Project: Masterplan, strategic and operational plans for a new gallery space
Client: Francis Crick Institute, London
Project Duration: 4 months
The Francis Crick Institute is a world-leading research institute that moved to a purpose-built site in 2015. The original building plans did not include gallery space, however a year before the Institute opened I was commissioned to advise on how it could incorporate exhibitions into its public engagement plans. The report I produced has become an integral part of the public engagement team’s policy. Following my recommendations the Institute hired an exhibition manager and has opened many exhibitions. To produce the report I undertook:
- Vision development: Identified a unique offer for the exhibition space that aligned with the Insitutes strategic aims and public engagement work to date.
- Master-planning: Appraised the proposed space for the use of exhibitions alongside other required purposes. Identified potential display strategies, advising on the opportunities and limitations of the space; Proposed a menu of types of exhibitions that could be held within the Institute that reflect its aims and the demands on the space and situated these within a range of budget options.
- Operational planning: Advised on implementation requirements, including staffing, approvals processes, development times, capital costs and project costs; proposed strategic partnerships that could expand the depth and breadth of material for display; identified potential sponsors
“We worked with Rachel as an expert exhibitions consultant to help us with our developing strategy for public engagement at the Francis Crick Institute. She produced an excellent, in depth report which has continued to be a valuable resource to us as we continue to develop our plans.“
— Alex Hartnell, Francis Crick Institute
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