Music has been a lifelong passion of mine and although I’ve been playing drums for many years, the decision to move away from that instrument to start writing and composing my own music was a fairly recent one.
Decaying high streets, depopulated and devoid of their original purpose, can be found in every town and city in the UK. Yet the death of the high street is not inevitable. To save ours we need a new way of thinking and to re-evaluate what we actually mean by ‘street’.
Being a lecturer in medical and forensic art has meant I’ve been involved in some fascinating design projects over the last 10 years.
Art and design lie at the heart of the creative industries in Dundee, industries which have often been inspired by the leisure pursuits and interests of Dundee’s population.
A brand new project in Dundee, which has social design at its heart, is challenging people to get involved in massive experiments that will collect data and build knowledge on growing plants and conserving soil.
In 2017, The McManus celebrates its 150th anniversary. Opened in 1867 as the Albert Institute, it was designed by the renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott who today is best known for London’s St Pancras hotel.
When I was offered the chance to work on a colouring-in book with Literary Dundee and The D’arcy Thompson Zoological Museum, I leapt at the opportunity with slightly more enthusiasm and child-like glee than a 29 year old could comfortably justify.
Music has always been a huge part of my life, so when I moved to this new position, I was really pleased to be asked to compile a CD which was designed to highlight and support music in Dundee. We called it Sound of Dundee and it was released at the launch of Dundee’s Place Partnership in September 2015.
Earlier this month, Dundee was represented at the Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities in Enghien les Bains, a city suburb north west of Paris.
On Monday we shut the doors of West Ward Works once more, closing another hugely successful Dundee Design Festival.