Museum Services is leading the 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 have loads of things going in - exhibitions in the Lamb and Tower Foyer Galleries, a major international conference on 13-15 October, three new publications and many other events.
The latest exhibition in the Tower Foyer Gallery focuses on the way that female characters have been portrayed in comics over the years. In Britain, comics aimed specifically at girls were hugely popular from the 1950s to the 1980s, but have now largely disappeared. Dundee-based publishers DC Thomson were especially prolific in this area - as well as the famous Bunty (1958-2001) they produced many other titles including Judy (1960-91), Diana (1963-76), Mandy (1967-91) and Spellbound(1976-77).
This exhibition presents original artwork on loan from DC Thomson as well as a selection of pieces by current women comics creators, offering a broad range of interpretations of what female figures can be in the British comic culture. The exhibition has been curated by Louise Quirion, a recent graduate from the University’s MLitt course in Comics Studies.
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2017 marks 150 years since the birth of one of Dundee’s most significant artists, Stewart Carmichael (1867-1950). For six decades, Carmichael was one of the leading figures of Dundee’s cultural scene, a constant champion for the role of art and culture in society
Celtic Visions is the first major exhibition devoted to Carmichael since the memorial show following his death in 1950. It has been created in partnership with The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum who (like Carmichael) celebrate their 150th anniversary this year. It also includes artworks from many other public and private collections.
The exhibition runs in the Lamb Gallery until 30 September. Click here to find out more.
Here's what we've been up to!
Our annual report for 2015-16 has now been published and is available to view on our website by following this link:
The report looks back at our achievements over the past academic year, during which time we had 6,558 active users, staged 12 exhibitions, lent 67 objects to other museums and galleries, put 82 artworks on permanent display around the campus, catalogued 977 objects, held 36 special events, answered 342 enquiries and helped over 1,500 students on 25 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!
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?
A 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.
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.
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.