The V&A at Dundee – A Cultural Collaboration – 4th October 2011

V&A at Dundee will be an international centre for design housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee’s waterfront. It will host major exhibitions of international design, celebrate Scotland’s design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage design innovation for the future.

Kengo Kuma's winning design for the V&A Dundee


Come along to The McManus at 6pm on 4th October 2011 to join Philip Long, recently appointed director of the V&A at Dundee, in conversation with James Brining, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dundee Rep Theatre. Philip and James will discuss the cultural collaboration underpinning the V&A at Dundee, and how cultural institutions can work together in innovative ways to strengthen and grow the City’s cultural offering for the benefit of all.

The recently opened exhibition ‘Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee’ – the first in a series of partnership projects between The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London as part of the pre-opening programme for the V&A at Dundee -will also be discussed. The exhibition will be open at the end of this event, with the building closing at 8pm.

This event is free, open to everyone and will last approximately one hour.

Contrary to reports in the media this event is non-ticketed and non-bookable. There is limited seating that will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The McManus remains open all day up to the start of this event.

Celebrating the Toon: The Importance of Dundee’s Comics – 7th December 2010

Comics have long been one of Scotland’s most important cultural and artistic exports, with Dundee at the centre of that success. The comics produced by DC Thomson, notably The Dandy and The Beano, have commanded worldwide audiences for decades, and characters such as Dennis the Menace and Desperate Dan are known and loved by millions.

Join us in The McManus Café on Tuesday 7th December at 6pm for this talk by Chris Murray from the University of Dundee as he looks at the origins and significance of some of DC Thomson’s best-loved comic titles, as well as some of the characters who didn’t last the course, such as DC Thomson’s ill-fated early superheroes, Captain Q, The Amazing Mr X, and some missed opportunities (such as Superman and V for Vendatta).

The talk will also examine the influence of DCT’s comics, and will ask some questions about their future in a rapidly changing publishing environment. At a time when comics publishing is under threat from numerous quarters it is important to recognise and protect the legacy of DC Thomson’s comics, and to plan for the preservation of this aspect of Dundee’s cultural heritage.

Doors open at 5.30pm and beers, wine and food are all served in The McManus Cafe, see here for a full menu. This is a FREE event, but there is limited seating available for 60 people so please do arrive early to avoid disappointment.