New director for V&A Dundee is announced

10 July 2020

The Victoria & Albert Museum blog has announced the appointment of Leonie Bell as the new director of V&A Dundee.

Bell is currently the Strategic Lead for the Future Paisley Partnership, which leads Paisley’s cultural regeneration plans following on from its failed UK City of Culture Bid for 2021 (which went to Coventry).

She will replace V&A Dundee’s founding director Philip Long and says of the appointment: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed Director of V&A Dundee. I am looking forward to working with the Board, the team, the museum’s partners and the people of Dundee to further establish V&A Dundee as a world-class design museum for Scotland. Like so many, I have watched V&A Dundee flourish in its first two years, and it is a huge privilege to lead the museum into its next phase.” V&A Dundee opened in 2018 in a building designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Bell’s career has been firmly based in Scottish design and culture. She began her career at Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture & Design, before becoming programme director at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design & the City, also in Glasgow.

She is expected to start in her role at V&A Dundee this autumn, at what point the museum will once again be open to the public following its temporary closure due to Covid-19.