Marcelle Quinton, portrait bust of Lord Carrington

Marcelle Quinton, portrait bust of Lord Carrington

Zoe Whitley

Zoe Whitley, Curator, Contemporary Team, Member of Project Team

I am a Curator of Contemporary Programmes here at the Museum and represent the Contemporary Team on this project. My role on the project team also involves establishing a collaborative permanent exhibition display with input from Humanities courses at the RCA, where I was once a student. The Sackler Centre will be a fantastic resource for Contemporary Programmes, supporting and expanding our mission to attract new audiences while inspiring and challenging people's perceptions about the Museum and what it can offer.

One of the main aims of the V&A's Contemporary Programme is to engage with the creative industries. The new Sackler Centre will help the Museum as a whole to further this aim through artist residencies, talks, conferences and events.

One of the aspects I find most exciting about working on the Sackler Centre project team is being able to work on new ways of engaging the next generation of creative practitioners. Together with several other members of the project team, we are developing an innovative new way of displaying objects from the permanent collections. We have issued a call to young curating students and design historians from the Royal College of Art to devise a fresh perspective on assembling and presenting the collections. The former cafe will be transformed into an exciting multi-function space, where objects from the historical collections will be displayed as a contemporary installation on a series of columns.