V&A’s extra £5m extends community reach

The UK Government’s extra £5 million of funding for the new V&A Dundee will contribute towards the capital costs of the museum’s building and for programmes that extend the reach of the project into the community, the museum’s managers said.

V&A Dundee is at the heart of Dundee’s waterfront regeneration, a £1 billion 30-year masterplan.

“We’re delighted to receive £5 million additional funding from the UK Government today, in addition to the generous support from funders including the Scottish Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dundee City Council and Creative Scotland,” said Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee.

“V&A Dundee is a transformative project for Dundee, Scotland and the UK.

“As the first V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, we will showcase Scotland’s globally important history of design and innovation — and inspire the designers and entrepreneurs of the future.”

Major funders of the £80.11 million construction of V&A Dundee include:

  • Scottish Government – £25 million
  • Heritage Lottery Fund – £12.5 million
  • Creative Scotland – £4.5 million
  • Dundee City Council – £6.5 million
  • Growth Accelerator Funding – £12.61 million
  • Waterfront Dundee – £4 million
  • Fundraising campaign – £15 million

Long added: “Our project will also help bring international attention, investment, jobs and tourists to the beautiful, vibrant city of Dundee.

“V&A Dundee is already very active, well before we open our extraordinary new museum to the public.

“We’re taking design into schools and communities, showing people of all ages the impressive power of design to help us understand and solve problems — and improve lives.”

V&A Dundee will be the official UK representation at the XXI Milan Design Triennale, which opens in April.

The new museum is the first in the UK by Kengo Kuma, the architect now designing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, and will open in 2018.

V&A Dundee said Dundee was this week voted in The Times’ “20 hippest places to live in Britain,” while GQ recently named it “Britain’s coolest little city.”