Using the Resources at Hand: Sustainable Exhibition Design

Using the Resources at Hand is designed primarily to help students in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University, Canada think about eco-friendly options in designing exhibitions. Skills learned here can also be used elsewhere, and can help to make the cultural sector more sustainable over the long term. The booklet offers tips for low-carbon design, outlines resources in the community, and includes information on borrowing and sharing resources and materials so that we can reduce and reuse within the department.

The Resource guide is also open-source and can be adapted and used by anyone hoping to share information about ecologically-friendly forms of exhibition design.

Every step of exhibition design, from the initial organization to the deinstallation, can benefit from a lower carbon footprint.

The Guide can be downloaded here.

About Kirsty Robertson

Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of contemporary art and Director of museum and curatorial studies at Western University, Canada.
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