Autumn Elective: 88525 – Exhibition Design
Conversations through the Asian collection

The elective studio seeks to familiarise students with contemporary exhibition design practices and offers the opportunity to work with the Art Gallery of New South Wales to design a speculative exhibition in their lower level galleries.

Titled Conversations through the Asian collections, the exhibition content includes works from renowned contemporary artists such as Ai WeiWei, Anish Kapoor, Shahzia Sikander, Suda Yoshiohiro, Montein Boonma and Ah Xian placed beside artefacts from the Art Gallery’s rich historic collection of ancient Chinese jade carvings, Japanese screens, ceramics, and Indian miniature paintings.

Students are tasked to design an experiential journey through the Art Gallery’s iconic exhibition spaces presenting artefacts from the diverse Asian collection. Narrative space, storytelling and interpretation are at the core of the brief, with a goal to communicate a grander story about cultures, traditions and histories. Students will be guided through a detailed design and planning process with special attention given to issues of lighting, materiality, structure and scale.

Belqis Youssofzay bio:

Belqis Youssofzay is a graduate architect specialising in art gallery and museum design. She currently works as an in-house designer for the Art Gallery of New South Wales where she designs and develops the exhibitions for the gallery’s permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions.

In 2015 she was awarded the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship by the NSW Board of Architects to travel to some of the world’s premier art institutions to document contemporary international standards for showing art and artefacts.