V&A Dundee

Call for Exhibition Designers

Press release

10 December 2015

A call has been issued for Exhibition Designers to register their interest in submitting proposals for the design of the Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Museum of Design Dundee.This process is being procured by Dundee City Council through Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).

The new museum will have four gallery spaces, two of which will combine to form the Scottish Design Galleries, providing, for the first time, a home to the story of Scotland’s outstanding contribution to the international design stage from the 18th century to the present day.

The galleries will display around 250 objects drawn largely from the V&A’s outstanding collections along with loans from collections across Scotland and internationally. The displays will span a wide range of design disciplines from furniture to fashion, architecture and the built environment to service and digital design.

The galleries will focus in particular on the international reach of Scottish design, both historically and today, with a strong emphasis placed on the design process, materials and technological innovation, and on particular centres of design in Scotland. Displays will showcase the breadth of Scottish creativity and innovation over a broad historical period right up to the present day, also presenting the most recent cutting-edge Scottish design.

The Scottish Design Galleries will feature, as a centrepiece, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room. The conservation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room is a collaboration between Glasgow Museums, V&A Museum of Design Dundee and Dundee City Council. The project is made possible by a long-term loan from the collections of Glasgow City Council and grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The exhibition designer should have the experience and vision to turn a new, purpose built space into a breathtaking display, highlighting the contemporary architectural features; and undertaking the display and interpretation of the objects and period room; combining sensitivity to the building, the subjects and the objects with an imaginative, sustainable and transformative approach. To be designed for a 25 year life span.

V&A Dundee will be the first ever dedicated design museum for Scotland and an international centre for design thinking. The museum will be housed in a spectacular new building by international architect Kengo Kuma, at the heart of a £1 billion transformation of Dundee’s waterfront.

The museum is being created through a ground-breaking partnership between the V&A - the world’s greatest museum of art and design, the University of Dundee, Abertay University, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council. We will present world-class exhibitions on all aspects of design and showcase the best of Scottish design to the rest of the world, reaching a broad public audience.

Construction work on the £80 million project started on site in March 2015 and the museum is due to open to the public in 2018.