Last week, I spent a few days in Dundee with local social enterprise Creative Dundee, tourism initiative Dundee One, City Many Discoveries, and the team behind the #blogmanay campaign. I didn’t know much about this city before visiting, so I didn’t have a clue what to expect – but what we discovered on our whirlwind tour really blew me away!
This is a seriously cool and creative town, with a lot going on for quite a small city. From quirky local shops and boutiques – like the fab vintage glasses store Spex Pistols – to some amazing galleries like the McManus Gallery and the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts), there’s a real focus on art and creativity. No wonder, then, that Dundee recently became the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, or that work has now commenced on the V&A Dundee – the first ever design museum in the UK to be built outside of London – which will be finished in 2018. I was even able to get a look at the future building, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, using some virtual reality goggles. Dundee is nothing if not high-tech – which is why there’s a really strong video games industry in this city, too. We even got a chance to visit Fleet Collective, a really cool co-working space and creative community where some amazing local designers showed us their current projects.
I’ll be sharing a more in-depth post about Dundee as soon as I can, but for now here are a few photos to show what I got up to in this seriously cool, fascinating city…
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