Some of the UK’s brightest young artists will be celebrated at Dundee University from tomorrow.
The annual Degree Show becomes Scotland’s largest exhibition space for a week, with more than 300 students from the university’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) and the School of the Environment showing their work to thousands of visitors.
The college is one of the leading art and design schools in the country and many of its students go on to be world-renowned artists, animators, designers and makers.
The students have incorporated traditional fine art, oil, paint and canvas as well as adventurous printing, manufacturing and physical art in a deeply varied array of displays.
This year’s cohort will be hoping to emulate the success of fellow DJCAD alumni, including Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz and nominees David Mach, Louise Wilson and Luke Fowler, as well as photographer Albert Watson, fashion designer Hayley Scanlan, film director David Mackenzie, video games pioneer Aaron Garbut and the late painter Alberto Morrocco.
Professor Paul Harris, dean of DJCAD, said: “Our graduates are some of the most talented and creative you will find anywhere in the world and I am sure there will be stars among them who will go on to match and even surpass the successes of those who have passed through Degree Show in years gone by.
“These are the young people who will be at the vanguard of the film, animation and computer games industries, who will become leading artists and designers influencing and shaping our future, global society, and who are vital to Dundee’s own future as a recognised international centre of excellence in creativity and design.
“Degree Show is always a special time of celebration for the university community, and indeed the whole city, and I’m sure the thousands of visitors who come will be impressed by what they see.”
The show attracts around 10,000 visitors each year and generates more than £1 million for the local economy.
It includes exhibits from students in all 11 undergraduate programmes at DJCAD and graduates in architecture.
The traditional preview evening for the students, their families and guests takes place on Friday. The Degree Show then opens to the public the next day and remains open until Sunday May 31, from 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is free. For more information visit www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/degreeshow.