Creating V&A Dundee
Opening in 2018, V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London.
With a mission is to enrich lives through design, V&A Dundee will provide a place of inspiration, discovery, and learning. Our Scottish Design Galleries will tell the story of Scotland's outstanding design heritage – of the past, present and future. These galleries will present the largely untold story of Scotland’s outstanding design achievements, bringing together in one place objects from the renowned V&A collections alongside prominent loans from around the world.
Behind the scenes, our team are researching, selecting, conserving and preparing for display objects from the V&A’s unparalleled collections and from those across Scotland and beyond, moving the development of the galleries forward at a pace.
The first confirmed object is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room. Unseen for 50 years, this largest of Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms will be reconstructed as the centrepiece of our Scottish Design Galleries. The conservation of the Oak Room is a collaboration between Glasgow Museums, V&A Dundee, and Dundee City Council. The project is made possible by a long-term loan from the collections of Glasgow City Council and grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Oak Room is one of the world-famous architect’s most important interiors and is set to attract visitors to Dundee from across the world.
Alongside this will be international touring exhibitions from the V&A, with Dundee the only location in the UK outside London to receive these. Our galleries have been specifically designed to house the largest of these globally significant shows, guaranteeing the same world-class experience. Details of our exhibition programme will be confirmed nearer to opening.
The new museum is designed by the renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and will be his first British building. In line with Kuma’s vision, V&A Dundee will be a new ‘living room for the city’ – a place for all to enjoy and be inspired.
But V&A Dundee is more than just a building. To complete our offer, a vibrant daily programme of design-led events, activities and initiatives will delight and engage audiences of all ages. Through our Design for Business programme, we are working with businesses across the country to show how design plays a crucial role in innovation, creating better experiences for customers and greater economic benefit. The first such museum-led programme, Design for Business places creativity at the heart of business, through a range of core and experimental activities.
The team is already active across Scotland with a vibrant pre-opening engagement programme. This actively promotes the understanding of design, inspiring creativity and developing skills for future innovation. Our programmes are designed to reach a broad audience – from families, schools and young people, to businesses and our communities.