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Artist in Residence Sekai Machache awarded nAnA grant

Sekai Machache, an Artist in Residence at DJCAD along with her collaborators has been awarded a new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grant from the British Council. The annual grant scheme open to artists, arts organisations and art collectives across East Africa and the UK to create new art to showcase to audiences. Sekai’s project ‘Body of Land’ is a cross-media collaboration between lens-based artists (Sekai and Awuor Onyango, a multidisciplinary artist from Kenya) that uses traditional performance and play to re-imagine the symbols and rituals of East African and diaspora femininity in a digi...

Meet the graduate on a constant gap year

University of Dundee graduate Laura Geyer has ditched the usual 9-5 life for one on the road, and shows no signs of stopping since graduating last year. Laura, who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in May 2017, has almost travelled the same distance as the University Rector Mark Beaumont in his recent record-breaking cycle around the world. With her partner Adam Browne and their dog Angus, the intrepid trio have almost 16,000 miles under their seatbelts as they ditched the idea of a gap year after University for a gap life in their fully kitted out VW Camper ‘Yellow Mat...

Graphic Design and Illustration students to display work inspired by D’Arcy Thompson

He has already inspired generations of scientists, artists and thinkers including Alan Turing, Richard Dawkins and Claude Levi Strauss. Now the work of biologist and mathematician D’Arcy Thompson, has prompted a new exhibition of work from the new generation of Graphic Design and Illustration students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. ‘Exponential Growth’ will open in the Tower Building Foyer on Saturday 4 November and is in place to celebrate 100 years since D’Arcy Thompson’s influential book, ‘On Growth and Form’ was first published. He held t...

Forensic artist Dr Christopher Rynn reconstructs face of Scottish 'witch'

The face of a Scottish woman persecuted for witchcraft more than 300 years ago has been reconstructed by forensic scientists at the University of Dundee. Lilias Adie died in 1704 in prison before she could be burned for her "confessed" crimes of being a witch and having sex with the devil. Locals buried her under a large stone on the Fife coast, perhaps believing it would stop her rising from the grave. Her remains were exhumed in the 19th Century by antiquarians. Her skull ended up in the St Andrews University Museum and was photographed before it went missing during the 20th Century. BBC Radio Scotland's...

Mountain bothy book that might save a life

If you chance upon one of the 103 bothies in Great Britain that are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association you might also become the first person to find a new book hidden amongst the mountain shelters - a 66-page newsprint publication that might just save a life – even if it means setting fire to it. 46 artists and writers, led by Edward Summerton, Senior Lecturer at the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, have created 200 copies of ‘Shelter Stone: The Artist and the Mountain’ and dispersed it among bothies and shelters in England, Scotland and W...

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