New £1m fundraising campaign launched in Dundee

V&A Dundee

DUNDEE’S independent cultural organisations have launched the £1 million Dundee Cultural Recovery Fund with the support of The Northwood Charitable Trust.

The Northwood Charitable Trust, the Thomson family’s private charitable organisation, has donated £500,000 to the campaign as a challenge fund, to match other contributions pound-for-pound.

The fundraising campaign, which will be led by V&A Dundee, will benefit Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Heritage Trust (operator of Discovery Point and Verdant Works), Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, Dundee Science Centre, and V&A Dundee.

Its aim is to offset some of the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis and kick-start Dundee’s cultural and economic recovery.

To date an additional £200,000 has already been received by generous private donors including Tim Allan and Alasdair Locke. The campaign’s focus is on encouraging support from major donors who have previously supported Dundee’s world-class cultural organisations, as well as businesses and cultural philanthropists keen to support the city’s recovery from COVID-19.

Christopher Thomson, Trustee of The Northwood Charitable Trustsaid: “For us, championing the cultural recovery in Dundee is not only about safeguarding our world-class venues but also, importantly, ensuring that their wider economic impact and learning and community programmes continue to benefit everyone in the city. 

“People and organisations throughout Dundee have come together to achieve remarkable things before, not least the creation of V&A Dundee itself. We hope that our contribution to the challenge fund inspires our community to ensure that our vibrant cultural scene remains a beacon for regeneration and prosperity in Dundee and beyond.” 

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