Dying Matters Exhibition
Client: Leeds Museum and Galleries / Leeds City Museum
In collaboration with the national Dying Matters initiative, this display looks at funerals, preparation for death, sorting the deceased’s effects, memorials and the afterlife. This sensitive exhibition aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
Working closely with the curators and community team at Leeds City Museum, we designed a range case backdrops, wall graphics, object panels and label slopes. An important part of the brief was to maintain a strong visual link with the current Dying Matters branding including colour and font usage. To create a positive and uplifting vibe to the space, we chose a vivid blue as the primary colour for all the exhibition panels - which also adhered to the brand guidelines.
The "After Death" case re-creates the room of a recently deceased person whose possessions are being sorted and bagged, ready for a charity shop. The various furniture, objects and clothing on display give an insight into their life. Our task was to design the graphic backdrop complete with suitable wall paper and street facing window. To ensure the graphics were easy to install and durable, we printed the graphics in three sections direct to 5mm PVC.
The exhibition also features two new Leeds films displayed on a large wall mounted monitor. One shows interviews taken at St Gemma’s and Wheatfields hospices and the other shares the personal stories of five Leeds people. A Memorial Book is open to give visitors the chance to remember loved ones and leave their comments.
Craig effortlessly interpreted our brief with his trademark creativeness and speed. The exhibition has received some great feedback and we look forward to working with the Inchpunch team again.
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