V&A Dundee


We have worked across Scotland, from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, on partnership projects and initiatives that aim to inspire the next generation of designers.

Design in Motion

In 2015, over 12,000 people visited Design in Motion, our first national touring exhibition, which took the work of seven of Scotland’s most exciting contemporary designers to 85 locations across Scotland and then on to the V&A in London.

The designers all used digital technologies to push the boundaries of their discipline, enabling them to experiment, play and innovate. The exhibition demonstrated how design can be put to work to reconstruct our heritage, visualise the unseen and create products not previously possible.

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. Travelling Gallery Curator Alison Chisholm said the Design in Motion tour was a rare move away from the group’s roots in contemporary art - see the full interview here.

Design in Motion visited over 40 schools and colleges across Scotland, meeting pupils, teachers and students through our scheduled tours of the exhibition.

We would like to recognise the talent and commitment of everyone who helped deliver this project, including:

Exhibition design by Gabrielle Underwood

Sophia George film by Rapid Visual Media

Design Scotland app by eeGeo

Baby boxes

In 2016, V&A Dundee ran a national competition on behalf of the Scottish Government for the design of Scotland’s Baby Box, with students across Scotland submitting bold and inspirational designs for consideration by an expert panel. From over 70 entries, 6 were shortlisted.

The six finalists for were revealed by the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald. The shortlist was extremely varied, from woodland creatures and the Loch Ness monster to buses and famous Scottish symbols, each one intended to be interactive, helping to record milestones and make memories.

Ultimately, Graphic Design student Leanne Young from Edinburgh Napier University was chosen as the winning designer, receiving a prize of £1,000 and exclusive mentoring from leading Scottish designers Holly Fulton and Scott Jarvie. Leanne's winning design for the national roll-out of Scotland’s Baby Box is a forest fairy tale scene complete with Highland cows, squirrels and the Loch Ness Monster.

The baby boxes, complete with Leanne's design, were rolled out from Summer 2017 and will be produced until March 31 2019.

Scottish Design Relay

The Scottish Design Relay is a national project inspired by a selection of objects visitors will see when the V&A Dundee opens. The relay, which started in Dundee before travelling to Orkney, Caithness, Shetland, Govan and finally Aberdeen, aims to encourage and nurture a new generation of designers, and culminates in an exhibition when we open.

In each location, a group of young people worked alongside local designers and were introduced to an object with a link to their community. These included museum exhibits such as a 100-year-old ‘hooded’ Orkney chair, a model of the Dounreay Fast Reactor and a Fair Isle jumper once worn by the Commander-in-Chief of the British Home Forces.

Taking these objects as their inspiration, the young people developed new designs and created prototypes that will be displayed in V&A Dundee when we open.

The Scottish Design Relay is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and the Mathew Trust.