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.

A Legacy of Art & Design in Dundee – Meet the Artists

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
Saturday 19th May at 3pm
A Legacy of Art & Design in Dundee – Meet the Artists 
– as part of the annual Festival of Museums 
D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building
To accompany our current exhibition in the Lamb Gallery, this event provides a unique opportunity to meet and hear the stories of some of the artists who have contributed to the exhibition. Find out what part their time at DJCAD played in their lives and what career paths their work has taken them since graduating. Speakers will be: Aileen Stackhouse, Emma Cooper, Lesley Kamel, Jonathan Milburn, Kam Chan, Janey Muir, Anna Orton.
The event is free but places should be booked here.
Special extra!  After the event, Emma Cooper has kindly offered to lead a walk to Peacehill (weather permitting), the location of her two landscape paintings in the exhibition. This is an informal event not organised by the University and transport across the Tay is not provided, but there is a 77 bus at 4.30pm which those wishing to take part can catch.
Find out more about the exhibition here.

D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Birthday Blow Out!

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
Residents are invited to join us at 6pm on Tuesday 15th May to celebrate the 10th and 125th anniversaries of the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum.
D’Arcy began building his collection in 1885 and opened his original museum 125 years ago in 1893. It was sadly dismantled in 1956 prior to the demolition of the building to make way for the new University Tower. 
The museum was later recreated in various dispersed displays around the Biological Sciences Institute, but only when it relocated to its current home in the Carnelley Building 10 years ago were we able to have a single dedicated space for the museum and thus open it regularly to the public.
Since then we have welcomed thousands of visitors and held dozens of events, as well as providing a unique learning and teaching environment for students from over 20 different undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
This special anniversary evening will feature short presentations by curator Matthew Jarron, honorary curators and volunteers Cathy Caudwell and Brian Eddy, Fine Art student Ray Byrne, Medical Art course director Caroline Erolin, Art & Design tutor Helen McCoig, Anatomy tutor Luke Reid and Creative Writing tutor Eddie Small.
The event is free but please book here.   Please enter via the main front door of the Carnelley Building. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
We hope you can join us for this special occasion!