David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away) Tickets

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away) Tickets

About David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)

Using large-scale projection in a remarkable new space, David Hockney takes us on a personal journey through sixty years of his art.

Situated in the heart of London’s King’s Cross, Lightroom’s vast walls and revolutionary sound system enable us to experience the world through Hockney’s eyes. His life-long fascination with the possibilities of new media is given vibrant expression in a show that invites us to look more closely, more truly and more joyously.

In a cycle of six themed chapters, with a specially composed score by Nico Muhly and a commentary by the artist himself, Hockney reveals his process to us. His voice is in our ears as we watch him experimenting with perspective, using photography as a way of ‘drawing with a camera’, capturing the passing of time in his polaroid collages and the joy of spring on his iPad, and showing us why only paint can properly convey the hugeness of the Grand Canyon. We join him on his audio-visual Wagner Drive, roaring up into the San Gabriel Mountains, and into the opera house by means of animated re-creations of his stage designs.

From LA to Yorkshire, and up to the present day in Normandy, the show is an unprecedented opportunity to spend time in the presence of one of the great popular geniuses of the art world still innovating, still creating beauty and awe.

“The world is very very beautiful if you look at it, but most people don’t look very much. They scan the ground in front of them so they can walk, they don’t really look at things incredibly well, with an intensity. I do.”

Opening Times & Itinerary

Mon: 9AM - 7PM Tues/Wed/Thurs: 10AM - 7PM (during school holidays the Experience closes at 8:30PM and some evenings are closed due to hires) Fri/Sat/Sun: 9AM - 8:30PM

From 2 OCT: Mon & Thurs: 10AM - 5PM Tues/Wed: CLOSED Fri: 10AM - 8:30PM Sat: 9:30AM - 8:30PM Sun: 9:30AM - 7PM

OCTOBER HALF TERM Mon/Thurs: 10AM - 5PM Fri: 10AM - 8:30PM Sat: 9:30AM - 8:30PM Sun: 9:30AM - 7PM

Admission Information

Please scan your voucher at the Check-in desk for entry into the Experience.

Important Information

There is level access to the building with lift facilities to all levels. An accessible toilet is available on all 3 levels. By foot, there are 3 flights of stairs down into the show space, and 4 short flights of stairs to exit.

There are baby changing facilities in our gender neutral toilets, located in individual cubicles. Baby changing facilities are also available in the accessible toilets.

We do not have storage space for luggage, we recommend using luggage storage facilities at Kings Cross station.

There is a free cloakroom for jackets and coats available in the venue.

Disabled Access Lightroom is fully accessible for wheelchair users, with level entry and lift access to all floors. (Access companions FOC)

A number of Sennheiser audio enhancement devices are available for use. If you would like one for your visit, please let us know in advance.

Open captions are built in to the show and are visible at all times Subject to availability, a wheelchair can be borrowed from the venue to use during visit.

To arrange for a wheelchair to be available, please email at access@lightroom.uk before your visit

Visit Time

50 minutes


Immersive Experiences


Child (5-15). Under 5 go Free.

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