

DHA were delighted to be asked back to re-light the V&A Theatre Galleries following an object re-display. DHA lit the original displays for the same curatorial team in 2009, and have since worked with the department on Hollywood Costume and David Bowie Is…

The highlight of the new display is the acquisition of Handspring’s Joey from Warhorse, donated by the National Theatre. We worked with the National Theatre’s in-house lighting team to recreate the lighting effects used in the production, within the museum’s conservation guidelines.

Joey’s arrival at the V&A can be seen in the video here

3d; Printing the future

DHA are very pleased to have been asked by the Science Museum to light the latest installation in the Antenna Gallery. This new exhibition focuses on the exciting possibilities of 3d printing, both its challenges and its opportunities. Included in the lighting scheme for the gallery is integration with animation as well as a highlighting a new sculpture by Tobias Klien.

Photo © Jennie Hills, Science Museum

This exhibition shows DHA’s continuing collaboration with the Science Museum, and adds to our body of work in the field.

Only in England, Science Museum

DHA are very proud to have been asked to light the first exhibition in the new Media Gallery at the Science Museum in London.

The exhibition, the first in London showcasing British photographer Tony Ray-Jones, opened on Saturday as part of major refurbishment works in the space.

The exhibition also shows works by Martin Parr, who followed on from Ray-Jones’ work on cataloguing British life. Parr was asked by the National Media Museum to scour their archives of Ray-Jones’ work. He selected unfamiliar and previously unexhibited pieces for the gallery.

The gallery is an exciting new space in London, with the potential to show case major new works, and DHA are very pleased to be part of it. In the spirit of this, the gallery uses LED lighting and daylight harvesting to reduce the energy footprint.

Only in England runs until 16th of March 2014 in London and then from the 22nd of March until the 29th of June in Bradford.

More information and ticketing can be found on the Science Museum’s website here.