Conference for the Artist and the Thinker

As part of the exhibition THE ARTIST & THE THINKER - JOHN DUNCAN & PATRICK GEDDES IN DUNDEE (jointly organised by McManus Galleries and the University Museum Services), we held a one-day conference event on the subject of Art in Dundee at the turn of the last century. The period from around 1880 to 1920 saw an extraordinary flourishing of artistic endeavour in the city, but much of it has never before been studied in detail. The conference was a huge success, attracting a sell-out audience. Some of the papers were subsequently published in the Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History. The full programme for the conference is reproduced below.

Programme for ART IN DUNDEE c 1900

9.45am	Registration

10.00am	Introduction (Matthew Jarron)

10.15am	John Duncan: the Early Years (Clara Young)
10.35am	Works in Progress: John Duncan and the RSA Albums
	(Nicola Ireland)
10.55am	Duncan's St Bride in context (Murdo Macdonald)

Break for refreshments

11.40am	Patrick Geddes, John Duncan, Martin White and The Riders
	of the Sidhe: Dundee Connections in the early 1900s
	(Megan Ferguson)
12.00pm	"A too great perfection": George Dutch Davidson (1879-1901)
	(William Hardie)
12.20pm	James Douglas RSW (1858-1911) (James S W Barnes)

Break for Lunch

2.20pm	David Foggie: the Dundee Years (Matthew Jarron)
2.40pm	Etta Johnstone - "the lady who has done the portraits"
	(Mary Arnold)
3.00pm	South Georgia & Discovery Science as a point of inspiration
	for Art in Dundee - Geddes, Burn Murdoch and the Dundee
	Antarctic Expedition (Elaine Shemilt)

Break for refreshments

3.50pm	The Battle of the Will, or the Birth of Dundee's Art College
	(Richard Carr)
4.10pm	The Dundee Art Lobby and the Victoria Galleries
	(prepared by Anna Robertson, presented by Clara Young)
4.30pm 	A special treat to end with - a reading of John Duncan's
	delightful book The Woodman & the Elves by the University's
	writer-in-residence Colette Bryce

5.30pm	Reception for delegates at McManus Galleries, with a chance to
	view the exhibition The Artist & the Thinker - John Duncan
	& Patrick Geddes in Dundee

During the breaks there will be a chance to see displays of material by and
relating to various Dundee artists including Joseph Lee and Martin "Cynicus"
Anderson. There will also be a selection of related books for sale.
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