REG designed the identity, exhibition graphics and accompanying booklet for the National Trust’s exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s First World War paintings from the Sandham Memorial Chapel: Heaven in a Hell of War. These paintings were displayed at Somerset House whilst the chapel was being restored in 2013. The exhibition, designed by Casson Mann, arranged the paintings as they would have been in their original setting in the chapel, but gallery lighting enabled visitors to see them as they had never been seen before.

The booklet needed carried the caption texts for the main paintings so needed to be easy to carry around and have low production costs. We decided to use very thin paper – inspired by ‘bible paper’ – and to allow the ‘show-through’ of text to reflect the honest nature of the paintings. All the graphics were produced using one colour throughout the exhibition, for this we chose an earthy dark brown inspired by the colours in the paintings.

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