Past Forward

Scotland’s Urban Past was a programme of community events and workshops which ran from 2014 until 2019, focussing on the history and heritage of their urban pasts.

The exhibition was designed as an adaptable abstract streetscape, which doubled as the space where interpretation could be attached and where content could be projected from. The exhibition was then overlaid with augmented reality content which transformed the 2D interpretation into 3D exhibitionary visuals.

The exhibition travelled to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness between May and September 2019.

Client: Historic Environment Scotland
Services: Exhibition Design, Augmented Reality

Prospect North

Delivered for the 2016 Venice Biennale, Prospect North showcased community and designer collaborative projects delivered throughout Scotland in augmented and virtual reality.

Lateral North created an exhibition which centred around an interactive, topographic map of Scotland. The timber map was used as a platform to unlock augmented reality maps and films which told the stories of Scotland’s designers and communities. Three sculpted geometric animal heads were also created to house virtual reality films to remove the viewer from the exhibition and place them in a past, present and future Scotland.

The success of Prospect North resulted in the exhibition being shipped to the Arctic Circle conference in Iceland where it was opened by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Clients: Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, British Council, Architecture and Design Scotland
Services: Exhibition Design, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality

World War 100

100 Stories. 100 Students. 100 Prints.

Lateral North were appointed to deliver an exhibition which worked with young people and told stories of the First World War specific to Scotland. Our approach was to work with Scotland’s five print studios where we wanted 100 students to tell 100 stories 100 years on from the First World War Armistice.

Lateral North researched 100 Scottish people and place based stories during the first world war period.  These stories were expressed through traditional print techniques designed by top students from around the country.

Every print matrix was displayed within a series of timber plinths which joined to form the Scottish land mass. Each print was activated through augmented reality where the visitor could access the full story of the print through an iPad.

The exhibition was opened by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Scottish Parliament in September 2019. Following the success of the design the Government and Poppy Scotland have commissioned the design to travel to 10 venues throughout the country in 2019/2020.



Client: World War 100 Commemorations Panel, Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Poppy Scotland.
Services: Exhibition Design, Story Research, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Augmented Reality