Inspiring Impressionism

Inspiring Impressionism

The National Galleries of Scotland

Design for the National Galleries of Scotland’s summer blockbuster exhibition: Inspiring Impressionism at the Scottish National Gallery. The show brought together over 100 works of art from collections around the world. In addition to the main exhibition and graphics, we designed the bookshop, ticketing area and a reconstruction of Daubigny’s studio boat.

Our work involved exhibition space planning, concepts, 3D exhibition design, graphic design and design of the bookshop, ticketing area and studio boat. We used a rich palette of opulent blues and reflective greens to respond to the individual themes of each room within the Gallery. Graphics included a timeline, who’s who, text panels and promotional material. As part of our work on the bookshop we designed a series of freestanding retail units which could be moved and used for corporate entertaining and events within the space.

The exhibition was a collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinatti and was supported by a full-colour catalogue and a varied programme of events.



The Drum Scottish Design Awards
Finalist 2017

We designed the ticketing area with its clear, bold graphics to ensure that visitor management was as effortless as possible.


A gorgeously warm and summery show about friendship and mutual creative influence.

The Telegraph

“A jewel of a show” The Observer

Financial Times.

“A fascinating, must-see exhibition”

The Scotsman.

Varying intensities of blue formed the exhibition colour palette, reflecting the
en plein air environments in which the Impressionists loved to paint.

The exhibition was a collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinatti.

A series of sketches made in Daubigny’s own studio boat allowed visitors to explore the river from the artist’s perspective.

“A fascinating exhibition and offers a genuinely fresh perspective”


High-level quotes contrast against the strong paint colour to contextualise the influence of Impressionism.

Over-scaled graphic wallpapers of orchards by Monet, Van Gogh and Daubigny let visitors step into the paintings whilst browsing in the bookshop.

The graphic timeline tells the complex story of the artists’ lives in a clear and accessible format.

A reconstruction of Daubigny’s studio boat, inspired by engravings by the artist, took centre stage in the final room.

Visitors were encouraged to climb aboard the boat and take a virtual trip down the River Oise, surrounded by the sound of birds and lapping water.

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