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Remembering Marion Stewart

Blue Bird by Marion StewartThe latest exhibition in the Lamb Gallery presents a tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students.

Marion had a formidable work ethic and always pushed her students to achieve at the highest levels. She was also renowned for her quick wit and sense of humour. Above all, she was an inspirational teacher and an important role model for professional married women. She encouraged the formation of the influential textile group Embryo in 1980, and many of her students have gone on to forge successful careers in art, design and education.

The exhibition features work by Marion and by many of the students who were inspired by her. It has been curated by Frances Justice and Sheila Mortlock in association with the University of Dundee Museum Services. A programme of events accompanies the exhibition - details can be found here.

Celebrating Inspiring Design

Winalot by John GreensmithLast summer's design exhibition in the Lamb Gallery, Designed to Inspire, went down so well that we've recreated it as a poster exhibition in Slessor Gardens (north west side). It explores the history of design education in Dundee through amazing images from the collections of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. The exhibition includes examples of animation, architectural design, ceramics, comics, graphic design, illustration, jewellery, metalwork and textile design.

It runs from May to July and is part of Dundee Design Festival.

Image left: Poster design by John Greensmith, 1938

The Art of Reading

Girl Reading by Unknown Artist (detail)Artists have always been fascinated by books. The latest exhibition in the Tower Foyer Gallery draws on the University of Dundee’s extensive art and design collections to explore some of the ways that artists are inspired by or make use of books. 

  • Sketchbooks are often the starting point for any artistic idea
  • Artists sometimes create visual adaptations of scenes in books that inspire them
  • Many books – particularly ones for children – feature illustrations by artists
  • Artists might use books as visual props for the subjects in their paintings
  • Some artists aim to critique the form of books
  • Last but not least, many artists make their own books

Find out more here.

Annual Report Published

Cover of Annual Report 2017-18Here's what we've been up to!


Our annual report for 2017-18 has now been published and is available to view on our website by following this link:

Annual Report 2017-18

The report looks back at our achievements over the past academic year, during which time staged 11 exhibitions, lent 69 objects to other museums and galleries, put 56 artworks on permanent display around the campus, catalogued 797 objects, held 34 special events, answered 257 enquiries and helped nearly 1,500 students on 26 courses across the University.

Find out about all of that and more and see some great photos of some of our objects and activities by reading the report!

New Surgery Display

Cutting Edge - The History of Surgery in TaysideThe Tayside Medical History Museum has worked with staff at Dundee Science Centre to create a new permanent display, Cutting Edge - The History of Surgery in Dundee. The display, which features over 120 objects from the museum's collections, is part of Medical Marvels, a permanent gallery on the first floor of the Science Centre, which tells the story of medical innovation in Dundee.

To find out more about opening times and prices, visit the Dundee Science Centre website.

On Growth and Form 100

Shell from a photograph owned by D'Arcy ThompsonIn 2017 Museum Services led the international celebrations to mark 100 years since the publication of D'Arcy Thompson's On Growth and Form, the most influential book ever written in Dundee! We staged numerous special events and held a major international conference. You can find out all the things that took place in Dundee here, and visit the centenary website here.

The events have now finished but copies of three new publications are still available to buy:

See some fascinating videos on our YouTube and Vimeo channels!

Still from The Ultimate Detergent by Cavan Convery

We've now launched our own channels on YouTube and Vimeo, showcasing some amazing video art by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design students, and other films about our collections.


Among the artists whose student work is shown are Chris Byrne, Cavan Convery, Pernille Spence and Mark Wallace. More artworks are added regularly so why not check them out? 

The D'Arcy Thompson Print Folio

Print by Mark Hunter from the D'Arcy Thompson Print FolioA major new art commission has been unveiled by the University. The D’Arcy Thompson Print Folio is an exclusive set of 14 specially created artists’ prints made at the Printmaking Workshop at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD). All of the artists are leading tutors at the College and the prints take their inspiration from the University’s first professor of biology, D’Arcy Thompson.  The folio has been commissioned by the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum at the University, and editions will be on sale to help raise funds for the museum’s artist-in-residence programme, which aims to bring artists from across the country to work with its extraordinary collections.

The artists whose work is featured in the folio are: Delia Baillie, Calum Colvin, Dalziel + Scullion, Graham Fagen, Gareth Fisher, Paul Harrison, Mark Hunter, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, Jim Pattison, Norman Shaw, Elaine Shemilt, Iain Sturrock, Edward Summerton and Peter Yearworth. The limited edition prints will be available either collectively in a high-quality presentation portfolio or individually. The folio was premiered in the Tower Foyer Gallery as part of Print Festival Scotland. Find out more here.

Making an Impact

The Road to Sorrento by Alison McKenzie


A permanent display of highlights from our print collections is on display in Dalhousie Building. Originally created for Print Festival Scotland to accompany the Impact 8 conference, the displays (in the corridors of block 2) include prints by major Scottish and international artists as well as staff and students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Artists whose work is on show include Joan Miro, John Piper, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christine Borland, Toby Paterson, R B Kitaj, Will Maclean and Elaine Shemilt.

A special highlight is the one of the University's most notable recent acquisitions, Arch 2 (Winter) by Susan Derges, one of the most acclaimed photographic printmakers working today. This stunning large-scale work was acquired with a grant from the Art Fund as part of an on-going project to build a collection of artworks inspired by D'Arcy Thompson, the University's first professor of biology.

Click here to find out more about the original version of the exhibition.

Catalogue of our Oil Paintings now on sale

cover of PCF Dundee catalogue


After over three years of work, all of Dundee's publicly owned oil paintings have been published in a lavish, fully ilustrated colour hardback catalogue, thanks to the Public Catalogue Foundation charity. The catalogue includes all of the University's collections of paintings - over 800 in total - which comprise the Duncan of Jordanstone College Collection, the Tayside Medical History Museum Art Collection and the other University of Dundee Fine Art Collections.

To create the catalogue, all of the University's paintings had to be specially photographed, a process which took over a year to cover the 54 buildings and departments where artworks are displayed or stored.

The catalogue is available to buy now from the University's online store, and each purchase helps to support the care and development of the collections.

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