The V&A [Victoria & Albert Museum] is to create a new gallery in the new V&A Dundee to commemorate its former galvanic director of design, Moira Gemmill, who took her native Kintyre to the heights of arts management.
Ms Gemmill had driven the project for Dundee of the establishing the V&A outside London – well outside it – building no one can wait to see – Kengo Kuma’s part ship, part spinning top on the waterfront of the proud industrial city.
It could not be more fitting that she will now be honoured by the naming of a gallery for her in that radical and exciting building – and it is to be a gallery showing the development of Scottish design.
The V&A is also to name for her the overall winning prize in its annual illustration awards.
Moira Gemmill died in one of those utterly random incidents that makes you feel that it must be possible somehow to put the clock back and make everything all right again.
On 9th April this year, 2015, she was cycling to work at St James Palace – as was her habit – when she was hit by a truck near the junction of Horseferry Road and Millbank. She had joined the Royal Collection Trust as director of capital programmes only in February this year.