Exhibit Fabrication Workshop


Course description

Using a combination of lecture and hands-on time, this three day intensive workshop takes a practical look at the main aspects of exhibit production and installation.  This course will provide museum professionals with the tools needed to create or update exhibition spaces, keeping in mind the tight resources and timelines faced by most cultural institutions today.  

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

Read what past participants say about this workshop:

"The instructors were amazing, very approachable and extremely knowledgeable; there was a lot of material to cover but it was well laid out and the explanations were very detailed; I loved the hands-on component."

"It was great experience to feel confident with the materials and how to use them!

"I learned so much in this workshop. These ladies really know their stuff and the fact that they are coming at this from slightly different backgrounds is really wonderful!"

Learning objectives

  • 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



Kate Kerr works in the Royal BC Museum’s Exhibitions Department as an Fabrication Specialist, with a focus on mount making, painting and sculpture/replication. Her background in museum work began as an intern at the McLaughlin Woodworking Museum  and the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, both  in Ontario. Trained as a metalsmith, with a background in History and English, Kate first pursued self-employment, establishing a metalsmithing business and then running a large art and fine craft gallery in Saint John, New Brunswick. She is also enjoys instructing in jewellery and metalwork for all ages. She is currently studying a Masters in Community Development.

Jana Stefan is also a Fabrication Specialist at the Royal BC Museum, where she uses her background as an artifact conservator to bridge the gap between the Exhibitions and Collections departments.  As a trained conservator with a background in art history, she has worked at museums, archaeological sites, archives and historic sites from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and is proud to be able to share her enthusiasm for visual culture in her everyday work.

Hands-on Course

Please note: this is a hands-on course using a variety of materials that will require getting messy (ie: paint, glue, plaster, etc). Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty or bring protective wear.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

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).