Real Studios has conjured a refined and sensuous setting for the new exhibition, Men, Women and Things, which opens in September 2019 at The Portland Collection, on the Welbeck estate, Nottinghamshire.
Set within the purpose built gallery, Real Studios has completely redesigned the interior colours, displays and material approach, to complement the portraits, silver and china chosen from the Dukes of Portland and their families stunning collection. The redisplay is also an opportunity to shine a light on the remarkable women in the family’s ancestry. From the first sci-fi writer to a natural historian and a great philanthropist - strong women have a history of thriving at Welbeck.
Real Studios is delighted to have been commissioned by Carmarthenshire County Council to take the Sands of Speed Museum through to completion following our development of the narrative and concept designs in 2018. The new museum on Pendine Sands, 7 miles of beach on the south coast of Wales, will tell dramatic stories of over 100 years of racing, land speed records and speed trials.
The star attraction will be John Parry-Thomas’s car ‘Babs’ (otherwise known as Chitty Bang Bang 4) from when the Sands witnessed intense competition with Malcolm Campbell for the world land speed title in the 1920s – telling a story of ingenuity and fearless determination ending with the fatal crash in 1927, and subsequent excavation and restoration of Babs in 1967.
Real Studios is delighted to have been appointed to design and deliver two exhibitions for New Lanark World Heritage Site – a permanent exhibition on the unique ‘Museum Stair’, preserved within one of the original tenement blocks, and a temporary exhibition on the building skills involved in the town’s original construction and subsequent restoration.
When David Dale chose the riverside site for his new cotton-mills in 1785, commuting to work was an unknown concept. Under the ownership of his son-in-law Robert Owen, a Welsh philanthropist and social reformer, New Lanark became an early example of a successful planned settlement.
Our scheme will enable visitors to imagine life in the ‘Stair’, over a period of almost 200 years, through an immersive recreation of the now fragile spaces, where over 1,500 people once lived.
Real Studios has created a permanent installation within Allied Irish Banks’ private banking suite – a listed Georgian townhouse adjacent to their new headquarters in central Dublin.
The sympathetically designed displays in each of the meeting rooms relate to the history of the bank's establishment and past noteworthy customers, including Michael Collins and James Joyce, through documents, correspondence, bonds and cheques on display for the first time from the bank’s archive.
On 23 March 2019, Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened its doors and, with them, a window onto 200 years of boats, boating, boat building and social history in the Lake District, thanks to Real Studios’ storytelling and display skills.
To realise this £20m project, principally funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Real Studios worked closely with both the client Lakeland Arts and architects Carmody Groarke to shape the narratives, clarify audiences and organise the form and display strategy for the collection within the main boathouse structure.
After its blockbuster success at the Royal Academy in London, Oceania moves to Paris for a spring 2019 opening within the very different setting of Jean Nouvel’s Musée du Quai Branly, requiring Real Studios to devise a completely different strategy to realise the design.
Taking full advantage of the large, fluid contemporary spaces we evoke the uninterrupted horizons of sea and sky of Oceania, against which the remarkable, sculptural objects are silhouetted. Where necessary to support the narrative, we have inserted intimate, enclosed spaces to focus on specific themes and house the show’s powerful AV elements and signature artworks.
Real Studios are creating a House of Rock in Russia. Following on from the huge success of David Bowie is and Pink Floyd, their mortal remains, Real Studios were invited by a Russian collector of rock memorabilia to create a visitor attraction in the city of Samara.
To maximise this eclectic collection, Real Studios devised an immersive approach, based on the experience of being a superfan. Visitors are taken through a ‘bedroom wall’ in 1960’s Soviet Union, to a concert ‘somewhere in the West’. Arriving backstage before the gig, processing through dressing rooms to the green room and ultimately on to the stage, their journey takes them to recording studio, album wall and legacy; mirroring the journey of a song and artist and revealing the entire creative and narrative arc of the music business.
The Royal Academy’s Oceania will be setting sail for Paris in early 2019, following its hugely successful London showing, where it has won 5 star reviews from critics. With over 200 objects spanning 500 years, the show celebrates the extraordinary art, navigational skills and social and cultural traditions of the indigenous peoples of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia
In London, where Real Studios’ London scheme played off the neoclassical architecture of the RA with strong colours and bold lighting, the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris – designed by Jean Nouvel - requires a distinctively different approach in order to frame the objects, highlight the key themes of voyaging and cultural exchange, and maximise impact in its open-plan and contemporary spaces. It will open in March 2019.