V&A at Dundee will be an international centre of design that both educates and inspires the local community and visitors to the city. The museumhas secured £100,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery to enable it reach out to local communities ahead of building work commencing on site.

This funding will support the museum's outreach project which will work with people in the surrounding areas and across Scotland. People of all ages and backgrounds will be given the opportunity to learn and get involved with design creativity.

Sarah Saunders, Head of Learning and Engagement for V&A at Dundee, explained that the money will enable the museum to develop its community activities and encourage widespread participation as part of its core outreach programme.

"This generous contribution will provide a significant boost to our plans to engage communities locally and in the wider area," she said. "We will launch our first outreach project in the spring and this new funding will really help us to connect with people across the nation, from families, young people and schools to local communities, the creative industries and wider business.

"These initiatives are designed to give people a taste of what is to come when V&A at Dundee opens by encouraging them to share their experience, knowledge and thoughts on design, as well as inviting them to engage with Scotland's rich and innovative design heritage. The funding will also enable us to work with Scotland's brightest up and coming design talent.

"We would like to thank players of People's Postcode Lottery for their support and very much hope that they will become involved in our outreach activities in the lead up to, and beyond, the opening of V&A at Dundee."

Kate Pearson, Deputy Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, added, "We are delighted that our players are able to support V&A at Dundee's imaginative approach to engaging with a wide range of communities. Design plays a major part in all of our lives and it's been wonderful to see V&A at Dundee developing its audience in this way and forging long-term partnerships with variety of organisations at a local and national level."

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