STORYTELLERS: Exhibition Design Lecture Series

Presented by the Design Exchange, STORYTELLERS: Exhibition Design Lecture Series is aimed at exploring the various elements of exhibition design from conception to presentation. This two-part series will provide an overview of fundamental curatorial practices through the lens of diverse curatorial perspectives. The invited speakers will present case studies and reflect on person experiences. This event is open to the public and free of charge. 


Taking place on two separate days – Tuesday, March 23 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm and Monday, March 29 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm, this lecture series will be held at the Design Exchange (DX), located in the TD Centre at 234 Bay Street in Toronto. The schedule of speakers is as follows:


STORYTELLERS Part I:  Tuesday, March 23, 6:30pm – 9:00pm


* Architecture by Design: Display, Narrative and Performance in Exhibition Practice

Jennifer Carter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Museum Studies program, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto


* Loosening Their Tongues: Exhibition Design, Curatorial Narrative and the Stories Shoes Have to Tell

Elizabeth Semmelhack , Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum 


* The Fibre of Narrative

Patricia Bentley, Senior Curator, Textile Museum of Canada


STORYTELLERS Part II:  Monday, March 29, 6:30pm – 9:00pm


* Gravity and Weightlessness: How a Heavyweight Museum Expresses Itself in the Virtual Age 

Dave Hollands, Head of Exhibits & Design, Royal Ontario Museum


* Elevating A Canadian Art Form: The Design Process For The Museum of Inuit Art

Pat Hanson, OAA, RAIC, Partner, gh3


* Frum African Gallery at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Brigitte Shim OAA, FRAIC, Hon FAIA, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc. and Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design


The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada’s design centre and museum with a mission to promote the value of design. The DX is an internationally recognized non-profit educational organization committed to promoting greater awareness of design as well as the indispensable role it plays in fostering economic growth and cultural vitality. The Design Exchange is located in the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.


For more information on this lectures series, please contact Noa Bronstein, Professional Development Coordinator by telephone at 416.216.2120 or by e-mail at