Exhibit Fabrication

Code: AHVS488H
Apply this course towards: Cultural Resource Management, Collections Management, Visitor and Community Engagement

Course description

Topics covered will include:

  • the basics of case design, layout and installation, including a summary of conservation-approved methods and materials
  • basic lighting of collections
  • simple mount making and support of objects on display
  • how to produce affordable yet professional labels, signage and other graphic elements
  • how to lay out and hang framed artwork
  • ideas for special effects such as scents, sound and light effects, projections, etc.
  • basic faux finishing, sculpting, and molding and casting for creating props, replicas and other creative/decorative elements

Join us to find simple and achievable solutions to your exhibition challenges.

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Though not required, current experience in a museum or cultural organization would be an asset for success in this course. Please contact the Program Office if you have any questions or concerns.


Kate Kerr has extensive experience in the museum and gallery field and is trained in fine arts, metalwork, history, research, and community development. She worked in the exhibition department of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC, for over 15 years in a variety of roles, specializing in mountmaking, exhibit fabrication, sculpting and faux finishing, installation, art hanging and travelling exhibition coordination. She now runs her own business in exhibition consulting, fabrication and installation: Insitu Services. Before moving to BC in 2007 she owned a successful art and fine craft gallery, taught metalsmithing and jewellery workshops and wrote for the daily newspaper as arts columnist and CBC radio as commentator. In 2017 she completed her Masters in Community Development through the School of Public Administration at UVic.

Kate brings specialized skills in mount-making, diorama creation, outreach kit creation, and project management of the exhibition development process, from concept to completion. She emphasizes the collaborative approach to exhibit development and fabrication, working with staff and volunteers to enhance existing assets and sharing skills so that museums and centres can continue their work with enhanced capacity. She has also worked on heritage sites including the Gananoque Woodworking Museum, Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens and Carr House. Her clients have included: The Bateman Foundation, Qualicum Beach Museum, Richmond Olympic Experience, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin and others.


On-location at the University of Victoria.

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Course Credit

1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.

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This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).