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.