Our reopening programme is now on sale!

7 August 2020

We let you know a few weeks ago that we’d be reopening on Fri 4 September, and now we’re excited to share some of the details of our reopening programme. We hope you’ll be marking some dates in your diary ready to visit us again: all events are now on sale (including free, bookable slots for our exhibitions and Create Space) to our Members, Friends and Patrons, with booking open to everyone from Monday 24 August.

You’ll notice a range of changes when you visit, all designed to keep you and our team safe. We’ll share more details about this nearer the time, but you can find some details here

As we reopen our doors after nearly six months of closure we find ourselves facing many challenges: from the costs of making sure the building is safe to a huge reduction in the number of people we can welcome to each part of our programme. That’s why we’re asking for your support to help us carry on enriching people’s lives through art, culture and creativity. You can read more about this here: any support you can give makes a huge difference. 

DCA Cinema

We can't wait to welcome back our cinema fans with a wonderful selection of films to enjoy: new films include Christopher Nolan's hotly-anticipated blockbuster Tenet, which promises a fantastical journey into the world of international espionage - and even better we've got selected screenings in glorious 35mm! You can now also book for Dundee's own Schemers, the real-life story of the 1970s music promoter who brought Iron Maiden to Caird Hall for one legendary gig. We are also delighted to be collaborating with V&A Dundee on a season of films to celebrate the new Mary Quant exhibition, with swinging Sixties classics including Georgy's Girl, The Haunting and Two For the Road hitting our screens. All screenings will have allocated seating to allow for social distancing. 

DCA Exhibitions

On Sat 12 September in Gallery 2, we'll be opening a new exhibition by artist Stuart Whipps, If Wishes Were Thrushes, Beggars Would Eat Birds. At the heart of the show is an exploration of particular histories within plants and minerals in different parts of the world. Through installation, photography, film and sound, Whipps explores ideas of cultivated landscapes through different timeframes and personal narratives connected to specific sites and materials. Visitors will be gently guided through a choreographed sequence of moving images projected across a range of digital and analogue forms by the artist’s voice. The galleries will be ticketed to manage capacity and booking in advance will be essential, but they will remain free. 

Create Space

Create Space will be moving to Gallery 1 to allow more space for children and families to enjoy getting creative together! This space will be open from Sat 12 September with pre-packed Art Activity Packs inspired by Stuart Whipps' exhibition, a display of work by community groups, and the chance for you to share your art. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing and you'll be able to book a time slot here.

DCA Print Studio

The Print Studio is looking forward to welcoming Registered Users back into the studio from Fri 4 September.  Registered Users can book their sessions from Tue 1 September by contacting the Print Studio team at or on 01382 432 475. 

We can't wait to welcome staff, audiences and partners back into the building soon! 

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