In a week which see’s David Hockney turn 80, his life and work are celebrated in a permanent gallery opening at Cartwright Hall. 

As a boy Hockney would often visit Cartwright Hall, as it was across the road from the school he went to, and was the only place where he described he could see real art and paintings. It was here that Hockney was inspired and went on to study Art, and is today described as one of the world’s greatest living artists.

The focus of the David Hockney Gallery is the city that made the man - how Hockney’s formative years in Bradford shaped and influenced his art.

Universal AV were contact by the Gallery to provide audio visual solutions to enhance the exhibition experience for visitors. Screens and sound were provided, to help visitors navigate around the exhibition.

The exhibition includes Family photographs, early sketch books, the largest collection of his work from Bradford School of Art and original artwork created by his fathers at Cartwright Halls workshop.

"This is the very building that inspired him to become the man we know as the greatest English living painter," said Jill Iredale, curator at Cartwright Hall. "In creating this gallery, we are able to show the incredible early years of Hockney’s work in the immediate context of his family and surroundings - something only truly possible here in his home city."

Universal AV have provided screens to showcase a new short film in the gallery, produced by Bruno Wolheim. The documentary features unseen footage of Hockney working in Yorkshire, Bridlington and painting in his studio out in the Country. The short film features never before seen footage and sheds some light on the artist.

Shelley Townend, Marketing Manager at Universal AV Services, comments: “We were delighted to have been approached by Cartwright Hall for audio visual solutions. We subtly chose solutions to be non-intrusive and work in harmony with the exhibition as to not detract from any of the pieces. As a Bradford founded company, it has been an honour to provide solutions for such an iconic Bradford man and artist.”