A month of Expo 2017

July 7, 2017

Expo 2017 opened four weeks ago in Astana, the new capital city of Kazakhstan, and what a month it’s been!

The Expo is themed around Future Energy and features pavilions from 115 participating countries and 22 international organisations.

TalentS|KCA have designed and developed the Pavilion for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and we’re also managing the operations of the Pavilion during the three-month event.

We oversaw the recruitment of over 40 local Guides and comprehensively trained them before the Expo opened, helping them develop as a team and prepare for their new roles. We couldn’t be more impressed with them! They have become an incredible team and are continually wowing us with their dedication and enthusiasm.

The KSA Pavilion was amongst the top 10 most visited pavilions within the first 10 days of Expo and we are continuing to welcome an astonishing number of visitors. Within the first three weeks of Expo, over 100,000 people had visited the Pavilion and today has been our busiest day to date with well over 20,000 visitors!

Check back here for regular updates about the event and follow SaudiExpo2017 on Twitter and Instagram for the latest happenings, KSA facts and pictures!

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An opening event for the Postal Museum

July 6, 2017

Last week we went to the Postal Museum’s opening event. The event showed off the new central London attraction and gave us an opportunity to see the rest of the Museum.

It was great to see Sorted! and we’re very, very excited to see families enjoying the space in three weeks time!

Until then, we couldn’t resist sharing a few early photos of the space, and the KCA team as postmen and women from days gone by…

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Visit London’s Hidden Gem of the Week

May 10, 2017

Visit London provides an official guide to the city, showcasing the best restaurants, street markets, West-End deals and hotels for every budget. It’s guide to London and everything the city has to offer is used by Londoners, regular returners and first time tourists, and this week our exhibition at the Francis Crick Institute is the website’s hidden gem of the week!

https://www.facebook.com/visitlondon/posts/10154601393030677

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Sorted!: A trip to Holland

April 24, 2017

 

We’ve been developing Sorted! for the soon to open Postal Museum. The gallery is a dedicated play space for under 8s and combines many aspects of the world of mail and post, including an interactive sorting office, weighing machines, vintage post van and uniforms to try on.

Joe recently went to Holland to visit Bruns, the company building the exhibits for Sorted!, to see how it was coming along. Everything is taking shape and looking very exciting. We can’t share many photos before the museum opens in July, but couldn’t resist sharing a sneak peek…

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New Exhibition at The Crick

April 19, 2017

We spent last week installing the Francis Crick Institute’s new exhibition, Open for Discovery. The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow, but we couldn’t resist sharing some photos beforehand!

Open for Discovery invites visitors to step inside the scientific mind of the Crick, learn about who Francis Crick was and explore the Institute’s research interests.

The exhibition is split into six elements: Francis Crick, influenza, TB, DNA, cancer and growth factors. Scientists at the Crick’s founding sites played an important role in developing our understanding of each of these areas, and these strands of research remain central to the new Institute’s research programme with many of the scientists being world-leaders in their respective fields.

The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow, April  20th, and is open until 28th October 2017.

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Secret Structures at Wakehurst

April 12, 2017

We’ve recently been working with Wakehurst in West Sussex to design their new Secret Structures exhibition.

Wakehurst is home to a 16th-century mansion which is set in 500 acres of garden. The vast garden is incredibly impressive and includes a botanic garden, large woodland, wetland conservation area, the world’s largest seed conservation project in Kew Garden’s Millennium Seed Bank, and exhibition spaces.

Wakehurst’s new exhibition, Secret Structures, provides an opportunity to not only marvel at the featured plants and fungi, but also a platform to learn from them and better understand our need to protect them.

Secret Structures features an interactive table which invites visitors to peel back the layers of scanned objects including a Brazil nut and an orchid to reveal their intricate innards, and an excavated oak tree  suspended to reveal its complex and normally hidden root system. The exhibition also includes a specially commissioned light sculpture suspended from the ceiling, created by the exhibition’s Artist in Residence, Perdita Sinclair.

We developed multimedia displays for the exhibition. Each of the displays explore the unusual, secret and curious sides of the specimens on show, including Brazil nuts, walnuts, orchids and oak trees. The displays cover the incredible role oak trees play in supporting biodiversity in the UK, the complex process of propagating orchids and Kew Science’s expertise, and why you should think twice about falling asleep under a walnut tree- they cunningly secrete chemicals to poison nearby plants…

The exhibition’s star exhibit is the excavated oak tree which was featured on the acclaimed BBC4 programme, Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor.

Secret Structures’ opening was covered on BBC South East.

It is open until March 2018, for more information see Wakehurst’s website.  

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KCA in China!

April 7, 2017

We’re delighted to announce that we’re working on a project for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.

Our work centres around the development of four themed programming spaces within the Museum. The Shanghai Museum was opened in 2001 and has gone on to become one of China’s most visited modern museums.

We started been working on the project in January and have been busy developing the themed programming spaces and 68 hours of activities for a range of different audience groups. The project is due for completion in May.

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A Visit to the Design Museum

February 28, 2017

The new Design Museum opened its doors at the end of last year at its new location in Kensington, at the site of the old Commonwealth Institute.

The Commonwealth Institute was built in 1962 and famed for its striking design. It closed in 2004 and after an £80 million redevelopment, the building is reopened and repurposed as the Design Museum- complete with the original parabolic roof.

KCA recently went on a trip to check out it out.

The Museum’s atrium is a light and welcoming space, contributed to by the informal seating area created on the wide stairs leading visitors up into the exhibition spaces. 

We checked out ‘Designer Maker User’, the Museum’s first ever permanent and free display. The gallery charts the interconnectedness of the three roles: designer, maker and user. Designer explores the ways in which designers’ thought processes inform projects, and includes a scale model of the new London underground train, British road signs and anglepoise lamps. Maker explores the evolution of manufacturing- from everyday objects, such as tennis balls, to novel and bespoke items, like the 2012 Olympic torch. In User the focus is placed on the interaction between people and brands that have come to define the modern world. This includes a display of Apple and Sony products- highlighting the relative obsolescence of the Walkman in 2017 and comparative gawkiness of early iPods.

The gallery also includes a collection of 200 objects suggested by people as their most important object from over 25 countries. The display is diverse and includes a IKEA blue bag, pair of jeans, £5 banknote and a plastic garden chair. The Museum describes it as a demonstration of the intimate relationships we have with everyday objects that shape our lives.

Towards the end of our visit Cat (who previously lived in Japan) became reacquainted with an old friend- Paro, a Japanese therapeutic robot baby seal. Designed by Takanori Dhibata to be very cute and have a calming effect, Paro responds to petting and used in hospitals and nursing homes to elicit an emotional response from patients and residents. Creating benefits similar to those seen with animals-assisted therapy. Paro was indeed very cute and responded to our petting, soon winning over the rest of the KCA team.

Visit the Design Museum’s website to find out more.

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Review of Crick Exhibition

December 12, 2016

How do we look?, the exhibition we designed for the Francis Crick Institute, has been reviewed in the Londonist.

How do we look? is the Crick’s first public exhibition and explores the what, why and how of twelve Crick scientists’ research. The review described the exhibition as ‘small, but powerful and informative’ and discusses how the researchers’ written and audio commentary ‘gives a more intimate, personal glimpse into the passion and enthusiasm of the individuals, too.’

Read the full review here.

How do we look? is on until 4th February.

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Explore Esplora

October 19, 2016

Esplora, Malta’s first interactive science centre, opens its doors to the public next week, putting training by KCA into practice.

Malta’s first interactive science centre, Esplora, will open its doors to the public next week. We’ve been involved in this exciting project since 2013, when we led training for the centre’s management team.

The training took place in Malta and at London’s Science Museum and Techniquest, Cardiff. It involved a highly interactive and focused programme of modules tailored directly to the needs of Esplora and its staff, providing a comprehensive insight into the theory and practice of developing, delivering and implementing science centres, exhibitions and staff skillsets. Read more about it here.

We worked with Esplora again in 2015 to deliver the text strategy for all graphics, exhibit labels and multimedia in the science centre.

Congratulations and good luck to the Esplora team from all at KCA. We look forward to visiting soon!

See more at http://esplora.org.mt

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Esplora: Image from AM2 

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Esplora’s main exhibition building. Image from Esplora

 

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