15 Dec 2022: John Gray, “Forty Years of Public Art”

15 December 2022:  John Gray, “Forty Years of Public Art in Dundee”

Planning Officer John Gray will describe the development of Dundee’s wide-ranging public art, starting with the Blackness Public Art Programme which he came to Dundee to join in 1982.  Since then, Dundee has become well known for its extensive and varied public art and design, and this talk will challenge us to consider how this has affected the character of the city.

17 Nov 2022: David Powell, “A Menace in the Archives”

17 November 2022:  David Powell, D C Thomson Archive Manager “A Menace in the Archives:  The Collections of DC Thomson.”

The archives of DC Thomson have accumulated over the past 250 years as both the titles and business have evolved.  As well as being a valuable business asset they have a wider value to the communities who worked for, contributed to, featured in, or consumed, our products.  This light-hearted tour through the collections will show their breadth, influence and use and will perhaps spark a few memories. 

20 Oct 2022: Kevin Frediani, “Over the Garden Wall”

Thursday 20 October 2022:  Kevin Frediani, “Over the Garden Wall”

Winter evening talks will restart on Thursday 20 October when Kevin Frediani, Curator of Dundee University Botanic Garden and Grounds will give a talk “Over the Garden Wall: celebrating 50 years of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden.”

The talk will explore how a space in the west end of Dundee became a special place for people and a home for some of the world’s rarest plants.  Kevin Frediani is now the fourth curator and he will describe the cumulative work to cultivate a living collection.  It will be the story of a garden coming of age, whose globally focussed past is helping inform a local landscape that is more resilient to the future over its garden walls.

The talk will take place as usual in Dundee Arts Society Roseangle Gallery, starting at 7.00pm (1900).  Guests are welcome and there will be the opportunity to chat over a glass of wine afterwards.