Models for Exhibition Design

The model is a powerful tool. Unpacking Bags reveals the design and curation processes behind a major exhibition to show how the 1:50 working model served the curators as a way of understanding the gallery space in three-dimensions, helping develop a suitable backdrop for the precious collection of bags on display.

The online talk will investigate the role of design in ensuring the sustainability of a temporary exhibition, with a focus on re-use and re-purposing. The speakers will explain how the 10m long exhibition Makers’ Table was saved from landfill, and how the plinths, label holders, and other accessories are salvaged from other shows. New-build components were designed to be dismantled and shipped along with the touring exhibition kit.

This all adds up to offset the environmental impact of a temporary exhibition, following the designer’s mantra of low cost, low carbon, high impact.

This event is part of the Shaping Space: Architectural Models in Context project, funded by the AHRC, led by the V&A and the Building Centre.

We would like to thank our supporters; 4D ModelshopAmalgam ModelmakingB.15 WorkshopDrawing MatterGHA GroupThe University of ManchesterMAP Laboratory (CNRS), and Model Platform