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Arts and Crafts Maker Space: Build and Re-Design. Invitation for Tenders

The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum is inviting tenders for a construction contract to reconfigure two small museum exhibition spaces on its second floor. In their place, we want to create a dynamic, action-led space to put users at the heart of a remarkable collection.

We want to update the way our prestigious Arts and Crafts Movement collection is displayed. This collection has Designated status, which means it is nationally recognised as an “outstanding collection, which deepens our understanding of the world and what it means to be human” by Arts Council England. However, from user research and consultation we know that whilst our main gallery, which tells the story of the history of the Movement, remains popular, the access point from this gallery and the next gallery, The Arts and Crafts Movement Furniture Store, shows a high rate of user drop off.

We’re looking for a team that can put forward a strong creative vision for this space, led by innovative and practical design.

It’s an exciting time for The Wilson as we think about the use of our building more widely, and we want this project to signal to our future.

To find out more, please download our Capital tender brief here.

If you are interested in submitting a tender for this project please send through to by 9am on Monday 7 October 2019.
Interviews will be held w/b 14 October 2019. Please see the submission criteria detailed in the attached brief.


This project will bring people directly into contact with our outstanding Arts and Crafts Movement Designated collection. It will encourage people, whether through guided or self-led making, to try their own activities inspired by one of the most important crafts collections in the country.

This capital work gives us the opportunity to update our spaces and make them action-led, dynamic and to put users at the heart of what we hold here at The Wilson for public benefit. It signals an exciting time as The Wilson moves ahead with its Phase Two feasibility scheme to bring its facilities up to date and in line with other national venues.

This opportunity has been made possible by generous funding received from DCMS Wolfson Museum & Galleries Improvement Fund 2018-20.

To read more about our Arts and Crafts Movement collection, click here:

To read more about our upcoming Ernest Gimson exhibition, click here:

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