The Culture Lab

 BWS Live Event Edinburgh Culture Lab


Anna Day, UNESCO City of Design Dundee and Samantha Edmond, V&A Museum of Design Dundee

12.30pm – 12.50pm

Dundee used to be known for jam, jute and journalism, but is now a hub for computer games, design and culture led regeneration.  With a reduction in jobs in traditional industries, Dundee has reinvented itself focusing on design and creativity, with women at the forefront in a variety of creative roles.

Rachel McTavish will be joined by Anna Day, Manager for Dundee UNESCO City of Design, and Samantha Edmond, Development Manager for V&A Museum of Design Dundee, to discuss why creativity has flourished in Dundee, why it is good for the local economy now and for the future, and the different areas and roles where women are working in this field.

Anna Day is the manager of UNESCO City of Design Dundee, a role that involves developing strategy for the UNESCO designation in the city, creating networks among the 22 Design cities globally and working with partners locally and nationally to promote and encourage design excellence in all areas of Dundee. Anna is a cultural project manager for the University of Dundee, including managing the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the University. She founded Literary Dundee in 2007, an umbrella scheme that includes the Dundee Literary Festival and the Dundee International Book Prize. She programmes the Winter Words festival in Pitlochry and the Cardiff Book Festival and runs a small publishing company, Playroom Press. In her spare time she is working on a novel.