Science Museum invites tenders

The Science Museum is to invite exhibition design consultancies to pitch for work on the ú4.5m materials gallery announced last week (DW 10 February).

The Science Museum is to invite exhibition design consultancies to pitch for work on the ú4.5m materials gallery announced last week (DW 10 February).

The Challenge of Materials gallery will take 1250m2 of space on the London museum’s first floor.

The museum’s head of design Tim Molloy says he envisages a team of two or more designers or consultancies working on the gallery: “We will need more than just conventional exhibition design skills.” He will consider a “wide range” of candidates for the work, before several designers or consultancies take part in a paid creative pitch later this year.

Science Museum assistant director Gillian Thomas says the gallery will be ready in two years. The core display will relate to a high-profile and topical event, challenge or innovation, including objects that illustrate state-of-the-art design.

The theme will be updated every 12 to 15 months which, says Thomas, could mean work for different designers over the gallery’s ten-year life span.

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