Bendigo Gallery upgrades for New Exhibition

Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Originally founded back in 1887, Bendigo Gallery has a long and distinguished history of presenting art and culture to the people of Bendigo. This tradition continued recently, when the world renowned exhibition ‘The Golden Age of Couture; Paris & London 1947-57,’ from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, was announced as their latest touring exhibition. The exhibition explores one of the most glamorous and remarkable decades in fashion history starting with the impact of Christian Dior’s New Look after the Second World War.

Registrar of the gallery, Jacqui Woolf, has wanted to improve the gallery’s lighting equipment for some time, but the arrival of an exhibition of this scope made the decision a necessary one.

A number of differing lighting options were investigated, but a meeting and demonstration with Lightmoves’ Peter Gray and Selecon’s Peter McKenzie impressed the gallery with Selecon’s output, quality of manufacture and affordability. The brief from the Gallery called for the ability to have a theatrical feel if the need called for it; and with Selecon’s long established history in the theatrical market, the choice became very clear.

Lightmoves supplied, and assisted with the design and install of 20 Selecon Aureol Beamspots and 10 Aureol Beamshapers, all with the required snoots, barn doors, colour frames and filters. Given the nature of the exhibition, issues such as U/V filtering and protection of the displayed garments was paramount and Lightmoves’ Peter Gray used his many years of experience to ensure this happened; something Jacqui was very impressed with. “I cannot wax lyrical enough for the attention and assistance that has been provided, at every stage of the process from the selection, to what I was hoping to do within my budget, to the delivery of the goods.”

The exhibition opened on December 7 and will run until March 22, 2009.