The only V&A mu­seum in the world out­side of Lon­don is due to open in Dundee. We dis­cover more about this in­ter­na­tional cen­tre for de­sign; a place of in­spi­ra­tion, dis­cov­ery and learn­ing.

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Dis­cover Scot­land’s first de­sign mu­seum, and the only V&A in the world out­side of Lon­don.

V&A DUNDEE, SCOT­LAND’S first de­sign mu­seum, will open to the pub­lic on Satur­day 15 Septem­ber 2018. It will be the only V&A mu­seum in the world out­side Lon­don! Vis­i­tors to V&A Dundee will ex­pe­ri­ence the re­mark­able story of de­sign past, present and fu­ture, and the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion de­sign makes to all our lives. De­signed by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma, V&A Dundee stands at the cen­tre of the £1 bil­lion trans­for­ma­tion of the Dundee water­front, once part of the city’s dock­lands. With its com­plex ge­om­e­try, in­spired by the dra­matic cliffs along the east coast of Scot­land, it stretches out into the River Tay – a new land­mark re­con­nect­ing the city with its his­toric water­front, and a ma­jor new cul­tural de­vel­op­ment for Scot­land and the UK. The new mu­seum will fea­ture per­ma­nent gal­leries of Scot­tish de­sign, as well as an am­bi­tious in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme of chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions show­cas­ing the very best of de­sign from around the world, new de­sign com­mis­sions, fast-chang­ing in­stal­la­tions by emerg­ing de­sign­ers and cre­ative projects de­vel­oped through learn­ing pro­grammes. At the heart of V&A Dundee, the Scot­tish De­sign Gal­leries will tell the story of Scot­land’s ex­cep­tional and in­ter­na­tional de­sign her­itage. Cu­rated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the V&A, th­ese gal­leries

Vis­i­tors will ex­pe­ri­ence the re­mark­able story of de­sign past, present and fu­ture, and the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion de­sign makes to all our lives.

will be free to en­ter and fea­ture around 300 ex­hibits drawn from the re­mark­able col­lec­tions of the V&A, as well as from mu­se­ums and pri­vate col­lec­tions across Scot­land and the world, cov­er­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, ce­ram­ics, en­gi­neer­ing, fash­ion, fur­ni­ture, health­care, jew­ellery, tex­tiles, videogame de­sign and more. At the cen­tre of th­ese gal­leries will stand Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh’s mag­nif­i­cent Oak Room, fully re­stored and pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in a part­ner­ship with Glas­gow Life. The 13.5-me­tre­long pan­elled room was orig­i­nally de­signed for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street tea­rooms in Glas­gow in 1907, be­fore be­ing saved – and placed in stor­age in hun­dreds of pieces – al­most 50 years ago. Other key ob­jects in the Scot­tish De­sign Gal­leries will in­clude a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated 15th cen­tury Book of Hours, a spec­tac­u­lar Cartier ‘Valkyrie’ di­a­mond tiara, orig­i­nal Beano art­works from Dundee pub­lish­ers DC Thom­son, and the snap40 dig­i­tal de­vice which is de­signed to im­prove health­care. The new mu­seum en­ables V&A’S most am­bi­tious ex­hi­bi­tions to be shared more widely across the UK. The open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion Ocean Lin­ers: Speed & Style, sup­ported by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lottery and in­vest­ment man­agers Bail­lie Gif­ford, will ex­plore the de­signs be­hind a mode of trans­port that came to rep­re­sent the sta­tus of na­tions and the as­pi­ra­tions of mil­lions. The show, or­gan­ised by the V&A and the Pe­abody Es­sex Mu­seum in Salem, Mas­sachusetts, is the first to ex­plore the de­sign and cul­tural im­pact of the ocean liner on an in­ter­na­tional scale. It will reimag­ine the golden age of ocean travel and ex­plore all as­pects of ship de­sign from the re­mark­able en­gi­neer­ing, ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­ri­ors to the op­u­lent fash­ion and life­style on board. Fur­ther ex­hi­bi­tion an­nounce­ments will be made ahead of the mu­seum’s open­ing. The tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions and per­ma­nent gal­leries will be com­ple­mented by ex­cit­ing new com­mis­sions and in­stal­la­tions, sup­port­ing and show­cas­ing emerg­ing de­sign tal­ent. Turner Prize-nom­i­nated artist Ciara Phillips has been com­mis­sioned to pro­duce a new work in re­sponse to the V&A’S re­mark­able col­lec­tions of Scot­tish de­sign. Draw­ing on re­search into tex­tile his­to­ries and Scot­tish ce­ramic pro­duc­tion, this site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tion will wel­come vis­i­tors as they reach the up­per floor of the mu­seum, be­fore en­ter­ing the gal­leries.

The new mu­seum en­ables V&A'S most am­bi­tious ex­hi­bi­tions to be shared more widely across the UK.

The Miche­lin De­sign Gallery will show­case con­tem­po­rary de­sign tal­ent, start­ing with an ex­hi­bi­tion of V&A Dundee’s pre-open­ing na­tional project, the Scot­tish De­sign Re­lay, pre­sent­ing de­sign pro­to­types cre­ated by young peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land from Orkney to Go­van. The mu­seum will also in­clude: dy­namic learn­ing spa­ces to ac­com­mo­date vis­i­tors of all ages and back­grounds to learn from and par­tic­i­pate in de­sign cre­ativ­ity; a de­sign res­i­dency stu­dio where de­sign­ers will share work-in-progress with vis­i­tors; a mul­ti­pur­pose au­di­to­rium for con­fer­ences, de­sign jams and com­mu­nity events, and a restau­rant with spec­tac­u­lar views from its open ter­race over RRS Dis­cov­ery and the River Tay. Philip Long, Di­rec­tor of V&A Dundee, said: “Af­ter many years of plan­ning for V&A Dundee, we are ab­so­lutely thrilled to an­nounce the date of the new mu­seum’s open­ing. “In just eight months we will be open­ing the doors and wel­com­ing our first vis­i­tors. V&A Dundee is set to be a vi­tal new cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion for Dundee, the UK and be­yond, help­ing to change un­der­stand­ing of just how im­por­tant de­sign and cre­ativ­ity are to peo­ple’s lives. We are enor­mously grate­ful to all our sup­port­ers for help­ing to make this hap­pen. “V&A Dundee brings some­thing new to Scot­land. It is the coun­try’s first mu­seum ded­i­cated to de­sign, which vis­i­tors will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence and get in­volved with in very many ways. Par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant is that the new mu­seum en­ables ma­jor V&A ex­hi­bi­tions to be seen more widely by more peo­ple across the UK. So I am es­pe­cially ex­cited that part of V&A Dundee’s open­ing pro­gramme will be the breath-tak­ing ex­hi­bi­tion Ocean Lin­ers: Speed & Style, the first of many am­bi­tious ex­hi­bi­tions at V&A Dundee that will show how our lives have been – and al­ways will be – shaped by de­sign.”

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