20 April 2023: Bruce Keith, “Bridgescapes”

20 April 2023:  Bruce Keith, “Bridgescapes”

Author Bruce Keith will discuss his book ‘Bridgescapes’, which is a personal journey through history, celebrating Scotland’s bridge building heritage. Amply illustrated by a young Scottish photographer, Lewis Matheson, this will prove to be a thought-provoking, enlightening and engaging evening.  This talk has been several times delayed by Covid so we greatly look forward to finally hearing Bruce and seeing the photographs. 

The talk will start at 7.00pm at Dundee Arts Society Roseangle Gallery and non-members are, as always, welcome.  A glass of wine is provided to encourage conversation afterwards.

16 March 2023: Kirsty Maguire, “Passivhaus”

16 March 2023, 7.30 following our AGM

Kirsty Maguire, “Passivhaus; Design in a Climate Emergency”

Kirsty Maguire is an architect who combines building performance, industry training and the creation of creative and beautiful spaces. She leads her eponymous architecture practice, an award winning micro business based near Dundee. The practice blends design led work and environmental responsibility with quality of design, detailing and performance of the building at the heart of the process. Low energy, low carbon design is at the centre of all their projects, developing solutions that combine spatial quality, comfort and environmental criteria including biodiversity and how the building integrates with the immediate landscape to minimise the impact of the construction in the short and long term. Kirsty is a pioneer of energy efficient architecture in Scotland using Passivhaus as a tool for this. She works locally and internationally in design, teaching and specialist consultancy. The talk will look at the development of Passivhaus in Scotland and show examples of how practice has changed over this time with projects as case studies, and look to the future as to how the upcoming changes to the building regulations to integrate a Scottish ‘passivhaus’ could impact the industry.

Dundee Civic Trust AGM will commence at 7.00 pm in Dundee Arts Society Roseangle Gallery and the talk will start immediately after, at 7.30 pm.  Guests are welcome and there will be the opportunity to chat over a glass of wine afterwards.


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.