The British Council has asked Green Homan Associates to design a touring exhibition to mark the centenary of cinema. It will visit South America, the Middle East and Africa.
Green Homan won a credentials pitch against Atelier, Visible Edge and theatre designer Disley Jones. The Council is unable to reveal the budget but it is “one of our major spends”, according to Anita McCullough, project manager at the council’s exhibitions and audio-visual unit.
The Birth of the Movies will be launched in May, and is likely to start touring straight after. “We may make an extra set for UK film festivals,” adds McCullough.
The exhibition is a set of panels displaying archive material. “As it’s a travelling show we had to use panels, so we tried to make them look three dimensional,” says Green Homan partner Michael B. Green. One of the panels is based on backlit transparencies showing cutout figures used in shadow theatre, the earliest type of movie.