The Pioneering Story of Public Art in Dundee

The Pioneering Story of Public Art in Dundee exhibition runs between 3 August – 26 October 2019 and will be open Mon-Fri 9.30am-7pm, Sat 1-5pm. It will be accompanied by a series of tours, talks and workshops including a study day with talks by artists and researchers on Sat 26 Oct.

Dundee has an exceptional collection of over 500 sculptures, murals, mosaics and other forms of public art. Since 2018, the University of Dundee Museum Services have been leading a major project to research, catalogue and promote this unique resource. This exhibition showcases photographs of artworks past and present as well as unique behind-the-scenes material such as models, design sketches and installation images.

The opening is on 2 August at Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee. Be sure to reserve your space here.

In particular, the exhibition explores the pioneering history of the Blackness Public Art Programme of the early 1980s, which attracted international attention for its ground-breaking approach. This marked the beginning of the local council’s investment in culture-led regeneration, which has continued to this day. Its success led to the expansion of the scheme to become the Dundee Public Art Programme. This was the first city-wide programme of public art in the country and would remain the largest programme in Scotland throughout its existence.


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