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Manchester Museum appoints South Asia Gallery designer

16 Oct 2020

Manchester Museum announces the appointment of Studio C102 and Mobile Studio Architects as the design team for our new permanent South Asia Gallery, which will open in August 2022

South Asia Gallery

In collaboration with the British Museum and the South Asia Gallery Collective, Studio C102 and Mobile Studio Architects will join Manchester Museum on its journey to create an exceptional new co-curated and co-designed space. These two studios have formed an exciting new consortium to deliver this project.

The gallery will be the first and largest permanent gallery in the country dedicated to exploring the stories, experiences, cultures and contributions of South Asian diaspora communities in the UK. It will bring together lived experience and world-class collections, including loans from the British Museum, in what will be the largest permanent gallery in the Museum. At its centre, there will be a performance space for generating and sharing new perspectives and stories. 

Studio C102 and Mobile Studio Architects have a people-centred approach and track record of delivering co-designed projects, creating generous and joyful places where people want to spend time and connect. 

The South Asia Gallery will bring extraordinary objects from the British Museum to Manchester, to be displayed alongside the very best of Manchester Museum’s own South Asian collections, including the natural sciences. The visually stunning gallery will welcome visitors with beautiful displays and a dynamic contemporary take on South Asian and British Asian culture.

Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum, said: "We are delighted with this appointment. Studio C102 and Mobile Studio Architects have shown their commitment to being open, accessible and inclusive in their approach. With their collaborative spirit and dedication to co-design, this gallery will be a brave and bold space; a place for emotional connections and new perspectives."

Kyriakos Katsaros, Studio C102, and Chee-Kit Lai, Mobile Studio Architects, said: "The new gallery will inspire the South Asian diaspora community to connect with its own heritage and open up Manchester Museum’s doors to new audiences."

Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, said: "This is a very exciting development in the design of our Partnership Gallery with Manchester Museum, and I look forward to seeing how the consortium works with the South Asia Gallery Collective and colleagues in the creation of this important and innovative space."

The South Asia Gallery developed in partnership with the British Museum is a keystone of hello future, an exciting new £13.5 million project to transform Manchester Museum. hello future is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The University of Manchester, and the generosity of numerous philanthropic supporters.