Focus on delivering V&A at Dundee

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The V&A at Dundee is set to receive £3 million of Scottish Government funding in 2013-14, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs has announced.

Fiona Hyslop confirmed the allocation during a visit to a major exhibition of photographs from the V&A collection, ‘Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography’, which is on display at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum.

The exhibition is the latest in the pre-opening programme for V&A at Dundee.

The Culture Secretary was updated on progress to deliver the project during the visit, her first to Dundee since the City Council granted planning permission.

Ms Hyslop said:

“This display offers a tantalising glimpse of the fantastic quality of exhibition that we can expect to see at V&A at Dundee when it opens. Content of this calibre shows the potential for this visionary project to strengthen the global reputation of Scotland – and Dundee in particular – as a centre of excellence for the creative industries.

“V&A at Dundee is an international cultural project that will attract visitors from all over the world. It is also at the heart of this city’s waterfront regeneration, the benefits of which are already beginning to be appreciated not only in Dundee but across Scotland.

“That is why I have allocated £3 million to this project in 2013-14, as part of the total £18 million funding package from the Scottish Government. This substantial financial contribution demonstrates our commitment to continue investing in capital projects such as this to support economic recovery and create more jobs.”

V&A at Dundee director Philip Long said:

”I am delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary to this exhibition, which shows the stunning quality of the material which the V&A can provide. We are of course extremely grateful for the Scottish Government’s support of our project, which is invaluable in helping bring V&A at Dundee to fruition.”