A talk by Caroline Keppel-Palmer (Urban Salon).
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Notes on talk:
Urban Salon works mainly on temporary exhibtions.
They design a structure based around the curatorial narrative.
Exhibition cases and builds are often suited to the speciifc exhibtiion it was created for.
Temporary exhibtions are therefore inherently wasteful.
This is not intentional but often down to the quick turn-around inbetween exhibtions and limited storage.
Urban Salon observations
Temporary exhibitions are inherently wasteful. Due to short turn around times between shows and limited storage reusable items were being skipped.
Museums were started to recycle items from exhibitions between themselves but this was time consuming and a bit hit and miss.
Reusing elements from helped us stretch budgets further.
Announced as a concept in an article on 'design week', it went from a campaign to project in 5 hours.
The project went to reality within 2 weeks.
Some items are more popular than others
Issues that have been raised
Next steps and where we need your help
Raising awareness and increasing membership
The more members in the network, the better the network will work for everyone
Word of mouth
Website links, mailing lists, articles in newsletters, speaker opps at museum events etc
Review what is working and what isn’t working
A final word