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 museum@dundee.ac.uk or 384310 in advance if you have any particular access requirements.   More details here.
Advertisements

University of Dundee Culture Day : Radical!

The University’s annual Culture Day takes place tomorrow – Wednesday 16th October.
 
It is a stimulating mix of talks and presentations across a wide-range of subjects united by a common theme. 
 
This year Culture Day celebrates its 15th birthday and like any stroppy teenager it is in a radical mood!   From radical politics to radicles in the soil, this stimulating event will definitely challenge the status quo. 
Admission is free and booking is not essential, but for catering purposes it would help if you could reserve a place via Eventbrite here :
 

Art for All – Public Art Workshop

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
As part of our exhibition Art for All: The Pioneering Story of Public Art in Dundee, we’re delighted to announce a special event giving you the chance to imagine your own piece of public art for the city through relief modelling in clay, in a special workshop led by artist J Keith Donnelly.    The event takes place on Saturday 5th October from 11am – 3pm in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee.
 
The Saltire award-winning ceramic panels on Bellfield Street by Duncan of Jordanstone College graduate J Keith Donnelly (above) were created in 1983 as part of the pioneering Blackness Public Art Programme.   36 years later they remain one of the masterpieces of public art in the city. This and other successful commissions helped Keith secure the role of Town Artist for East Kilbride, where he worked for over 10 years. 
In this unique workshop Keith will discuss his work (including a site visit to see the artworks in Bellfield Street) and will give you the chance to imagine your own piece of public art. Under Keith’s guidance you will establish a design through a charcoal sketch before transferring the concept through modelling with clay.      Following the drying of the clay work, it will be fired locally and arrangements made for you to collect it at a later date.
At the end of the event there will be an opportunity to view the Art for All exhibition in the Lamb Gallery in the company of Keith and curator Matthew Jarron.
All tools and materials will be provided.   Lunch is also included in the ticket price – please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Places are limited – book now here.

Art for All event tonight

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
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 exhibition Art for All 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, revealing the pioneering story of public art in Dundee.
To accompany the exhibition we have a series of walking tours and other events, and this includes a talk tonight at 6.30pm by curator Matthew Jarron on the history of public art in Dundee, in association with Abertay Historical Society 
 
It takes place in Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee (booking not required) – all welcome.

ART FOR ALL – The Pioneering Story of Public Art in Dundee

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
 
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.    This exhibition 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.
The Public Art Dundee project has been led by the University of Dundee with support from Dundee City Council, the Menzieshill Photography Group, Art UK and Historic Environment Scotland. 
The exhibition runs 3rd August to 26th October at the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee.
 
It will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7pm and Saturday 1pm to 5pm.    
 
It will be accompanied by a series of tours, talks and workshops including a study day with talks by artists and researchers on Saturday 26th October.    Further details are available here.

Scottish Art 1800-1900

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Our latest exhibition has been opened in the Tower Foyer Gallery, University of Dundee, featuring a selection of the University’s extensive collection of 19th century Scottish art. 
 
It includes influential figures from early in the century such as Robert Scott Lauder and David Wilkie, renowned Victorian painters like William Quiller Orchardson and examples of the famous Glasgow Boys from the end of the century. 
 
One of the relatively 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. 
 
The exhibition is on show until 28th September and is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-7pm, and Saturdays 1pm-5pm.