This month sees the unveiling of our rebrand of the National Gallery of Ireland, the home of the national collection of European and Irish fine art.
A major refurbishment of the gallery’s historic wings and a new presentation of its permanent collections will reopen on 15th June 2017, and the gallery took this opportunity to refresh the brand strategy and identity to engage new audiences.
Through an insight phase with key stakeholders, staff and gallery visitors, we discovered how all audiences felt an affection for the collection and developed the identity based on the brand idea “Where Ireland embraces art”, reflecting the gallery's ongoing commitment to enriching the lives of its visitors through art.
The new visual identity features a bold, distinctive graphic symbol inspired by the gallery’s initial letterform ‘N’ and incorporates a stencil typeface inspired by engravings from its iconic building.
The simple but iconic marque is a useful brand device to communicate the breadth and diversity of National Gallery of Ireland, allowing the juxtaposition of words and images to really communicate the gallery’s offer, now and in the future.
Senior Designer Victoria Pinnington says “It was really important to us that the new brand identity reflects the values of the gallery, as well as feeling like it belongs with the space and the artworks. The new branding hopes to enhance visitor experiences onsite and online, to both inspire existing audiences and attract new audiences.”
The National Gallery of Ireland's new brand will begin rolling out across all communication touch points onsite at the gallery, and online following a redesign of the gallery’s website by True North and Reading Room.