Creative Dundee

Stereoscopic Visuals with Calum Colvin

Like most great photographers and artists, you would probably walk past Calum Colvin on Dundee’s Perth Road, without recognising him as the face behind some of Scotland’s most ingenious and innovative portrait work.

Mashing up photographs, sculpture, painting and a dab of digital, Calum blends these mediums to create striking work, full of optical illusions, Scottish humour and stereoscopic ‘how an earth did he do that?’ depth!

Originally from Glasgow, he studied at Duncan of Jordanstone, gained an OBE in 2001 and has exhibited internationally, everywhere from Orkney to Chicago to Woollahra (Australia)!

Crediting Cecil Beaton’s photography as a key influence in his work; Calum is stopping by as part of the V&A’s Cecil Beaton exhibition at The McManus; to talk about his innovative approaches and host a 3 day masterclass for creative professionals looking to develop their understanding of photographic technology.

If you are looking for a taster and fast-track of his work, then we’d recommend the free talk on Tuesday 22nd November – 6pm – more details below!

Calum Colvin – A Portrait for the Future – Public Lecture
An autobiographical journey, describing the thought processes in his work, much of which is based on Scotland and it’s heritage. Describing his early influences, which include the photographer Cecil Beaton, and the use of portraiture as the central focus in his work over the last 30 years, the lecture offers a rare opportunity to hear how his visually exciting and humorous works are created.
For your FREE online ticket visit or call 01382 385108
Date: Tuesday 22 November 2011
Time: 6pm
Venue: University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton Gallery Talk
An exclusive opportunity to hear international artist Calum Colvin and V&A exhibition curator Susanna Brown discuss the development of photographic portraiture over the past century, from Beaton’s royal portraits to experimental contemporary images.
Free admission, but places are limited and must be booked – contact The McManus on 01382 307200.
Date: Wednesday 23 November 2011
Time: 11am
Venue: Creative Learning Suite, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum.

Calum Colvin Portraits for the Future Masterclass Exhibition
Come along to an exhibition of the work created in the Masterclass, for a drink and find out more about design and innovation – and V&A at Dundee.
Free admission, all welcome.
Date: Friday 25 November 2011
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Creative Learning Suite, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum.

V&A at Dundee Masterclass: Calum Colvin – Portraits for the Future
23-25 November 2011, The McManus, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 1DA
This Masterclass takes its inspiration from the V&A exhibition Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton currently on show at The McManus in Dundee, as part of the pre-opening programme for V&A at Dundee.

Aimed at professionals working in the creative industries, this three-day workshop will use the Cecil Beaton exhibition as a basis for debate and inspiration, examining how the process of portraiture has developed since Beaton’s original photographs were taken.

Colvin has achieved international recognition for his innovative approach to portraiture over the last decade and is acknowledged as a leader in the field of digital photography. Using his subject’s past as a starting point, Colvin builds a portrait using objects and clever manipulation of perspective to create an image that encapsulates the individual’s unique personality.

This innovative approach to photography will form the basis of the Masterclass which will use advanced photographic technology, lighting and humour to experiment and create portraits for the digital age.

And that’s not all! The Masterclass will also provide a rare opportunity to work with some incredible state of the art Hasselblad digital technology – generously loaned to us for the duration of the Masterclass by Calumet, the UK’s leading supplier of digital photographic equipment.


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