Art Collection Open Day

20 May 2023, 10.00AM–4.00PM
Pathfoot Building
Art Collection Open Day

All are welcome to enjoy a lively day, filled with workshops, performances and tours in a relaxed environment.

Each academic year, all of the Art Collection’s exhibitions, events and workshops are directly inspired by one of the University research themes. In 2022-23 our chosen focus is Space & Place, and during this time we are celebrating the inspiration and sustenance that buildings and outdoor spaces provide for us, especially here on campus. 


Art Collection Open Day programme

Throughout the day, there will be free tours of the exhibitions, drop-in activities and refreshments, alongside our programme of events.

Making Space: Art and Movement Workshop 

10:30 to 12:30

How do we navigate spaces and make them our own?

In this free creative workshop, led by artist Andy Auld and philosopher Professor John Sutton, we will explore this question through painting and movement, culminating in an abstract artwork, created together by participants.

Book your free spot on the Making Space: Art and Movement Workshop


Memory Mapping: Creative Workshop

12:00 to 14:00

Join artist Orla Stevens for a mixed-media abstract painting and drawing workshop.

In this memory mapping workshop, we will be taking a short walk around the University of Stirling campus, to gather inspiration. The class will explore memory, mixed media processes, and how to use texture, colours and symbols to create artwork that reflects journeys, emotions and memories of a place.

Book your free spot on the Memory Mapping workshop.


Writing the City Space: Creative Writing Workshop

13:00 to 15:00

Join our visiting Charles Wallace Fellow in Creative Writing, Nikita Parik for a workshop exploring South Asian forms of poetry. such as anthadi, haiku, haibun, ghazal. Nikita will share her practice in writing about city spaces and lead you to write about spaces that inspire you. 

Book your free spot on the Writing the City Space workshop


GOSSIP Exhibition Launch

14:00 to 15:00

Join us and local artist collective GOSSIP, as we formally launch their newest exhibition Space & Place. There will be a chance to view this exciting new work and hear from some of the artists about their practice. 

Drop in, no need to book.


Music and Poetry Performance 

15:00 to 16:00 

Each year, the Art Collection invites students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and students from the MLitt Creative Writing course at Stirling to create new work, inspired by our collections. Join us at 15:00 for a very special performance of this work, performed by the University of Stirling Musicians-in-Residence, The Edinburgh Quartet.

Drop in, no need to book.