RNLI, Courage on our Coasts

RNLI, The Lifeboat:
Courage on our Coasts

Six venues in six months to raise awareness of the RNLI

The RNLI approached us to design and produce this significant outdoor touring exhibition of 50 images, taken by RNLI lifeboat crew member and award-winning photographer, Nigel Millard. Public awareness of the RNLI is very high in the UK’s coastal regions. However, this awareness slips away within just a few miles of the coast and so, to redress this imbalance, they decided to produce an exhibition, and take it to six major inland destinations.

As the exhibition would be travelling to six venues around the UK, over a period of six months, we wanted to create a system that could be rapidly assembled and easily transported. We built the stands as complete units in our workshops and designed them to neatly tessellate when loading on to a lorry. They were then craned into their final positions on site. Each of the structures was built with an individual platform, under which we could hide the electrical cabling for the elegant integrated lighting system.

Exhibition/The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts
Client/RNLI
Photographer/Nigel Millard
Locations/Cardiff Bay + Birmingham + Dublin + Manchester + Edinburgh + South Bank, London

Oxfam, Cheka Kidoko

Oxfam, Cheka Kidoko

Extraordinary photographs from Congo, by photographer Rankin

An outdoor exhibition of images taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Oxfam, by celebrated photographer Rankin, Cheka Kidoko (Swahili for ‘laugh a little’) raised awareness of the region’s forgotten conflict. Rankin’s celebrity portraiture style created arresting, memorable images, capturing the true personalities of the subjects.

This outdoor exhibition started life outside the National Theatre on London’s South Bank and generated so much interest and coverage that it then went on to be exhibited in Dublin and outside City Hall in Belfast.

We designed a modular system that would be straight-forward to reconfigure for different locations. Working closely with Rankin’s team, we printed the photographs on to a transparent film. The images were then mounted to low ion toughened 8mm glass with an optically clear adhesive. As well as making the images durable and robust, this extraordinary level of quality, combined with back lighting, produced resonant, astounding images.

Exhibition/Cheka Kidoko
Client/Oxfam
Photographer/Rankin
Venues/National Theatre, London + Dublin + Belfast City Hall

Tom Stoddart, iWitness

Tom Stoddart, iWitness

The first of many projects at More London for Standard 8

A retrospective photography exhibition of work by world renowned photojournalist Tom Stoddart. Since the early 1980s, Tom has been witness to some of the world’s most dramatic and pivotal events, often in regions struggling with conflict and uncertainty. He works with Getty Images, producing campaigning photographic projects on serious world issues. This outdoor exhibition focused on the major humanitarian stories Tom had covered over the previous 15 years.

Standard 8’s first project at More London, this was a one-off build, with the plinths and their positioning and orientation specific to their environment. Each plinth was scribed and pre-levelled to accommodate varying ground levels and made to a particular height. The images were recess-mounted to sit flush with the surface of the panels and we designed and engineered original stainless steel “birds-mouth”corner detailing.

Exhibition/iWitness
Client/Disasters Emergency Committee
Photographer/Tom Stoddart
Graphic Design/SMITH
Venue/More London

Oxfam, From Congo with Love

Oxfam, From Congo with Love

A powerful photographic collaboration between Oxfam & Rankin

An outdoor exhibition of photographs by renowned photographer Rankin, following his second visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, for Oxfam. The aim of the exhibition was to highlight the ongoing violence in Congo as well as Oxfam’s activity there. Photographed against Rankin’s trademark white canvas, the subjects are seen as individuals with families and stories to tell, not simply victims of war.

When Rankin was in Congo, he distributed disposable cameras and the resulting images form part of the exhibition. To continue this interactive theme, we created a circular photo pod, where the visiting public could take their own photos. These pictures were used to populate a large screen of constantly changing faces. Standard 8 designed and implemented this interactivity, as well as further audio-visual elements.

The frames for the exhibition stands were constructed from steel section and extruded aluminium, which was rolled to create the curved structures. The photographs were mounted between layers of polycarbonate so they could bend to fit.

Exhibition/From Congo with Love
Client/Oxfam
Photographer/Rankin
Venue/National Theatre, London

Reuters, The State of the World

Reuters, The State of the World

Reuters’ photographers capture the world as it looked at the very beginning of the new millennium

A photographic exhibition of images and words charting the issues and themes that marked the first five years of the new millennium around the world. Exploring subjects including war, conflict and belief, the pictures were taken by a collection of photographers from Reuters, the world’s largest international news agency.

Designing according to the environment, the location of an exhibition is key to its success. The number of considerations may vary from few to many, but they each have an impact on the finished look and presence of the exhibition.

For this exhibition at the National Theatre, we wanted the structures to be of a very superior quality and finish, as well as respond to the dominant architecture of the space. The plinths, each containing a light box, were lacquered to give a seamless finish and vinyl decal captions produced crisp detail as well as a hierarchy between the mounted images and text.

Exhibition/The State of the World
Client/Reuters
Photographers/Various Reuters
Venues/National Theatre, London + Bayeux, France

Tom Stoddart, Perspectives

Tom Stoddart, Perspectives

Huge footfall for this exhibition documenting world events

Photojournalist, Tom Stoddart, has travelled the world during his long career, photographing some of the world’s most momentous events and news stories. Perspectives, an outdoor exhibition of 78 black and white images, documented many of these occasions, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the siege of Sarajevo and Nelson Mandela’s election as South Africa’s first black president.

For this site-specific exhibition we wrapped each stand in coloured vinyl sheet for a very even finish that was also durable and weatherproof. These were big 3m structures, both imposing and capable of creating quiet spaces on this very busy thoroughfare. Each plinth was scribed to accommodate the differing levels of the site and create a clean outline for the exhibition.

As the exhibition took place during the 2012 Olympics and was positioned in one of London’s most popular and iconic locations, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people will have seen it.

Exhibition/Perspectives
Client/Tom Stoddart
Photographer/Tom Stoddart
Graphic Design/SMITH
Supporters/The International Committee of the Red Cross
Venue/More London

Oxfam, After the Wave

Oxfam, After the Wave

Documenting the impact of the Asian tsunami in 2004

An outdoor exhibition of photographs looking at the impact of the Asian tsunami in 2004 and the efforts to rebuild the affected areas over the following year. Organised by Oxfam, this exhibition comprised images by 22 photographers, who had been documenting the aftermath of the disaster in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia.

This exhibition was built to tour and be out in the elements for months at a time in each location. Panels were made of robust high quality powder-coated steel. As the exhibition would be visiting many locations, it was designed with an elevated platform, which could be adjusted beneath for differing floor levels. This floating floor also provided space to hide electrical cables used for backlighting the images. Standard 8 dismantled and reassembled the exhibition for each new location, liaising with local authorities and dealing with the logistics for each move.

Exhibition/After the Wave
Client/Oxfam
Photographers/Various Commissioned
Venues/National Theatre, London + Jubilee Square, Brighton + Cardiff Bay

Oxfam, The World Can't Wait

Oxfam, The World Can't Wait

Cleverly managed lighting and electricals for this timely exhibition

In the run-up to the G8 summit, Oxfam joined forces with a number of award-winning photographers from around the world, to highlight global poverty. There was a groundswell of interest in the subject at the time, with Live 8 and Make Poverty History. This outdoor exhibition presented a powerful reminder of the urgency for the world’s richest governments to deliver the aid and debt relief they had promised.

The sturdy steel frame cubes for this exhibition were prefabricated in our workshop and craned into their location. Randomly arranged, they resembled dice thrown into position. The images were very large 2m square prints that were sandwiched between polycarbonate and acrylic. Each backlit, some panels also included moving images provided by rear projection inside the cube. With no apparent order to the cubes, several were carefully arranged to touch at the corners to ease cable management.

Exhibition/The World Can't Wait
Client/Oxfam
Photographers/Various Commissioned
Venues/National Theatre, London + Brighton Seafront

Hiroji Kubota/Magnum Photos, Japan

Hiroji Kubota/Magnum Photos, Japan

A complex build for this exhibition by one of Japan’s foremost photographers

Magnum photographer, Hiroji Kubota is one of Japan’s foremost photographers. Over a long career, most of his work has been focused on Asia. He spent four years taking photographs for his exhibition, Japan, which documents life in all its diversity in his native country. Large 3m panoramic photographs depict cityscapes, daily life, industry, landscapes and customs.

Each of the plinths for this exhibition was scribed to fit the location. This involved taking the plinths to the site, levelling them in situ, taking them back to the workshop to cut and finish and then delivering to the site for installation. The stands needed to be positioned exactly, to take advantage of the narrow slits we had incorporated into the design to create an eyeline down the length of the exhibition. The end panels were made of toughened glass, while the images were printed on vinyl media bonded to an aluminium composite substrate and sealed with a UV resistant weatherproof laminate.

Exhibition/Japan
Client/Hiroji Kubota & Magnum Photos
Photographer/Hiroji Kubota
Supporters/Magnum Photos & Canon
Venue/More London

Index on Censorship, Open Shutters

Index on Censorship, Open Shutters

Innovative use of lighting and fittings for this photographic essay on Iraq

In 2006, a small group of Iraqi women each from very different backgrounds, were asked to take part in a project documenting everyday life in Iraq, away from the violence. The result was eight very personal photo stories, which were both miles away from, and yet set within the context of, war and occupation.

Lighting was a particular requirement for this exhibition. Each of the structures contained solar panels integrated into the top to provide backlighting to the photographs. On show during November, the lighting was programmed to come on at 5pm, for six hours. Strategically placed directional bulbs also projected the text on to the bodies of the viewing public. The exhibition comprised 80 low ion toughened glass panels which were clamped into the steel frames, minimising the need for visible fixings.

Exhibition/Open Shutters – Iraq
Client/Index on Censorship
Photographers/Iraqi women
Supporters/United Nations Development Programme
Venue/More London

Thomson Reuters, Sport in the 21c

Thomson Reuters, Sport in the 21c

A multi-faceted and technical build requiring innovative construction and technologies

Highlighting some of the greatest achievements in sport in the 21st Centrury, this exhibition of photographs taken by Reuters and Action Images photographers, captured all the excitement and colour of a broad range of sports events around the globe. With Reuters at the forefront of delivering multimedia sports news, the exhibition - complete with an LED ticker delivering live sports news - was a vibrant showcase for contemporary sports coverage.

The dynamic sweeping forms of the structures for this exhibition required us to first make a CNC routed skeleton, clad with a high gloss surface. As we would be backlighting the show, the subframe was carefully engineered to enable us to do so while maintaining the structural integrity of the show. An LED ticker , incorporated into one of the stands, ran a continuous Reuters RSS news feed. Standard 8 designed and implemented the graphic sport iconography on the ground and we were able to hide most of the power cables beneath these graphics.

Exhibition/Sport in the 21st Century
Client/Thomson Reuters
Photographers/Various Reuters
Graphic Design/INTRO
Venues/More London + Le Défense, Paris + Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

4 the Record Inititative, Underexposed

4 the Record Inititative, Underexposed

An exhibition that has become part of the fabric of the local community

Franklyn Rodgers is best known for his distinctive portraits, often exploring Britain’s diversity. We have worked with Franklyn on two significant exhibitions. The first was Underexposed, commissioned by 4 the Record Initiative, and comprising a collection of 30 photographs of established and emerging black actors. The exhibition started at the National Portrait Gallery and then moved to Peckham Library, where it has been for five years. While the exhibition was being refurbished in 2012, there was outcry from the local community who though it was being taken down.

The second exhibition, called Elders, comprised portraits of first generation immigrants to the UK, and formed part of a wider celebration of the anniversary of the Festival of Britain. The requirements for this exhibition demonstrated our print capacity at its best, as we printed large 1.5m images on to vinyl media bonded to an aluminium composite substrate and sealed with a UV-resistant weatherproof laminate. The result was larger than life portraits with exquisite detail.

Exhibition/Underexposed
Client/4 the Record Initiative
Photographer/Franklyn Rogers
Supporters/Southwark Council
Venues/Peckham + National Portrait Gallery, London

Aids Alliance, Communities for Life

Aids Alliance, Communities for Life

Showing how the world was responding to the Aids virus

The HIV/Aids Alliance supports communities in 30 developing nations in their efforts to take action against HIV. It also works to ensure governments honour their promises to tackle the virus. Communities for Life was a photographic exhibition showing how ordinary people across the globe were responding to the virus.

We used a pre-coloured matt finish phenolic plywood for this exhibition. The images were backlit and face-mounted with optically clear adhesive on to the back of a polycarbonate sheet. For the captions we used gloss vinyl decal lettering applied directly to the surface. The differences between the surfaces and finishes worked together to deliver a dramatic intervention.

Exhibition/Communities for Life
Client/Aids Alliance & The Basement
Supporters/The Basement
Venue/Jubilee Square, Brighton

Birmingham Council, Modular System

Birmingham Council, Modular System

Brilliant example of how our modular exhibiting system works

In 2008, we were approached by Birmingham City Council to create a modular exhibiting system they could use year after year. The system needed to be robust and weatherproof, easily configured, easy to store and easy to reassemble. They also wanted to be able to use different numbers of stands for different exhibitions, even splitting the stands to be used in separate spaces at the same time.

The first exhibition went up in Centenary Square, Birmingham, and was opened by the RT Hon David Cameron, MP. The exhibition, Knight of the Camera, was a collection of photographs taken by another Conservative MP, Sir Benjamin Stone, during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Since then, the system has been used every year for a range of exhibitions and in a number of locations across Birmingham city centre.

Photographers/Birmingham Library Photographic Archive
Client/Birmingham City Council
Location/Centenary Square, Birmingham

COPA COGECA/Getty Images, 50 Years

COPA COGECA/Getty Images, 50 Years

A photographic study of modern agriculture, this exhibition was built to withstand a harsh northern winter

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the organisations representing European farmers and agri-cooperatives, commissioned award-winning photographer, Tom Stoddart, to document the different facets of modern European agriculture. Visiting all 27 EU countries, Stoddart’s powerful images provided a comprehensive picture of modern agriculture and people who work on the land.

Built as a modular system, this exhibition was designed to break down into flat panels for easier transportation. As we do for all our projects, we visited each location prior to installation to assess the area, liaising with local authorities regarding the logistics and constraints of each venue. This show included a huge amount of information and data alongside the photographs, so we made the most of the available space with the entirety of each panel used for the artwork.

Exhibition/European Agriculture: 50 Years of COPA and COGECA
Client/Getty Images
Photographer/Tom Stoddart
Graphic Design/StudioMakgill
Locations/Brussels + Helsinki + Berlin

Climate Group/British Council, NSEW

Climate Group/British Council, NSEW

A challenging project, with multiple venues around the world

A worldwide exhibition to stimulate greater public debate and awareness of climate change and the energy challenges facing the world’s largest cities.

With so many venues, this was an interesting job logistically. As the exhibition was to tour the world, we needed to design and engineer lightweight stands that could easily be taken apart and reassembled, often without us present.

We dealt with customs, shipping, air freight and documentation for all countries, liaising with site managers for each venue. Plus, there were often several versions of the exhibition on the road at the same time.

Exhibition/NSEW. North South East West
Client/Browns, The British Council & Climate Group
Photographers/10 Magnum Photographers
Graphic Design/Browns
Supporters/HSBC & Magnum
Locations/Trafalgar Square, London + Science Museum, London + EU Commission, Brussels + Paris, Bordeaux + Lisbon + Copenhagen + Geneva + Zurich + San Francisco + Sydney + Melbourne + Adelaide + Tokyo + Oslo + Montreal + more