Event, Europe’s leading design group, has appointed Kevin Murphy as Development Director. Event is the innovative and successful design practice behind many of the best known museums and visitor attractions in the UK. Kevin’s appointment supports the company’s strategy to expand its work in existing core markets and push into new areas. His role has been specifically created and tailored to support Event’s business development plans.
Kevin joins Event from Electrosonic Ltd, the world’s largest provider of audiovisual and technology solutions to the visitor attraction market, where he worked in a number of Board roles and helped form the core leisure teams worldwide, as well as forming Electrosonic LLC in Dubai. Prior to joining Electrosonic, Kevin worked at the Natural History Museum in London, with responsibility for the technology development team established during his 10 years there.
As current European President of the TEA, the association representing the creators of compelling places and experiences, Kevin is dedicated to supporting the sector and improving professional practice.
Kevin will focus on expanding Event’s presence both within and outside the UK and will look to develop business with new partners and in new sectors. His appointment follows the recent arrival of new Chief Executive, James Alexander, as part of a wider-ranging programme of Director changes.
Kevin explains: "I have worked with Event for the best part of 20 years and have admired their work both as a supplier and collaborator. To now be a part of the team is very exciting. I am keen to apply my skills and experience to help Event further its reputation for excellence in our core museum and cultural work, as well as in developing fields, such as leisure attractions and theme parks, that require professional design skills. We also want to extend our work with corporate clients, who are seeking showcases for their brands and culture, and a direct interface with their customers through brand centres.
James Alexander says: "Kevin’s understanding of the sector and wide range of contacts both here and abroad is exceptional. To have him on board at Event is terrific and I am looking forward to working with him."
Event employs over 45 people in the UK and Ireland and is the biggest design practice of its kind in Europe. Its current major projects include the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw, the Robbie Burns centre in Scotland, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, the Kuwait Oil Company Visitor Centre in Kuwait, The Roman Baths in Bath, Áras an Uachtaráin Communications Initiative for the President of Ireland and the new Museum of Bristol.
About Event Communications
Event is recognised as a leader in the field of exhibition, museum and attraction design, with a reputation for outstanding interpretation, innovation, communication and delivery. Founded in 1986 and now Europe’s largest design group focusing on museums and visitor attractions, Event has delivered over 150 major projects in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America and has unparalleled levels of insight, awareness and knowledge in the sector.
As a company, Event provides a complete range of design services including masterplanning, interpretative planning, 3D-design, graphic design and project management. The practice has a wide experience of working with leading architects to deliver unique spatial solutions, both in new build and in historic structures, and in working with curators and collections experts. Our core focus is engagement and communication with audiences through imaginative interpretation and design. This demands that we have a practice-wide appreciation of a range of issues arising, from the requirements of diverse audience groups to the special needs associated with interpreting historic monuments.
Driven by a constant ambition to provide better experiences and to increase levels of visitor involvement, Event?s approach is one that is bespoke in nature and seeks to combine the best and most appropriate interpretation techniques to effect the most spectacular attainment of client goals and visitor satisfaction.
Past projects include the award winning galleries at Kelvingrove in Glasgow (often cited as the ‘future of museums’), the Chester Beatty Library (European Museum of Year 2002), Imperial War Museum North, The Clore Gallery in Manchester and The John Murray Archive in Scotland.
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