Creative Dundee

Massive May Weekend Guide

It’s the last massive weekend for Dundee Design Festival and Ignite Dundee, so we wanted to share some details of what’s happening when, however it’s best to visit their websites to find out more. It’s pretty impossible to cover everything as there is just so much on, which is great, so here’s a brief snapshot of the city this weekend. Also this great round up of free things to do in Dundee by Discovery Credit Union features some of the many free things happening from 28th – 29th May 2016. There are many great exhibitions across the city running and also out of town including Angus Open Studios.

It’s well worth mentioning that this is the very final day to visit Dundee Design Festival in the old print works, on Guthrie Street!

Running Saturday 28th May – only:

Dundee Design Festival at West Ward Works is well worth the visit – both to see inside this former print factory building that’s long been closed, and to take in the impressive large scale design exhibition. With talks and workshops also running all day, you can withdraw some teckels, make your own prosthetic hand, design a garden and much more – it’s one not to miss. Check out their programme for full details of what’s happening when, and visit Masterchef winner Jamie Scott’s pop-up cafe in the old canteen for some real treats (foraged flowers, locally grown veg) at a reasonable price. Visit here for all the details.

Runs: Saturday only, 10am – 5pm. FREE.


Jewellery Trail Dundee – Scottish Jewellery Week.

Jewellery Trail Dundee – with a great exhibition at the design festival, Scottish Jewellery Week have also created a map and trail which can be picked up at West Ward or viewed online here. Across the city there are incredibly talented jewellery makers and designers housed in many studios and this is a great way to visit them!

Runs: Saturday only. FREE.


The Space You’re In by NEoN Digital Arts in the Wellgate Centre, level 2.

The Space You’re In by NEoN Digital Arts is a temporary inflatable space in a unit on level 2 of the Wellgate Centre looks at how physical urban space and virtual information space are inseparably intertwined.

At 12pm artists Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich will speak about the visible and invisible layers of our architectural space, more details over here. And from 1-4pm there’s a family friendly workshop with Zoë and Neil making your own cloud hat and joining the digital cloud!

Runs: Saturday 10am – 4pm. FREE.

Running both Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May:


Tea Green Pop Up Atelier at the Old Flour Mill, Exchange Court

Tea Green Pop Up at the Old Flour Mill, in Exchange Court is on until Sunday 29th May, and looks great. With a number of designers and makers work to see and buy, it’s also set in a really interesting old, but new space in the city. Find out more about the pop up here.

Runs: 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. FREE.


The People’s Tower – photo by STV.

The People’s Tower, rebuilding Dundee’s Royal Arch in cardboard! Join the team led by French artist Olivier Grossetete on Saturday to help build it out of around 12,000 cardboard boxes in the newly created Slessor Gardens, at the Waterfront, then knock it down on Sunday. The construction will begin at 11am and should reach 16 metres in height and width before being torn down again just 24 hours later on Sunday! Check out this news story about the project here and visit their event page here.

Runs: 11am right through to 3pm on Saturday. Then 1pm on Sunday for the demolition! FREE.


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Degree Show – work by Lily Hassioti.

Degree Show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design – Each year hundreds of artists and designers exhibit their degree shows at this huge event, which gets bigger every year. It’s a great opportunity to see great work, and meet the recent graduates before they embark on their exciting careers! All the info here.

Runs: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm. FREE.


If you are looking for places to eat, drink and be merry, then do also check out our 99 Things to see and do in Dundee guide to the city!



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