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Half of Turner Prize-winning artist’s new exhibition opens at DCA

March 4 2017

A new exhibition of work by Turner Prize-winning Mark Wallinger has opened simultaneously at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. MARK WALLINGER MARK is split into two parts and will be shown in both venues until Sunday 4 June. It is the first exhibition in Scotland by the artist and features Wallinger’s most recent body of work: the id Paintings (2015-16). These are presented alongside a series of sculptures, films and wall-based works which further explore the themes of identity, reflection and perception addressed in his new work. In the Dundee half of the exhibition, 12 of Wallinger’s id Paintings surround a new work, Self (Symbol) (2017), a capitalized ‘I’ aggrandized as a three dimensional statue the height of the artist. The id Paintings have grown out of Wallinger’s extensive series of self-portraits, and they reference the artist’s own body. His height – and therefore his arm span – is the basis of the canvas size. They are exactly this measurement in width and double in height. Wallinger described the paintings as the basis of both the Dundee and Edinburgh exhibitions. "There are different works in the two spaces, but these are the starting point, or spine if you like," he said. "There is quite a lot of work around the idea of identity and my presence." Video pieces are also included in the DCA gallery, including Shadow Walker in which the artist filmed his shadow walking ahead of him. In MARK, a 2010 creation, Wallinger chalked the title all over the city of London within the parameters of single standard-sized brick. This deadpan tagging is rendered as a photographic slideshow, made up of 2,265 images. A mirrored TARDIS is also on display in the exhibition. Wallinger said the development of Dundee had been notable in the time since he first visited the city to prepare for the gallery. "I came up here about a year ago to look around and think about how this show might be hung. "There has been so much work, lots of work, on the V&A since then. It looks amazing already - I quite like it as it is." Beth Bate, director of DCA, said: "We’re delighted to be welcoming Mark Wallinger to our galleries and to be working alongside The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in this compelling exhibition of two parts. "Mark's first show in Scotland features his new body of work, the enigmatic id Paintings. "We can’t wait to welcome audiences to this exciting exhibition." MARK WALLINGER MARK is a collaboration between Serlachius Museums, The Fruitmarket Gallery, and the DCA.

Motoring news

Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...


Fife exhibit to showcase art from Oceanic island

May 7 2010

A show at Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery from May 15 to June 20 will offer Scots art lovers a rare chance to see work by contemporary artists from Papua New Guinea. A special feature will be paintings by Mathias Kauage, who was awarded an OBE. Also exhibited will be figurative sculptures from recycled metal by Tom Deko, oils on canvas by Martin Morububuna, Sepik river carvings by Teddy Balangu, Lucas Tangun and Kaua Gita, and a range of textiles based on the traditional 'bilum' woven bag technique, featuring Cathy Kata. Double Visions: Contemporary Art from Papua New Guinea is presented by Fife Contemporary Arts & Crafts in collaboration with the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in London. Diana Sykes, of FCA & A, said, "The artists have transformed cultural tradition into contemporary expression through their choice of materials, subjects and an awareness of life in Papua New Guinea today." Two free events giving an extra insight into the work of artists from the other side of the world have been organised at the Museum & Art Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition. On Sunday, May 30, at 2.30pm, Dr Tony Crook from St Andrews University will talk on Double Visions of a Papua New Guinea worldview, and Diana Sykes will host an informal exhibition tour on Sunday, June 13, at 2.30pm. More activities to accompany the exhibition and further information on Fife Contemporary Art & Craft and their visual art and craft programme can be found at www.fcac.co.uk.

Angus & The Mearns

Meffan exhibition tells the story of Angus and the Great War

September 10 2014

The outbreak of the First World War and its effect in Angus is being marked in a new exhibition in Forfar. The exhibition uses iconic objects, artworks, poetry and slideshows to tell the history of life in the trenches, The Black Watch and of local recipients of the Victoria Cross. Visitors to the Meffan Museum and Art Gallery can also view a selection of war drawings by Sir Muirhead Bone, who was appointed Britain’s first official war artist in 1916. Photos by Kim Cessford.


VIDEO: Artwork to be projected on to Dundee’s McManus in 150-year anniversary celebrations finale

November 9 2017

A video installation will be projected on to Dundee's biggest art gallery and museum in an epic finale to the building's 150th anniversary year. Artist Duncan Marquiss and musician Jonnie Common have been preparing a video installation called Drawn to Light to bring the McManus Gallery's year-long celebrations to a close. Two videos showing the preparations the pair have been putting into the work have been revealed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z70hzHboAiA The finished work will be unveiled on Saturday, November 25 in epic style as it is projected on to the exteriors of the McManus. Local contemporary artist Mr Marquiss was allowed to delve into Dundee's treasure trove of fascinating objects, stories and works to create the large-scale video installation. The finished work aims to turn the McManus "inside out". Musician Common has also been behind the scenes of the gallery recording sounds, such as the rumble of storage units being moved and echoes in gallery spaces and hallways, as he constructs a soundtrack inspired by the building for the installation. His music will be performed on the museum's steps on launch day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHmwBEWGZrE Head of cultural services at Leisure and Culture Dundee Billy Gartley said: "We have been enjoying a real celebration at The McManus this year and Drawn to Light is going to be the final spectacular. "We’re absolutely delighted to have Duncan Marquiss, one of the country’s leading contemporary visual artists creating this installation alongside top musician and composer Jonnie Common. "The McManus is all about the building, the city’s collections and the people who visit and have shaped it. "It is apt then, that Duncan and Jonnie have been drawing inspiration from all those elements including visitors, volunteers and staff to create a piece that will reflect The McManus’ position as the people’s museum." Drawn to Light will be shown between 7pm and 8.30pm on Saturday, November 25.


Philip Long named director of Dundee V&A project

April 21 2011

The director responsible for guiding Dundee's V&A project has been named. Philip Long, currently senior curator of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, will take up his post in July. His appointment adds major credence to the aims of Design Dundee Ltd, the company tasked with delivering the V&A. Chairwoman Lesley Knox said, "Philip Long has an outstanding background in culture and the arts, particularly in relation to museums and galleries and he is the ideal person to take our project forward." Sir Mark Jones, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum said, "We are delighted that Philip Long has agreed to become director of the V&A at Dundee. "His great knowledge of and enthusiasm for 20th century and contemporary design, and his proven talent for communicating contemporary art to a wide public are just what is needed for this exciting project." Mr Long said, "First of all can I say I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to lead the V&A at Dundee to reality it is a real honour. "I have been intrigued and excited about the V&A at Dundee for some time, and when the opportunity came up I was extremely delighted. "Design Dundee has impressed me greatly with its drive and by how much progress has been made already with the Scottish Government's £5 million contribution and the architect's competition already completed with a design that Scotland can be proud of."'I like getting my hands dirty'He added, "I think it's a fantastic thing that Dundee had the ambition to go for the V&A, I think there's an exceptional amount of energy in the city for this." Mr Long said he will be a "hands-on" director. He said, "I will be very much getting involved in all aspects of the project I like getting my hands dirty. "The design for the new museum is superb and the idea for the project is inspirational." He added, "V&A at Dundee will be international in ambition, and will rightly celebrate the vital part Scotland has played in design history, as well as being a focus for design-led innovation and opportunity in our country." Mr Long has been senior curator of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art since 1998. Since 2008 he has been responsible for leading the National Galleries of Scotland's Artist Rooms project, which, in collaboration with the Tate, brings exhibitions of international contemporary art to the UK. An expert in Scottish art and design, he has organised exhibitions and written on William Gillies, Anne Redpath, the Scottish Colourists, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the architect Basil Spence.Creative cultureFrom 2003-10 he served on the Scottish Arts Lottery Committee, and in 2007 was invited to curate Scotland's national representation at the Venice Biennale. Most recently, he worked with Antony Gormley to develop a major public artwork in Edinburgh. The V&A at Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum, Dundee City Council, the universities of Dundee and Abertay Dundee and Scottish Enterprise. Design Dundee Ltd is aiming to create a landmark building, sited at Craig Harbour on the banks of the River Tay. The site is being made available through the Dundee Central Waterfront Partnership, the joint venture between Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise, which is revitalising the prime area of land linking the city centre with the River Tay. An international design competition for the V&A at Dundee building was won by the Japanese practice Kengo Kuma and Associates. The building will create a world-class public space celebrating the creative culture of design, the evolution of design, its role in our lives, its economic impact and its commercial relevance.


Amsterdam – A blank canvas for art lovers and tourists alike

December 23 2017

Whether you are an art lover or you don’t know your Van Gogh from your Vermeer, Amsterdam truly is a blank canvas these days. And visitors looking for something different from what one might consider a typical trip to The Dam will certainly be spoiled for choice when it comes to contemporary art offerings. Of course, no trip to the city shouldn’t be complete without enjoying the tourist hotspots like the Anne Frank Museum, savouring the Heineken Experience or stopping by the likes of the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum, but the fact independent galleries and canalside studios have sprung up all over the place to perfectly complement the established heavy-hitters showcasing centuries of art history should not be overlooked. The city is bustling all year round, but I visited the Dutch capital during the sixth annual Amsterdam Art Weekend – and it’s fair to say there’s no better time than that to sample Amsterdam’s growing contemporary art scene. Four whole days in November are dedicated to celebrating contemporary art and bringing the cultural sector together in a unique way, with the lure of more than 100 exhibitions and events in the 2017 programme a fine way to explore the city’s historical and up-and-coming districts. Organised by Amsterdam Art, the only contemporary art weekend of its kind in the city hosts over 46,000 visitors a year and, if the plans for 2018 are anything to go by, that figure will only rise year-on-year. What struck me about the city, apart from the apparent explosion in cycle use in recent years, was that there was no snobbery some might associate with the art world, with the strong focus on emerging artists, new technologies and media meaning there is literally something for everyone. Our tour started with a visit to the headquarters of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, which showcased a unique exhibition in collaboration with Ellen de Bruijne Projects in a stunning 17th century canal house. But the beauty of Amsterdam lies in its diversity, and visitors can while away the hours at galleries like Galerie Fons Welters, the Annet Gelink Gallery, Grimm, and Huis Marseille. All with their own identity, all with something different to offer, and all contributing to the cultural revolution currently unfolding in Amsterdam. For example, one minute I was perusing Chinese artist Evelyn Taocheng Wang’s second solo show at Galerie Fons Welters, the Four Season of Women Tragedy, and the next I was engrossed in G.O.A.T, a video by the controversial and seemingly darkly comic Dutch artist Erik van Lieshout in the Annet Gelink Gallery. You can be trying to figure out artist Daniel Richter’s ‘Music for Orgies’ oil painting – described as “pop art mixed with existential sexual violence” by the artist himself – in the Grimm gallery one morning, before hours later you find yourself immersed in the world of Sudanese artist, painter and former politician Ibrahim El Salahi at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery. You can see how the creativity-inducing atmosphere of Amsterdam has lured many an artist away from his or her homeland, and there will always be strong reminders of home to be found. Huis Marseille, another gorgeous 17th century canal house, regularly organises exhibitions and, during my visit, it played host to a special exhibition by British fashion photographer Jamie Hawkesworth – focusing on his amazing work in capturing the steady stream of transient passengers through, of all places, Preston Bus Station. And a tour around the newly-extended Stedelijk Museum saw me stumble across some stunning pieces by Scottish artist Lucy McKenzie as part of its new show ‘Jump into the Future - Art from the 90s and 2000s - The Borgmann Donation’. McKenzie might not be a household name, and her huge mural adorning one of the Stedelijk’s walls entitled "If it Moves, Kiss it" might be on the risqué side for some, but there is something deeply satisfying about seeing a Glasgow girl going places. With that in mind, a key part of the weekend is devoted to shining the spotlight on talent development and broadening people’s horizons. Visitors are able to discover a new generation of international artists at the RijksakademieOPEN, which sees those talented and fortunate enough to have gained a place at the prestigious institution throw open their studio doors to visitors. Reactions to the varied artwork and installations on display are inevitably mixed, but the creativity on show will certainly get you talking and thinking. And I think that’s the point. Even the hotels are embracing the art scene. Around every corner of the chic Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, from the lifts to the bathrooms, guests can discover unique works of art including magical murals and sculptural furniture. Each space was designed by Dutch architect and designer Marcel Wanders, lovingly dubbed the Dutch ‘Lady Gaga’ by our host, but the hotel’s piece de resistance is its quirky video art everywhere to be found. Visitors can even flick through the artwork in the privacy of their own room – a sort of Netflix for the contemporary art connoisseur. When it comes to culture and art, Amsterdam clearly isn’t a battleground between old and new – it plays host to both in ample measure.   Amsterdam Art: Things to look out for in 2018   October 7 2017 – May 27 2018, Hermitage Amsterdam Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars The Hermitage Amsterdam will showcase one of the greatest treasures of the State Hermitage: the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age painting outside the Netherlands. No fewer than 63 works by 50 different artists are being brought to Amsterdam for a unique exhibition that will celebrate the paintings first (brief) ‘home-coming’ in 350 years. https://hermitage.nl/en/exhibitions/dutch-masters-hermitage/   October 13 2017 – February 18 2018, Amsterdam Museum and Rembrandthuis Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck The Amsterdam Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum will be presenting the first ever exhibition devoted to the painters Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck. Many paintings are coming together from all over the world, from museums and private collections, for this double exhibition in Amsterdam. Some of them will be back in the Dutch capital for the first time since the seventeenth century. The exhibition explores the mastery of Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck in the seventeenth century at two locations that complement one another: training at the ‘first academy of art’ versus independence in the art market. https://www.amsterdammuseum.nl/en/exhibitions/ferdinand-bol-and-govert-flinck-rembrandts-master-pupils    November 11 2017 - March 18 2018, Frans Hals Museum The Art of Laughter Rarely have more humorous paintings been produced than in the Dutch Golden Age. Naughty children, stupid peasants, foolish dandies and befuddled drunks, quack doctors, pimps, procuresses, lazy maids and lusty ladies – they figure in large numbers in Golden Age masterpieces. The Art of Laughter: Humour in the Golden Age presents the first ever overview of humour in seventeenth-century painting. http://www.franshalsmuseum.nl/en/exhibitions/art-laughter/   From December 16 2017, Stedelijk Museum Stedelijk Base, The new collection presentation 750 Works trace developments in art and design from the late 19th century to the present day. tedelijk Base, the new collection presentation of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, opens on Saturday 16 December. It is one of the largest installation of the Stedelijk collections in its history, and will remain on view for at least five years. http://www.stedelijk.nl/en/exhibitions/stedelijk-base-the-new-collection-presentation   January 19 2018 – March 28 2018, Foam Back to the Future Spanning a dialogue between contemporary positions and those of the nineteenth century, the exhibition Back to the Future displays what the photographic medium was, what it is, and what it will be in the near future. https://www.foam.org/museum/programme/back-to-the-future   March 8 2018 - June 3 2018, Rijksmuseum High Society For centuries, powerful princes, eccentric aristocrats and fabulously wealthy citizens, looking their most beautiful in full regalia, had themselves painted by the world’s best artists. Preferably life-size, standing and ‘from head to toe’. In spring 2018, the Rijksmuseum will present High Society: thirty-five life-size portraits by the great masters in art history: from Cranach to Velázquez and from Rembrandt to Monet. Paintings are on loan from, among others, the Louvre (Paris), Musée d’Orsay (Paris), Prado (Madrid), Tate (London) and Uffizi (Florence). https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/press/press-releases/exhibitions-2017-18   March 23 2018 - June 24 2018, Van Gogh Museum Van Gogh and Japan The exhibition will demonstrate, step by step, how Van Gogh bent the Japanese example to his will. In this way he defined himself as a modern artist and positioned himself opposite such artists as Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. The size, nature and importance of Van Gogh’s own collection of Japanese prints will be explored in detail, as will the role played by his prints in the renewal of his own idiom. https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/exhibitions/van-gogh-and-japan   April 2018 – September 2018,  Stedelijk Museum Sottsass - First ever Sottsass retrospective in the Netherlands The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has acquired an important item by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), one of the most influential designers of the second half of the twentieth century. The work is Cabinet no. 70 (2006), a monumental piece of furniture that is a combined cabinet, table and dresser. Famous for his Postmodern Memphis furniture of the 1980s, Sottsass continued to raise eyebrows with his innovative concepts and unexpected combinations of materials right into old age. http://www.stedelijk.nl/en/exhibitions/first-ever-sottsass-retrospective-in-the-netherlands   March 22 2018 – May 13 2018, Keukenhof In 2018, Keukenhof will be dedicated to ‘Romance in Flowers’. Romance and flowers are inextricably related. The most beautiful spring park in the world will develop a romantic spring atmosphere. The historic park was designed mid-way through the Romantic period (1857) as an ornamental garden for the Keukenhof castle. Since 1950, millions of tulips have flowered in the sumptuous gardens surrounding the pond with its fabulous lines of sight between the centuries-old beech trees. The flower shows will all revolve around the romantic theme. The rose show will be bigger than ever: the red rose, the symbol of true love. In 2018, Keukenhof will have a wonderful, romantic flower mosaic featuring some 50,000 bulbs. The Keukenhof season will conclude with Romance at Keukenhof, the classical music festival among the tulips. https://keukenhof.nl/en/   March 24 2018 – May 27 2018, EYE Filmmuseum In 2015, EYE launched a new prize for work at the intersection of visual art and film. The prize is awarded to an artist whose work in recent years has made a valuable contribution to this particular area. The prize money of £25,000 has been made available by the Paddy and Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund in English. Each year an international jury and advisory board, made up of key figures from the art and film worlds, selects a winner. The first exhibition is scheduled for the spring of 2018 and will feature work by the first three winners. The winner of the fourth EYE Art & Film Prize will be announced at the opening. eyefilm.nl/en/exhibition/eye   June 15 2018 – June 17 2018, Open Garden Days Hidden behind the stately façades of the houses along Amsterdam’s canals lie some of the city's best-kept secrets: private gardens. For one weekend in June you can look behind these impressive canal-side homes and step into a completely different world, where a quiet green oasis welcomes visitors. http://www.opentuinendagen.nl/   October 5 2018 – March 28 2019, Museum Het Schip Gaudi and the Amsterdamse School Architects The exhibition will show the architecture and art of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí within the wavy facades of Museum Het Schip. https://www.hetschip.nl/254-engels/exhibitions/temporary-exhibitions/1441-gaudi-in-de-amsterdamse-school-3   November 2018 (dates to be confirmed), Amsterdam Art Weekend 2018 The city of Amsterdam will dedicate four whole days in celebration of contemporary art for the seventh time during the Amsterdam Art Weekend. The only contemporary arts festival of its kind in the city brings together the cultural sector in a unique way. https://amsterdamart.com   December 2018 – January 2019, Amsterdam Light Festival 2018/2019 marks the fifth edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. As with previous editions, a whole host of Dutch and international artists will contribute to the festival, creating site-specific light sculptures around the Canal Ring, the River Amstel and other special locations. https://amsterdamlightfestival.com/en    


Cupar Arts Festival is ‘strongest yet’

March 2 2016

Some of Scotland’s most significant contemporary artists will be involved in this year’s Cupar Arts Festival. Running from June 18 to 25, organisers are confident they have their strongest line-up yet, with work to be placed in spaces across the Fife market town. Cupar is one of the few curated visual arts festivals in Scotland, using unconventional spaces such as hoarding on industrial sites, historic buildings and mediaeval closes to display the works. Festival director Gayle Nelson said: “I’m delighted to be able to bring some of the strongest artists working today to Cupar Arts Festival this year. “The festival reveals Cupar in a completely different light, encouraging visitors to see new spaces in the town or re-evaluate familiar ones in a way that is both stimulating and delightful.” Artists taking part include Charles Avery, who represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2007. His work will include a large sea monster sculpture. Rachel Maclean, whose video work has won awards at Glasgow Film Festival and been exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, will show “Feed Me”, a new one-hour film commissioned by the British Art Show. And Chad McCail, who has had solo exhibitions at galleries in the UK and the USA, will present a large-scale outdoor mural on the subject of education. Amanda Catto, head of visual arts at Creative Scotland, said: “This year’s festival programme is a great opportunity for people to see how rich and varied contemporary art can be. “One of the best things about the festival is the fact that it takes art outside the traditional gallery or museum. “Local audiences and visitors to the festival will be able to explore the ideas and work being presented in more familiar, everyday spaces as well as in places that are less obvious.”


Sense of Place and Out of the Frame: The McManus Galleries, Dundee

December 9 2016

Forget the Tate Britain or the National Gallery – Dundee’s McManus is home to a nationally significant Scottish fine art collection, many of which are currently on display for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The two free exhibitions are testament to the enormous talent and diversity to come out of Scotland over the decades. Sense of Place focuses on landscapes by Scottish artists, starting with the pioneering work of the Glasgow Boys. Inspired by French practice, ‘The Boys’ moved out of the studio to paint outside, en plein air. With this new spirit of naturalism, artists were able to capture the effects of light and the weather, breathing new life into Scottish art. Throughout the 20th Century the strong tradition of landscape painting continued with the vibrant and colourful paintings by the Scottish Colourists. The inter-war years are represented by the intellectual and progressive work of William McCance and William Johnstone. Alongside are the highly detailed, panoramic landscapes by McIntosh Patrick. Contemporary artist, Graeme Todd, rounds off the display with a work that borders on abstraction. Meanwhile, Out of the Frame examines how Scottish artists have experimented and engaged with abstract art. Turning their backs on realistic representation, they focus instead on colour, shape, form and gestural marks. Whilst some use these to express thoughts and emotions, others let them stand-alone, creating art based purely on visual effect. From early protagonist William Gear, to contemporary painter Callum Innes, Scots continue to find new ways to engage with the seemingly endless possibilities of abstraction. The exhibition includes the city’s latest fine art acquisition in the shape of three abstract works by Glasgow School of Art graduate Victoria Morton. Victoria, who is influenced and inspired by medieval fresco painting, Dutch 17th Century painting, Mondrian and Edvard Munch, describes her paintings “as a situation to put yourself in rather than a fixed image to perceive. “They propose spaces to inhabit and explore by slowing down the act of looking. Psychedelic. They are sometimes based on the idea of mental movement, physical sensation, ongoing composition, chance and uncertainty. Sometimes they are based on specific photographs and research,” she continues. Kirsty MacNab, curatorial assistant at the galleries, adds: “We are sure that visitors to the exhibition find joy in the colour, form, shape and gestural marks of the works on display. We hope that in walking round the gallery, visitors will find that abstract art is an accessible art form. There is no right or wrong answer – it is something that anyone can enjoy.” www.mcmanus.co.uk  


Delving into Dundee’s archives

March 11 2017

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. These interconnections are clearly shown in the Archives of the University of Dundee; art and design is woven through many of the collections. This article features a few items which highlight the diversity of design related material held in the Archives. Dundee Art Society started out as the Graphic Arts Association in 1890, changing its name in 1904.  From the outset the group welcomed both professional and amateur artists as well as art patrons and lovers. As the Art College in Dundee grew, many of the staff joined the Society and used its platform to exhibit their art and network with other artists. The striking design for the cover of the centennial exhibition catalogue produced in 1990 echoes to the artistic trends of the early twentieth century. The longevity of the society reflects the continuing desire of artists within the community to join together, curate exhibitions and share their passion for art. Many of these artists had connections with the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology which was dissolved in 1975 to create Dundee College of Technology and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. The Art College remained independent until 1994 when it became a full part of the University of Dundee. All of these bodies are represented in the exhibition material, posters, photographs and student guides in the Archives.  Furthermore, alumnus of the College have contributed to our on-going Oral History Project. Former textile students, Pauline Hann and Sheila Mortlock, were interviewed to capture the personal stories of their time at the College, their career paths and interests. Hann and Mortlock were founding members of Embryo – Dundee Creative Embroiderers, formed in 1980, which developed from the frustration felt by numerous students at the lack of opportunities to exhibit contemporary embroidery within Scotland. The remit of the group was to promote the highest standards of workmanship, achieving this by restricting membership to graduates and undergraduates of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Embryo actively promoted their work through various exhibitions not only in Scotland but across the UK, eventually joining forces with two other textile groups to form Edge – Textile Artists Scotland. Edge is still going strong and attracting new members from a broader background albeit with a recognised education in textiles. The Archive’s Embryo collection includes exhibition publicity material, photographs and correspondence. Textile samples can be found in other collections, such as The Wilson Bros Ltd collection who were taken over by Pringle of Inverness. The pattern books of the woollen and cloth products they manufactured from 1927 to 1967 are fascinating. They show the changing trends in pattern and colour combinations and how design comes in and out of fashion over the decades. Other samples in the Archives show how design blended with the mass production of durable textiles as seen in the printed designs on linen which form part of the D. J. MacDonald collection. Using only two colours, the rising sun motif for the MacDonald company is bold and graphic whereas the design for Louise, seller of lingerie and hosiery has a more delicate touch with the female form and the name of the brand printed in signature style picked out in red. Jute and linen bags adorned with colourful printed designs are still popular today. Textile design in the city is thriving. Local fashion designer, Hayley Scanlan, studied textile design at DJCAD. Her oral history recording in the Archives tells of her desire to remain rooted in the city despite her burgeoning international career. Proud of her Dundonian heritage, Hayley’s designs are influenced by the changing city and she will soon open her first shop a stones throw from DJCAD where her talents were honed. Records held in the Archive are accessible to everyone. For further information about the Archives and its collections see www.dundee.ac.uk/archives   Sharon Kelly is assistant archivist at Dundee University's Archives Services