College of Art staff relax after the annual degree show, 1968
Drawing and painting staff pose at the Revels in 1968 – an event which still happens each year. The Revels of course was mostly for students, but as you can see the staff got involved as well. There was a different theme each year and it involved very elaborate sets and costumes. 1968 was also the year that Pink Floyd performed at the Revels.
Head of School, Alberto Morocco is seated centre back. Morocco was just one of the many talented staff which also included fellow painter David McClure, sculptor Scott Sutherland, photographer Joseph McKenzie, illustrator Ron Stenberg and embroiderer Marion Stewart. The teaching staff were considered to be the best in the country; they certainly nurtured students like painters Grant Clifford and Francis Boag, photographer Albert Watson and textile artist Pauline Hann.
In 1968 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art was still part of Dundee Institute of Art & Technology. Students did a two-year general course the two years of specialist study choosing from areas which included graphic design, textile design, photography and painting, interior design, sculpture, silversmithing and jewellery, ceramics and mural decoration. Although the merger with the University of Dundee did not happen until the 1990s, the 1960s saw collaboration on the architecture and town planning degree courses.
The Archive holds the records for the University of Dundee, including those of institutions like Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art that have joined us over the years. These collections include administrative records, staff research papers and student association records. They also include wonderful photographs like this one.
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