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Assembly, Dundee

  • Unit 6, Vision Building DD1 4QB (map)

A new series of one-day artist-led events in four cities around the UK

With ‘Scotland’s first design museum’ V&A Dundee opening to the public in September, the third a-n Assembly event for 2018 will explore the idea of ‘cultural outposts’ and the challenges and advantages these offer for sustained artist-led practice.

Dundee is a city in transition. As the new V&A emerges out of the waterfront and surrounding industrial buildings are converted into luxury hotels or demolished to make way for high end housing, the city is undergoing a period of intense cultural and architectural change. With much of the city’s cultural strategy currently focusing on Dundee’s population as its target audience, artists are calling for the city to also support grassroots artistic production, critique and dialogue as part of a healthy and sustainable community.

Programmed in collaboration with artist Joanna Helfer, Assembly Dundee will offer a platform to discuss the impact these changes are having on the local arts ecology, and present a range of responses by artists and organisations from areas around the UK that have undergone similar transformations.

Using Dundee as a starting point, the day-long event will combine discussions, presentations and practical hands-on workshops to explore meaningful ways to live, work and connect in challenging places.


Lunch and refreshments are provided as part of the day

This is a full day event. Booking is required.

Tickets are free for a-n members and £5 for non-members.


Welcome and introduction to the day

11.00 – 11.30am

Session 1: Artist-led models in redeveloping cities

11.30am – 1pm 


1 – 1.45pm

 Session 2: A network of outposts

1.45 – 3.15pm 


3.15 – 3.30pm

Session 3: Places of production

3.30 – 5.30pm 

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