The Art of Reading

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
The Art of Reading
An exhibition of art about, inspired by and in the form of books
Tower Foyer Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee
Now on until 29th June – Monday to Friday 09.30-19.00; Saturday 13.00-17.00
The latest show in the Tower Foyer Gallery has been created as a companion to the current rare books exhibition in the Lamb Gallery (Bodies, Botanicals & Bindings). It looks at some of the ways that artists are inspired by or make use of books.
 Sketchbooks are often the starting point for any artistic idea
 Artists often create visual adaptations of scenes in books that inspire them
 Many books – particularly ones for children – feature illustrations by artists
 Artists might use books as visual props for the subjects in their paintings
 Some artists aim to critique the form of books
 Last but not least, many artists make their own books
All of the works on display are drawn from the University’s extensive Museum Collections. Artists include Sam Ainsley, Louise Hopkins, Ian Hamilton Finlay, R B Kitaj, Joseph Lee, Richard Long, Moira Macgregor, Bruce McLean, Noel Paton, Tom Phillips, Arthur Rackham and Barbara Robertson.

Guided Tour of Bodies, Botanicals and Bindings: Reimagining Rare Books

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
Join the exhibition’s creators today at 1pm for a special guided tour in the Lamb Gallery. 
Curated by Archive Services, the show brings together some of the beautiful rare books in the University’s collections and work by artists and writers who have been inspired by the stories, annotations, typefaces, bindings, and materials which make up the books. 
Taking inspiration from the remarkable collections which date from the 15th century onwards the artists have created jewellery, etchings, drawings, ceramics, tattoo designs and creative writing. 
The tour will explain the history and composition of the books and will include a chance to chat to some of the artists and writers who have contributed to the exhibition. 
Meet in the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee at 1pm today. 
Free admission – no need to book.

Dundee – A Global City

The One World Centre and Lifelong Learning Dundee at the University of Dundee present Dundee    –   A Global City.
The course will be of 5 sessions which will run on Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday 17th April from 6.30pm until 8.30pm – then  each Wednesday evening until 15th May  – so  17th April,  24th April, 1st May, 8th May and 15th May.
This programme introduces us to and explores the many and varied contributions that Dundonians have made and are making to our world.  Using stories from the past we will explore the links we have with others around the globe and consider how our lifestyles can contribute to a fairer, more sustainable and peaceful society
* Think Global – Act Local  … 17th April – Sally Romilly and Clare Fulton  – OWC
What is Global Citizenship?   Why has it developed as an idea?   What makes a Global citizen?  What does it mean for the local person in Dundee?    
* Dahka to Dundee….. 24th April – Alastair Scott Dundee Heritage Trust and   Sandra Thompson   
The jute trade unravelled – highlighting Dundee’s fascinating role.
* Dundonians face war – to fight or not to fight? ….. 1st May – Andrew Jeffrey and Sandy Constable
Looking at our different perspectives on war with  Andrew Jeffrey – author of  ‘This Dangerous Menace: Dundee and the River Tay at War, 1939 to 1945’ (1991) – whose stories will shed new light  on how Dundonians faced up to war.    … and Sandy Constable who shares memories of his father’s relationship to war.
* Dundee women in the World ….  8th May – Mary Henderson, Kate Armstrong and Norma McGovern
Beginning with the ‘four Marys’ we explore the range of Global contributions made by Dundee women.
* Welcoming our new citizens ….. 15th May – Dr Husam Al Waer, senior lecturer in Sustainable Urban Design,   Sally Romilly  and Clare Fulton (OWC)
As Dundee continues to welcome migrants and refugees into the community what are their challenges and our response.
For details from the One World Centre here.

Bodies, Botanicals & Bindings: Reimagining Rare Books

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
“Bodies, Botanicals & Bindings: Reimagining Rare Books” is a new exhibition featuring the work of artists and creative writers inspired by the University Archives’ rare book collections.
This exhibition by Archive Services uses some of the University’s extensive special collections to explore the history and materiality of rare books as well as the creativity they can inspire.    From bindings to bookplates and endpieces to annotations, books tell stories, reminding us of the lives of their owners as much as changes in communication and technology.
Taking inspiration from these remarkable collections which date from the 15th century onwards, artists and writers have created their own pieces of work which are exhibited for the first time here. 
On display is jewellery, etchings, drawings, textiles, ceramics and much more, all inspired by the wonderful illustrations and content within the books or simply by the way they are put together.
The exhibition is free and open to all and will run until 27th April with the  Lamb Gallery open Monday to Friday (9.30am to 7pm) and on Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm.