Philip Long, Director, V&A Dundee
Philip is the director of V&A Museum of Design Dundee, set to open in 2018.Born in Edinburgh, Philip has a wealth of experience in arts and culture, having spent his 20 year career working in museums across the country. He is passionate about culture in Scotland, previously holding high-profile roles in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, including National Galleries of Scotland. He sees Dundee as the country's latest cultural hub.
It's all happening in Dundee. Dundee is a friendly and welcoming city. It is situated in a wonderful location, on the banks of the River Tay and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The city is experiencing - and embracing - a significant amount of cultural change and development, cementing its future as an exciting and vibrant place to live, work, study and visit. It is fast becoming a must-see destination for those stay-cationing in the UK as well as those travelling internationally.
There's so much going on in the city, it's not just V&A Museum of Design Dundee. There's the £1bn redevelopment of the waterfront, including the creation of an urban beach and a marina. Then there's our flourishing creative industries sector, fuelled by upcoming design entrepreneurs, across the spectrum from fashion and textiles to digital and games. Tourism is perhaps the fastest developing industry, and the city is working hard with the wider region to reposition itself in the eyes of leisure tourists, as an edgy cultural destination; on top of its existing success with business tourism.
Already these developments are having a positive effect within the city, bringing with them a well deserved new prosperity, job opportunities, increased confidence and civic pride for local people.
Dundee inspires my work. Dundee is both unusual and exciting. It's nothing short of inspirational to be part of city that is reinventing itself at such a rate of knots. The transformation is huge, the shared vision extraordinary - and the excitement is palpable.
Dundonians should be proud of their city - past, present and future. Dundee has a long and prosperous history and the vision it has at the moment is rewarding its people with extraordinary opportunities. The local community deserve to be proud of what they have achieved and where this journey will lead them. These ambitions are not a pipe dream - they are fast becoming reality and the benefits are already clear for all to see.