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Exhibition Spatial Designer - Tuia 250

New Zealand Maritime Museum

Job details

New Zealand Maritime Museum
28 Feb 2019
National, Auckland
Work type
Contract, Freelance
Work classification
Culture & Heritage, Design


Provide 3D design expertise to create the physical elements that will be fabricated and included as part of the NZMM Tuia 250 exhibition. The spatial design elements will have to work in harmony with the graphic design, to showcase the exhibition objects, taonga, contemporary art works and installations.

Previous experience with exhibition design required. 

Exhibition elements

  • Work with the exhibition project team to design a physical look, feel and layout that aligns with the curatorial narrative.
  • Provide exhibition designs and layout options for feedback, in a timely manner as required by the project manager.
  • Develop agreed designs through to build ready plans including but not limited to entrance/exits, plinths, cases, media housings and decorative treatments.
  • Recommend fabrication providers and provide support to map out the build and installation schedule, ensuring timely and cost-effective delivery of the spatial components for the exhibition.
  • Recommend materials and finishes that are at an appropriate level and are sustainable for the life of the installation.
  • Document the spatial design components for sign-off and recoding including: layout, dimensions, colour palette, materials, and any build specifications.

Note: During this project you will be required to work closely with:

  • Project manager
  • Curatorial team
  • Graphic (2D) designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Fabricators
  • Object support provider

Please see our other job listed here for Exhibition Graphic Designer >> 


How to apply

Proposals and quotes are due: 9am Thursday 28 February 2019 

For full application details contact: 

Kit O’Connor - Project Manager

Email: nzmmtuia250@gmail.com

Subject: Spatial Design Tuia 250


If anyone has questions, they should be directed to nzmmtuia250@gmail.com during the notification period (14-22 February). If questions are

generic and do not contain any personal or commercially sensitive information, they will be added to the RFP information made available to others, along with replies.

All questions will be responded to with 24 hours Monday to Friday, and within 48 hours if submitted on Saturday or Sunday.

All questions need to be submitted for reply by Friday 22 February.


More about New Zealand Maritime Museum

The New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s bond with the sea and tells stories of discovery, exploration, immigration and sailing. We are a place of dreams, daring feats, amazing journeys, burning ambition, human endeavour, imagination and courage.

In recognition of the Tuia – Encounters 250 event, the New Zealand Maritime Museum (NZMM) is developing an exhibition that aims to manifest a ‘conversation’ by combining artefacts and taonga from (or referencing) life in Aotearoa New Zealand 250 years ago and beyond, with creative responses (artworks) from the present.

More about Tuia – Encounters 250 

Later this year, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook, Tupaia and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand.

A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

Written by

New Zealand Maritime Museum

14 Feb 2019

The New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s bond with the sea and tells stories of discovery, exploration, immigration and sailing.