REINVENTION: Dundee Instameet Saturday 11th March 2017
We took 70 instagrammers on a journey through past, present and a glimpse into the future of Dundee last Saturday and what a fun day we had, with hundreds of incredible shots of our beautiful city taken in just a few hours!
Dundee is the only UNESCO City of Design in the UK, a prestigious award recognising the huge contribution the city has made to design worldwide. It’s a title held by only 22 cities worlwide including Beijing, Berlin and Montréal.
We are a city fuelled by design – design schools, research centres and creative industries and the title fittingly recognises design innovations Dundee has contributed to the world, including aspirin, biomedical research that has led to hundreds of new cancer drugs, and video games that redefined the global entertainment industry including Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto.
Dundee has continually reinvented itself after the collapse of its heavy industries and today the city is rebuilding its expansive waterfront as part of a £1 billion masterplan at the heart of which is the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, a global home for Scotland’s design heritage.
We started our day at Malmaison Dundee with some breakfast, tea and coffee. It was the first chance to meet others who some of us had only spoken to online. Such a great way to meet like-minded people.
I couldn’t resist adding a bit of ‘Whimsy Dundee!’ to the day so everyone was given a complimentary handout of my exclusively designed Whimsical Lush Dundee Instameet tour map. Delighted to say that it went down a treat too!
The amazingly talented Finlay wowed us with some of his incredible yoga moves at Slessor Gardens, which have been made rather famous with his BBC Social film all about forest yoga. He was such a good sport, and even said yes to posing with one of the Discovery Walk plaques!
Annie Marrs from UNESCO City of Design was delighted to then lead us up to West Ward Works. We were let loose in the old DC Thomson factory that used to print our favourite characters from the Beano and Dandy and even Oor Wullie himself. West Ward Works really is an amazing old industrial space synonymous with Dundee’s culture and identity – and venue for the upcoming second Design Festival as part of Dundees UNESCO design status. I am looking forward to this year’s festival again in May.
We then dropped into the Hill Mill at Verdant Works. Another Dundee treasure that has only recently been retored. Well worth the visit!
We stopped for lunch at Discovery Point, home of RRS Discovery. We had incredible views of the ship and also of the emerging V&A Dundee. It is looking incredible currently cloaked in black. Alice Moore from V&A very kindly gave us a wee talk about the museum too.
There is just too much to see and do in Dundee in one day so we decided to split up in the afternoon. People joined Kristy and I on an amazing Dark Dundee Tour which took us to all the more hidden spots of Dundee… all with a dark tale from history!
Others went off to St Pauls Cathedral with Ian. And my were they not just treated with the most spectacular views of Dundee!
I clocked about 7km of roaming during the day so it was nice to return to find some drinks and canapés waiting for us back at Malmaison. A lot us us used that time too to get uploading and editing our photos from the day.
Scots Magazine Prizes: Top 20 Pictures selected to feature on their website and the Top Pic will be featured in May edition of magazine. Kartel Watches gave us a prize of a Kartel watch for the winning picture selected.
How brilliant is that! ^_^ (good luck instagrammers, can’t wait to see who wins!)