Artists in Residence

Jennifer Wicks

In 2022 Jennifer Wicks will be embarking on an artist-in-residency at the University of Stirling’s Art Collection. Specifically looking at the work of Norman McLaren, held in the University Archive and the Art Collection, Jennifer will explore McLaren’s pioneering innovations with sound and image.

The residency is generously supported by Creative Scotland and will allow Jennifer to conduct initial research for a new body of work exploring themes surrounding sound and image, the materiality of film and visualising music. The project ties in with the Art Collection’s aims to support Scottish contemporary artists in developing their practice, be inspired by the University collections and share this knowledge widely. As well as engaging in research and development work, Jennifer will also be working with the public in a series of events.

The project’s origins lie in Jennifer’s earlier work, Trace out the threads, follow their convulsions (2018) a collaboration between Wicks and The One Ensemble, and more recently Extended Compositions (2021) an extensive body of work that explores the intersections between music, drawing, film and sculpture and the relationship between sound and image.

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Jenny Wicks

Alan Dimmick

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.

Alan Dimmick

Ally Wallace

Ally Wallace worked as Artist in Residence at the University of Stirling’s Pathfoot Building 2016-2017 on a self-initiated project made possible by a Creative Scotland grant. He made work focused on Pathfoot’s modernist architecture in relation to the art collection housed in it, the surrounding landscape and the people who use the building.

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Ally Wallace