We were asked by the National Trust to design a year long exhibition at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire that would tell the story of Arbella. Hardwick Hall was built by Robert Smythson for the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick'. The exhibition spanned most of the Elizabethan country house using large scale mirrors as a common thread to create a sense of paranoia and reflection, this included two giant mirrors in the famous long gallery. We also created huge paper scrolls, paddle boards, bespoke oak plinths and easles, embroidered cushions, runners and banners and oak framed timelines to tell her story.
We also commissioned and fully managed the fabrication of the exhibtion and installation. The exhibiton was such a success, and was so well built, Hardwick decided to keep the exhibition installed for the following year, eventually remaining in place for almost three years.