Calum Storrie

Calum Storrie is an exhibition and museum designer based in London. He has been working in this field since 1986 gaining experience in private practice and at the British Museum.

He set up his own studio in 1998 and has since worked with many national collections and smaller museums.

Calum Storrie’s clients include the Courtauld Gallery, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy, and Wellcome Collection.

He is the author of The Delirious Museum; From the Louvre to Las Vegas, published by I. B. Tauris.

Wellcome Collection, London

Tibet’s Secret Temple, 2016

For the Wellcome Collection exhibition Tibet’s Secret Temple, I created a series of rooms arranged in a spiral around the central space showing murals from the Lukhang Temple in Llhasa. The thematic rooms were distinguished by vibrant colours and overlapping planes.

Lighting – DHA Designs
Graphics – Wellcome Trust Design Office
Photographs – Wellcome Collection

Forensics, 2015

Forensics explored the history, science and art of forensic medicine. The exhibition included original evidence, archival material, photographic documentation, film footage, forensic instruments and specimens, and artworks.

From the initial proposal to the finished exhibition the layout of Forensics changed very little. The brief identified a number of themes that were translated into spaces with their own identities and atmospheres: ‘the Crime Scene’, ‘the Morgue’, ‘the Laboratory’, ‘the Search’ and ‘the Courtroom’. The design exploited a number of different visual effects using, for instance, a two-way mirrored wall and a long tunnel making a transition from a light room into darkness.

Lighting – DHA Designs
Graphics – Wellcome Trust Design Office
Photographs – Wellcome Collection

GRAD, London, 2013-16

This small not-for-profit gallery in central London is devoted to various aspects of Russian and Soviet art and design. My work for them has involved making a number of distinctive interiors at short notice and within a limited budget. This allows for a degree of experimentation.

All pictures courtesy of GRAD.

All graphics: Katya Sivers

Unexpected Eisenstein, 2016

The design here created a semi-enclosed ‘cinema’ space that was interrupted by the grid layout of the cases. The half drum also served to create a title wall and an oblique entry into the exhibition.

Bolt, 2015

Shadows from the central structure here were ‘projected’ onto the walls creating a series of disorienting planes.

A Game in Hell: The Great War in Russia, 2014

The labyrinthine layout of this documentary exhibition used, as its starting point, the alleyways and impasses of the trenches.

Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain, 2014

This exhibition on Soviet design used a central plinth that mimicked the ziggurat of Lenin’s mausoleum.

Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Era, 2014

Installing the exhibition with the curator, Lutz Becker

See USSR, 2013

The first exhibition at GRAD dealt with Soviet travel posters. The showcases and plinths have been re-used and adapted on a number of occasions.

National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf, 2014

Graphics – NPG in-house design office
Photographs – National Portrait Gallery

This exhibition told a complex story in a relatively small space through paintings, photographs and written texts. The design responded to the importance of certain interiors in Woolf‘s life by suggesting a series of overlapping rooms. At the same time it reflected a curatorial desire to place Woolf‘s ideas and work within the context of Modernity.

Courtauld Gallery, London

The Young Dürer Drawing the Figure

Photograph of plinths for double-sided drawings, Dürer exhibition, Courtauld Gallery, London

Plinths for double-sided drawings, one of a number of projects for showcases and other display elements for the Courtauld Gallery.

Photograph courtesy of the Courtauld Gallery.

Museum of Innocence

A fragment of Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence in Istanbul that came to Somerset House in 2016. The small display referred to the Museum’s interior whilst creating a separate identity making the most of the domestic scaled spaces in which it was installed.

Graphics: Amy Preston
Photographs courtesy of Somerset House.

Here is a review of the exhibition:
Author Orhan Pamuk Brings his Museum of Innocence to London


Drawing 001, axonometric of imaginary city by Calum Storrie

Drawing 003, axonometric of imaginary city by Calum Storrie

Drawing Works Four, axonometric of imaginary city by Calum Storrie

Drawing Works1001, axonometric of imaginary towers by Calum Storrie

Drawing Works2002, axonometric of imaginary towers by Calum Storrie

City, plan of imaginary city by Calum Storrie

[ City copy ]

Harbour, axonometric of harbour by Calum Storrie

Slowly Descending, collage drawing by Calum Storrie

Calypso 1001, collage drawing by Calum Storrie

[ City copy ]

Other things

The installation of Terry Smith’s preparatory sketches for ‘Capital Revisited’ at The Drawing Center, New York, 2013. The original installation was at the British Museum in 1995. Here is a recording of the public discussion we had at the Drawing Center.

Here is a link to a talk I gave at Siobhan Davis Dance Studio in 2013 in the ‘Crossing Borders’ programme. You’ll find the talk half-way down the page under Crossing Borders 2013

Interim Proposal

Interim proposal for a new wing to house the collection of ‘installation and performance art’ of the Delirious Museum, Department of Art, 2009. Download pdf.


My work prior to December 2012.


Other other things

This is my blog about, broadly speaking, music and space:

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And this is Twitter stuff: