National Portrait Gallery Spring Tender
Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. When The Hub were invited to complete four exhibition builds for the National Portrait Gallery, an exciting opportunity arose for us to showcase our ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects, running them in successful succession. After the duration the temporary exhibitions had come to an end, they all required dismantling and removing from the gallery space, a specification that had been included within the initial tender.
The BP18 exhibition fit-out largely comprised of decorative changes, focusing on aesthetic improvements, for a seamless integration of the exhibition into the gallery Michael Jackson: On the Wall, required more extensive scopes of works to be undertaken, including the installation of new lighting fixtures, specialist display cases and joinery and set-work’s. The original design featured a curved wall that would have record sleeves fitted to it. This presented some logistical problems, as the curvature of the wall would not allow the record sleeves to lay flat against it successfully. During the fit-out of the Michael Jackson exhibition saw the late inclusion of a temporary ceiling. With this feature of the project being requested so late in its progression, it was challenging fitting it into the works, due to restriction and access issues.
Following on from the BP18 exhibit and Michael Jackson: On the Wall, the curation of the following exhibitions could commence: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, followed by Gainsborough’s Family Album. As with the previous exhibitions, the first of the projects required decorative works, focusing on adapting the aesthetics of the space such as relocating existing carpet tiles, extracted from existing spaces and relocating to new gallery locations. Again joinery and set-works were including in the adaption of exhibition wall structures for gallery partitions, overhead infills and soffits. Specialist display cases were again featured within the scope of works for this gallery.