V&ADundee

V_A Dundee - Dec 2017 images_Large - 1200px V_A Dundee - Dec 2017 images_Large - 1200px (1) 20171221_VADundee_RossFraserMcLean_8088_Large - 1200px 20171221_VADundee_RossFraserMcLean_6970_Large - 1200px (2)Opening on 15 September 2018, V&A Dundee will be the only V&A museum in the world outside London. It will be the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland: an international centre for design, a place of inspiration, discovery and learning.
Visitors will experience the remarkable story of design past, present and future and the vital contribution design makes to all our lives. The museum will feature permanent displays, changing exhibitions showcasing the very best of design from around the world, new design commissions and fast-changing installations by emerging designers, alongside creative learning projects for everyone to get involved with.
Designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A Dundee stands at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands. With its complex geometry, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the east coast of Scotland, it stretches out into the River Tay – a new landmark reconnecting the city with its historic waterfront, and a major new cultural development for Scotland and the UK.
The new museum enables V&A’s most ambitious exhibitions to be shared more widely across the UK. The opening exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and investment managers Baillie Gifford, will explore the designs behind a mode of transport that came to represent the status of nations and the aspirations of millions. The show, organised by the V&A and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is the first to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. It will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel and explore all aspects of ship design from the remarkable engineering, architecture and interiors to the opulent fashion and lifestyle on board. Further exhibition announcements will be made ahead of the museum’s opening.
High-quality facilities include an atmospheric 80-cover restaurant, an outdoor terrace with stunning views across the River Tay, a relaxed café bar, guided tours and a shop selling the best of Scottish and international design.
Dundee, named by GQ magazine, ‘Britain’s coolest little city’ has been ranked one of the ‘10 hot destinations’ for 2018 by The Wall Street Journal.
For more information check out www.vandadundee.org/

 

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History of Angus and Dundee

 

Angus is a little known area of Scotland for many tourists, but with its fertile soil, pretty glens, a North Sea coastline and couthy villages there is much for the visitor to enjoy.  A traveller can find many evidences to support the fact that Angus is known as Scotland’s birthplace.  St Vigean’s museum in Arbroath, the standing stones at Aberlemno and Meigle Museum tell the story of the Picts, the blue painted people.

Dundee is a city of many discoveries.  It was once the financial centre of Scotland until the city was sacked by General Monck in 1649 in a campaign to crush the last of the Royalist support during the time of Oliver Cromwell in the Civil Wars.   It reinvented itself many times over in the next  few hundred years and even today there is a great resurgence of civic pride with thriving universities, a cultural centre including the fine Repertory Theatre and a Contemporary Arts Centre. In the centre of the town, the McManus Gallery is an impressive Gothic building with a spectacular Renaissance horseshoe staircase and includes a splendid collection of Scottish Art. The Scottish Jute Museum (Verdant Works), RRS Discovery and Frigate Unicorn are testimony to Dundee’s past.

What is perhaps less well known is Dundee has the finest seafront in Scotland, temperate weather, strong character and has one of the friendliest populations in the world – according to our many guests who are world travellers.

2016 and Dundee is changing again.  The waterfront area is being transformed.  The main feature is an outpost of the Victoria and Albert museum where the best of Scottish design – past and present –  will be housed in an iconic building designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

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Roe Deer at Duntrune

Our neighbour has been out and about around our garden at Duntrune and has taken these action shots of roe deer. They make the daily journey from the hill behind us to the burn below on a daily basis. The hind is due to calf around May.

Angus Open Studios

Just taken delivery of the brochures for this year’s event.  It is going from strength to strength.  From 23 to 27 May artists in all media open their studios to the public. You can see the artists at work in water colour, acrylics, oils, ceramics, textiles, metal work, wood craft, jewellery, glass etc and have the opportunity to purchase your own unique pieces.  What a wealth of talent we have in Angus.  It must be something in the air or scenery that gives such inspiration.  By the way, it’s free!

See Angus Open Studios 2013 for list of artists and a map of how to find their studios.