Online Museum Resources

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Our museums and galleries may now be closed due to the current emergency but we’re still working hard to ensure online access to our amazing collections and activities. 
 
Hopefully many of you have been following our social media posts on Facebook at UoDMuseums and on Twitter @UoD_Museums. We’ve now set up a webpage to bring together our various digital resources here.
Here’s a taster of what’s currently on offer:
 
• Short films by the curator exploring some of the highlights of our collections
• Our popular colouring sheets from the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum now available as pdfs for your to print and use at home
• Hi-res images for you to use as virtual backgrounds for your online meetings
• A curated selection of some of the best DJCAD animation films
• And as we’re currently unable to process orders from our online shop, we’ve made a selection of our publications available online absolutely free  
The site also provides links to existing digital content such as our online museum database, our 3D scans of zoology specimens and a virtual tour of the Zoology Museum. And we’ll be adding more content in the coming weeks so keep checking back!

Ellis O‘Connor – Artist’s Talk

 

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Ellis’s O’Connor’s dramatic paintings of North Uist currently on show in the Tower Foyer Gallery are the perfect complement to all this stormy weather! 
 
On Friday 6th March at 6pm, Ellis will be returning to Dundee to give a free talk about her work and about the extraordinary places she has visited on artist’s residencies, including Iceland, Norway and the Svalbard Archipelago. 
Ellis’s talk, Drawing North, will take place in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Carnelley Building. Please enter by the main front entrance of the building. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Admission is free but it would be helpful if you could book a place here.

River Deep Mountain High – an exhibition

An exhibition to mark the Year of Coasts and Waters curated by Archive Services at the University of Dundee. 
 
Artists, designers and creative writers were invited to respond to the University’s rich archive, museum and rare book collections on the themes of rivers, seas, coasts and mountains. 
 
Original photographs, journals, plans, models and specimens relating to whaling, the River Tay, the natural world and mountaineering have inspired jewellery, artwork, sculpture, poetry and much more :

Living Together – Housing in Dundee discussion event

 
From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Our exhibition on the history of housing in Dundee, Living Together, finishes next week after a hugely popular run. 
 
Using photographs, artworks and architects’ designs, the exhibition explores some of the most common 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.
To mark the end of the show, on Friday 24th January at 5pm we’re hosting an evening of short talks and discussion around the themes of the exhibition, with informal presentations in the gallery and more formal talks in the Baxter suite next door. 
Dr Lorens Holm, Reader in Architecture, will discuss the legacy of 19th century tenements. Dr Susan Mains, Lecturer in Human Geography, will explore the connections between urban geography and artistic representations of cities. Finally, Architecture students Santianna Stathopoulou, Nikolas Gravos, Leo Hao and Sean Wee will talk about ‘studentification’ in Dundee and its effect on housing.
Please join us in the Lamb Gallery on the first floor of the Tower Building for a stimulating evening.   Admission is free but it would be helpful if you could book a place here.

Ellis O’Connor – Frontier

From the Curator of Museum Services  at the University of Dundee :
 
 
Our first exhibition of 2020 has just gone up in the Tower Foyer Gallery, featuring dramatic paintings by an award-winning Dundee artist.
Ellis O’Connor studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, graduating in 2014. She completed an MFA in Arts & Humanities at the College in 2016. Since then she has won numerous awards for her work and undertaken several residency programmes, including in Iceland and Norway. In 2016 she was one of a group of artists who sailed around the Svalbard Archipelago in the High Arctic making work about the landscape and environment.
Ellis now lives on the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. The new works made for this exhibition (entitled Frontier) respond to the turbulent and ever-changing environment which surrounds her.  Writing about her work, she explains: “The dynamic energy conveys the movement and rhythms of the sea and the land … the merging of sea with air, advancing rain and mist, ever changing light – elements that seem to be about something intangible.”
Although Ellis has exhibited across the country, this is her first solo exhibition in her home city. 
The exhibition runs until 28th March and is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-7pm and Saturday 1pm-5pm.

Discovery Days 2020 – Short Presentations from the Cutting Edge

 
The next Discovery Days event from the University of Dundee will take place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th January.   The venue is the Main Lecture Theatre, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill.
 
You can listen to the university’s newest professors and award-winning teachers and students, as they share the ideas that inspire them.    Everyone is welcome, including school pupils, members of the public and university staff and students.
 
As part of Discovery Days 2020, there is also holding the annual public session with the University’s Court.     This is a unique opportunity to hear from and pose questions to the university’s governing body.
 
Refreshments and lunch will be available.    The event will close with a free drinks reception.
 
You can read the full programme here.

University of Dundee Candlelit Carol Service

 
The University of Dundee’s annual service of Carols by Candlelight will take place tonight at 5pm and will return to St Paul’s Cathedral at 1 High Street.
 
The service takes the form of nine lessons/poems and traditional carols.    The singing will be led by the University Choirs who will also contribute a number of choral pieces.    There will be a reception with mince pies and mulled wine after the service.
 
University Chaplain, Rev Dr Fiona Douglas says, “The Carol Service is one of the highlight of the University year when staff and students, their families, and the local community come together to mark Christmas.”
 
All welcome!

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 :
 
THIS
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
 
Programme
 
10.00-11.30am Session One
 
Introduction
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 museum@dundee.ac.uk or 384310 in advance if you have any particular access requirements.   More details here.

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.

Taught Threads – guided tour

As I have previously mentioned, the exhibition Sew: Together presents a tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students.
 
This Saturday – 6th July – from 2pm to 3pm, as part of the exhibition and related events, there will be a guided tour of the exhibition by textile artist Dorothy Walker.
 
Meet in the Lamb Gallery (Tower Building, University of Dundee) – Free of charge but please book here.

Taught Threads – free discussion event

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Taught Threads – free discussion event
Tomorrow – Tuesday 18th June, 5.30pm-6.30pm
D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee
This event accompanies the exhibition Sew: Together, paying tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students.
Marion was an inspirational teacher and an important role model for professional married women. She encouraged the formation of the influential textile group Embryo in 1980, and many of her students have gone on to forge successful careers in art, design and education.
For this special event, four of Marion’s former students, Frances Justice, Pauline Hann, Sheila Mortlock and Dorothy Walker will take part in an informal discussion event recalling life as a textile student at Duncan of Jordanstone College in the 1960s and 70s and their memories of being taught by Marion.
All welcome – please book here.

“Sew: Together” – Stitch Workshop

Further to my recent update on the “Sew: Together” exhibition, further news from the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Sew: Together – Stitch Workshop inspired by Marion Stewart
Saturday 1st June at 2pm – Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee
 
This event accompanies the exhibition Sew: Together, paying tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students.
 
For this special event, one of Marion’s students, textile artist and tutor Sheila Mortlock, will lead a creative workshop in which you will have the opportunity to create your own embroidered panel inspired by the work of Marion Stewart.    All materials and tools will be provided.
 
More details are available here.

Taught Threads

 
Further to my recent update on the “Sew: Together” exhibition, further news from the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
The exhibition Sew: Together presents a tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students.
Marion had a formidable work ethic and always pushed her students to achieve at the highest levels. She was also renowned for her quick wit and sense of humour. Above all, she was an inspirational teacher and an important role model for professional married women. 
 
She encouraged the formation of the influential textile group Embryo in 1980, and many of her students have gone on to forge successful careers in art, design and education. Several of these have now helped us to organise a programme of events to tie into the exhibition that includes –
 
Tomorrow – Wednesday 22nd from 2pm to 3pm, a guided tour of the exhibition by textile artist Pauline Hann – further details here.

Café Science Dundee: How Does Your Barley Grow?

 
Dr Sarah McKim will discuss how genes control barley development, and how this knowledge can be used.
 
Cereals provide more calories to the human diet than any other source. They are also critical for brewing and distilling whisky, our most valuable export. However, we are only just beginning to understand how cereal crops grow and develop, and how this can affect the quality and amount of grain produced.
 
Dr. Sarah McKim will talk about how knowledge gained from new genetic research developed at Dundee can help improve barley crops.
 
Café Science events are free and everyone is welcome. There is no need to book in advance but arrive early to avoid disappointment.

SEW : Together – The Legacy of Marion Stewart

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Sew: Together – The Legacy of Marion Stewart
Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee
This exhibition presents a tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students. 
Marion had a formidable work ethic and always pushed her students to achieve at the highest levels. She was also renowned for her quick wit and sense of humour. Above all, she was an inspirational teacher and an important role model for professional married women. She encouraged the formation of the influential textile group Embryo in 1980, and many of her students have gone on to forge successful careers in art, design and education. 
The exhibition features work by Marion and by many of the students who were inspired by her. It has been curated by Frances Justice and Sheila Mortlock in association with the University of Dundee Museum Services. Grateful thanks are due to Graham Stewart and many of Marion’s former colleagues and students.
The exhibition will run from 11th May until 20th July and will be open Monday to Friday (9.30am-7pm) and Saturday (1pm-5pm).   Admission is free.
 

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Architecture Degree show celebrates the success of graduating students from DJCAD and the Department of Architecture, within the School of Social Sciences. 
 
For 10 days from 17th May, the Matthew and Crawford buildings transform themselves into one of the country’s biggest galleries showcasing the culmination of several years of creative development and hard work.
 
Go to the Degree Show website.   It will provide a snapshot of the work undertaken by the hugely talented students, but to fully appreciate the diversity, please visit the show and join in wishing the 2019 graduates every success in the future!
 
Full details here – all welcome!

Varun Baker’s Contemporary Kingston Cityscapes talk

 
From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
 
Many of you will have enjoyed the photography exhibition Moving Jamaica we held in the Lamb Gallery at the end of 2018. 
Next week, the University will be hosting a talk by photographer Varun Baker, whose work was shown in the exhibition. His talk – “Contemporary Kingston Cityscapes.” 
 
It will be held on Tuesday (7th May) at 2pm (running to 3.15pm) in the Scrymgeour Building, Room 2.12, on Park Place. 
In this illustrated presentation, photographer Varun Baker reveals two sides of Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, by showcasing extremes of humanity. 
 
On the one hand, there is a stark photo essay devoted to showcasing the life of a man who makes a living on Kingston’s streets despite having had both his arms and legs amputated. 
 
On the other is a series of portraits that show the more jovial side of Kingston’s city streets where people of all ages go out to experience, and enjoy “dancehall,” a phenomenon that has birthed several musical genres.
Varun is based in Jamaica, and his award winning photography is on display at the National Gallery of Jamaica, and many other international venues – see more here.
 The talk is free to attend and all are welcome!
The presentation has been made possible through generous support from the Strategic Development Initiative Fund, School of Social Sciences and the Geography programme, University of Dundee.