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Unpacking Bags with Studio MUTT, curator Dr Lucia Savi, and Evonne Mackenzie

Event video
Tue 23 Nov 2021
Part of Shaping Space

Hear Studio MUTT Architects in conversation with curator Dr Lucia Savi and V&A’s Head of Design Evonne Mackenzie on design and collaboration for the Bags: Inside Out exhibition at the V&A.



The model is a powerful tool. Unpacking Bags will reveal the design and curation processes behind a major exhibition to show how the 1:50 working model served the curators as a way of understanding the gallery space in three-dimensions, helping develop a suitable backdrop for the precious collection of bags on display.

The online talk will investigate the role of design in ensuring the sustainability of a temporary exhibition, with a focus on re-use and re-purposing. The speakers will explain how the 10m long exhibition Makers’ Table was saved from landfill, and how the plinths, label holders, and other accessories are salvaged from other shows. New-build components were designed to be dismantled and shipped along with the touring exhibition kit.

This all adds up to offset the environmental impact of a temporary exhibition, following the designer’s mantra of low cost, low carbon, high impact.

Please register to attend. You will receive a link to join the online talk on the morning of the event.


This event is part of the Shaping Space: Architectural Models in Context project, funded by the AHRC, led by the V&A and the Building Centre.

We would like to thank our supporters; 4D ModelshopAmalgam ModelmakingB.15 WorkshopDrawing MatterGHA GroupThe University of ManchesterMAP Laboratory (CNRS), and Model Platform



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