V&A Museum of Design Dundee will begin 2015 with their first touring exhibition visiting more than 70 places the length and breadth of Scotland. The tour takes in rural locations such as Harris, Campbeltown, Elgin and Galashiels alongside Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen.
Part of the new museum's national pre-opening programme, the Design in Motion exhibition will be housed in the Travelling Gallery, a custom-built, mobile, contemporary gallery inside a bus.
The tour will launch in Dundee on 13th February before embarking on a 17-week journey, visiting 78 venues, including secondary schools and art colleges, museums, community centres and libraries. The tour will finish with a stop planned at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in June.
A collaboration with the Travelling Gallery, Design in Motion is the second V&A Dundee project to benefit from funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. The tour will take exhibits, designers and the V&A Dundee team across the country, connecting communities with Scotland's design heritage and raising awareness of the talent in Scotland's present-day design industries, inspiring creativity along the way.
The exhibition concept, brought to life by designer Gabrielle Underwood, will showcase seven leading designers currently working with digital technology to push the boundaries of their discipline within games, product, jewellery, fashion, textiles and built heritage.
Alongside the exhibition, V&A Dundee is working with Dundee-based developers eeGeo to develop an innovative new mobile app. The Design Scotland app, free to download for iOS and Android from 13th February 2015, uses bespoke 3D mapping technology to virtually track the tour and importantly, highlight stories of Scotland's extraordinary design heritage across the last 300 years. Users will also be encouraged to pin their favourite Scottish designers, design icons and objects to the map, sharing their own thoughts, ideas and stories of Scottish creativity.
Sarah Saunders, Head of Learning & Engagement for V&A Dundee said, "We are delighted to be able to announce details of Design in Motion today. It's an incredibly ambitious project, but one that we feel underlines the scope and scale of the new museum, and really allows us to set out our stall as a new national institution.
"The designers in this exhibition have used digital technologies as a means of reconstructing our heritage, visualising the unseen, and creating new forms. To them, digital is a tool that enables them to experiment, play and create. There are also some shining examples of how today's designers are using the innovations of the past to inspire the designs of the future."
She continued, "We are immensely grateful for the support from players of People's Postcode Lottery and The Mathew Trust in making this exhibition happen."
Alongside the exhibition and app there will be an exciting programme of events and activities to inspire people of all ages and abilities to get involved in and have fun with design creativity.