Exhibition Design

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Neat have developed and designed signage and wayfinding strategies for buildings and public spaces, educational and interpretive materials for galleries and marketing assets for trade and commercial shows.

We have been working on large-scale exhibition graphics since our first commission by Tate Britain in 2001. Some of our clients include:

Braunton Museum, Bridgwater Arts Centre, British Council, British Library, Centre For Contemporary Arts in the Natural World (CCANW), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

James Gilray – The Art of Caricature for Tate Britain is a prime example of our exhibition commissions. The exhibition showcased Gilray’s satirical etchings and juxtaposed them with contemporary political caricatures.

A high proportion of the exhibited works were hand-tinted etchings and therefore determined ‘low light’ conditions throughout the exhibition – exposure to natural daylight would have had a detrimental effect upon these works. This resulted in the majority of the exhibition space to be set out with very low lighting levels.

Working with the low light conditions and ensuring that focus was directed on the exhibited works (where it needs to be) rather than dominated by signage, we developed a process to screen print signage directly onto the gallery walls.

The signage was subtle but afforded visitors a persuasive visual dynamic – evolving as they navigated the gallery spaces. Interpretive materials were developed throughout the exhibition and coordinated with custom-made display cases. The exhibition was punctuated with bespoke furniture affording visitors comfortable contemplation spaces.

The exhibition curation, design and signage enabled Tate Britain to exceed their proposed visitors numbers and afforded a dynamic visual and spatial experience.

The project was carried out in collaboration with Cotterell & Vermeulen Architecture Ltd.

Other commissions have included education, interpretive and interactive elements for exhibitions, building signage, vehicle liveries, commemorative stones and plaques and wayfinding strategies helping both commercial and public spaces become seamless, navigable experiences.

Neat have always been interested in the material and spatial conditions that wayfinding demands. Our design proposals have been developed in stone, paint, metal, vinyl and continue to expand as new materials and manufacturing processes are developed.

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For further information about any of our projects or to discuss a prospective project contact Neat – by telephone on Taunton: 01823 401 302 or email: carlmiddleton@neatdesign.org

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Neat – Silver Street – Milverton – Somerset TA4 1LA

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