Design and Curation of Inclusive Temporary Exhibitions

Design and Curation of Inclusive Temporary Exhibitions

This research project investigates how to inclusively design and curate a non-permanent design exhibition in a large regional gallery (the National Centre for Craft and Design, UK), focusing on intellectual access for blind and partially sighted visitors. There are approximately two million people in the UK who are registered with sight loss. Older people are increasingly likely to experience sight loss and they are the fastest growing visitor group (65-74 years) to UK museums and galleries.

Professor Anne Chick collaborated with various stakeholders and tailored the co-creation research to the specific needs of the blind and partially sighted participants. The resulting multi-sensory non-permanent exhibition (27 January – 23 April 2017) is available to view on the research project website.



The author would like to acknowledge the contribution of the anonymous participants and NCCD gallery assistants, Midlands Regional RNIB Centre, Bryony Windsor, Zoe Partington, Colin Webb, Arnaud Dechelle, and Kevin Hallsworth.


Project Funding

This research was funded by the Arts Council England under Grants for the Arts, National Centre for Craft & Design, and The Big Lottery under the DRILL fund.