Please note, these FAQ's relate to our large scale tours only.  If you would like more information about our Tiger Who Came to Tea tour click here or email us.

How much is the hire fee?

Hire fees vary from exhibition to exhibition, please email Sarah McGlynn for further details.

Our Small Stories exhibition hire fees vary, please click here for more information.

What is included in the hire fee for a large scale exhibition?

- All exhibition material (build, artwork, AV, graphics, toys, dress-up, gallery books and props)

- One or two members of Seven Stories staff will be present for two days at both install and de-install to condition check artwork.  All travel, accommodation and subsistence is included in the hire fee. During the Covid-19 pandemic, courier trips have been suspended.  We expect they will resume as normal when it is safe to do so.  Until then, condition checking of artwork will be carried out by staff at your venue. 

- A member of seven stories staff will conduct a site visit for new venues. 

- Support from Seven Stories touring team from your initial enquiry to the end of the hire period

- Marketing materials (press releases, logos, images) and support from our marketing team

- Learning materials from which to develop your own learning packages.

- Tour manual, elevations, floor plans, paint plans, artwork and build lists to ensure easy planning of your gallery space.

- Support and guidance from our bookshop team who can advise on merchandise relevant to the exhibition.

What do we need from you?

- Onward transport to the next tour venue, or back to Seven Stories

- Installation and de-installation of the exhibition.  We recommend a team of four experienced technicians: 2 with basic joinery skills, 1 with AV skills and one extra for general assistance.

- Printing and development of marketing materials

- Insurance costs for exhibition artwork and build

- Paint and other installation materials/equipment

- Museum standard display cases.  Seven Stories will provide details of the cases previously used, but cannot provide cases as part of the tour.

- Evidence of environmental controls.  Your gallery space should have:

  • Gallery temperature of 16-22°C, fluctuations of no more than + or – 3°c in 24 hours
  • Gallery humidity of 40-60% relative humidity with not more than a 10% change in 24 hours
  • Individual items should not be exposed to light beyond 50 Lux, (in the case of a few more fragile pieces, 30 Lux)

- Facilities report and a copy of your disaster plan.

- Completed post-hire evaluation (provided by Seven Stories).

How big are your exhibitions?

Our exhibitions are designed to comfortably fit a gallery space of 150 square metres.  We have lent to venues whose spaces vary from 150 square metres to 800 square metres.  Smaller venues have displayed the exhibition in several galleries within their venue to great effect.  Larger venues have enhanced the exhibition by adding relevant material from their own collections, or by commissioning extra build or graphics.

Who borrows exhibitions from Seven Stories?

We usually lend to accredited Museums and Galleries, but on occasion have been able to work with venues which are not accredited museums.  As long as a venue meets our environmental and security requirements, a loan can be considered.

Does the exhibition need to be paid for in advance?

A 30% hire fee deposit is payable upon exchange of hire contract.  This is non-refundable.  The remainder of the balance is payable upon receipt of the exhibition.

Can changes or additions be made to the exhibition?

Most of our exhibitions a composed of a number of subject sections.  The sections and artworks within them must remain as intended by our curators, however, in most cases, the order of these sections can be adjusted to fit your venue.

If your gallery space is smaller than 150 square metres, elements can be removed from the exhibition and stored during the remainder of the hire period at the venues expense. Artwork must be stored in accordance with our environmental requirements.  If your space is larger, additions can be made from your own collections or by commissioning further graphics or build at your venues expense (with approval of Seven Stories).

Contact us:

Quite often most issues can be creatively overcome – if you are interested in taking a Seven Stories exhibition, but are unsure as to whether it’s the right fit for your venue, please get in touch.  We are always open to trying new concepts, working with new venues and making the exhibitions work for everyone! 

Contact sarah.mcglynn@sevenstories.org.uk to discuss your hire opportunities today.