Anniversary Photographer in Residence
Alan Dimmick was the Artist in Residence 2017-2018. The project was a 12-month photography residency during the course of the University’s 50th anniversary year. Aligned to the anniversary calendar, the photographer’s brief was to capture a ‘Portrait of the Campus and the era’ in contrast with 1967-8, exploring the unique natural, built and human environment of the University.
Dimmick is fascinated by the everyday social and cultural life of Scotland and has created a unique visual resource of documentary significance which was exhibited in GOMA in 2013. In 2017 he exhibited his body of work at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh.
The University Art Collection was eager that this project recorded the modern history of the University. Whilst the University archive and art collection holds a collection of fine photographs from the early days of the University in the 1960s and 70s, relatively little had been done to document and explore the changing physical and human landscape of the campus in recent decades. The Photographer has contributed to redressing this balance.
All images now form part of the University archive, creating a rich artistic, contemporary record of the rhythm of life on campus, bringing up to date the historic photographic material already held in our collections.