Bodies, Botanicals & Bindings: Reimagining Rare Books

Featuring the work of artists and creative writers inspired by the University Archives' rare book collections, the Lamb Gallery will host a unique exhibition by Archive Services.

The exhibition uses some of the University's extensive special collections to explore the history and materiality of rare books as well as the creativity they can inspire.

Books of Brechin Diocese Library collection

From bindings to bookplates and endpieces to annotations, books tell stories, reminding us of the lives of their owners as much as changes in communication and technology.

Taking inspiration from these remarkable collections which date from the 15th century onwards, artists and writers have created their own pieces of work which are exhibited for the first time here.

On display will be jewellery, etchings, drawings, textiles, ceramics and much more, all inspired by the wonderful illustrations and content within the books or simply by the way they are put together.

The exhibition is free and open to all and will run from 8 Feb to 27 April 2019

The Lamb Gallery is in the Tower Building of the University of Dundee

Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7pm and Saturday 1pm to 5pm

The exhibition stems in part from the research of PhD candidate Mhairi Rutherford. Read her blog and view her research