Public Art Uploadathon

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
We need your help to record Dundee’s amazing collection of public art!
 
Over the summer we’ve been working with volunteers to map and photograph artworks across Dundee, and we now have over 400 on our list! Now we need your help to upload images and information onto Historic Environment Scotland’s Urban Detectives website. 
 
We’re holding a special uploadathon (is that a word? It is now!) in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee on Saturday 11th August 10am-1pm. 
 
The event will take place in IT suite 1G01 so everyone will have access to a PC to add data and pictures to the site. 
 
You can either bring your own images of public art in Dundee or use the ones our volunteers have already taken. 
 
Don’t worry if you’ve never used Urban Detectives before – it’s very simple and we can take you through the process. 
 
The event runs over 3 hours but please come for as much or as little of that time as you like. 
 
Refreshments will be provided to keep us all going!
 
Please book a place here.     Please also note – if you have not already done so, you will need to register as an Urban Detective BEFORE the event here.
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Designed to Inspire

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Now on in the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building:
 
Designed to Inspire 
– an exhibition of amazing design from the University of Dundee’s collections
 
In 1977, the Principal of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Myer Lacome, proposed a plan for a museum of design to be housed in a landmark building on Dundee’s waterfront. 41 years later his vision has finally been realised with the opening of the V and A Dundee.
 
With Dundee having been designated a UNESCO City of Design in 2014, an exciting new chapter has begun in the story of design education in Dundee. This exhibition celebrates the history of design teaching and research and showcases some amazing examples of design from the University of Dundee’s museum and archive collections.
 
The exhibition includes animation, graphic design, illustration, jewellery and metalwork, embroidery and textile design, ceramics, furniture design, comics and book design, architectural design, town planning, scientific and educational design and surgical instrument design.

 

Moira Macgregor : A Life in Style

Moira Macgregor (1931-2016) was a graduate from Dundee College of Art (now Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design) and built an international career as a fashion illustrator, editor and painter. Her work is characterised by her skilful draughtsmanship and a close attention to detail. 
 
In 2017, Macgregor’s family donated a significant collection of her work to the University of Dundee, in accordance with her wishes. This exhibition presents a selection of this generous gift spanning her entire career and provides an insight into the development of her artistic practice. Her stylish fashion illustrations reflect the spirit of the 1960s and 1970s, while minutely detailed representations of food evolve into pared-down abstractions as Macgregor developed her view of the world. The collection shows the full breadth of her skill as a designer, illustrator, painter and printmaker. 
 
Moira Macgregor was born in Dundee. After leaving Harris Academy she studied Drawing & Painting at Dundee College of Art, where she was awarded a travelling scholarship to Rome in 1954. 
 
After working in the Netherlands in 1958-9, Macgregor moved to London to work as fashion illustrator with Helen Jardine Artists agency. She made friends with her colleague Barbara Hulanicki who would go on to found Biba in 1963. That year she married fellow designer John McConnell, and both worked for Biba. Macgregor also created the popular ‘Capable Kate’ for Honey magazine. During this time, she worked as illustrator and editor for lifestyle columns in The Observer, Woman’s Own, Nova and Glamour magazines among others. 
 
In the 1980s and ‘90s, Macgregor’s focus shifted to highly realistic illustrations for advertising, book publishing and packaging. However, art was not just a job for her – she constantly observed the world around her and experimented with different techniques. From 1983 she exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions and never stopped creating throughout her life. 
 
As well as presenting Moira’s collection to the University, her family have endowed an annual bursary at DJCAD to support a student in undertaking a cultural study visit to another country, reflecting Moira’s own life-enhancing scholarship awarded by the College.
 
The exhibition will run until 22nd September and is open Monday to Fri 9.30am-7pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm.

The Gaff – exhibition in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
David Blyth + Nick Gordon
The Gaff
Running until 29th June 2018
D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, University of Dundee
Open Fridays 2pm– 4.30pm. By appointment at other times.
 
Welcome to The Gaff. Inspired by the preserved vestiges of D’Arcy Thompson’s personal collection, Scottish artists David Blyth and Nick Gordon pay homage to this visionary man of Natural Science through playful response to the displays at the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. With reference to Thompson’s seminal book On Growth and Form, the exhibition showcases individual sculptural works by the two artists unified through their interrogation of ‘material culture’ and the accepted codes of the museum experience. ‘Behave, you Animal!’
 
In fact, it was a mutual interest in D’Arcy Thompson’s book that brought the artists together for this collaborative exhibition. By introducing new artworks into the historical collection to challenge the conventions of taxonomy and explore alternative connections and contexts, they aim to release new ideas from the zoological specimens within the collection.
 
The Gaff seeks to breathe new life into the museum experience by encouraging a different set of questions about the natural world and our perceptual understanding of what this means today. 
 
David Blyth lives and works in rural Aberdeenshire. He works at Gray’s School of Art as an academic lecturer on the Contemporary Art Practice course. David’s work involves the craft skills of taxidermy to draw upon narratives of Scottish folklore, shamanism and human-animal relations.
 
Nick Gordon lives and works in Stromness, Orkney, where he works as a technician at Soulisquoy Printmakers. An avid beachcomber, Nick’s work uses mixed media collage to explore our relationship with the environment. His work is a contemporary reflection of the cognitive processes of collecting, arranging, displaying and analysing – an archaeology of sorts. 
 
The exhibition can be seen in the Zoology Museum on Fridays 2-4.30pm until 29 June.    Find out more about it here

A Legacy of Art & Design in Dundee – The William S. Phillips’ Fund Bursaries

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
A Legacy of Art & Design in Dundee
 
An exhibition celebrating 15 years of funding of artistic excellence at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.
 
In the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee, “A Legacy of Art & Design in Dundee” is running until 23rd June.
 
Since 2003, the William S. Phillips’ Fund has supported over 40 postgraduates with bursaries to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.     
 
This major exhibition commemorates 15 years of this funding with a wide-ranging collection of work by the recipients of the awards as well as some examples of work by William Phillips’ father, landscape painter Charles Gustav Louis Phillips. 
 
The exhibition celebrates the extraordinary vibrancy of the art and design talent that has emerged from Dundee and its continuing influence through the wide-ranging work of these contemporary artists and designers.
 
The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-7pm and Saturday 1pm-5pm. 
 
It has been supported by the William S. Phillips’ Fund and includes works on loan from Dundee Heritage Trust.

D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum summer season

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum will re-open for its summer season this Friday (1st June) and will be open every Friday 2pm-4.30pm until 31st August. 
 
As always the museum showcases D’Arcy’s amazing collection of animals from around the world, as well as stunning models, charts and artworks inspired by D’Arcy’s ideas and specimens. 
 
Newly added to the museum are stunning images taken from some of D’Arcy’s original microscope slides.
 
The museum is in the Carnelley Building, just behind the University Tower on Park Place. 
 
Please enter by the main front door, not the glass entrance to the side.

Design Heritage Walk

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

Sunday 20th May, 3pm
Design Heritage Walk
Meet outside Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (Matthew Building)
 
Dundee is now a UNESCO City of Design but how much do you know about the history of design in the city?  
 
This informal guided tour by Matthew Jarron as part of Dundee Design Month will explore some design highlights in and around the city centre, past and present. We will find out about some of Dundee’s most important design-related companies, discover the stories of exceptional designers and see some amazing examples of design that you may never have noticed before.
 
The event is free but places should be booked here.
 

Please wear appropriate footwear and contact us in advance if you have any special access requirements.