As the University of Dundee celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent institution, this special exhibition in the Lamb Gallery explores what was going on in that pivotal year, both on campus and in the city as a whole. Using rarely seen photographs, documents, artworks and artefacts it describes the major developments in the University – its new buildings and departments, its pioneering research areas – as well as looking at what life was like as a student in Dundee at that time. The exhibition also explores what was happening in separate institutions that are now part of the University such as Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Dundee College of Education.
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The latest exhibition in the Tower Foyer Gallery features rarely seen photographs taken by a Dundee art student in the early 1970s. Walter Simms studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art from 1968-1973, specialising in Graphic Design and Photography. He went on to have a successful career in graphic design and museum exhibition design, retiring in 2012.
The photographs include portraits of many of Walter’s fellow students at the Art College at work and at play, but also feature fascinating glimpses into a Dundee that has changed completely – the ruined remains of the old Hawkhill for example, as well as workers at the docks and at NCR. It’s a fantastic time capsule of a very different Dundee!
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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.
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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.