The Mary Rose Museum opens to the public this week. The lighting for the gallery spaces, the exhibitions, show cases and the hull was designed by DHA Designs.
Located in the historic dockyard of Portsmouth, the Mary Rose Museum displays part of the ship that served the navy of King Henry VIII for 33 years before spending 437 years undiscovered at the bottom of the sea. The remains of the ship were raised from the seabed in 1982, and along with the thousands of artefacts recovered, it proudly sits within the heart of the new museum building designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
DHA were delighted to see the fantastic reviews that have greeted the opening of this major exhibition, with 5-star reviews in the Guardian, Independent and The Daily Telegraph. Designed by Land, with whom DHA worked on the successful The Book of the Dead at the same venue, the exhibition recreates a Roman Villa to look at the life in these seaside towns before their destruction. The lighting works to replicate the interior and exterior spaces, whilst lighting the objects and graphics to good effect.
Continuing their relationship with the BM, Pompeii and Herculaneum is the sixth show that DHA have lit in the Round Reading Room. It is described by Jonathan Jones as “one of the most momentous archeological exhibitions ever staged”.
DHA were delighted to be the lighting designers for the eagerly anticipated David Bowie Is… exhibition at the V&A. With our background in theatre and rock concert lighting, and our experience in galleries and museums, it was a great opportunity to showcase dynamic exhibition lighting. We worked closely with the museum, 59 Productions and Real Studios to bring the glamour and excitement of Bowie to the V&A.
The exhibition has already become the fastest-selling in the V&A’s history, described by the Evening Standard in its 5-star review as “a triumph” and tickets and further information can be found here
DHA have recently completed the lighting for the beautiful Treasures of the Royal Courts exhibition at the V&A, subtitled Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars. With fabulous treasures loaned by the Kremlin, many of which have never been seen in the UK before, this amazing exhibition traces the trading history between England and Muscovy. It was designed by the in-house V&A 3D and graphic design teams.
You can book tickets for the exhibition here. Photo credit: V&A
DHA recently completed the lighting of Extinction: Not the End of the World at London’s Natural History Museum. The exhibition displays a fascinating range of specimens, models and graphics. Highlights include the skull of one of the last dinosaurs, and the head and antlers of an extinct Irish Elk (pictured).
More information about the exhibition can be found on the NHM’s website here
DHA continued their relationship with the V&A and photography following their successful collaboration on the V&A’s new Photography Gallery 100 earlier this year. Designed and curated by the V&A’s excellent in-house team, the exhibition profiles the work of 30 contemporary photographers. The works all come from within the V&A and British Museums’ collections.
DHA worked to enhance the photographs with light, and create a welcoming gallery space, without detracting from the work. An audio slideshow (with Venetia Porter of the BM) of some of the most powerful images can be found on The Guardian website here
DHA were delighted to be asked to work with the Wellcome Trust’s in-house design and exhibition team for the first time, to light this fascinating collection. The exhibition comprises over 300 works from the Richard Harris collection, all dealing with different images and ideas of death. These range from artists such as Goya, Rembrandt and Warhol, to a wealth of ethnographic material. The sheer array of conservation grade material made the show challenging to light.
The Observer described the show as “tremendous” and more can be found out at the Wellcome Collection’s own website here
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum have just won the prestigious Art Fund Prize of 2012. DHA were exhibition lighting consultants to this £24m refurbishment of Exeter’s fantastic museum, which re-opened last December.
DHA extend their congratulations to their design colleagues on the project, as well as the excellent client team!
More information on the ArtFund, and the project, can be found here
DHA provided the lighting scheme for the V&A’s new exhibition on the extraordinary work of Thomas Heatherwick & his studio. The exhibition is the culmination of the museum’s recent series of events celebrating British design, and runs from 31st May until 30th September. More information is available at the V&A website
The Guardian interviewed Thomas in the Porter Gallery at the V&A Museum, where he explains his approach to design and the work of his studio.