In 2015 we were approached by Auckland Castle to install ‘Matyrs’, a four panel video piece by Bill Viola which borrows from the ‘Matyrs, (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) permanently shown in St. Paul’s Cathedral.
We had to find a way to install the monitors onto a structure that could only rest on the altar without being fixed in any way. After much designing and thinking, we came up with a solid substructure that wraps around the altar holding itself in place without fixings. The result is stunning.
Have a look at the Wallpaper article for the videos here and read the Guardian article here.
We were asked to install the first touring version of the famous Weeping Window poppy installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Woodhorn in 2015. The new location idea was for the poppies to spill from the winding gear structure that happens to be a scheduled ancient monument with the same rating as Stonehenge, meaning this was an extremely sensitive task to undertake from a conservation point of view for both the 5 thousand ceramic poppies and the structure it had to attach to. Not only this but the original Weeping Window was only 7m tall. The new location would be installed from 20 metres high. We installed it section by section and poppy by poppy from a 20m boom and completed the install in 6 days. Look at the BBC report here. Also take a look at this great short film from 14-18 NOW.
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.
In 2014 we were asked to work with Julian Opie to install a show that was organised and on tour from the Holburne Museum in Bath. The show comprised of many of Julian’s works shown alongside some of his collected works. The result was an arresting insight into the similarities much of his work holds with earlier techniques and practises. We also had to move a huge mirror for this show which hadn’t been moved in 80 years.
An exhibition exploring the role that Basic Design – a new radical approach to training in arts schools – played in revolutionising art education across Britain opened at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne in September 2014.
With a particular focus on Newcastle in the 1950s and 60s, through the work if some of its key teachers including Richard Hamilton, Victor Pasmore and their students, the display will survey the main features of Basic Design as they emerged and were taught in Britain, with accompanying archive material and video documentation.
Julie Milne, chief curator of art galleries at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said:
“Basic Design was a significant turning point in the history of British art education. This new method of teaching art was showcased through ‘The Developing Process’ exhibition, which was held 1959 at the Hatton Gallery, and afterwards shown at the ICA in London. It was pioneered by Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton and, both of whom taught at Newcastle University. It is therefore fitting to display Basic Design at the Hatton Gallery, highlighting their dedication to teaching and their association with the North East.”