V&A Dundee’s future exhibition programme

July 10, 2019

By the time we’re into 2020, we will have explored the design of ocean liners, videogames and the science and fiction of robots. With our first three exhibitions behind us, we’ll delve into the world of fashion and nightclubs next year with major exhibitions celebrating the work of Mary Quant and five decades of club culture.

August 1967: Mary Quant (foreground) with models showing her new shoe creations in London.

Mary Quant

The exhibition Mary Quant, currently on show at V&A South Kensington, is the first international retrospective on the iconic fashion designer Dame Mary Quant. The show will come up to us next year and run from 4 April until 6 September. It explores the years between 1955 and 1975 when Quant captured the spirit of the sixties and utilised mass production techniques to create a new look for women.

By challenging conventions, Quant encouraged a new age of feminism and revolutionised the high street with her playful designs, from hot pants, miniskirts and trousers for women to accessories, tights and make-up.

Co-curated for V&A South Kensington by Jenny Lister and Stephanie Wood, the show draws on the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings and features an extraordinary range of garments tracked down following a public call-out. V&A South Kensington also had unprecedented access to Dame Mary Quant’s archive.

Interior view of Haçienda, Manchester.
Interior view of Haçienda, Manchester.

Night Fever

We will then go on to explore the world’s most influential nightclubs with Night Fever: Designing Club Culture from 31 October 2020 to 14 February 2021.

From Studio 54, where Andy Warhol was a regular, to the Haçienda in Manchester, designed by Ben Kelly with graphic design by Peter Saville, and more recent concepts by the OMA architecture studio for the Ministry of Sound in London, the exhibition is the first large-scale examination of the relationship between club culture and design.

By charting the evolution of nightclubs since the 1960s, the show explores how architecture and interior design merge with sound, light, fashion, graphics and visual effects to create hugely influential epicentres of pop culture.

Developed by the Vitra Design Museum and ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, it includes films, photography, posters, flyers, and fashion, as well as light and music installations.

This autumn V&A Dundee will highlight the work of the exciting menswear designer Nicholas Daley in a display revealing the inner workings of his studio and examining how music and the designer’s Jamaican and Scottish heritage influence his work.
Nicholas Daley

Nicholas Daley

As well as bringing large-scale international exhibitions to Dundee, we will also showcase the design practice of people pushing the boundaries of design in our Michelin Design Gallery.

This autumn we can’t wait to highlight the work of the exciting menswear designer Nicholas Daley in a display revealing the inner workings of his studio and examining how music and the designer’s Jamaican and Scottish heritage influence his work. The exhibition is the first in a series exploring the importance of the studio as a site of exploration and creative endeavour.

A robot arm performing a task.
Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

On now and next

Currently on in the Michelin Design Gallery, Hands of X: Design Meets Disability is an exhibition exploring the design of prosthetic hands. It focuses on Hands of X, a prototype collection designed by Graham Pullin, Andrew Cook, Corinne Hutton and Eddie Small that encourages wearers to choose from a range of material combinations and create a hand that feels their own. It’s on until 1 September this year.

Our Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition exploring the design and cultural importance of videogames is on until 8 September 2019. It’s followed by Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine, a groundbreaking exhibition challenging our assumptions about robots and investigating how they are shaping the world we live in and will run from 2 November 2019 to 9 February 2020.

Tickets for Hello, Robot. are available to pre-book from today. Get yours now!

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Looking forward to Mary Quant. Is there any chance we can see the Vivienne Westwood collection up in Dundee too? With the influence her designs have had and still have on UK culture it would be interesting to see.


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