World-first video wall, world class IT services!

Jigsaw24, the UK’s leading IT provider, recently kitted out the historic Photographers’ Gallery with a huge, never-done-before video wall as part of their £8.9 million refurbishment.

The Photographers’ Gallery were originally looking for a way of showing off the new digital programme which would fit in with the new look of the Photographers’ Gallery, and give the best possible first impression. After giving us a call, Jigsaw24’s AV business manager Anthony Hammond set up a consultation session with the gallery so he could better understand the requirements of the gallery. Knowing they were looking for a solution that would visually wow customers, Anthony thought the best thing to do was to show the staff some screens in action. To get an idea of the solutions currently out there, they visited a couple of showrooms as well as the new David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy, in which the renowned British artist displays his recent digital media output.

After discussing a few options, they decided the brilliant high brightness of Sharp’s high-end 60” screens would be perfect for the Photographers’ Gallery. The PN-V602s feature local dimming, which turns off the display behind pixels which aren’t in use to give incredibly deep blacks. As they have an almost microscopic bezel around their edges, they’re great for arranging multiple screens into different configurations too.

“Arranging the screens in a 4×2 portrait style would be the first time ever the Sharp screens had been used like that,” Anthony said. “The main challenge was trying to fit the screens flush into the recessed wall in the old brick building. But once Mark, Simon and Jim from the Jigsaw24 AV team had them set up and tested in the irregular space, they looked fantastic, with a flawless image continuing between the screens.”

Anthony will now run training sessions with the staff as part of the installation, so they’ll be able to easily update the content that’s streamed to the screens from the Scala media players, and be comfortable with the Matrox video device and ATI graphics processor technology which back up the system. Jigsaw24’s full services package also includes a year’s full onsite support, so the Photographers’ Gallery are covered for an engineer to come out in case anything goes wrong down the line.

The refurbished Photographers’ Gallery, designed by Irish architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, opened to the public on Saturday 19th May 2012. A new digital programme, Born in 1987: The Animated GIF, an exhibition devoted to the digital image format, is the first to be displayed on The Wall. Exhibitions in the three dedicated floors of gallery space began with Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s OIL series, with more from high-profile artists and emerging photographic talent from around the world. You can visit the Photographers’ Gallery at 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW.

Feel like your content deserves to be shown off on a stunning video wall? Get in touch with the team on 03332 400 888, email sales [at] Jigsaw24.com or visit www.Jigsaw24.com

About Jigsaw24 Ltd

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About The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery opened in 1971 in Great Newport Street, London, as the UK’s first independent gallery devoted to photography. It was the first public gallery in the country to exhibit many key names in international photography, including Juergen Teller (fashion), Robert Capa (photojournalism), Sebastião Salgado (documentary) and Andreas Gursky (contemporary art). The Gallery has also been instrumental in establishing contemporary British photographers including Martin Parr and Corinne Day. In 2009 the Gallery moved to 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, the first stage in its plan to create a 21st century home for photography. Following an eighteen month long redevelopment project the Gallery reopened to the public on Saturday, 19 May 2012. The success of The Photographers’ Gallery over the past four decades has helped to establish photography as a recognised art form, introducing generations of visitors to important names in photography and championing photography’s place at the heart of visual culture. The Gallery’s Chair of the Board of Trustees is Brian Pomeroy, CBE. www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Source: Jigsaw24