V&A Dundee will present the largely untold story of Scotland’s outstanding design achievements, bringing together in one place the world-renowned V&A collections with loans from other collections in Scotland and beyond to allow everyone to understand and be inspired by this important design heritage. These collections will be accompanied by international touring exhibitions from the V&A, making Dundee the only location in the UK outside London to receive these globally significant exhibitions. These exhibitions will be confirmed nearer to opening.
The £80.11m project to create the museum is at the heart of Dundee’s ambitious £1bn waterfront regeneration supporting the creation of more jobs and wider economic benefits. It will both generate civic pride and transform the city region as a tourism destination.
V&A Dundee will be the first building in the UK designed by Kengo Kuma, the internationally renowned architect who is also designing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium. His vision is for the museum is to be a new ‘living room for the city’, welcoming everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise, and to reconnect the city with its historic River Tay waterfront.
Why is V&A Dundee important?
Scotland is a nation of designers and innovators, from the invention of waterproof fabric by Charles Macintosh, to the pioneering work of Patrick Geddes in improving urban living conditions and creating modern town planning and Ian Callum’s leadership of design at Jaguar.
However, the story of Scotland’s design heritage – which has incredible power to inspire new creativity for the future – has never been fully told in one place. V&A Dundee will bring together hundreds of historically significant objects from the V&A and collections across Scotland to tell this story, in the museum and online.
The profile of V&A Dundee, including the international touring exhibitions from V&A, will act as a major tourism boost for Dundee and Scotland. But V&A Dundee is more than just a building. V&A Dundee is already active across Scotland, with plans to engage schools, communities, colleges, universities and businesses with the power of design to enrich lives.
Achievements to date
V&A Dundee opens to the public in 2018 but public engagement is already underway. The first community project, Living Room for the City, encouraged hundreds of Dundonians to share their ideas, personal stories and knowledge of design in their own homes.
Over 12,000 people visited V&A Dundee’s first national project, the Design in Motion touring exhibition, which took the work of seven of Scotland’s most exciting contemporary designers to 85 locations across Scotland and to the V&A in London.