Spend time in the presence of one of the great popular geniuses of the art world still innovating, still creating beauty and awe.

Lightroom, London

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer opened on 22nd February 2023 and is the launch show for LIGHTROOM – an extraordinary four-storey-high space in Kings Cross equipped with the latest digital projection and audio technology.

Working with one of the worlds most acclaimed and popular living artists, 59 Productions has created a new kind of show which owes as much to Hockney’s theatrical design as to his painting, drawing and photography.

Hockney takes the audience on a personal journey through his art, featuring iconic paintings alongside some rarely seen pieces and some newly created work. His life-long fascination with the possibilities of new media is given vibrant expression in a show that invites visitors to see the world through his eyes.

LIGHTROOM, is a new venture set up by London Theatre Company and 59 Productions and is London’s new home for spectacular artist-led shows.

‘The much-loved British artist’s foray into new technology is a breathtaking triumph’

The Independent

‘A coup of entertainment: accessible, affecting, and, technically, executed with panache. ‘


‘Unlike the immersive Van Gogh or Kahlo experiences – to which this is enormously superior – Hockney is present throughout’

The Observer

‘Bigger and Closer foregrounds [Hockney’s] exceptional engagement with multiple media, his pleasure in collaboration, and the push-pull throughout his work between painterliness and design. It confirms his unique status: no other living painter has created enough beloved defining images to sustain such a performance’

Financial Times

‘An immersive experience that doubles up as a gloriously illustrated lecture.’

The Times

‘Bigger & Closer…pulls a six-decade career into the present and future. One hopes it will inspire other artists to experiment in other mediums and technologies with more confidence. David Hockney, of course, has nothing to prove, and so is fearless, but the art world as a whole has everything to gain from his kind of open-mindedness.’


Lightroom David Hockney Photo Credit Justin Sutcliffe
Lightroom David Hockney Photo Credit Justin Sutcliffe

Bigger & Closer Credits

Created by

David Hockney & Lightroom

Designed by

59 Productions

Written and Directed by

Mark Grimmer

David Hockney Studio

JP Conçalves de Lima
Jonathan Wilkinson

Hockney Pictures Inc

Rob Berg
Biaani Carrillo
James Corner
David Egan
Juan Carlos Elizondo
Julie Green
Shannan Kelly
George Snyder
Greg Rose
Elise Wille

Executive Producers

Richard Slaney
Nicholas Hytner
Nick Starr

59 Team

Project Director

Mark Grimmer

Video Designer

Nick Corrigan

Associate Video Designer

Felix Green


Dale Croft
Matt Taylor

Assistant Designers

Ash Kayser
Simran Phull
Lorna Pittaway


Lawrence Watson
Edd Stockton
Jarek Radecki
Emily Howells
Nick Corrigan
Felix Green

Associate Producer

Anna Jones

Assistant Producer

Hope Delicata

Music Editor

Philip Adams

Sound Designer

Gareth Fry

Lighting Designer

Ben Pearcy

Associate Lighting Designer

Aaron Porter

Video Programmer

Liam Daly


Nick Corrigan
Felix Green

Assistant Editor

Kate Mogridge

Image and Audio Credits

Thanks to the following rights holders for kind permission to use images and/or audio

Sidney B. Felsen, Suzanne Felsen, and Joni Felsen of Gemini GEL LLC; LACMA; National Gallery Australia; Louisiana Channel; the Van Gogh Museum; television/ audio interview with David Hockney from the series “Inside New York’s ArtWorld,” 1982, courtesy of Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel; materials provided by the Barbaralee Diamonstein- Spielvogel Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University; Royal Collection Trust; ITV Archive; Arthaus Media; Mals Media; Studs Terkel Radio Archive, courtesy of Chicago History Museum and WFMT; BBC Archives; Paul Joyce of Lucida Productions; Getty Museum; Screenbound International Pictures Ltd; Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld & Geluid