V&A ties up with Holmes Wood for new gallery

The Victoria & Albert Museum has revealed that Holmes Wood is overseeing the graphics work for its forthcoming Medieval and Renaissance Galleries in London’s Kensington.

The Victoria & Albert Museum has revealed that Holmes Wood is overseeing the graphics work for its forthcoming Medieval and Renaissance Galleries in London’s Kensington.


Holmes Wood is creating the exhibition graphics and wayfinding for the galleries, which will house more than 1800 objects from the V&A’s collections. Due to open in 2009, the ten galleries are being created to tell the story of European art and design between the third and 16th centuries.


The design work will also include the creation of gallery maps, object labels, subject panels, gallery books and fundraising materials.


The appointment of Holmes Wood follows the consultancy’s wayfinding and exhibition design for the museum in 2004 for the Vivienne Westwood show, its design in 2003 of the V&A guidebook and its graphics for the V&A’s Architecture Gallery, which were based on the gridlike tile blocks of architectural drawings.


The new gallery section is being designed by north London architect McInnes Usher McKnight Architects with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Holmes Wood has also completed designs for the hoarding which is temporarily on display at the museum’s grand entrance on Cromwell Road, SW7.


In the past, the consultancy has worked on the V&A’s identities for ‘V&A and you’, the V&A’s corporate hospitality, corporate membership, patron and legacy brochures.

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