Saunders will share his insights and learnings in a special session on how both daylight and electric light can affect precious objects. He’ll advise on mitigation measures, and focus specifically on the adoption of LEDs in museums and galleries. He will also take part in a panel debate entitled: Are curation concerns holding back innovation?

The panel will explore questions such as: Are the guidelines and standards on the illumination of artworks and precious objects holding back innovation and causing the sector to lag behind early-adopters of cutting-edge lighting technologies such as the retail and hospitality industry?

The team behind the Royal Academy of Arts will outline the challenges, the conservation issues and the technical capabilities of the lighting, which features 1,500 LED spotlights controlled by wireless Bluetooth technology and boasting beacons which allow interaction with visitors’ mobile phones.

Laura Phillips of Arup will walk attendees through the concept and processes behind the remarkable V&A Dundee. Arup used advanced digital 3D modelling to deliver Kengo Kuma’s visionary building. An integrated model of the entire building included the lighting for the internal, facade and external areas of the galleries and foyer spaces.

At an immense 22,000 square metres of galleries, the newly-opened Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. The challenging task of designing the exhibition covering natural history, science, space and Arabic Islamic science fell to Andrew Wood-Walker, head of design, at Cultural Innovations. Mark Sutton Vane of independent lighting design practice Sutton Vane Associates designed the lighting. At this conference, they tell the inside story of the project.

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David Saunders will speak at 10.20am on Wednesday 14 November 2018 with the keynote ‘Lighting and the conservation of artworks and artefacts’ and at 11.35am in the morning debate – Are curation concerns holding back innovation? – both in the lightspace arena

See the full LuxLive 2018 programme, which takes place from 14-15 November and register free Here.

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