Martin Boyce, “No Reflections,” 2009. Exhibition view at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee. Photo: Gilmar Ribeiro
Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) is a world-class center for the development and exhibition of contemporary art and culture. Since opening in 1999, DCA has established itself as a major force in contemporary art and cultural cinema, community and education practice, and as a vibrant social and cultural hub for the people of Dundee, Scotland, and beyond. The secret of its success has been the imagination, ambition, commitment, intricate care, and hard work of its staff and collaborators, whose energy and ideas have earned it national and international acclaim, while ensuring that it is embraced by the community that is its home. DCA’s success is also thanks to the commitment of its audiences that have supported the organization by visiting, attending, participating, enjoying, challenging, and questioning its projects and programs.
“Dundee experienced its own well-documented Bilbao Effect twelve years ago, when that well-designed new building with a clearly defined purpose, Dundee Contemporary Arts, opened. The lesson it provides is that cultural institutions need to prove their worth by their international quality, economic sustainability, close relationships with their audiences, and deep local roots. As if to prove that very point, DCA has just opened a new show that exemplifies that combination.” (Moira Jeffrey, Scotland on Sunday, May 2011)