Design talent wanted for Genocide exhibit

A designer or design group is being sought by the Imperial War Museum to work on its new permanent exhibition, Genocide.

The museum’s head of exhibitions Penny Ritchie Calder says that the museum is looking for “a designer with strong architectural ideas, but who also understands all the practicalities of creating an audio visual auditorium within an existing shell”.

The museum is drawing up a shortlist of designers and consultancies that are known to or who have worked with the museum before.

The museum has an overall exhibition budget of £400 000, which means funds for design services are small and advertising through the official journal is not being considered.

“We are also open to new companies who perhaps haven’t got a major track record in exhibition design,” says Richie Calder. “But because of the intellectual challenge of the exhibition, we are hoping to attract a larger group such as Imagination, despite the relatively small budget.”

The budget must also pay for a film-maker to produce the audio visuals that will form the centrepiece of the new project, due to open in mid-2002.

Design work is likely to start in the spring and is expected to last about 14 months.

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