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V&A to create gallery in memory of Moira Gemmill

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The V&A has announced it will create a new gallery in the V&A Dundee to commemorate its former director Moira Gemmill

Described by many as a ‘visionary client’, Gemmill died after being hit by a truck as she cycled to work at St James Palace earlier this year (see AJ 10.04.15).

The former V&A director of design had been a ‘driving force’ behind the new £81million Kengo Kuma-designed V&A outpost in Dundee and the gallery has said she will be commemorated by an exhibition space at the museum.

The gallery will show Scottish design and celebrate its heritage.

A memorial will also be created in her name as part of the art institute’s annual illustration awards with the prize for the overall winner now being named after her.

Gemmill worked at the V&A for 13 years, where she oversaw more than 40 projects within the museum’s gallery and exhibition spaces.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: ‘Moira was one of the original driving forces behind the development of V&A Dundee. She was involved from the very beginning and she is very much missed. In response to this loss and in recognition of her outstanding achievements, we have established this fund in her memory. After discussion with those who knew her best and with the approval of her family, it is proposed that Moira should be commemorated in a gallery in the new museum.’

He added: ‘Moira was a proud Scot, with a love of design and a belief in its power to create change and transform lives. This memorial will ensure that her name is permanently associated with the very best of design, the development of future design professionals, and understanding of the impact of design on everyday life.’

V&A Dundee is currently under construction and is expected to complete in 2018.

Previous story (AJ 10.04.15)

Obituary: Moira Gemmill (1959 - 2015)


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