In just eight months, the first visitors to the £80.1m V&A Dundee will have already been through the doors. But what are they going to see when the V&A Dundee opens on 15 September?
First up: exhibitions. The Scottish Design Galleries will be the heart of the new museum and will explore Scotland’s design landscape, past, present and future. 300 amazing objects across a range of disciplines will explore the everyday relevance of design, as well as the processes which underpin it.
Starting an ambitious international programme of touring exhibitions, showcasing the very best of design from around the world, will be Ocean Liners: Speed & Style. The first major V&A show exhibited in Scotland, it re-imagines the golden age of ocean travel. Visitors will be able to experience what it would have been like to step on-board one of these great ‘floating palaces’ of the past.
The Michelin Design Gallery will showcase contemporary design talent through fast-changing installations by emerging designers and creative projects developed through our programme. The first of these will be a Scottish Design Relay exhibition, presenting design prototypes created by young people in communities across Scotland from Orkney to Govan.
The temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries will be complemented by exciting new commissions and installations, supporting and showcasing emerging creative talent. A new work by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips will welcome visitors as they reach the upper floor of the museum. A response to the V&A’s remarkable collections of Scottish design, Ciara’s site-specific installation will draw on research into textile histories and Scottish ceramic production.
Alongside all of this, a visit to V&A Dundee could also include dropping into the dynamic learning spaces, designed to accommodate visitors of all ages and backgrounds to learn from and participate in design creativity; a design residency studio where designers will share work-in-progress with visitors; a multi-purpose auditorium for conferences, design jams and community events; a café and shop; and a restaurant with spectacular views from its open terrace over RRS Discovery and the River Tay.