Inspiring, Discovering, Learning
The V&A Museum of Design Dundee is bringing creative inspiration to Scotland
November 22nd, 2016
Opening in 2018, V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be the only V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London. It will be the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland - an international centre for design, a place of inspiration, discovery, and learning.
The new museum has been active in communities across Scotland since 2014, with the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who have raised £550,000 to support V&A Dundee.
Over 12,000 people visited V&A Dundee’s first national project, the Design in Motion touring exhibition, where the work of seven of Scotland’s most exciting contemporary designers was taken to 85 locations across Scotland and to the V&A in London.
The first Schools Design Challenge encouraged senior school pupils to use design thinking to become 'agents of change' to improve their schools. Over 7,000 people took part in the project.
Over 250 teams submitted creative responses to the challenge, which included designing a friendship club, an outdoor bird-watching shelter, an anti-bullying robot that listens to pupils' concerns, and a 'worry app' to let pupils share their anxieties and seek support.
Earlier this year, people living with, and recovering from, a range of health and wellbeing issues benefited from the V&A Dundee Community Garden project, a new garden jointly designed by professional designers and members of the public.
This garden will be part of the new Slessor Gardens within Dundee’s waterfront regeneration, which was opened by the Queen this summer. Construction and planting on the V&A Dundee Community Garden will start in spring 2017, creating a new community space in the heart of the city.
Community participant Derek said, "I learned a lot of ideas by working in the garden. I felt encouraged to do things. I learned about spacing plants and where to put them in the right places. I achieved a great experience. Being part of a team makes me feel important and occupied."
With the support of players, V&A Dundee is also now working with Jaguar on a Scottish schools design competition. Students studying the SQA's Higher Design and Manufacture course have been challenged to design a time capsule to celebrate the construction of V&A Dundee.
One winning design will be selected by an expert panel chaired by Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum. The winning pupil will then have a week’s work experience in Jaguar’s design studio in Coventry, where their design will be developed and built.
The finished time capsule will be installed in front of the new V&A Dundee museum ahead of its opening in 2018. The time capsule will be filled with items created by Scottish primary school pupils and opened in 50 years’ time.
"The opportunity for one Scottish school pupil to spend a week working at Jaguar with its designers and engineers is a genuinely life-changing opportunity, which has been made possible by the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery," said Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee.