News/October 2021
Close up of a child wearing glasses and large headphones, holding a mobile phone. The light from the screen glows on their face.

As part of COP26 – the UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow – UKRI will feature Gift as an example of interdisciplinary innovation.

Gift is a mobile app that takes the deeply personal process of choosing, making and giving a gift to someone you love and transposes it to the experience of exploring exhibitions, museums and galleries. It has been featured in museums in Norway, the UK, Hungary and Germany so far. We made it in collaboration with the University of Nottingham as part of a research project that was also called Gift.

We’ve adapted the work for COP26 to focus on the climate emergency. Here’s more from Nick on how we adapted the work:

COP26 is a context where the ideas that are shared will potentially have a global impact. So, for COP26, we’re rewriting Gift to invite delegates and the public to reflect on someone they love as they explore the exhibitions and displays of the conference. What are the things they find that will be important to someone they love? We hope this will be an opportunity for those attending to share the experience with those close to them and remain focused on what is crucial in the context of the climate emergency.

Gift will be on show in the Green Zone. If you get to try it out, let us know what you think.

See Gift in action at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery: