V&A Dundee - Festive opening hours


16th December 2020

V&A Dundee’s opening hours will change over the festive period, ahead of the major fashion exhibition Mary Quant closing on 17 January.

Scotland’s first design museum will move to seven-day opening from Sunday 27 December to Monday 4 January, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The whole museum, including the exhibition galleries, shop and Tatha restaurant, will open each day from 10.00-17.00.

The festive holidays mark the last opportunity to see Mary Quant, the first international retrospective on the iconic British designer who disrupted the fashion establishment, captured the spirit of London in the 1960s, and started a fashion revolution that a whole generation wanted to take part in.

A new short film has also been released today interviewing Heather Tilbury Phillips, former Director of Mary Quant Limited, who worked closely with Mary Quant for over a decade. In the film she talks about her experience of working with Mary, at a time of revolutionary social change.

Heather Tilbury Phillips, speaking in the film, says of the exhibition: “It is the most tremendously colourful, exciting and joyous representation of Mary's achievements over that 20 years.

“Mary is the most endearing person. She was quite shy and diffident, but she had a steely certainty underneath of what she wanted and she was very persuasive.

“She'd often say to the men in grey suits, when they said to her, 'Mary, that's impossible, you can't do that', and she'd say, 'I'm sure you'll find a way'. And, of course, they did.

“She believed in integrity, in doing what she felt was right, and it was obvious to all of us that somebody who had that inner strength could sweep us all with her.”

Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “Over the festive holidays we will be open over seven days from Sunday 27 December to Monday 4 January, and look forward to welcoming people in Dundee to come and enjoy Mary Quant in its last few weeks.

“There is lots more on too, including Now Accepting Contactless, Making Room, Sewing Box for the Future, as well as Tatha Café and Restaurant and the shop to enjoy over the holidays.

“The beautiful architecture of Kengo Kuma is also a bright, light-filled space to relax in and explore during these dark winter days.”

The daily festive opening runs from 27 December to 4 January, with the museum closed on 25 and 26 December. Outside of these dates V&A Dundee is open 10.00 to 17.00, Thursday to Monday.

Mary Quant tickets can be purchased online at www.vam.ac.uk/dundee or by phoning 01382 411 611.

All visitors need to book free tickets to enter the museum, as part of the essential steps to keep visitors safe and to ensure physical distancing. Those free tickets can also be booked at www.vam.ac.uk/dundee 

Mary Quant at V&A Dundee is supported by Barclays Private Bank. Mary Quant was curated by Jenny Lister and Stephanie Wood of the V&A and shown at V&A South Kensington from 6 April 2019 to 16 February 2020.

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V&A at Dundee will be an international centre of design for Scotland. It will celebrate Scotland's historic importance in design and host major exhibitions of outstanding design, helping people understand their own and others' cultural heritage.

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