Two instances this week of how relevant the national (Dutch) Bank Giro Lottery is to hard-working museum designers: first, Museum Boerhaave in Leiden received a €600,000 grant from the lottery funds for 2013 thanks to a proposal partially sweetened with designs by Todd van Hulzen, and secondly, a kick-off for the 2014 round of grants by the National Fortification Museum in Naarden for which Todd van Hulzen will also do the preliminary designs. In the current climate of spending cuts in the cultural sector museums have to appeal to grant givers. To do this they need to have a sound proposal, and that’s where our design work comes in.
Museum Boerhaave. In early 2012 we teamed up with Museum Boerhaave and Studio Louter to create a grant proposal to help fund the museum’s new renovation and exhibit plans. We created a sexy, if provisional, design for the interior of the new permanent exhibit on the lower floor. Now that the money is in, Museum Boerhaave will undergo a new round of tendering to see who will actually execute the project. We will certainly lobby for ourselves, and we rate our chances as good. Continue reading