17 Dec 2019

Dundee students highlight Scotland’s war

A major exhibition featuring work by University of Dundee art students is educating modern day Scots about the heroism and horrors of World War One. ‘What Do We Learn From All Th1s’ features 100 artworks highlighting individual stories of those affected by the conflict, with several pieces produced by students from the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. The exhibition, commissioned by the Scottish Government, is currently on display in Dundee Central Library and provides a glimpse into the lives of people from across the country at the time, from factory worke...

16 Dec 2019

Comicsopolis – a public appeal to unearth more of Dundee’s comics history

An academic at the University of Dundee is researching the rich history of comics in Dundee, and is appealing for the help of the public in unearthing memories and details of publications which have long since disappeared. Christopher Murray, the world’s first Professor of Comics Studies, is in the process of writing Comicsopolis – A History of Comics in Dundee, and is interested in hearing from anyone who reads, collects, or creates comics in Dundee, or has in the past. “I think of Dundee as not only the Juteopolis, but also the Comicsopolis – the city of comics,&rdq...

10 Dec 2019

Comic helps young people cope with grief

Teenagers from across Scotland have shared their experiences of bereavement for a new comic aiming to help other young people deal with their grief. Produced in conjunction with academics from the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, When People Die: Stories from Young People is a 40-page publication filled with images, stories and insights that arose from a series of workshops held at HMYOI Polmont and the charities Richmond's Hope and Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). The intention of the year-long project was to explore how comics can help generate reflective and confident life st...

29 Nov 2019

Lorraine Kelly becomes an oil painting for 60th birthday

Lorraine Kelly’s face was a picture when a portrait of the television star painted by University of Dundee graduate Sylvia Tarvet was unveiled live on air this morning. The portrait was commissioned by members of the team working on the Lorraine show as a surprise 60th birthday present for its host, a former rector of the University. They wanted it to be painted by a Dundee student in honour of her connections to the institution and Sylvia’s work was revealed to a delighted Lorraine, along with millions of ITV viewers, as part of a special edition of the show to mark the mileston...

14 Nov 2019

Living Together in closies, multis and semis

The history of housing in Dundee – from 19th century tenements hastily erected to cope with a growing population to post-industrial decay and suburban sprawl – is explored in a new exhibition at the University of Dundee. ‘Living Together’, which runs in the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, until January, has a particular focus on communal and social housing. The exhibition takes as its starting point the rapid industrialisation of Dundee in the 19th century. Huge numbers of new tenement blocks were built to meet the growing demand, but this left many families living in a...