Plants form the basis of life on earth. They are vital to our health and well-being as well as being an amazing inspiration for creativity. Our first two exhibitions of 2018 explore this diverse world.
In the Lamb Gallery, Botanical Conversations: the Science and Beauty of Plants features highlights from the University’s amazing Herbarium collection as well as beautiful works of art and creative writing inspired by plants. It also showcases some fascinating research projects being carried out across the University and the James Hutton Institute.
In the Tower Foyer Gallery, Exploring our own Backyard explores local plants and habitats in the University of Dundee’s Botanic Garden.The jewel in the garden’s crown is its large native plants area. This is still unusual in botanic gardens, which have traditionally shown little interest in their natives. Dundee’s garden was founded in 1971 and was committed from the start to telling the story of Scottish plants and their ecology.
This exhibition highlights the Botanic Garden’s current project to revamp its native area to represent more accurately a variety of Tayside habitats. It also celebrates the work of William Gardiner, a working man from Dundee, who became a distinguished botanist in the first half of the nineteenth century and was the first to compile a flora for the local area.
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Last year 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.