Museums, Exhibitions & GalleriesCulture, History

Being Irish O'Quebec

Location
Montreal, Canada
Client
McCord Museum
Surface area
3900 sq ft
Completion date
2009
Overview

Irish immigrants have settled in Quebec since the 17th century. Over time, they have come to occupy an important place in the social, political, and economic elements of Quebec society and have had an enormous influence on its culture. GSM Project was asked to celebrate Quebec’s Irish heritage in a contemporary exhibition presented at the McCord Museum of Canadian History.

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A contemporary look at history

Developed in collaboration with the Museum, this exhibition presented a collection of historical objects and images. Throughout the space, installations presented the iconic people, places, and events of the history shared by Ireland and Quebec. GSM Project opted for a clean, light design, reinterpreting key elements of Irish culture in the graphics and using crisp and contemporary colours to enhance the content.

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GSM Project
GSM Project
Storytelling at the heart of the experience

True to the tradition of storytelling so important to both Ireland and Quebec, the exhibition featured “Biography Booths”, where visitors could listen to the stories of people—some well known, others not—whose lives were true representations of the nations’ shared history. The booths were surrounded by displays featuring objects from everyday life. “Story Stations”, in the form of large graphic platforms, presented three key settlement destinations for Irish immigrants in Quebec. Around them, subjects and artefacts were displayed, underlining the influence Irish settlers had on their environment, while interactive displays allowed further exploration of the subject.

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Summary

Irish immigrants have settled in Quebec since the 17th century. GSM Project was asked to celebrate Quebec’s Irish heritage in a contemporary exhibition presented at the McCord Museum of Canadian History.