The National Gallery will appoint a consultancy to redevelop the Micro Gallery and to expand the interactive information system for visitors by early April.
It has shortlisted Cognitive Applications, which created the original Micro Gallery, Nykris, Oyster and Atacama. The shortlisted groups will all work on the project for a month, after which an appointment will be made, says a National Gallery spokesman.
The gallery wants the job completed within 18 months.
The gallery’s existing digital media kiosk system, which is in The Sainsbury Wing, allows visitors to explore information on the collection and artists.
‘We want the content of the Micro Gallery radically enhanced to make it more fun and exciting to use, and we want the Micro Gallery made more accessible,’ says head of new media Clare Gough.
‘The Micro Gallery is hidden away and we want to spread it across the public spaces of the gallery,’ she adds.