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.
In September 2013 we were asked to build this arresting artwork by CIRCA projects for Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan. This huge 9 metre high wall was built onto a scaffolding tower, as we could not screw into the listed interior of the Stephenson works. The whole build took 4 technicians 5 days from start to finish.
‘Shoe’ was commissioned to make six works inspired by the Lindisfarne gospels during their sojourn in Durham. Woodhorn offered him some space to work on so he found a wall and a parking space he liked. We had very little to do with this particular work except drive him up and down in a scissor lift, but was great to see the man in action. Amazing what one can achieve with an old broom.
The home of the Earls Grey and famous for its spectacular gardens, Howick Hall Gardens near Alnwick have just opened a new visitor centre in what was the entrance to the Hall itself. Colin Williams of Williams Design Associates designed and project managed the works with his trademark finesse and elegance. With Colin’s vision for the space explained, we designed the brackets for the displays and asked Craig Knowles, artist and blacksmith, to fabricate them all. (To see Craig’s website click here.) Once in place, we attached the rails to the brackets and hung the cable assemblies and artwork.
We can build crates and transit frames completely fitted out to Tate specifications with plastazote or foam interiors to order.
Once again we had the pleasure of working with Woodhorn Museums and County Archives on their large exhibition for early 2013. It showcased 40 award winning British costume designs from BAFTA and Oscar winning movies. Costumes worn by Keira Knightley in The Duchess are on show, along with some worn by Kate Winslett, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean, Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth, Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love, and Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech.