14 September 2018back

V&A Dundee & NCR Financial Solutions Group

Dundee, Design, Discovery – V&A Dundee’s 3D Festival

Community & social empowerment | International engagement | Tourism | Young people

Working together to support Dundee’s regeneration programme

The project

The Dundee, Design, Discovery celebration marked the public opening of V&A Dundee over Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September 2018. A multi-disciplinary, two-day music and arts festival, it was attended by around 22,000 people in the city’s Slessor Gardens and broadcast live on BBC2. A signature event within the Scottish Government’s themed Year of Young People 2018, it was co-designed by V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective and specifically aimed at generating a deep sense of ownership and pride within the citizens of Dundee.



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V&A Dundee’s Director of Philanthropy and Parnterships, Barry Ferguson, approached NCR with the concept of staging an event that would complement the opening of the new design museum and provide multiple opportunities for audience engagement, regardless of age or background. A meeting with NCR’s Manager of Customer Experience Programme, Leigh Duncan, and Chief of Staff Finance, Carol Hamilton, established NCR’s clear agenda of giving back to the local community and their existing involvement in supporting learning programmes in local schools and community groups. A new partnership was formed, based on a shared ambition to demonstrate support for the regeneration programme in Dundee. 

Having secured early support from DC Thomson and Brewin Dolphin, a commitment from NCR which was match funded by CBFS secured the overall budget required to stage an ambitious project with the aim of shining a national and international spotlight on Dundee and the museum.

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The partnership

The partnership between V&A Dundee and NCR not only enabled the Dundee, Design, Discovery celebration to meet its artistic objectives, but opened the door to further creative opportunities too. V&A Dundee have now become a partner in the NCR Student Design Competition, which challenges students in higher education to respond to a brief which asks them to consider how the Internet of Things will transform our world and how (using a design approach) to create a new concept utilising this technology.

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NCR’s principal reasons for becoming a sponsor were to give something back to Dundee and engage their own staff in both the city’s heritage and its regeneration. As part of their sponsorship agreement, NCR received 500 tickets for the celebrations, enabling them to engage the vast majority of their workshop in the project. Further events are being planned at the museum to sustain this engagement and extend it to NCR customers too.

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The impact

94% of those who attended V&A Dundee’s 3D Festival felt it was an appropriate way to celebrate the opening of the museum with 84% stating that it had affected their perceptions of Dundee in a positive way. Dundee residents also talked about the event as an opportunity to share their pride in their city.

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The majority of attendees at the opening weekend (53%) were from Dundee and 27% from the wider Tayside area (including Angus, Fife and Perth & Kinross). Since the event, the museum has started to attract 37% of its visitors from outside the region and 28% from outside Scotland.

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“NCR were a perfect fit for match funding as they had not supported an arts and culture organisation in Scotland before. The match funding from CBFS was an ideal way to achieve our target budget, within tight timescales, and through this we were able to deliver our full vision for the festival, including branding on the large screen, decals on the ground and the creation of a VIP area.”

Sam Edmond, V&A Dundee

‘In allowing us to become a sponsor for the launch event, the CBFS gave NCR’s Dundee employees the opportunity to be part of a major event within the city. The feedback from them has been overwhelmingly positive as they felt they were deeply involved in the launch.”

Leigh Duncan, Manager Customer Experience Programme, NCR Financial Solutions Group