The John Hansard Gallery is a leading public art gallery and part of the University of Southampton. It recently moved into Studio 144, a purpose-built arts complex in Southampton city centre that also houses theatre company NST and City Eye, which supports film culture in the region. The gallery hosts major exhibitions, opening with a retrospective by German artist Gerhard Richter, as well as free tours, educational events and community engagement programmes.
The creation of a new home for the John Hansard Gallery had been in the planning for some time, however the turnaround time between moving into the new site and the high-profile opening event was only a matter of weeks. It was at this point that CDEC were called in to bring the foyer, where the event was to be hosted, to life while providing visitors with information and wayfinding to make their visit more enjoyable. As the requirement was for as close to seamless a videowall as possible, four portrait format 55” LG videowall screens were specified and installed along with a Onelan digital signage player.
Without a doubt, the biggest challenge with this project was the extremely tight turnaround time. CDEC were able to produce a spec and all the proposed layout and installation options and have a working installation in place within a week, something Kernohan describes as “quite extraordinary”. This was despite the fact that there was an issue with some of the hardware which also had to be resolved.
“We were extremely happy with the work CDEC did, especially in the timescale to deliver the quality within the time pressure was quite exceptional. CDEC were also able to give us the remote support to ensure that everything was in place and working for our high-profile public launch event.”