Top art and light expert to speak at LuxLive

ONE OF the world’s top authorities on lighting and art has been confirmed as a speaker at LuxLive 2018.

The team behind the Royal Academy of Arts will outline the challenges, the conservation issues and the technical capabilities of the lighting. Pic: Paul Vallejo

David Saunders, honorary research fellow and previously keeper of conservation and scientific research at the British Museum, will deliver the keynote presentation on ‘lighting and the conservation of artworks and artefacts’ in the Lighting for Museums and Galleries conference track at the show. 

He will share his insights and learnings in a special session on how both daylight and electric light can affect precious objects. He’ll advise on mitigation measures, and focus specifically on the adoption of LEDs in museums and galleries.

He will also take part in a panel debate entitled: Are curation concerns holding back innovation?

They will explore questions such as: Are the guidelines and standards on the illumination of artworks and precious objects holding back innovation and causing the sector to lag behind early-adopters of cutting-edge lighting technologies such as the retail and hospitality industry?

The programme also explores three ‘blockbuster’ lighting projects, including the Royal Academy, the V&A Dundee and the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait.

The team behind the Royal Academy of Arts will outline the challenges, the conservation issues and the technical capabilities of the lighting, which features 1,500 LED spotlights controlled by wireless Bluetooth technology and boasting beacons which allow interaction with visitors’ mobile phones.

Laura Phillips of Arup will walk us through the concept and processes behind the remarkable V&A Dundee.

Arup used advanced digital 3D modelling to deliver Kengo Kuma’s visionary building, the only V&A museum outside of London. An integrated model of the entire building included the lighting for the internal, facade and external areas of the galleries and foyer spaces.

At an immense 22,000 square metres of galleries, the newly-opened Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. The challenging task of designing the exhibition covering natural history, science, space and Arabic Islamic science fell to Andrew Wood-Walker, head of design, at Cultural Innovations. Mark Sutton Vane of independent lighting design practice Sutton Vane Associates designed the lighting. At this conference, they tell the inside story of the project.

 

  • David Saunders will speak at 10.20am on Wednesday 14 November 2018 in the lightspace arena with the keynote ‘Lighting and the conservation of artworks and artefacts’ and at 11.35am in the morning debate – Are curation concerns holding back innovation? – also in the lightspace arena. See the full programme and register free HERE.

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