For Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, I conceived and designed a unique theatrical night time immersive experience for 400 guests. The brief was as follows:
"To tie in with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition… to create a unique, high-quality experience that utilises the building in new ways… a Valentine's evening themed around the natural world"
Marrying the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition with the Valentine's theme was initially challenging. Inspired by the Oscar Wilde poem of the same name, I came up with the "Nightingale & The Rose" theme which brought together the two elements whilst maintaining a cultural quality and evoking a sense of poetry and romance.
Inspired by "Nightingale and the Rose" I created a rich and vivid environment, creating a composition between the Museums architectural features, lighting design, scenic design and performance installations.
My Working Included:
Underground Natural History Tours
Through spending time with the Museum’s natural history team I learned of a fascinating hidden store underneath the museum which housed 16000 specimens of taxidermy and insects which could only be accessed via an ancient open lift. Appreciating the trend for hidden spaces I encouraged the museum to open up the stores as part of the production. They agreed and this event element was particularly well received by guests.
The Evening Also Featured:
Alongside the live event, I provided consultancy and created content for the associated marketing campaign. This included the direction of a publicity shoot within the museum's halls and underground stores with couture styling from Mishi May. This resulted in some beautiful imagery which secured the front page of local glossies as well as coverage on Vogue Italia, firmly linking the Museum with the world of fashion.
Images by Ed Stone, Paul Lippiatt and Oxanna Mazur
Model in Vogue shot Laura Eve Thayer
Vogue Shoot Costumes: Mishi May
Circus Costumes: Keda Breeze/Magdelen Celeste