Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities: Bridging the Divide

Residents are invited to this Scottish Universities Insight Institute event next Thursday – 5th December – in the West End as part of the ‘Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities Project’. 
In an informal morning celebration, the project will be sharing the ideas and insights generated in its knowledge cafés, held earlier this year, to identify collaborative university-community approaches to improving health and wellbeing for all.    The event takes place at Roseangle Kitchen Café.
In the afternoon, in the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee, the keynote speaker, Dr Matt Dolf, who is irector, Strategic Support, UBC Wellbeing, University of British Columbia, will be joined by representatives of the UK Healthy Universities Network and community residents in providing local, national and international perspectives on developing healthier and happier communities. 
You can read more about this interesting day and book either the morning or afternoon session – or both – here.

Living Together : An Exhibition on Housing in Dundee

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
Using photographs, artworks and architects’ designs, the latest exhibition in the Lamb Gallery at the University of Dundee explores some of the most distinctive forms of houses in Dundee, with a particular focus on communal and social housing – from Victorian tenements to pioneering council houses, post-war multis, student halls of residence and more.
The exhibition Living Together features material from our own and private collections as well as the University Archives, Dundee City Archives and Dundee Central Library Local History Centre.    It has been created to accompany the AHRA Conference on Architecture and Collective Life taking place in Dundee from 21st to 23rd November.
The exhibition is now open and runs until 25th January 2020 – opening times are on the poster and admission is free.
More information is available here.

THIS – An exhibition celebrating the life and work of Jim Stewart

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
An exhibition celebrating the life and work of Jim Stewart (1952-2016)
Tower Foyer Gallery, University of Dundee
Jim Stewart was an inspirational and much-admired author and teacher described by Dundee’s Makar, W N Herbert, as “one of the most significant poets of the last decade”. 
James Clark Quinn Stewart was born in 1952 to a working-class family in a cold tap and outside toilet dwelling on the Lochee Road, Dundee, barely surviving a near-fatal bronchial illness in early infancy. He and his younger sister, Ros, were brought up by their single mother, a devout Jehovah’s Witness. Often at odds with the church in later life, Jim remained devout and became a learned theologian.
Jim studied English at the University of Dundee (where he went on to teach for many years) and completed a PhD at Edinburgh, basing his research on the works of Virginia Woolf – a passion which remained with him, together with a deep reverence for nature and music, all his life.
Known as Jim to friends, colleagues and students alike, he became an inspirational and much-admired teacher.  He wrote poetry from childhood and went on to become one of Scotland’s finest nature poets, if one of the most modest. His keen poet’s eye found beauty in everything: flies, moles, spiders and especially bees. The publishing of collections did not rate highly in his list of ambitions and he often had to supplement his income from short-contract university teaching with bouts of window-cleaning and proof-reading, as he describes in letters included in the exhibition.
Central to the exhibition is a portfolio box designed and created by Marion Archibald at her studio in The Old Printing Works, Thornton. The box contains a hand-painted book of tributes to Jim in the form of poetry and prose. Created by Marion and Jim’s former student Keren Macpherson, the book folds out to five metres in length. 
The exhibition also features several of Jim’s poems along with paintings and etchings by Keren and fellow artists Kirstie Behrens, Merran Gunn and Derek Robertson, interpreting and illustrating Jim’s poems in a unique and personal way.
The exhibition runs until 14th December – Monday to Friday 9.30am-7pm and Saturday 1pm-5pm. 

Art for All – Public Art Study Day

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
We’re delighted to announce the programme for our special full day event to end the Art for All exhibition, featuring an amazing line-up of artists and researchers:
Art for All – A Study Day exploring Public Art in Dundee and Scotland
Saturday 26th October, 10am-5pm
D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee
10.00-11.30am Session One
Matthew Jarron (University of Dundee) on the lost public art of Dundee
Andrew Demetrius (University of St Andrews) on David Harding’s work as Town Artist for Glenrothes
Professor Vee Pollock (Newcastle University) on the role of public art in regenerating the Gorbals
11.30-11.50 Break for refreshments
11.50am-1.05pm Session Two
Liz Kemp (artist and curator) on setting up the Blackness Environmental Arts Team and the Blackness Public Art Programme
J Keith Donnelly (artist) on his artworks in Dundee, his role as Town Artist for East Kilbride and his work with South Lanarkshire Council as Public / Visual Arts Officer
David Annand (artist) on his artworks in Dundee and beyond
1.05pm-1.55 Lunch
1.55-3.30pm Session Three
John Gray (Dundee City Council public art officer) on four decades of art for the city
David F Wilson (artist) on his artworks in Dundee and beyond
Theresa Lynn (University of Dundee / artist and community educator) on community art projects in Dundee
Matthew Dalziel & Louise Scullion (University of Dundee / artists) on Catalyst and other artworks
3.30-3.50pm Break for refreshments
3.50-5pm Session Four
Suzanne Scott (artist) on her own artworks and helping to organise the Oor Wullie and Penguin sculpture trails
Adam Milroy (artist) on his own artwork and organising the annual Dundee Graffiti Jam
Russell Pepper (Open/Close Dundee) on commissioning street art around Dundee
Liv Laumenech (University of Edinburgh) on new public art projects for the University
Tickets for this unique event cost £20 (£15 for students) and can be booked here.

Art for All – Blackness Public Art Walking Tour #dundeewestend

Dundee has an exceptional collection of over 500 sculptures, murals, mosaics and other forms of public art.    
Taking place tomorrow, Friday 18th October at 2.30pm, this free informal walking tour by university museum curator Matthew Jarron is part of the University’s Festival of the Future, and will explore the role of public art in the cultural regeneration of Dundee, focusing on the pioneering Blackness Public Art Programme of the 1980s and the inclusion of artworks in the creation of play parks and other social amenities.
Please meet in the Lamb Gallery at the University of Dundee.     Participants take part in these walks at their own risk.     Please wear appropriate footwear.     There may be uneven surfaces and occasional stairs – please contact or 384310 in advance if you have any particular access requirements.   More details here.