With the V&A Dundee earning some rave reviews from the country’s top culture writers, the city council leader is aiming to persuade a few of the museum’s toughest critics – the local people.
The £80 million facility is set to open its doors to the public on Saturday with the first visitors being selected in a ballot. The wider public will be granted access after the weekend.
Yesterday, special media preview days gave a first glimpse of the much-anticipated building which council leader John Alexander is tipping the V&A to “realise the full potential of this city.”
However, not all are convinced. Lochee councillor Charlie Malone has chosen not to accept his invite to the grand opening.
He said previously: “I sincerely hope, the Waterfront project will succeed and the V&A prosper, but, whilst poverty leads inevitably to the economic isolation of hundreds of my constituents from it, I cannot bring myself to indulge in the celebration.”
Meanwhile, a group is planning an anti-poverty protest on the V&A opening day.
Michael MacGregor, of Unite the Community, said: “Councillor Alexander mentions the billion pounds spent on the Waterfront Development.
“This is an obscenity while bairns and their folks go hungry including those in employment in the fabled hospitality sector.”
Today, Councillor Alexander issued a statement via the authority’s Twitter feed hitting back, urging city folk to see the museum for themselves.
He said: “V&A Dundee is Dundee’s museum.
“It is something that every single member of the community should get down and see for themselves and see what all of the talk has been about over the last several years.
“I think what it represents is a new future. Something we are really pushing forward with to realise the full potential of this city and to create jobs, create investment and to make those cultural links with every single community in Dundee.
“Whether you are on the outskirts or in the inner city, this is the museum for you and you should get down and see it for yourself.”