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£5m funding boost for V&A at Dundee from Creative Scotland

26 March 2014

V&A at Dundee virtual flythrough from V&A at Dundee on Vimeo.

V&A at Dundee has been awarded £5m from National Lottery funds through Creative Scotland to help establish an international centre of design for Scotland.

Designed by the celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A at Dundee is the flagship of the city’s ambitious waterfront redevelopment plans.

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Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, said: “This is another significant milestone on the road to making the V&A at Dundee a reality. It adds significant extra momentum to the V&A at Dundee and its partners’ determination to make this ambitious project a reality.”

Philip Long, Director of V&A at Dundee welcomed Creative Scotland’s support, which he says will play a vital role in the realisation of the groundbreaking project. “This is fantastic news for V&A at Dundee. We look forward to working closely with Creative Scotland on the delivery of truly innovative activity that nurtures, promotes and inspires contemporary design creativity across the country.

“We are steadily moving towards our funding targets and are extremely grateful for the support Creative Scotland and all of our partners continue to show in helping us realise this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Janet Archer, CEO of Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland is delighted to be supporting the creation of V&A at Dundee as an international centre of design for Scotland. Our support will enable an exciting contemporary offering to local, national and international audiences, welcoming the world's best designers to Scotland, building on the strong design talent that exists here and ensuring a lasting design heritage for this country in years to come.”


Notes to editors:

More information about V&A at Dundee

• V&A at Dundee will be an international centre for design, housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee’s revitalised waterfront. It will host major exhibitions, celebrate design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage design innovation for the future.

• V&A at Dundee will have access to thousands of Scottish-related items from the V&A’s world-renowned collection for its Scottish Design Galleries, supplemented by objects loaned from collections of national significance across Scotland and beyond. In parallel, temporary exhibition galleries will host a variety of outstanding international touring exhibitions from the V&A each year.

• V&A at Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum – the world’s greatest museum of art and design – and Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Scottish Enterprise.

• The Scottish Government has committed £15m towards the project’s £45million capital budget. In January, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a further £9.4m (of which £8m is towards capital), plus £200,000 development funding. Today, Creative Scotland has awarded £4.5m towards capital, plus £0.5m towards revenue and pre-opening development costs. A further £15m is also being sought from private sources, corporates, generous philanthropic pledges and gifts with £6.7m already raised towards this goal.

• Construction is on schedule to start this summer. It is anticipated the building will complete in late 2016, with the first full year of programming in 2017.

• The V&A at Dundee flythrough is available online. The related Dundee Waterfront flythrough can also be found online.

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