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Last chance to see Masters Show 2015

Tomorrow (Sat 29th August) is the last chance to see the University of Dundee’s Masters Show 2015, with work from one of the world’s leading centres for education in medical art on display. Students come from around the globe to study the medical art postgraduate course which is offered by the University’s world renowned Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification. Medical art encompasses a wide range of applications from patient communication and information to medical teaching and training. It is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to aid in explanation of their products and by tel...

VFX Masters students form industry connections

While the Masters Show 2015 has been wowing visitors to the University of Dundee, one group of exhibiting students have been touring some of the UK’s top visual effects (VFX) studios to plan the next step in their careers. Fourteen students from the MSc Animation & Visualisation programme, whose work features in the Masters Show, have been paying a visit to big-name VFX studios in London including Framestore, Double Negative, Jellyfish Pictures, MPC and Industrial Light and Magic. This has enabled the students to hear first-hand what the studios expect from an applicant and what they look for in ...

Drawing with gunpowder to explore war through the eyes of children

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has inspired a Dundee-based artist to create a series of humanitarian gunpowder drawings, where the artworks are created with explosions in controlled conditions. Dina Mackins has prepared her exhibition at the University of Dundee’s Masters Show specifically to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. Dina, who is of Russian lineage, has worked with armed forces personnel and veterans both in the UK and Russia to help create her haunting images. She has developed a new technique combining gunpowder with handmade ink, ash and charcoals to m...

Masters Show 2015 – Susie takes `oil painting’ in a new direction

An exploded oil well head recovered from the North Sea and weighing in at a tonne-and-a-half forms a spectacular centrepiece at this year’s University of Dundee Masters Show. The stunning object is one of the first things visitors to the show will see, sitting close to the entrance at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. It is the work of Susie Johnston, graduate of the MFA Arts & Humanities programme. “It is such a marvellous object and it has been great to work on it,” said Susie. “The petal effect comes from the force of the explosion when the well head was deco...

Artist’s exploration of ‘Atom Town’ wins £5000 prize

University of Dundee lecturer Gair Dunlop has been awarded £5000 to create new art work chronicling the history, cultural impact and evolution of the UK’s nuclear industry. Gair has received the cash as part of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art (RSA) Morton Award for lens-based media. He will use the prizemoney to create a multi-screen video installation combining elements of fiction, archive footage and documentary from slowly decommissioning atomic research laboratories and facilities at Dounreay, Harwell Archive, Torness and Hunterston. The resulting work will be exhibited at the Scottish Na...

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