The custom-built gallery bus will visit 78 locations across Scotland

V&A Dundee to stage its first national touring exhibition

Geraldine Kendall, 17.12.2014
Bus exhibiting contemporary design to visit 78 sites across Scotland
The V&A Museum of Design Dundee, which is in the early stages of construction, is hoping to reach a diverse range of communities across Scotland by staging its first touring exhibition next year.

The exhibition, Design in Motion, is part of the organisation’s pre-opening programme, which aims to build up a strong audience base ahead of the £45m museum’s opening in 2017.

The project aims to inspire creativity among young people and will visit 78 sites throughout Scotland over 17 weeks, including secondary schools, colleges and community centres. It will travel from rural locations in the Highlands and islands to cities including Elgin, Falkirk and Glasgow, before eventually ending up at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The museum has collaborated with Travelling Gallery, an arts organisation that tours contemporary art throughout Scotland, to house the exhibition in a custom-designed gallery built inside a bus.

Design in Motion will focus on how designers are using digital technology to push new boundaries, and will feature work by seven contemporary designers working across a range of disciplines, including games, jewellery, fashion, textiles and built heritage. It has been funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The museum has also developed a mobile app that will enable users to virtually track the tour on a map and discover stories of Scotland’s design history, as well as pinning their own examples of local design to the map.

“We are engaging with lots of different audiences before we open and this is a chance for us to get around Scotland and engage different communities with design,” said Sarah Saunders, the V&A Dundee’s head of learning and engagement.

“The exhibition is aimed at young people. We want to demonstrate to them that Scotland has a really rich design history and that it is a viable career for them.”

The exhibition has been curated collaboratively via Pinterest by a range of practising designers and art college representatives, and includes exhibits such as the Strawberry Thief iPad game, which was created by designer Sophia George for the V&A to engage visitors in the designs of William Morris.

The tour will launch on 13 February in Dundee.