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.
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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.