V&A Dundee

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V&A Dundee
V&A Dundee is located in Dundee
V&A Dundee
Location of the V&A Dundee within Dundee
Established15 September 2018 (15 September 2018)
Location1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 4EZ
Coordinates56°27′26.9″N 02°58′02.0″W / 56.457472°N 2.967222°W / 56.457472; -2.967222Coordinates: 56°27′26.9″N 02°58′02.0″W / 56.457472°N 2.967222°W / 56.457472; -2.967222
TypeDesign museum
DirectorPhilip Long
ChairpersonLesley Knox
ArchitectKengo Kuma
OwnerDesign Dundee Ltd.
The museum under construction in April 2017

V&A Dundee is a design museum in Dundee, Scotland, which opened on 15 September 2018.[1][2] The V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London. The V&A Dundee is also the first building in the United Kingdom that has been designed by Kengo Kuma.


The plan for a V&A museum in Dundee originated at the University of Dundee in 2007 when Professor Georgina Follett (then Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) suggested to bring the V&A to Dundee to University of Dundee Principal Sir Alan Langlands. Subsequently, Joan Concannon, the university's director of external relations, made a 20-minute pitch to Sir Mark Jones, then director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, in which the case for Dundee was made including its potential as an anchor for the urban regeneration of the waterfront. A design competition took place in 2010 to decide what the museum would look like. The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma won the competition, his design was inspired by the eastern cliff edges of Scotland.[3]


BAM Construction carried out the construction work beginning in April 2014. The original completion date was 2017 but was delayed to 2018. During construction a cofferdam was installed to allow the outer wing expand on to the River Tay and 780 tonnes worth of pre-cast, grey, concrete slabs were added to the outside of the building.[4] It cost £80.1 million to complete.[5]


The V&A Dundee opened to the public on 15 September 2018 with international and national press previews taken place beforehand from 13–14 September 2018. The opening was celebrated with a 3D Festival which featured acts such as Primal Scream, Be Charlotte and Lewis Capaldi and had featured a light show and a firework display. The opening highlights were broadcast on BBC Two Scotland in a programme hosted by Edith Bowman. The museum set itself the target of attracting 500,000 visitors within a year of its opening; it attracted 27,201 visitors during its first week, 100,000 in its first three weeks.[6][7]


Exhibition galleries[edit]

The exhibition galleries are where the temporary exhibitions are placed.

Exhibition Dates
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style 15 September 2018 – 24 February 2019
Video Games: Design/Play/Disrupt 20 April 2019 – 8 September 2019
Hello, Robot: Design Between Human and Machine 2 November 2019 – 23 February 2020

Scottish Design Galleries[edit]

The Scottish Design Galleries feature permanent design works from across Scotland.

The Oak Room[edit]

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Oak Room was originally completed in 1908 after being commissioned by Catherine Cranston for use as a tearoom on Ingram Street in Glasgow. The 13.5 meter long double-height room now forms a part of the permanent Scottish Design Gallery at the museum. The Oak Room was restored from over 700 original parts that were stored by Glasgow City Council for over 50 years. The room took 16 months to install and the total cost of the restoration and conservation was £1.3 million (2018).[8]

Projects and groups[edit]

School Design Challenge[edit]

Before the museum opened, the V&A Dundee launched a 'school design challenge' in 2015 where 11-12 year olds from S1 classes had to use design to change their everyday environment. It included schools from across Dundee, Tayside, Angus and Fife.

Young People's Collective[edit]

The V&A Young People's Collective are a group of 16 to 24 year olds that contribute to the young voice of the museum. The group meet every Thursday and take over the V&A Dundee's Twitter account. The Young People's Collective co-designed the 3D Festival alongside DF Concerts which was part of the museum's opening.

Design Champions[edit]

There are 50 design champions of the V&A Dundee. The design champions are ambassadors to the museum.[9]

  • Kate Pickering
  • Bunny Christie
  • Finn Ross
  • Richard Clifford
  • Scott Jarvis
  • Nikki McWilliams
  • Kevin Fox
  • Sally-Ann Provan
  • Michaela Millar
  • Kirsty Stevens
  • Malath Abbas
  • Tom deMajo
  • Lynne McLachlan
  • Hayley Scanlan
  • Mike Press
  • Hazel White
  • Stacey Hunter
  • Leanne Young
  • Kirsty Thomas
  • Pete Thomas
  • Christopher Mccann
  • Josh Littlejohn
  • Alice Thompson
  • Graham Pullin
  • Rohan Gunatillake
  • Luisa Geddes
  • Hannah Taylor
  • Mary Williamson
  • Lindsey Carr
  • Angus Ross
  • Euan Mcdonald
  • Kiki Macdonald
  • Rod Mountain
  • Emily Cassidy
  • Alzheimers Scotland
  • Simon Meek
  • Emma McDowall
  • Gabriella Marcella
  • Arclight
  • Eunice Olumide
  • Bespoke Atelier
  • Kevin Gauld
  • Panel
  • Russell Pepper
  • Michael Brennan
  • Kieran Innes
  • Grace Warnock
  • Andrew Batchelor
  • Jamie Kunka
  • Louise Gray

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moore, Rowan (15 September 2018). "V&A Dundee review – a flawed treasure house on the Tay". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  2. ^ Morkis, Stefan (15 September 2018). "World record smashed as V&A Dundee and 3D Festival draw the crowds on museum's opening weekend". The Courier. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  3. ^ Dundee, University of. "V&A Dundee and the University : Stories". University of Dundee. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  4. ^ "V&A Dundee - BAM Case Study". www.bam.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  5. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-45533743/dundee-s-va-opens-its-doors-to-the-public
  6. ^ "V&A Dundee welcomes 27,000 in first week". BBC News. 2018-09-23. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  7. ^ "V&A Dundee attracts 100,000 visitors in the space of three weeks". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  8. ^ "The Oak Room". V&A Dundee. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  9. ^ "V&A Dundee Design Champions • V&A Dundee". V&A Dundee. Retrieved 2018-09-19.

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