The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) won the International Design Communications Awards (IDCA)’s prestigious gold award for Best Scenography for a Temporary Exhibition. The Gallery’s special interactive learning centre, titled Our Stories, was created as part of the 2017 summer offering Our Masterpieces, Our Stories. The top prize was awarded on November 8, 2017, during the 10th Annual IDCA awards gala held in Los Angeles. The IDCA awards celebrate excellent design and communication initiatives across the art world.
"We are extremely proud recipients of this prestigious international award, especially as it reflects the positive responses garnered from visitors to the Our Stories interactive exhibition” said the Gallery’s Deputy Director, Advancement and Public Engagement, Jean-François Bilodeau. “Visitor and industry recognition has only strengthened our desire to create more interactive and dynamic experiences at the National Gallery of Canada.”
Our Stories, on offer from June 14 to September 4, was a dedicated 6, 200 square foot-space designed to deepen the visitors’ engagement by providing context for the artworks on display in the Canadian and Indigenous galleries. The latter told the story of art made in Canada from ten centuries ago to the present through three major presentations: Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967, Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present, and Photography in Canada, 1960-2000. The displays featured the largest collection of Canadian and Indigenous Art ever presented at the National Gallery of Canada.
The winning exhibition was based on the results of a market research study commissioned by the Gallery, and audience surveys that indicated visitors wanted to know how artworks are made, the stories behind them and their history and style.
Engaging, interactive, and responsive to multiple learning styles, the learning centre helped visitors make connections to the many exhibition offerings on view. Spread over five gallery spaces, it consisted of eight sections, including:
Our Stories was made possible through the generous support of the National Gallery of Canada Circle Members, the Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation and the Canada 150 Patrons who contributed to the Art for the Nation 2017 initiative.
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