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David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)

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About the event

Using large-scale projection in a remarkable new space, David Hockney takes us on a personal journey through sixty years of his art.

Lightroom’s vast walls and revolutionary sound system enable us to experience the world through Hockney’s eyes.

His life-long fascination with the possibilities of new media is given vibrant expression in a show that invites us to look more closely, more truly and more joyously.

In a cycle of six themed chapters, with a specially composed score by Nico Muhly and a commentary by the artist himself, Hockney reveals his process to us. His voice is in our ears as we watch him experimenting with perspective, using photography as a way of ‘drawing with a camera’, capturing the passing of time in his polaroid collages and the joy of spring on his iPad, and showing us why only paint can properly convey the hugeness of the Grand Canyon. We join him on his audio-visual Wagner Drive, roaring up into the San Gabriel Mountains, and into the opera house by means of animated re-creations of his stage designs.

From LA to Yorkshire, and up to the present day in Normandy, the show is an unprecedented opportunity to spend time in the presence of one of the great popular geniuses of the art world still innovating, still creating beauty and awe.

“The world is very very beautiful if you look at it, but most people don’t look very much. They scan the ground in front of them so they can walk,   they don’t really look at things incredibly well, with an intensity. I do.”

David Hockney sits in front of a model box taking a photo of it with his phone. The model box has projections across 3 walls and the floor showing a multi-coloured landscape

Practical Information

Ticket prices 

Adults from £25
Students & Under 18s from £15
Under 5s go free

Dates

From 25 January

Duration

One complete loop lasts approximately 50 mins. You are welcome to stay for as many loops as you like.

Audience Suitability

Suitable for all ages. contains one instance of nudity. More accessibility information.

A room full of people with 3 walls and floor projected with a painting of a woodland scene with multi-coloured tree trunks and lots of green leaves and foliage

Event FAQs

Has David Hockney been involved in Bigger & Closer?

Yes, David Hockney has been directly involved in the process and collaborated with the production team in shaping the production, adapting old works and creating some new pieces too.

How long is the Event?

The full show will last around 45 minutes, you can stay in the event as long as you’d like to but do check the website for the closing times of the venue.

What happens if I arrive a little late?

If you arrive late, we should be able to accommodate you into the event depending on how late you are and the current capacity.  We advise you to arrive 15 minutes before your start time to guarantee entry at your allotted time.

Can I take photos and videos while in the event?

Yes we’re happy for you to take photos and short video clips while in the venue for your personal use.  However, professional photography or videography is prohibited without written consent from the venue in advance. We don’t allow the use of tripods within the space.

Can I buy a gift voucher for the show?

Yes you can!  Fill in the form here

Vouchers are valid for a year and you can schedule when the recipient receive the voucher.

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