May 2015

Factory Viewing Gallery shortlisted for the MAGNA awards

I’m very excited to announce that the Factory Viewing Gallery project I’ve been working on at the Royal Australian Mint has been short-listed for a Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs) in the  Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout category. We  have  our fingers crossed but we are up against stiff competition such as the War Memorial and the Shrine of Remembrance.

Although the gallery has been open to the public since January,  it  was  official launched by MP Peter Hendy on April 29th. The event even featured in the Citynews social pages! I was very pleased to speak at the launch about the strategic planning behind the exhibition and the design and development of the touch screen content. The key challenges in the project were: to activate the space for visitors,  to make the complex process of making coins coherent for visitors and to make often hidden activities and technologies in the factory visible to the public. The colour coded train-map diagram, touch-screens and video content achieve these goals, together with the vibrant, contemporary gallery environment. Click here for a more detailed description of the project.

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It was a pleasure working with Whitecube, Icelab and staff at all levels of the Mint who contributed to the project. Thanks in particular the exceptional  leadership of the Mint’s Tourism Engagement and Experience Manager, Imelda Dover.