Exhibition Design: Creating a Narrative

A look at the multidimensional elements involved in designing exhibitions

10 Apr 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ace Hotel
100 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6JQ
United Kingdom


This four-part series of talks looks at the process of conceiving and constructing large-scale exhibitions via the opinions of some of the most influential curators, historians, producers and designers.

Exhibition Design: Creating a Narrative

Exploring the multidimensional elements that are involved in designing exhibitions - from the collaboration of complex, multi-layered teams and ideas, to the execution of the physical and the virtual space. How are exhibition designers creating a narrative to excite, inform and challenge their audiences? This talk pulls on insider knowledge of some of the most inspiring set designers and producers working to stage these stories.

Curator & Talks Host

Katie Baron is a London-based writer, content director, brand strategist and futurist with extensive experience within the fashion, retail and design industries. A recognised force in futurism she is also the global Head of Retail (Trends, Insights & Innovations) at Stylus.com.

She is a regular contributor to SHOWstudio.com and Forbes.com, a founding member of LCF’s future-scoping think-tank Digital Anthropology Lab and is the author of two books on visual culture - Stylists: New Fashion Visionaries and Fashion + Music: Fashion Creatives Shaping Pop Culture.


Matt Thornley, Director, Gibson Thornley. Matt studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL graduating in 2002. Matt co-founded Gibson Thornley with Ben Gibson in 2013.  The studio has developed a reputation for creating thoughtful and engaging architecture and has won several architectural competitions and awards for completed projects. We have amassed a wealth of experience, designing contemporary buildings of different scales for a variety of clients. In addition to the strong relationships we have formed with private patrons, our clients also include the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Charterhouse. We apply a critical design approach to each scheme, responding to a unique set of circumstances. Each project has a set of simple and clear ideas that nourish the design as it develops.   Matt has been a visiting critic at the Bartlett (UCL),  London Metropolitan University and University of Greenwich and is currently a visiting Technical Tutor at the University of Sheffield. Matt sits on the South Cambridgeshire Design Review panel. Matt’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Beyond Media exhibition in Florence and at the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

Andrés Ros Soto is a London-based 3D designer. Specialising in the design of exhibitions for museums and public institutions, Ros Soto works in close collaboration with exhibition teams to communicate complex narratives through engaging spatial design. As such, Ros Soto has been the lead designer on many national and international exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include: Elizabeth Frink: Humans and Other animals, SCVA (2018); Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo, Science Museum (2018); Ayurvedic Man, Wellcome Collection (2017); Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960-1990, SCVA (2018); Beyond the Lab, Science Museum (2016) and One and All, National Trust / Somerset House (2015). Whilst at Ben Kelly Design, Ros Soto was the lead designer for British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, V&A (2012).


EXHIBITIONism is a talk series. Talks can be booked individually or if you want to attend the three remaining talks please select the 'Series Pass' for £37.50.

10 April - Exhibition Design: Creating a Narrative

22 May - Future of the Exhibition: Digital, Sensorial, Immersive


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Image: ‘Ungmang’, 2018, installation view, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul. Courtesy: Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul; photograph: Sang-Tae Kim


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