Exhibitionists: Designing Great Exhibitions

26 April 2018, V&A Sackler Centre
Museums Association MP Seminar

From creating context to connecting audiences and objects, exhibition design has a huge job to do.

Inhabiting a unique space between architecture and theatre sets, exhibition design is essentially about creating spaces that illuminate the objects on display and the stories they tell.

Following its sold-out event Grand Designs: New Thinking on Exhibition Design in 2017, the Museums Association is delighted to announce a follow-up one-day conference on 26 April 2018 at the V&A Sackler Centre in London.

The programme shares the principles of good exhibition design, explores design as an effective interpretative tool, and highlights how exhibition design can create more meaningful visitor experiences.

This conference is for anyone involved in creating permanent or temporary displays and exhibitions.

The day will run from 1045 to 1700, with registration from 1000.

Confirmed speakers:

Marina Willer, Partner, Pentagram
Marina Willer is a graphic designer and film-maker. In 2017, she designed London’s Design Museum’s Ferrari: Under the Skin exhibition, created the visual identity for the Barbican’s Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition and rebranded the charity Nesta. She was named 10 people who made an impact on design in 2017 by Design Week.

Sam Bompas, Co-Founder, Bompas & Parr
Jelly entrepreneur Sam Bompas co-founded Bompas & Parr with schoolfriend Harry Parr in 2007. Bompas & Parr is globally recognised as the leading expert in multi-sensory experience design. The studio works with commercial brands, artistic institutions, private clients and governments to deliver emotionally compelling experiences to a wide variety of audiences.

Kate Bailey, Senior Curator and Producer, V&A
Kate Bailey has more than 20 years' experience in exhibition making, and recently curated Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A.
She will discuss the creative process behind this exhibition, exploring the role of the concept and brief processes, and how thinking about the visitor experience in multi-dimensions helps to establish a strong curatorial vision and exhibition design concept. 

Samantha Elliot, Crescent and Collections Manager, Bolton Museum
Samantha Elliot is project managing the capital project at Bolton Library and Museum Service – incorporating a redevelopment of all of the gallery spaces. 
She will discuss the design approach to the Egyptology galleries, which are due to open in September 2018.

Nichola Ward, Head of Creative, Leach Studio
Nichola Ward leads the creative team at Leach Studio, a collaborative and innovative design and build practice, passionate about process and its impact on people and places.
She will discuss the design approach to the Egyptology galleries at Bolton Museum, which are due to open September 2018.

Elise Naish, Head of Heritage and Collections, Luton Culture
Elise Naish oversaw the redevelopment of Wardown House, which reopened in 2017.
She will share insights on integrating digital in a historic house and the results of co-produced curating from the recent redevelopment at Wardown House Museum and Gallery.

Zoe Partington, Artist and Creative Consultant
Zoe Partington works as a researcher, auditor and creative equality trainer for museums and galleries to develop their skills and experience for meeting the needs of disabled visitors. She will discuss how a more inclusive approach to exhibition design can help museums remove access barriers.

Lucy Clark, from ZMMA Architects, and Joanna Norman, Lead Curator for the Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Museum of Design Dundee
Lucy Clark and Joanna Norman will discuss the design approach behind the new V&A Dundee, which is due to open in September 2018.

Nathaniel Hepburn, Director and Chief Executive, the Charleston Trust
Nathaniel Hepburn joined the Charleston Trust last October, having previously spent three years as Director of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, and 10 years as Curator of Mascalls Gallery in Kent.
He will chair Exhibitionists: Designing Great Exhibitions.

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