UNESCO City of Design Dundee joins V&A Dundee
UNESCO City of Design Dundee joins V&A Dundee

UNESCO City of Design Dundee joins V&A Dundee

UK National Commission for UNESCO     –    June 1, 2021

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The team responsible for the UK’s first and only UNESCO City of Design will be hosted at V&A Dundee from today (1 June) in a new partnership.

UNESCO City of Design Dundee joins V&A Dundee

Dundee’s UNESCO City of Design designation will now be hosted within Scotland’s design museum, further supporting the city’s aim to position and champion design as a catalyst for community, physical and economic transformation. The partnership will bring ambition and resources together to further develop Dundee’s design leadership and capacity in the city, across Scotland and internationally.

UNESCO City of Design Dundee and V&A Dundee will collaborate on a range of projects and partnerships in Dundee, working with and learning from communities. The partnership will seek to develop ways to support the city’s designers and Scotland’s design sector while championing design from Scotland internationally. The variety of projects that this collaboration will support includes the biennial Dundee Design Festival.

This year’s Dundee Design Festival will take place in late September. Dundee-based design studio Agency of None will produce the festival which this year will be located in venues across the city. These ‘design houses’ will be created in collaboration with local communities and organisations, including V&A Dundee, and will profile the value of design to our everyday lives.

Since the city became a UNESCO City of Design in December 2014 the delivery team have been hosted by Leisure & Culture Dundee. They have successfully delivered a variety of projects including three editions of the Dundee Design Festival; showcased Dundee designers internationally in exhibitions, conferences and festivals; co-designed the pedestrianisation of Union Street with local businesses in response to the COVID pandemic; launched CODE souvenir Dundee, a catalogue of locally designed gift items; and staged the Dundee Design Parade with hundreds of local young people celebrating Dundee’s place in the global network of UNESCO Creative Cities.

This announcement follows news that V&A Dundee will develop into Scotland’s centre for design over the next three years, which will include new partnerships that position design as one of Scotland’s greatest resources, connects communities, and empowers people.

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