Posted : 19 November 2020

The University of Dundee’s Cooper Gallery has become the first Scottish University gallery to join Plus Tate.  They are joined in the network of leading visual arts organisations by Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) resulting in Dundee becoming the only Scottish city to host two Plus Tate recognised galleries. 

 The Plus Tate initiative was started in 2009 by Tate to support the growing interest in contemporary art across the UK. 

 The Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) and DCA are two of 13 visual art organisations to become part of the Plus Tate network across the UK. 

 DCA is an internationally renowned centre for contemporary arts that enables audiences, artists and participant to see, experience and create. 

 With two large scale gallery spaces, two cinema screens, a busy print studio, an award-winning learning programme, as well as a packed programme of events, workshops, classes, and activities aimed at all ages and abilities, DCA enriches people’s lives through art, culture and creativity. 

 The exhibitions programme at DCA brings world leading contemporary artists to Dundee with recent exhibitions including Patrick Staff, Alberta Whittle, Eve Fowler, Mark Wallinger, Lorna Macintyre and Margaret Salmon.

 Designed in 1953 by architect James Wallace as an integral part of DJCAD, Cooper Gallery provides a unique space for exhibitions and events and provides a supportive environment for emerging and significant artists to conceive and produce risk-taking and ambitious projects within a leading School of Art and Design. 

 Cooper Gallery presents a public exhibition programme of contemporary artists from the UK and internationally including Jasmina Cibic, Phil Collins, the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, Bruce McLean, Jade Monserrat, Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen, Paul Noble, Georgina Starr, and Ulay. 

 Both galleries work to embed diversity and inclusion across all aspects of their organisation is one of the many reasons they have been selected to join the distinguished visual contemporary art network.

 Cooper Gallery and DCA’s artistic visions and their focus on engaging broad audiences are key attributes recognised by Plus Tate.

 Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, said, “I am delighted that the quality and profile of Cooper Gallery has been recognised by Plus Tate.

 “Cooper Gallery provides a unique resource at the heart of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the University, and the creative and cultural offering of Dundee.

“Led by Principal Curator, Sophia Hao, Cooper Gallery has an ambitious and distinctive programme that forefronts innovative practices and critical discourse in contemporary art, design and visual culture.”

 Beth Bate, Director of DCA said “We are delighted to be joining Plus Tate, allowing us to connect with and learn from other leading art organisations across the UK that are part of this respected network.  

 “We’re thrilled that DCA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been recognised, along with our work in diversity and inclusion, and our innovative and inspiring programme.”

 Cooper Gallery Principal Curator, Sophia Hao, said, “We are thrilled to be joining this network of leading art organisations across the UK.

 “For Cooper Gallery it demonstrates support for our passionate belief in the potential of contemporary arts to inspire alternative ways of thinking and doing, of embedding diversity and inclusion, and building collaboratively an ambitious and radical future for contemporary art.

 “We are delighted to become a Plus Tate member in the fantastic company of our friend DCA, with two Plus Tate members, Dundee garners another prestigious element in its thriving cultural economies”. 

Photo Credit:  Linder, Love Imposes Impossible Tasks, Cooper Gallery, 2016. Photo by Ross Fraser McLean

Posted : 13 November 2020

Locals are invited to explore Dundee’s innovation and discovery in medicine and biology in a new series of self-guided walking tours produced by the University of Dundee.  

 

Dundee is celebrated internationally for its pioneering work in medical sciences, in particular the University of Dundee’s ground-breaking research into cancer, diabetes, drug development and surgical techniques, but the city has a great deal of extraordinary stories in medicine and biology still unknown to many.

 

To introduce locals to some of the incredible stories of past and present, the University’s Museum Services have teamed up with the School of Life Sciences to create the Dundee Discoveries map.

 

The map, produced for this year’s Dundee Science Festival, features a series of self-guided walking tours through pioneering scientific research in medicine, biology, forensics, nursing and dentistry. It is split into three routes - the City Centre, West End and University of Dundee, and Ninewells Hospital.  

 

“We are delighted to launch our Dundee Discoveries map,” said Matthew Jarron, Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee.

 

“Our aim is to highlight locations around the city that have interesting medical or scientific connections.

 

“The tours give glimpses into the past by looking at historic landmarks, buildings, institutions and figures vital to the city’s progression in medicine and biology. For example, where the Malmaison Hotel now stands was once the site of Dundee’s cholera hospital, and close to Dundee Rep Theatre was the location of the GP surgery of Emily Moorhead and Alice Thomson, possibly the first all-female medical practice in Scotland.

 

“We have worked with many different staff across the University to showcase ground-breaking current research alongside the history, giving glimpses into the future by highlighting the places and people of today that are involved in a variety of crucial medical and scientific research.

 

“The map also includes a scavenger hunt for younger explorers to find various features along the trails, so the whole family can enjoy the walks together.”

 

The Dundee Science Festival, led by Dundee Science Centre, will run until Sunday 29th November.  

 

A digital copy of the map can be found on the Dundee Discoveries web page, alongside additional information, images and videos on topics.  Copies of the map can also be picked up from Dundee Science Centre, which is open at weekends during the festival.  

 

Participants are reminded to follow current Covid-19 guidelines when undertaking the walks.

 

The project was supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund awarded to the University of Dundee.  

Posted : 14 July 2020

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden will re-open tomorrow after almost four months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Garden will once again welcome visitors from Wednesday 15 July as part of a phased re-opening. The full 27-acre garden will be open for people to enjoy although there will be some new measures and restrictions in place to ensure a safe return. 

In the initial phase, opening hours will be reduced to 10am-3pm and those wishing to visit will have to pre-book tickets via TripAdvisor or Viator, or alternatively join the Friends of the Dundee Botanic Garden. Hand sanitiser will be available for visitors upon entry and exit. Buildings on the site will remain closed, including the glasshouse and the café. New signage has also been introduced to encourage visitors to maintain appropriate distance and comply with good hygiene. 

The Garden usually attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year, and staff are looking forward to welcoming people back to the city’s popular green space. 

Curator of the Garden, Kevin Frediani, said, “I am very pleased to announce the Botanic Garden will be open again for our Friends and visitors to enjoy from 15 July. 

“It has felt like a never-ending road during lockdown, but it will be great to see people return to make this garden come alive again. Opening the main garden has been something our Friends and regular visitors have been asking for and I am now confident we can open without anyone being put at risk. 

“To ensure safety for all visitors, we ask that people follow social distancing and guidance we have put in place on site, and will require visitors to pre-book tickets online or join the Friends of the Dundee Botanic Garden, as we won’t have cash handling on site for a while longer. 

“We may not be able to visit foreign climes, but we offer 27-acres of secret garden in a unique setting where you can enjoy a walk around the world of plants.” 

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden boasts a wide range of plants, with fine collections of conifers and broad-leaved trees and shrubs, tropical and temperate glasshouses, as well as water and herb gardens. Located in 9.5 hectares of south facing, gently sloping land near the banks of the River Tay, the Garden features many species of indigenous British plants as well as representative collections of important plants from all the continents of the world. 

Posted : 30 April 2020

Hundreds of final-year students will be exhibiting the fruits of their creative labours online when one of the University of Dundee’s flagship events goes fully digital for the first time.

The Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase 2020 is an online display taking place in the absence of the annual Degree Show, which has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Graduate Showcase celebrates achievements of graduating students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the department of Architecture within the School of Social Sciences. The launch of this event will be broadcast live online on Friday 12 June to students, staff, families, friends and other visitors. The Showcase will be accompanied by a social media campaign that will run until 21 June.

The Degree Show is a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar and attracts in excess of 10,000 visitors each year, including employers, gallery owners and other leading industry figures. It is hoped that a physical exhibition of work from this year’s graduating students can be arranged in the future and the Showcase aims to provide them with the best possible platform for their talents in the meantime.

The work on display will represent the culmination of years of creative development and hard work, with the website featuring expanded information on all students, including extra images and video content.

Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone, said, “We remain deeply disappointed about the cancellation of our Degree Show this year, a disappointment shared at institutions across the UK who have had to take the same action. Nonetheless we are committed to creating the opportunity for graduating Architecture and DJCAD students to come together as a community.

“Each year we are inspired by the outstanding quality of work produced by our graduating students, and this year is no exception. The work these students are continuing to produce in extraordinary circumstances is exceptional and I know the viewers from around the world will enjoy the outcomes of these endeavours and the immense range of work and talent on display. 

“Our Showcase and accompanying social media campaign will allow us to share the achievements, stories, and work of our graduating cohort with public and professional communities, friends and families.

“The University is proud of our longstanding reputation for educating the next generation of artists, designers and architects. Our graduates are to be found across the globe, establishing careers forged from their formative experiences of being a student here in Dundee.”

The Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase 2020 will be available to view online from 12 June at www.dundee.ac.uk/graduateshowcase.

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