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V&A Dundee Design in Motion travelling exhibition

16 February 2015

V&A Dundee’s first national touring exhibition, Design in Motion, has embarked on a 17-week journey across Scotland.

The exhibition, a collaboration with the Travelling Gallery, is housed in a custom-built gallery in a bus which is wrapped in an image designed by Abertay graduate Sophia George and Abertay student Ellen Brown.

The exhibition inside includes work by leading fashion designer Holly Fulton, Sophia - who is a BAFTA award-winning game designer - and innovative product designer and artist Geoffrey Mann.

All seven featured designers use digital technologies to push the boundaries of their discipline, enabling them to demonstrate how design can be put to work to reconstruct our heritage, visualise the unseen, and create products not previously possible.

The bus will travel around Dundee from February 13 - 27, stopping in at Abertay on Tuesday 24.

It will visit more than 70 venues across Scotland after it leaves Dundee, the final stop being London's Victoria and Albert Museum in June.

It is anticipated that more than 10,000 people will visit the exhibition in total, with additional audiences taking part in events, activities and digital engagement via the associated mobile app, ‘Design Scotland’.

Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said:

“The launch of this national tour represents another milestone for V&A Dundee. Design in Motion allows us to share the excitement, innovation and breadth of design with audiences across the country.

“Through the tour we can showcase some of our most extraordinary contemporary designers and raise 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.“

‘Design Scotland’, the new museum’s first app, has been created by Dundee-based tech developers eeGeo to support the show. Enabled by a next generation 3D mapping platform, users help to create a design map of Scotland by sharing their design stories, icons and photos.

Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland Chairman, said:

“I'm delighted to see V&A Dundee embark on the next stage of its journey to engage audiences across Scotland. We are a nation renowned for our design and innovation. This tour is a chance to inspire people of all ages about the role design plays in shaping our heritage and cultural identity, ahead of the arrival of what is set to be one of the country's top attractions.

“V&A Dundee will generate a wealth of tourism opportunities, creating new jobs and bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area."

Sarah Saunders, Head of Learning and Engagement, said,

“We want to learn from our audiences as well as about them. We hope the Design Scotland app will encourage people to pin whatever excites them most about design in Scotland – architecture, digital, games, engineering, fashion, furniture, graphics, jewellery, performance, product, textiles, transport… Or it might be their favourite Scottish designer, shop, retailer or manufacturer. The app will allow us to do this together in a playful and innovative way.”

The Travelling Gallery has over 30 years experience of bringing exhibitions to locations throughout Scotland. Based at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, the Travelling Gallery is owned and managed by the City of Edinburgh Council and funded through Creative Scotland.

Alison Chisholm, Travelling Gallery Curator, said

“This has been such an ambitious and fun partnership and we are very happy to bring Design in Motion on tour in the Travelling Gallery. We love our new look! We will be visiting some familiar places but are also looking forward to making new connections along the way, to increase the reach of the Travelling Gallery for future tours - both physically and digitally.”

Design in Motion was developed in partnership with the Travelling Gallery and generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Mathew Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, The Scottish Government, and City of Edinburgh Council.

For a full list of public venues and dates please visit the V&A Dundee website.

The Design Scotland app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

The designers featured in the exhibition are: Anarkik 3D, Digital Design Studio, Holly Fulton, Sophia George, Lynne Mac‎Lachlan, Geoffrey Mann, Sara Robertson & Sarah Taylor

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 V&A Dundee flythrough is available on Vimeo.

The related Dundee Waterfront flythrough can be found on YouTube.

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