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  • Peter Wilson

    Senior/Lead Exhibition Designer, Industrial Designer

    Melbourne, Australia

Peter Wilson – Senior/Lead Exhibition Designer at Museums Victoria. Peter was the Lead Designer on the multidisciplinary teams that delivered the national and international award winning exhibitions; The Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery and First Peoples. Both projects are widely recognized for their cultural contributions to the Victorian and visiting public and both were developed through a model of deep community collaboration. First Peoples was designed and co-curated with the Yulendj (“knowledge”) Group of Aboriginal Elders and Community representatives from across Victoria and the Children’s Gallery developed in collaboration with over 500 contributors including early learning education, child health and creative professionals, along with children of all abilities, their parents and carers. Earlier projects for Museum Victoria include Dinosaur Walk & Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, both part of the international award winning Science and Life Galley major redevelopment. Prior to joining the MV design team Peter worked with Mothers Art Productions on exhibitions, events, themed environments and experiences for Zoos and cultural institutions across Australia. Previous work includes projects for The Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, South Australian Museum, Taronga, Melbourne and Werribee Open Range Zoos, various retail and corporate clients and the 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony River Event. Peter is a lifelong designer maker and committed to exploring new and exciting creative collaborations.

Work Samples

  • First Peoples

  • Wild

  • Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery

Work History

  • Senior/Lead Designer

    Senior/Lead Exhibition Designer at Museums Victoria, Australia's largest public museum organisation.
    Lead designer on national and international award winning exhibition projects including First Peoples and The Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery.
    2017 MAGNA Museums and Galleries National Awards
    Winner: Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery

    2017 Australian Interior Design Award for Design Impact
    Winner: First Peoples Exhibition

    2014 American Alliance of Museums
    Winner & Special Distinction: Innovative Integration of Design and Content:
    First Peoples Exhibition

    2014 Good Design Awards
    Good Design Selection: First Peoples Exhibition

    2014 IDCA International Design Communication Awards
    3rd place Best Scenography for a permanent collection: First Peoples Exhibition

    2014 IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards
    Highly Commended Public Space: First Peoples Exhibition

    2011 American Alliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibition Award,
    Winner, Special Achievement in Innovative Design: Museum Victoria for Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World

    2011 MAGNA Museums and Galleries National Awards
    Winner: Wild; amazing animals in a changing world

    2010 Australian Interior Design Awards
    Winner Installation Design: Wild; amazing animals in a changing world

  • Senior Designer

    • Mothers Art Productions
    • Melbourne, Australia
    • 2003 - 2008 (5 years)

    Senior and Lead Designer on creative projects for arts & cultural organisations, interpretive centres, zoos, aquariums and major events.
    Clients include: 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony: River Event, City of Melbourne, Australian War Memorial, South Australian Museum, Museum Victoria, Taronga Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Sea World

  • Designer/Maker

    • Poppem
    • Melbourne, Australia
    • 1998 - 2003 (5 years)

    Owner Designer Maker
    Bespoke furniture design and fabrication for retail and domestic interiors
    Design & fabrication of POS promotional products for the streetwear/surf/fashion industry

  • Industrial Designer/Model Maker

    • Neotechnics Product and Industrial Design
    • Melbourne, Australia
    • 1995 - 1996 (1 year)


  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

    • BA (Hons) Industrial Design
    • 1990 - 1994



27/08/17 MAVIC Victorian Museum Awards 2017: Winner: The Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery 13/06/17 First Peoples exhibition wins Australian Interior Design Award for Design Impact. This award recognizes the significant influence of design on the social, cultural, business, and environmental outcomes of a project. 16/05/17 2017 MAGNA Museums and Galleries National Awards...
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