The John Curtin Gallery is part of the university of the same name in Perth. It was inaugurated in 1998, and as Australia's largest university art gallery is an anchor point in the cultural life of the region. Upgrading of the lighting to LED technology from ERCO opens up new design options for the exhibition organisers.
Two ceramic artists: in the form of Pippin Drysdale and Warrick Palmateer, the John Curtin Gallery presented two creative positions at the end of 2018 that both separate and connect. An intense dialogue in which the consistent, uniform quality of the lighting forms the aesthetic backdrop – the gallery had previously replaced its original ERCO system of halogen spotlights and floodlights with the latest generation of ERCO LED lighting tools. With their special lens systems the new luminaires offer not only efficiency and high visual comfort, but also light beams that come very close to an ideal, as well as the flexibility of interchangeable Spherolit optics for different light distributions and beam angles. In this way, gallery technicians were able to metaphorically carve the exhibits out of the darkness of the rooms with practically no spill light. The uniform light beams of the Optec spotlights perfectly model the ceramic forms, making the finest details and colour nuances perceptible.