Nina Due has been appointed as the new head of exhibitions at the Design Museum.
Due, who is currently a curator at the museum, replaces Donna Loveday, who is taking on the new role of head of curatorial. Both will report directly to Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic.
Due, who has also worked in the Design and Architecture Department of the British Council and for the V&A Museum, says she wants the Design Museum to engage in ‘a more critical dialogue with the wider design world’.
She says that this could be achieved through holding events outside the Design Museum space, as with the Hussein Chalayan talk held at Shoreditch Town Hall last month.
Due also describes her task as ‘looking at the museum holistically’, to make strands such as the education programme more integral. She also says she has to ‘deal with the balance of two or three exhibitions at any one time’.
Commenting on the possibility of the Design Museum moving from its Shad Thames home, Due says she is ‘very much in favour of a new space’.
The museum has been linked with a move to the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington High Street, and Due says, ‘The key thing is that any move is to somewhere central – there are many hubs for the creative industries in London.
‘The Commonwealth Institute is near Exhibition Road, so there is already a big visitor footfall. It would probably be a well-chosen spot,’ she adds.
Due is currently working on a Javier Mariscal exhibition, set to open at the beginning of July, and a jewellery exhibition, planned for 2010.