What’s involved in putting on a display?
On Friday 16th April, a small team of staff from curatorial, conservation, registration and design installed three mannequin displays (two promoting the new Frock Stars exhibition, above, and one in recognition of the late Lady Sonia McMahon); three foyer showcase displays (all continuing the Frock Stars theme of contemporary fashion) and a small display of recent acquisitions of Australian needlework and embroidery. I decided to film the installation to provide our readers’ with an idea of what is involved in this process – from removing objects from the previous display to movement and mounting, positioning, lighting and cleaning. In fact, this installation took us at least 4 hours – but, to save you from re-living the whole experience, I’ve captured it in 6 minutes!
I’ve kept the explanation minimal to open up what we do to your questions. So, ask away – all of the team are on hand to reply!
The fashion foyer showcases will be on display to the public until late May (I’m afraid the Versace one is coming out next week to make way for an exciting archaeology display!) and the Morrissey mannequins will be on display until late August.