House of Portraits
Powis Castle and Garden

We designed an exhibition that runs through this beautiful castle, for the National Trust. A series of portraits from artists such as Joshua Reynolds, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Gainsborough, were re-hung to bring out the stories of the characters, as well as a chance to look at the themes of portraiture and what this means to us today. This also marked the acquisition by the trust of the by Isaac Oliver (1565-1617) miniature of Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury. The exhibition is a trail through the castle, that slowly uncovers meaning within the paintings. We designed a series of structures to hold the paintings, as well as interpretation panels and wayfinding elements, culmniating in an exhibition about the miniature, that includes a film exploring the techniques used to create and restore it, as well as a large printed book as an alternative to a touch screen, where the visitor can slowly zoom into the painting itself through turning the pages. Throughout the exhibition there is a focus on a family audience, and there are fun elements to enjoy, including dress up and ‘selfie frames’ as a way of reflecting on how we see ourselves.