The Husky Energy Gallery (From This Place) and The Elinor Gill Ratcliffe Gallery (Here, We Made a Home)
The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier cultural institution encompasses its Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum. This innovative centre shares the province’s rich cultural identity with local, national, and international audiences. In 2011, Origin Studios won an international competition to collaborate with The Rooms curatorial team in the development of a new permanent exhibition about the peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador, from the late 1700s to present day.
This complex project explores the lives and cultures of the Innu, Inuit, Mi’kmaq and the people of NunatuKavut, as well as descendants of European settlers. In addition to presenting stories of place and history, the mezzanine level exhibition explores significant events, individuals and traditions that have shaped this fascinating part of the world. The exhibit environment uses the plank building style of local architecture, in an attempt to capture the texture and nuance of the province. The effect is rugged, welcoming, colourful and unpretentious, much like the people of the region.
This exhibit received the 2014 Canadian Museums Association’s Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions.
The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John’s NL, 2013
Interpretive Planning & Exhibit Design
Exhibit Space: 9,500 sq. ft.