We were honoured to be asked to build and install the first show ever in the UK of the work of Yves Saint Laurent at the Bowes Museum in 2015. This spectacular show was designed in conjunction with the Pierre Bergé Fondacion to showcase the best of the great designer’s masterpieces. We had six technicians on the build for 3 weeks with many of the plinths prefabricated by Ian Watson and Sunghoon Son during this period, and a week of the six of us on site to install the show itself.
Read the write up in Harpers Bazaar where we are mentioned here.
We were asked to refit, repaint and rehang the gallery space holding the Pitman painters’ work at Woodhorn in 2014. Making sure that the sequence of the paintings was kept in order, we redesigned the hang to be more sympathetic to the overall aesthetic of the collection as a whole. The new grey walls made all the difference to the gallery and really optimised the impact of the body of work. We also built the entrance space which had new graphics produced for it, and embedded a monitor into the wall which plays a history of the pitmen in their own words. iPads have been introduced into the gallery as a useful way to find out more about each painting using the map of each wall for the visitor to navigate.
We were asked to hang a stunning collection of works by Constable and Turner and their contemporaries in February 2014. The exhibition is curated by Emeritus Professor Michael Rosenthal of the University of Warwick, one of the world’s foremost experts on the art of this period, Anne Lyles who is a leading authority on the art of John Constable and curated Constable: The Great Landscapes at Tate Britain in 2006 and Dr Steven Parissien Director of Compton Verney and editor of the accompanying illustrated book, produced by Tate Publishing.
We hung this show curated by Connor Mullan in January 2014 at the DLI in Durham. This exhibition has been mounted in coordination with the Royal Academy to celebrate their forthcoming publication ‘Maurice Cockrill’, a major monograph covering his life and career.
In May 2014 we hung “Shafts of Light”, a show we had hung before at Woodhorn, showcasing some of the best mining art to come out of the region including many works from the collection of Dr. Bob McManners and Gillian Wales. Works by Norman Cornish and Tom McGuinness are some of the more famous in the show and banners on loan from the Durham Miners’ Association were displayed between the columns of the gallery. An interesting sketch on the back of the Norman Cornish portrait caught our eye…
In May 2014 we hung a collection of Hockney Prints at the Bowes museum, a show that had been curated by Richard Lloyd, Head of Prints at Christies and organised by the Bowes Museum and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The show included some of Hockney’s great etching projects such as “A Rake’s Progress”, his take on Hogarth’s famous series.
We were asked by Auckland Castle to rehang all of the Prince Bishop portraits in the Throne Room in time for their opening to the public for the first time in March 2014, along with 16th Century religious and Tudor works for their “The Power and The Glory” exhibition. Amongst the exhibits is the “Paradise State Bed” which is the original bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York and possibly the only Tudor State bed to survive to the present. Exciting times lie ahead for Bishop Auckland and the seat of the Prince Bishops with grand plans to make it into a world class centre for Christian Art. The impressive Francisco de Zurbarán paintings of Jacob and his twelve sons which have hung at Auckland Castle for 250 years provide the backbone of a noteworthy collection of religious art, made secure for the nation by the investment of Jonathan Ruffer and watched over by the Auckland Charitable Trust. We also hung the most recent addition to the Prince Bishop portraits, a painting of the present Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, which now hangs above the fireplace in the Throne Room.