Touring design exhibition bus to roll into Montrose

The House of Dun
The House of Dun

Scottish design brilliance old and new will meet in Montrose this Easter as a touring design exhibition from Dundee rolls into the spectacular grounds of The House of Dun.

The exhibition, V&A Musuem in Dundee’s first national touring exhibition, Design in Motion, is housed in a colourful custom-built bus and is on a 17-week journey across Scotland to inspire people through design.

The bus’ arrival in the stunning Georgian National Trust for Scotland property will offer the for visitors to check out Design in Motion on Easter Monday from 12 noon to 5 pm in an unforgettable setting.

John McKenna, property manager at House of Dun, said: “We are honoured to host this amazing touring exhibition on its journey across Scotland.

“The House of Dun is home to its own fantastic art collection so it’s fitting to have Tayside’s newest art destination roll into the grounds.”

The exhibition, a collaboration with the Travelling Gallery, includes leading fashion designer Holly Fulton, BAFTA award-winning game designer Sophia George and innovative product designer and artist Geoffrey Mann.

All seven featured designers use digital technologies to push the boundaries of their discipline, demonstrating how design can be put to work to reconstruct our heritage, visualise the unseen, and create products not previously possible.

Part of the new museum’s pre-opening programme, Design in Motion is the second V&A Dundee project to benefit from funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The tour will visit more than 70 venues across Scotland and more than 4,500 people have seen the exhibition since it left Dundee on 27 February, and it is anticipated that more than 10,000 people will visit the exhibition in total.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee said: “Design in Motion allows us to share the excitement, innovation and breadth of design with audiences across the country.

“Through this national tour we can showcase some of our most extraordinary contemporary designers and raise the profile of design and its benefits to society across Scotland. It helps demonstrate that design is a wonderful and very viable career choice for young people and there is a broad range of disciplines to consider.

“The exhibition is just a snapshot of the creative riches that V&A Dundee will showcase, allowing us to get out and talk to our audiences and build real excitement towards opening in 2018”

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said, “The V&A Dundee will transform Tayside’s tourism offering, creating jobs, attracting visitors from far and wide and providing a significant boost to the local economy.

The Design in Motion tour is a chance to inspire people all across the country about this important new attraction and the role that design plays in shaping our heritage and cultural identity.

“As one of the most stunningly beautiful country homes in Scotland, House of Dun near Montrose is just one of the many iconic places in Angus that stands to benefit following the arrival of the V&A.”