The Jackie Clarke Collection has won Institute of Designers in Ireland – Design Award 2013 – for Exhibition Design. The award ceremony was held in Vicars Street, in Dublin last week. It was a great night for the designers Martello Media and the Mayo County Council. The winning of this award is very prestigious, as some 220 separate submissions were shortlisted to the final of 109 for all types of design in Ireland during the past year from products to app design. An exhibition of the short listed projects is currently on display in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
The Jackie Clarke Collection is the result of €5 million project development by Mayo County Council in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and with the support of the National Spatial Strategy Gateways and Hubs ERDF funding (2002-2020 ). The Jackie Clarke Collection, which includes 21st century touch screen technology as well as traditional exhibition design, was commended by the judges for its use of bespoke design. The former Provincial Bank was transformed into a comfortable space, which at once is a restored historic house, a museum display, a library, and multi touch screen showing the vast archive of the 100,000 items in the collection. The designers worked closely with the collection’s director Sinéad McCoole, project manager senior architect Geeta Keena, and advisor Eithne Verling, who is now director of Galway City Museum.