On Saturday the V&A Dundee Design Museum opened to the public for the first time. Both Saturday and Sunday were ticketed by lottery and I didn’t even apply… avoiding disappointment!
As it was I got in for the first time the previous Tuesday to have a conversation about capturing (on a mobile of course…) the opening with the V&A’s Young People’s Collective (YPC) who I’ve worked with before.
The young people are great to work with – incredibly enthusiastic, appreciative and excited by the opportunities that have been given through the YPC – so I didn’t have to play it cool at all!
They put in the hard work and together we captured a truly historic moment. It’ll be fun to work with them to assemble what we’ve captured into a short film, however, you’ll find what we shared already on my Twitter feed: @OnTheSuperFly
Along with the young people I was spoiled with an “access all areas” experience – Friday evening was spent capturing the buzz and excitement of the V&A Dundee civic reception – Here’s our snapshot of the evening…
I was privileged to speak to the project manager of design and build John Tavendale as well as the architect himself Kengo Kuma:
The evening concluded with a concert across the street in Slessor Gardens and a light show with the V&A the centre of attention once more:
… ahead of the official opening to the public on Saturday.This is my tribute to the V&A staff who, despite the pressure of an opening of this size (and the scrutiny it was under) displayed the most positive of attitudes and reflected the excitement of their customers. And at the end of a very busy opening day they we’re filled with anticipation for day two. Here’s what they had to say…
I’m looking forward to getting back into the V&A and just relaxing, taking in the exhibition spaces and taking time to enjoy the views… of which there are several.
But I’m extremely appreciative of the memory of being part of the opening and look forward to working with the V&A and the Young People’s Collective very soon.