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V&A Dundee Launches

A variety of player-supported projects will be on display when V&A Dundee opens its doors today

Opening today, V&A Museum of Design Dundee, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, promises to be a place of inspiration, discovery and learning. 300 amazing objects of design will be on display.

Entry to the museum over the opening weekend, where a programme of special events are taking place, is ticketed. Following this, the museum will be open seven days a week (10am-5pm) and entry will be free. A paid ticket is needed for certain events, activities and temporary exhibitions.

To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £1.1 Million for V&A Dundee, which is awarded funding through the Postcode Culture Trust. This enables the museum to engage with people in surrounding areas and across Scotland to enjoy all that the museum has to offer.

In its pre-opening programme, V&A Dundee have already engaged with more than 100,000 people.

From Menzieshill to Milan, from Stornoway to South Kensington, the V&A Dundee team has given talks, run events and put on exhibitions everywhere from small community centres to major international design festivals.

One of the museum's pre-opening engagement projects made possible by our players is V&A Dundee's Community Garden.

The garden, which sits in a 100 square metre plot in Slessor Gardens, Dundee, was designed by people living with - and recovering from - a range of health and wellbeing issues. The project aims to highlight that design can have a positive impact on wellbeing.

Another project supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery is V&A Dundee's Scottish Design Relay.

The relay, which started in Dundee before travelling to Orkney, Caithness, Shetland, Govan and Aberdeen, aimed to encourage and nurture a new generation of designers.

In each location, a group of young people worked alongside local designers and were introduced to an object with a link to their community. They developed new prototypes and their work will be displayed in V&A Dundee.

In the current year alone, players of the People's Postcode Lottery have been able to provide £350,000 of funding. This support has been directed toward working with families and young people and helping to deliver the museum's opening exhibition.

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.

The new museum will bring international exhibitions from the V&A and other museums to Scotland, making Dundee the principle location in the UK outside London to receive some of the best of the V&A's globally significant exhibitions.

V&A Dundee's first major exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, is also being supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

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