The Natural History Museum is compiling its first roster of designers, Design Week can exclusively reveal. The organisation is looking to sign up between eight and 20 designers to a roster that will run for two years.
NHM programme manager Violet Mareck is overseeing the implementation of what she describes as a design framework. She is currently receiving applications from individuals and consultancies to work across a range of exhibition-related disciplines.
‘The objective is to get a pool of designers that we can pull in as and when we need them, without having to repeat the tender,’ explains Mareck. Pitches are normally run on a project by project basis.
The tender process is being accelerated to enable selected designers to commence work on projects that are already approved and scheduled by the museum. The framework agreement will cover the museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions, drawing on 3D, interactive, graphics, multimedia and interior design, as well as the ‘integration of artistic endeavour’.
‘This framework doesn’t restrict us to using only the pool designers,’ adds Mareck.
The Natural History Museum is currently gearing up for its Diamonds exhibition, designed by Real Studios (sketch pictured), with promotional work by Hat Trick Design.