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.