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V&A Dundee community workshops light up the city

1 July 2014

Dundee residents will have the opportunity to design and make contemporary lighting for their living rooms in a series of free community workshops taking place across the city throughout the month of July. 

This is the next phase of V&A Museum of Design Dundee’s community engagement project, Living Room for the City, inviting people to share pictures of their living rooms and favourite things online. 

A selection of lighting made in the workshops will go on show as part of the Living Room for the City exhibition at Abertay University’s Hannah Maclure Centre in August. 

The exhibition, designed to celebrate the results of the new museum’s first community engagement project, will also include a showreel of every public photo uploaded during the course of the project.

Pamela Roberts, Learning Manager: Outreach and Communities at V&A Dundee, says that encouraging people to have a go at making their own lighting will give them an insight into the concept of design in a very approachable way.  

"The lighting workshops will bring together designers and residents so that people can try out new skills and make something that could transform their living space.  Everyone is very welcome - even if they have never made anything before."

Living Room for the City is the first V&A Dundee project to benefit from funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery who presented the Museum with £100,000 for community outreach work in January this year.  

The eight workshops have been organised in partnership with Skill Share Dundee and will be run by Dundee designers Sooz Gordon - whose living room is featured on one of the campaign posters - and Linsey McIntosh.

The Living Room for the City project was inspired by V&A Dundee architect, Kengo Kuma, who describes his vision of the building as a "living room for the city".

Anyone can post a picture of their living room online via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #LivingRoom as part of the ongoing Living Room for the City project.

It is also possible to submit photos by emailing


For media enquiries please contact Chris Wilson T: 01382 308522 M: 07837250284 E: 

Notes to editors:

The free workshops will take place across Dundee on the following days:

  • 3 July,    12-4pm, The Crescent, Whitfield
  • 8 July,    1-4pm, Bharatiya Ashram, Dudhope Community Centre
  • 17 July, 12-4pm, Menzieshilll Community Centre
  • 18 July, 1-4pm, Ardler Complex Community Centre
  • 21 July, 12-4pm, Blackness Library, Perth Road
  • 22 July, 12-4pm, Douglas Community and Library Centre
  • 23 July, 12-4pm, Arthurstone Community Library, Stobswell
  • 30 July, 12-4pm, Castle Green Leisure Centre, Broughty Ferry

*The Living Room for the City exhibition will take place at the Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University, Top Floor, Abertay Student Centre, 1 - 3 Bell Street, DD1 1HP, 16 – 29 August with free family workshops and activities, 2-4pm on Sat 16, Sun 17, Sat 23 and Sun 24 August 2014.

About  V&A Dundee

  • V&A Museum of Design, Dundee will be an international centre for design, housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee’s revitalized waterfront.  It will host major exhibitions, celebrate design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage future design innovation.
  • V&A Dundee will inform, educate and entertain but also explicitly, through its wider programmes inspire new creativity and innovation across Scotland.  
  • V&A Dundee will have access to thousands of Scottish-related objects 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, the temporary exhibition galleries will host a variety of outstanding international touring exhibitions from the V&A each year.
  • V&A 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 in capital towards the project’s £45million budget. Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a further £9.4m (of which £8m is for capital). Creative Scotland has awarded £5m (of which £4.5m is for capital). The remaining amounts will fund activities in the pre and early opening phase.  A further £15m is also being sought from private sources, corporates, generous philanthropic pledges and gifts with £6.9m already raised towards this goal. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded £100,000 towards V&A Dundee’s community projects.

About the Hannah Maclure Centre

  • The Hannah Maclure Centre was created through a bequest which was gifted to Abertay University by the family of Hannah Maclure, an exceptional student who had a passion for the arts. The centre, which was opened in her honour in 2005, encompasses her passion for art and enriches the university experience for students, staff and local people.
  • This unique cultural facility produces annual art happenings, exhibitions, community and digital events, and our cultural programme supports Abertay’s teaching and research activity. The centre's aim is to foster a sociable approach to experiencing art, film and performance. All our events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.


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