THE first touring exhibition from the £80 million V&A Dundee museum which is currently under construction will visit the Scottish Parliament today.
Design in Motion, a custom-built gallery in a bus, aims to provide a “snapshot of the creative riches” that the new museum will offer when it opens in 2018.
Throughout the tour we have been showcasing some of our most extraordinary contemporary designers and raising the profile of design and its benefits to society across ScotlandPhilip Long, V&A Dundee director
The exhibition began its 17-week journey around the country on February 27 and is visiting more than 70 venues in locations including Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Lewis, Harris and Skye.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop will step on board to see the exhibits when it calls in at the Scottish Parliament today.
She said: “V&A Dundee will be an iconic statement at the heart of the Dundee Waterfront development.
“The signature building will create local jobs and contribute significantly to the regeneration of Dundee and its waterfront.
“I’m proud of the work the Scottish Government is doing, with the project board, to ensure its delivery, success and long-term sustainability.
“The Design in Motion tour, which is visiting venues the length and breadth of Scotland, gives people all across Scotland, from all backgrounds, a great chance to get involved and get a sense of the exciting content which the V&A Dundee will deliver.”
The exhibition features seven designers including fashion designer Holly Fulton, Bafta award-winning game designer Sophia George and product designer and artist Geoffrey Mann.
It emerged in January that the cost of building the design museum has risen by more than £30 million.
Construction work on the new museum, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, began in the spring.
The main building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017 and the museum is expected to open to the public by June 2018.
Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “Design in Motion allows us to share the excitement, innovation and breadth of design with audiences across the country.
“Throughout the tour we have been showcasing some of our most extraordinary contemporary designers and raising the profile of design and its benefits to society across Scotland.
“It helps demonstrate that design is a wonderful and very viable career choice for young people, and there is a broad range of disciplines to consider.
“The exhibition is just a snapshot of the creative riches that V&A Dundee will showcase, allowing us to get out and talk to our audiences and build real excitement towards opening in 2018.”
The final stop of the tour will be the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in June.
More than 9,000 people have seen the exhibition since it left Dundee in February and it is anticipated that more than 10,000 people will visit the exhibition in total.
Design in Motion was developed in partnership with the Travelling Gallery and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Mathew Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, The Scottish Government, and City of Edinburgh Council.