Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The National Galleries of Scotland
We were appointed as interpretive exhibition designers for the redisplay of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, a major HLF-funded project, with a view to increasing visitor numbers and broadening the appeal of the gallery by creating a central, high-profile arts resource. We were responsible for the design of 18 galleries including 3D design, graphics, display cases, furniture and IT units as well as the signage throughout the building. Our involvement continues in updating the new displays.
We developed the Interpretation Plan for the Gallery as part of the successful HLF submission. This involved the thematic display of a large collection with many different entrance and points of engagement for visitors. We worked closely with curators and education staff to consider the needs of varied visitor groups, including tourists, families, special interest visitors and educational audiences. We employed a variety of media including: touchscreens, tactile handling objects, interactives, graphics, AV projections and built in a number of sensory opportunities.
Our design provided a strong creative response to the industrial aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts building. A palette of sustainable and sympathetic materials, which respond to the architecture of the A-listed building, including glass, leather, steel and oak were employed throughout, including the design of new furniture and IT units throughout galleries. We were also responsible for the signage strategy and design and implementation of signage for
the site including visitor orientation, directional signage, gallery naming and temporary signage.