The museum and RRS Discovery in September 2018
|Established||15 September 2018|
|Location||1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 4EZ|
|Owner||Design Dundee Ltd.|
V&A Dundee is a design museum in Dundee, Scotland, which opened on 15 September 2018. The V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London. The V&A Dundee is also the first building in the United Kingdom that has been designed by Kengo Kuma.
The plan for a V&A museum in Dundee originated at the University of Dundee in 2007 when Professor Georgina Follett (then Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) suggested bringing the V&A to Dundee to University Principal, Sir Alan Langlands. Subsequently, Joan Concannon, the university's director of external relations, made a 20-minute pitch to Sir Mark Jones, then director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, in which the case for Dundee was made including its potential as an anchor for the urban regeneration of the waterfront. A design competition took place in 2010 to decide what the museum would look like. The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma won the competition, his design was inspired by the eastern cliff edges of Scotland.
BAM Construction carried out the construction work beginning in April 2014. The original completion date was 2017 but was delayed to 2018. During construction a cofferdam was installed to allow the outer wing to expand onto the River Tay and 780 tonnes worth of pre-cast, grey, concrete slabs were added to the outside of the building. It cost £80.1 million to complete.
The V&A Dundee opened to the public on 15 September 2018 with international and national press previews taken place beforehand from 13–14 September 2018. The opening was celebrated with a 3D Festival which featured acts such as Primal Scream, Be Charlotte and Lewis Capaldi and had featured a light show and a firework display. The opening highlights were broadcast on BBC Two Scotland in a programme hosted by Edith Bowman. The museum attracted 27,201 visitors during its first week and 100,000 in its first three weeks.
The museum was officially opened by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in a private official opening which was held on 28 January 2019. On 30 March 2019, the museum achieved its target of 500,000 visitors within a year, six months earlier than expected.
The exhibition galleries are where the temporary exhibitions are placed.
|Ocean Liners: Speed and Style||15 September 2018 – 24 February 2019|
|Video Games: Design/Play/Disrupt||20 April 2019 – 8 September 2019|
|Hello, Robot: Design Between Human and Machine||2 November 2019 – 23 February 2020|
Scottish Design Galleries
The Scottish Design Galleries feature permanent design works from across Scotland.
The Oak Room
Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Oak Room was originally completed in 1908 after being commissioned by Catherine Cranston for use as a tearoom on Ingram Street in Glasgow. The 13.5 meter long double-height room now forms a part of the permanent Scottish Design Gallery at the museum. The Oak Room was restored from over 700 original parts that were stored by Glasgow City Council for over 50 years. The room took 16 months to install and the total cost of the restoration and conservation was £1.3 million (2018).
Projects and groups
School Design Challenge
Before the museum opened, the V&A Dundee launched a 'school design challenge' in 2015 where 11–12 year olds from S1 classes had to use design to change their everyday environment. It included schools from across Dundee, Tayside, Angus and Fife.
Young People's Collective
The V&A Young People's Collective are a group of 16 to 24 year olds that contribute to the young voice of the museum. The group meet every Thursday and take over the V&A Dundee's Twitter account. The Young People's Collective co-designed the 3D Festival alongside DF Concerts which was part of the museum's opening.
There are 50 design champions of the V&A Dundee. The design champions are ambassadors to the museum.
- Kate Pickering
- Bunny Christie
- Finn Ross
- Richard Clifford
- Scott Jarvis
- Nikki McWilliams
- Kevin Fox
- Sally-Ann Provan
- Michaela Millar
- Kirsty Stevens
- Malath Abbas
- Tom deMajo
- Lynne McLachlan
- Hayley Scanlan
- Mike Press
- Hazel White
- Stacey Hunter
- Leanne Young
- Kirsty Thomas
- Pete Thomas
- Christopher Mccann
- Josh Littlejohn
- Alice Thompson
- Graham Pullin
- Rohan Gunatillake
- Luisa Geddes
- Hannah Taylor
- Mary Williamson
- Lindsey Carr
- Angus Ross
- Euan Mcdonald
- Kiki Macdonald
- Rod Mountain
- Emily Cassidy
- Alzheimers Scotland
- Simon Meek
- Emma McDowall
- Gabriella Marcella
- Eunice Olumide
- Bespoke Atelier
- Kevin Gauld
- Russell Pepper
- Michael Brennan
- Kieran Innes
- Grace Warnock
- Andrew Batchelor
- Jamie Kunka
- Louise Gray
Awards and accolades
Due to the V&A Dundee's presence in being Scotland's first design museum and being, the museum has received accolades from media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Lonely Planet, CNN Travel, Conde Nast Traveller, the Times and PBS.
In 2019, the V&A Dundee was nominated and later a finalist in the Art Fund Museum of the Year.
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- "V&A Dundee welcomes 27,000 in first week". BBC News. 2018-09-23. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
- "V&A Dundee attracts 100,000 visitors in the space of three weeks". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
- "William and Kate officially open V&A Dundee". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
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