The Stratford Gallery
At Lightmaster we specialise in lighting design and supply. However every so often, a client will come along and know where they want their lighting, thus alleviating the need for design services, but they need advice on what fittings to use. We call this lighting specification.
Howard and Emma Clegg came to us in mid-September with a design for their art gallery in central Stratford but needed ideas on how best to light a constantly changing space, so Michael, our regional sales consultant took on the job.
The Gallery is located at the bottom of Sheep Street, only 100 metres from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It’s Grade ll listed, and is 16th, 17th and 18th century. It was the second to last private house on Sheep St, lived in by an antique dealer until the nineties. It was then a sheepskin and leather shop, a teddy bear museum and an up cycled vintage and paint shop.
The low ceilings and uneven floor levels made the gallery a challenge in regards to its layout. Plus, it is a gallery and so needed to be flexible for the various artwork on display.
Michael opted for lengths of recessed track to optimise headroom and used Soraa Lamps – these lamps use a snap filter system allowing different beam angles to be produced. These lamps also come in CRI90 which is perfect for artwork.
At the back of the gallery there are a couple of small niches in which Michael opted for tiny downlights called Viky’s from the Linea Light catalogue. These provide a great light for the small sculptures and pottery pieces on the shelves.
Our own Darlek Smooth spotlight is also used for the bay windows and for the large feature painting in the center of the main room. These have 6W of power so are perfect for large pictures and they can be angled for the changing displays in the gallery.
You can visit the gallery’s website here to get an idea of their current exhibit or, better still, visit the gallery itself! You’re guaranteed a warm welcome by Howard and Emma and a few of the pottery pieces are made by Emma herself!