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SMARTPLY OSB2 Used for Touring ‘Mansio’ Exhibition Kit

  • 25.05.2018
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A clever design piece from Jardine Couture has made use of MEDITE SMARTPLY OSB for an easily-transportable exhibition kit that tells the story of an innovative Northumberland arts project, The Mansio. In similar style to the arts project it exhibits, the exhibition stand is designed to be transportable and stores within itself, enabling it to visit different locations to help share the story of The Mansio project with a wider audience.

The Mansio arts project was a mobile performance venue, which visited various different sites located along Hadrian’s Wall. The innovative structure allowed audiences to watch and listen to the work of eight authors and poets who had taken up residency in locations that the touring exhibition stopped at. Each writer was invited to create work based around Hadrian’s Wall and its wider historical and cultural significance. Bringing the work of these writers to new audiences, the Mansio displayed thought-provoking pieces and new perspectives on the significance of borders, walls of division, space and the history of Roman Britain’s most infamous fortification.

To help commemorate and memorialise the Mansio project, Northumberland-based design company Jardine Couture were tasked to design a bespoke kit-of-parts, forming a pop-up exhibition system which allowed for both easy assembly on site and that could then be disassembled and stored within its own protective structure for easy transportation between sites, protecting its valuable artwork inside. Founder of Jardine Couture, Ben Couture, chose SMARTPLY OSB2 for his exhibition design piece, which is now helping to share the story of the Mansio Project with new audiences at Segedunum Fort, South Tyneside’s ‘The Word’, and The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London from May onwards. “We decided to go with MEDITE SMARTPLY OSB2 as we wanted to give the kits some honesty and authenticity about its transportable nature, whilst obviously protecting the items inside” comments Ben. “OSB is often used as a material for packaging boxes and shipping crates, so we liked the idea of the SMARTPLY OSB2 helping us to be open about it being an exhibition that can be packaged up and transported easily; in keeping with the Mansio’s mobile storytelling roots.

“The fact SMARTPLY OSB2 has such a great finish also means there was no surface treatment needed and it has fantastic durable qualities so can withstand any scratches or bumps during transportation. It was clearly the best quality material we could have found for the project and it was a delight to work with.”

The Mansio project was commissioned by Arts&Heritage, Hexham Book Festival and 22 Sheds. To find out more, visit the Jardine Couture website: