Tag Archives: Lighting

Australia opens at Royal Academy of Arts

Gallery 3DHA were delighted to continue their successful relationship with the RA with the lighting of Australia following their successful collaborations on the recent Hockney show. The exhibition was designed by Ivor Heal Design, who also designed the first exhibition DHA lit at the RA, fourteen years ago.

This blockbuster exhibition represents 200 years of Australian art, from over 140 different artists and the challenge to the design was creating the balance between painting, sculpture and installations.

More information and ticketing for the exhibition can be found on the RA’s website here

The Grand Entrance Revisited

The V&A Museum recently asked DHA to revisit the lighting installation for the Grand Entrance. The space was last upgraded in 2003, one of our first projects for the museum and part of an early phase of their Futureplan. Originally lit with a mixture of tungsten and metal halide sources, the new scheme is lit totally with LED. Fixtures of note include Soraa’s new MR16 LED replacement lamps, Hoffmeister’s “lo.nely” narrow beam track mounted LED spotlights, and linear LED systems from Light Graphix.

James Newton gets the credit for the fabulous photographs.

Lighting Club to Catwalk at the V&A

After designing Hollywood Costume and David Bowie Is… at the V&A, DHA were pleased to use their expertise to light Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80s. The exhibition is displayed over two floors in the recently refurbished Fashion Gallery, and runs until February 2014. The fabulous collection of fashion on display is predominantly lit with LED spots, with retro-fit lamps used in the V&A’s older equipment.

To contrast the two styles, the Catwalksection is all in showcases and lit in predominantly white LED spots, softened by some linear fluorescent. The CLub section upstairs is all on open display, lit with coloured filters and uses a lot of uplighting for added theatricality.

You can find out more about the exhibition by visiting the V&A’s website here Photo credit: V&A Images

William Morris Gallery crowned Museum of the Year 2013

Less than two weeks after winning the Museums and Heritage Award for Best Permanent Exhibition, the William Morris Gallery has won Museum of the Year 2013, collecting the Art Fund’s £100,000 prize.

The lighting for the exhibition and welcome area was designed by dha design.

Watch the BBC footage here of the museum following its opening in August 2012

Mary Rose Museum opens

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.

Watch the BBC news footage here.

Pompeii and Herculaneum opens at BM

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”.

Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased here

David Bowie Is…. open

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

Death: A Self-Portrait at Wellcome Trust

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

Mughal India opens at British Library

DHA Designs have recently completed the lighting for Mughal India. This exhibition explores the Mughal empire through 200 exquisite manuscripts, paintings and objects.

The exhibition was described as “ravishing” and “a revelation” by Alistair Sooke of the Daily Telegraph

More about the exhibition can be found on the BL website here