Dundee has an exceptional collection of over 500 sculptures, murals, mosaics and other forms of public art. Since 2018, the University of Dundee Museum Services have been leading a major project to research, catalogue and promote this unique resource. The latest exhibition in the Lamb Gallery showcases photographs of artworks past and present as well as unique behind-the-scenes material such as models, design sketches and installation images.
In particular, the exhibition explores the pioneering history of the Blackness Public Art Programme of the early 1980s, which attracted international attention for its ground-breaking approach. This marked the beginning of the local council’s investment in culture-led regeneration, which has continued to this day. Its success led to the expansion of the scheme to become the Dundee Public Art Programme. This was the first city-wide programme of public art in the country and would remain the largest programme in Scotland throughout its existence.
A programme of walking tours and other events accompanies the exhibition - click here for more information.
The latest exhibition in the Tower Foyer Gallery features a selection of the University of Dundee’s extensive collection of 19th century Scottish art.
It includes influential figures from early in the century such as Robert Scott Lauder, renowned Victorian painters like William Quiller Orchardson and examples of the famous Glasgow Boys from the end of the century.
One of the few professional women painters of this era, Charlotte Nasmyth, is also featured, as well as notable Dundee artists such as James Douglas and David Foggie.
Find out more here.
Last 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
Here'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:
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!
The 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.
In 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:
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.