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IWM North seeks Wyndham Lewis retrospective designer

Manchester
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Imperial War Museum (IWM) North is seeking an exhibition and lighting designer for a major retrospective of Wyndham Lewis’ works

Planned to open in June 2017, the high-profile exhibition will mark the 60th anniversary of Lewis’s death and 100 years since the founder of Vorticism was first commissioned as a war artist.

The ‘immersive and atmospheric’ £130,000 installation will occupy a 500m² temporary exhibitions gallery inside the Daniel Libeskind-designed landmark (pictured).

According to the brief: ‘The design is a very important aspect of the exhibition and should be simple, sophisticated, at times immersive and atmospheric.

‘It must reflect both his life and work of Wyndham Lewis as well as the struggles and his developments in each section, making the most of the striking artworks and the relationship between his work and the building’s architecture.’

Recognised for its pioneering role in British Modernist art, Lewis’ paintings and literature were strongly influenced by the conflicts of the twentieth century.

Overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford Park, IWM North was designed to represent an imagined globe shattered by conflict. The iconic structure was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2004.

Penetrated by two aluminium-clad walls – the temporary exhibitions gallery features a unique ceiling which plunges in one corner and rises elsewhere.

The winning team will work with IWM North’s in-house exhibition curator and manager to develop the ‘look and feel’ of the show and to design its graphics, navigation, layout, AV and lighting.

Fraser Randall has already been appointed principal designer for the project and Luton-based Qwerk has been chosen for the exhibition build.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 11 July.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Claire Wilson
IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Park
Manchester
M17 1TZ

Tel: 0161 836 4027
Email: cwilson@iwm.org.uk

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