Following an “extraordinary demand”, groups can now book tickets to go and see David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away) at Lightroom in King’s Cross, until December.  

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

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The immersive show at London’s Lightroom takes audiences on a personal journey through 60 years of the artist’s work.

The show is the result of three-year collaboration between David Hockney and the creators of Lightroom, described as the venue for an all-new art experience combining visual spectacle with high-tech audio.

It takes audiences on a journey through the artist’s work over 60 years with his voice as the soundtrack to the experience and an invitation to see the world through his eyes including some rarely seen pieces and newly created work. 

A portrait of David Hockney, created by chalk artist Julian Beever, now sits outside the entrance to Lightroom in King’s Cross and was created to celebrate Hockney’s 86th birthday. The attraction has now welcomed more than 200,000 visitors since opening in February this year.

Richard Slaney, CEO of Lightroom, said “All of us at Lightroom wish David Hockney a very happy 86th birthday, and we are delighted to be collaborating with artist Julian Beever who has created this fantastic portrait of David to mark the occasion.

“In addition, to celebrate the birthday of one of our most iconic and revered artists, we are releasing more tickets. We have had a fantastic response from those who have experienced the show, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Lightroom, who, for a limited time will also be able to see Julian’s portrait.”

What to expect

The 45-minute show covers six chapters and viewers will see Hockney 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.

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

Source: Mark Grimmer

Artist David Hockney viewing the model box containing his work August 2021 Landscape with Shadows in which 12 iPad paintings comprise a single work.

Groups can 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 said to be 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.

There are discounts available for groups of 10 plus (differing depending on the size) for Monday-Thursday performances.  

About Lightroom

The innovative showspace was designed as a sister space to the award-winning Bridge Theatre. The foyer contains a café/bar, a gift shop and seating in the foyer and outside on the square. The venue is open seven days a week throughout the day and on most evenings.

For more information and to book visit