Over the years, the University of Stirling Art Collection has hosted a wide range of exhibitions. Explore our archive and find out more about our past events.
2021 - 2022
Each year, the Art Collection's exhibitions, events and workshops are directly inspired by the research of the University. This year, the Art Collection pulled together a selection of exhibitions under the theme 'Art of Wellbeing'.
1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games: Game of Firsts
6 April - 31 Aug 2022
This exhibition was created by students undertaking the Interpretation and Exhibition Design module, as part of their assessment. It also utilises the University’s Commonwealth Games archive.
The 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games was a trailblazing event for sports history. It created a sense of excitement throughout Scotland as many people were thrilled the Games were being hosted in their country for the first time. People queued for hours for tickets and massive crowds gathered trying to catch a glimpse of the athletes. The exhibition told us the interesting stories behind the record-breaking athletes, the changing role of women in the Games, as well as insights into the opening and closing ceremony. The exhibition included a variety of objects from the Games: the Edinburgh 1970 Team HQ tie pin, memorabilia coins, medals, mascot, athletes’ t-shirts, entry tickets, tartan, brochures, and other fascinating objects.
A Passion for Art: Matilda Hall, Collector and Curator
10 February - 28 May 2022
In celebration of 50 years of the Macrobert Arts Centre, and 30
Matilda lives in the Borders surrounded by works of art. She has
Fifty: The University of Stirling in 50 objects
1 September 2021 - 31 Jan 2022
To mark the start of the new academic year at Stirling, we revisited an exhibition which celebrates the history of the University. In 2017 the University published the book Fifty: the University of Stirling in 50 objects as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. A photographic exhibition was created to accompany the publication featuring images of the items selected by staff, students and alumni which tell the story of the University.
“So why objects? Why this random selection of things – bits of metal, cloth, scraps of paper, images? Animal, vegetable, mineral, they are all here. Well, objects are important. Sometimes the most insignificant things can be imbued with meaning. Most of us have objects we treasure because of what they mean or who they represent: love and loss; a moment of time in our individual or shared histories; a memory.”
Tom Collins, from the introduction to Fifty: The University of Stirling in 50 objects
This exhibition presented a photographic selection of these objects on the library walls. We are also delighted to display some of the university’s memorabilia for the first time in our display cases. These objects include the original submission to the University Grants Committee supporting the establishment of a new university in Stirling and the Ceremonial Mace, presented to the University by Logie Kirk in 1968.
Take a look at our blog for more information about this exhibition.
Hope: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in surrealist form
3 December 2021 - 12 August 2022
‘I am doing this because the world needs hope. With hope we can overcome the onslaught of constant negative messages from traditional and new media which can cause us despair. With hope, we can overcome the paralysis of worry, a habit we can get into which serves no useful purpose and can even make us ill. Hope can help us overcome the challenges of mental illness, something which has become an increasing problem since the global pandemic which started in 2020. Most importantly, hope creates a feeling of expectation and that can create the desire to achieve the very thing we hope for. And it is desire, not ability, that determines our success.’
This exhibition, which formed part of our 'Art of Wellbeing' series of exhibitions in 2021, explored ‘Hope’, and each image conveys an element of Maslow's theory, beginning with our need for fresh air, clean water, nutritious food, shelter, sex, etc., and eventually through to what Maslow called ‘self-actualisation’. Hope comes from the fact that we can reach higher levels of being and that this hope creates an expectation. In turn, that expectation can lead to a desire to reach that higher level. Desire to reach a goal, rather than raw ability, is what the artist believes is the key element of personal success.
George Berrie was born in Fallin, near Stirling, where he grew up in relative poverty in the 1960s. After leaving school he went to Heriot Watt University to read actuarial mathematics but became disillusioned and joined an insurance company to earn money. At 39 he became the CEO of the largest insurance company in New Zealand, and a few years later he was appointed to the board of Norwich Union, then became a director with Aviva.
The ‘golden spur’ to escape his childhood poverty, having done its job, caused him to reflect on future goals. It was at this point that he was inspired to do an arts degree at Stirling University, relinquishing his business roles and becoming a full-time student. After graduating in 2015, he went on a sabbatical to Beirut, Lebanon, to discover what he wanted to achieve over the next five years. The desire to become a digital artist, and this resultant collection of images, were two products of that exercise.
The project reflects his observation of Maslow’s theory in real life during his career, coupled with the knowledge of theory from his studies. His aim is that the images will create an initial curiosity, followed by a sense of familiarity, and then an interaction that involves some emotion. His next portfolio is being planned and is based on dreams. He lives in Perth with his wife Julie.
Tending the Light
16 February to 29 April 2022
The Art Collection participated in Stirling’s Tending the Light Festival of Care 2022 by joining with the Stirling Window Wanderland, displaying window artwork created by Stirling’s Champions Board young people and partner agencies. It was installed by
The Art of Wellbeing: Blue
1 September 2021 to 12 August 2022
In this exhibition, we curated a selection of pieces from the permanent collection, all of which feature the colour blue.
This primary colour has long held a special significance. For some, it might denote sadness or cold. And it is the name for melancholy music in a minor key.
But the calming nature of blue in meditation has been appreciated for centuries. It can be a healing presence, restorative, and harmonious.
Pigments that produce blue have throughout the ages been highly prized – in jewellery, in porcelain, in body paint, dye for clothes, and for medicinal purpose, in medieval stained glass and -
Now that blue can be created from a number of synthetic sources, artists have a wide breadth of tones available, (.…ultramarine…cerulean…cobalt...Prussian…manganese…phthalo…delft ..indigo…)
In this exhibition, we invited you to enjoy a variety of works from the University’s permanent collection and to reflect upon your own perception of this colour.
What does blue mean to you?
Two blog posts were written about this exhibition. Please find them at these links:
The Art of Wellbeing: Second Chancers
1 September 2021 to 12 August 2022
Everyone deserves a second chance.
Times are changing in Scotland. A new way of thinking is emerging and a movement for a smarter justice system is beginning.
Through 18 individual stories, the exhibition explored individual experience of the Community Justice system in Scotland. Sentences served in the community are more effective than sentences
Second Chancers explored positivity, hope, aspiration and chaos through the lens of people with experience of the justice system. It gave a voice to people who have been let down and rejected,
This exhibition was delivered in conjunction with Community Justice Scotland, Stirling Community Justice Partnership, Stirling Community Planning Partnership and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the
More information about Second Chancers can be found on the project website.
2019 - 2020
For 2019 - 2020 the
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of these exhibitions were on display for an extended period.
Alan Dimmick: Photographs at Stirling University, 2017
17 February 2020 - 31 August 2021
Alan Dimmick was the Art Collection’s Photographer in Residence over the course of the University’s 50th anniversary year in 2017. His remit was to capture a ‘Portrait of the Campus’,
Whilst the University archives and Art Collection hold 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
This exhibition showcased a selection of the photographs taken during Alan’s residency. The full collection has been deposited in the University archive; thus creating a rich artistic, contemporary
Alan Dimmick was born in Glasgow in 1961. He bought his first camera (a Russian Zenith) in 1977, the same year that he converted the toilets in his secondary school annex into a darkroom. He
The Museum without a home: an exhibition of hospitality
27 January - 31 January 2020
Museum Without a Home was an award-winning free exhibition promoting solidarity with migrants. Originally shown in Athens, it has since
Peace be with you: an intervention @ the Blue Boy
13 November 2019 - 20 September 2020
Heidi Gardner and Peter Gardner, a husband-and-wife artist duo, recently visited the Pathfoot Building with their
The loom consists of a 181cm in diameter, 104cm high, circular, wooden French knitting loom. Bringing together
Over the course of a week, visitors were invited to join the artists in a repetitive, simple action of knitting and building
Heidi and Peter, working under the name Gardner & Gardner, have built up their contemporary art practice in
Stirling University Art Club Exhibition
1 February - 12 April 2020
Stirling University Art Club is a student formed and student led club, welcoming a range of abilities and art forms. In this exhibition, our hobbyist club created artwork with a focus
Under Threat: Community resilience to extreme events
15 November 2019 - 31 January 2020
There are gaps in understanding about what community resilience actually is and what it means to those working in
This project was funded by the National Centre for Resilience to Sandra Engstrom, Fiona Millar and Tony Robertson and
As part of the project, we asked for workshop participants and the wider public to submit photographs we could display
The research team are part of the Extreme Events research programme at the University of Stirling. The
- Sandra Engstrom is a Lecturer in Social Work with research interests in eco/green social work, including social work
and natural disaster recovery/preparedness, social work and climate change/sustainability and eco therapy.
- Fiona Millar is a Research Development Officer with research interests in the sociology of work and management of
- Tony Robertson is a Lecturer in Social Epidemiology and Public Health with research interests in socioeconomic
inequalities and the impact on physiology and health, and grassroots approaches to tackling health inequalities.
Under Threat: In Search of Life by Christian Ziegler
8 November 2019 - 31 December 2020
This exhibition celebrated the tropical splendour of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, but was also a call to action
“We are losing our tropical rainforests and the species that live there. Over the last 50 years logging, cattle ranching,
mining and large-scale agriculture have irreversibly transformed the world’s tropical landscapes. In today’s era of accelerating change- where booming human populations demand more land to feed spiralling consumerism- the deforestation frontier marches onward. All over the world, humans are squeezing our wild places and pushing animals to the very edge of extinction”
Christian Ziegler is an internationally known photojournalist specializing in natural history and science-related topics.
Under Threat: Liberating Landscapes
18 October 2019 - 31 December 2020
In recent years there has been increased discussion regarding access to art collections. Much of the art in public ownership in the UK is hidden away in storerooms. Lack of wall space, and past
The University Art Collection has also recently launched its online catalogue which provides much greater public access.
Above work: James Morrison, Rhum and Eigg (Oil on board, 1983), detail
2018 - 2019
For 2018 - 2019, the Art Collection's
50 Objects Exhibition
11 June - 1 November 2018
This exhibition showcased some of the fascinating objects and photography featured in the commemorative publication, Fifty:
If you would like to purchase your copy of the book, then you can go to http://bit.do/FIFTY. Only £9.99 for staff, students and alumni.
Experiences of Exile: Belgian Refugees in Scotland during the First World War
26 April - 1 Sep 2019
November 1918 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War. Throughout this time ceremonies were
This exhibition was organised by Kieran Taylor, a second year PhD student at the University of Stirling. His research
Experiences of Exile: French settlers of Algeria
28 September 2018 - 31 August 2019
This exhibition was part of a two-year Leadership Fellows project entitled ‘From colonisers to refugees: narratives and representations of the French settlers of Algeria’, led by Dr Fiona Barclay of the University of Stirling, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Images and period objects were provided with the kind assistance of the Ecomusée du Val de Bièvre, Fresnes.
Experiences of Exile: Refugees in the Art Collection
12 December 2018 - 31 August 2019
The exhibitions on display in the Crush Hall of the Pathfoot Building this year focused on the topical theme of refugees and migration. Alongside these temporary exhibitions, we gathered together some works from the permanent collection by artists who at some point in their lives were forced to leave their homes due to hardship or war.
Experiences of Exile: The European Dream
28 September 2018 - 31 August 2019
A humanitarian emergency is unfolding across Europe. Over a million people have crossed the Mediterranean, fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Sudan and other countries. For all these people, embarking on such dangerous journeys seems the only way to ensure a better future for them and their children.
The current refugee crisis has exposed deep divisions within the 28-member European Union over what some fear could be a never-ending flow of asylum-seekers fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa. This has raised questions about the EU’s free movement laws. Germany and other European countries have already reintroduced selected border controls in order to cope with the incessant refugee streams. For the refugees, every border they pass brings them closer to their dream. The concept of border is very unclear for most of the refugees. Borders could be anything from a razor-wire, to a door of a lorry and the Aegean Sea.
Justice is all about equal opportunities and equal treatment. During the refugee crisis, justice has not been applied to people who are treated unequally because of their country of origin. People who have already experienced wars and terrorism in their own countries have now to face abuses of their human rights and even deportations from the EU. Justice is giving people the chance to a better life regardless of their religion, their country of origin or their colour, because no one chose to be a refugee.
Anna Pantelia is a Greek photojournalist. She holds an MA Degree in International Communication and
Experiences of Exile: The List
18 January - 31 August 2019
The List traces information relating to the deaths of 34,361 refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants who have lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993.
These deaths are not isolated incidents but are the direct consequence of tightening EU immigration policy. In the face of civil war, conflict, global political and social unrest, and the deepening effect of
climate change, Europe responds by adopting exclusionary practice and policies, turning a blind eye to the root causes of migration. The List draws unwelcome attention to the role of our societies in protecting those who flee from war, persecution and poverty and highlights the serious flaws in our asylum and immigration systems that routinely threaten individual human dignity.
UNITED for Intercultural Action
The List was updated in May 2018 by UNITED for Intercultural Action - find out more about the 'fatal policies of Fortress Europe'.
Experiences of Exile: The Personal Alongside a World of Personals
1 June to 31 August 2019
This exhibition by Iman Tajik included work called ‘Calais’ which explored how life is, living day to day in The Jungle camp.
The work was inspired by the artist’s own story. Also included in this exhibition is ‘A to B’ which is was two-channel video performance installation. This work is the starting point of a series of works that question and challenge the notion of borders and spotlight restriction to individual’s freedom to movement.
Iman Tajik is an Iranian artist and award-winning photographer based in Glasgow, as a refugee, since 2012. His practice is anchored in a strong social interest and demonstrates an effort to make work that is a critical tool connected to international movements for social change.
2017 - 2018
4 September 2017 - 1 August 2018
The Art Collection focused on the cultural impact of 1967, the year the University opened its doors to students for the first time.
A series of audio-visual events and exhibitions, indoor and outdoor, took place in the Pathfoot Building - itself an iconic building of the era - in conjunction with the Macrobert Arts Centre and Gardens & Grounds.
Events were full of energy and fun and included music, dance, art, film/photography, fashion, furnishing and artefacts and architecture (specifically Pathfoot).
The exhibition was throughout the available spaces in the Pathfoot building and will include various themed activities and other outreach activities.
1 December 2017 - 30 March 2018
This exhibition took its name from the long, sandy road linking Bechuanaland (now Botswana) to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), crossing South West Africa (now Namibia) and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) along the way. It was the road along which refugees travelled to escape from the South African oppression in the 1960s, often helped on their desperate journey by humanitarian organisations or mysterious foreign drivers.
Exclusively showing material from the Peter Mackay Archive for the first time, this exhibition told the story of Freedom Road – in the larger context of the African struggle for independence – through the words and photographs of one of those unnamed European “heroes”.
Peter Mackay (1926-2013) was a key figure in the independence movements of Southern Africa. Born into a Scottish family with strong links to Stirling, Mackay served in the Scots Guards before emigrating to Rhodesia in 1948 where he devoted himself to the cause of African liberation. He then began to be involved in the African Independence movement in 1952 and was a great chronicler of this period of history until his death in 2013.
The Archive was donated to the University of Stirling in 2013 and the records within are a fascinating record of Mackay’s involvement in the independence movements of a number of Southern African countries, including Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Nyasaland (Malawi). The exhibition showcased photographs and papers from the archive illustrating these with Peter’s own words from his autobiography We Have Tomorrow: Stirrings in Africa 1959 – 1967.
Freedom Road was curated by 3rd year students of the Interpretation and Exhibition Design Module run by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and taught by the University’s curators and archivists.
Developed in two sections, the exhibition continued in the Freedom Press space in the Archive glass cabinet, where a closer look at the man and his activism is explored.
4 September - 15 December 2017
Ally Wallace worked as Artist in Residence at the University of Stirling’s Pathfoot Building 2016-2017 on a self-initiated project funded by Creative Scotland. 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.
A note from the artist
Architecture is a common theme in my work and it was through my ongoing interest in modernist buildings that I came to University of Stirling to make artwork that focuses on the Category A listed Pathfoot Building - to take a close look at its design and function in relation to the surrounding landscape and the Art Collection housed here.
With support from Creative Scotland's Open Project Fund and the University's Art Collection Department, I undertook a 6-month artist's residency at Pathfoot in 2016/17, during which time I spent two days a week here - making artwork that is inspired by the modernist design of the building and its picturesque location. Much of my time was spent sketching and videoing in and around the building, as well as talking to people who work here, to gain an overall understanding of the place - how it functions and how people feel about it as a place to work, study or visit. The artwork that I produced during the residency is exhibited here in the gallery and deals with various elements of Pathfoot - its architecture, people, furniture, landscaping and art.
Designed by architects RMJM (Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall) and completed in 1967, Pathfoot was the first building to be constructed on the campus of the newly established University of Stirling - one of the new 'Plate Glass' universities built throughout the UK in the modernist style during the 1960's. The building comprises a series of corridors and courtyards, arranged in stepped formation on a hillside location. Light, airy open spaces offer views of the courtyards and surrounding parkland. Temporary exhibitions and artworks from the permanent collection are shown throughout the building, creating a very stimulating teaching and learning environment.
I hope that my work will convey something about how Pathfoot's architecture relates to the surrounding landscape and the Art Collection housed throughout the building and how those elements combine to create a pleasant environment to spend time in.
Find more about the residency at the artist's blog: allywallacedotorg.wordpress.com
and for more on Ally's work see his website: www.allywallace.co.uk
Seashells Build Bone
10 April - 6 May 2018
An exhibition of etchings, screenprints and digital works by Rachel Duckhouse, who recently worked with biominerals expert Professor Maggie Cusack, a specialist
Their research began with the story of an ancient Mayan skull, which contained false teeth carved from an oyster shell. The shell teeth had been accepted by the
The Leverhulme Trust funded artist residency enabled artist and scientist to explore the structural patterns within oyster shells using electron microscopy. Their
2016 - 2017
Bodies of Water, Islands of Light
A collection of work by Justine Bainbridge and David Barbara, two local artists and students/graduates from Forth Valley College, who explored their island identities from two culturally different perspectives. Justine blended her background in science, photography, and the antiques and collectables trade, with her Orkney and Shetland roots, and David Barbara studied art in his native Malta, before working as a photographer, and then an HND student in Contemporary Art in Stirling.
Exhibition ran until 1st September 2017
Future artists Scotland
Future Artists Scotland was a ground-breaking Scotland-wide art exhibition for talented new artists from the further education sector. The exhibition featured students’ work hand selected by lecturers from 10 colleges and represented the diverse and vibrant work currently being created across Scotland.
'It is felt that the artwork emerging from Scotland’s FE colleges is increasing in cultural significance and has earned a place in which to express itself and in return should be rewarded with the media attention and critical acclaim it deserves.'
Artwork on display from students from Forth Valley College, Edinburgh College, Dundee and Angus, Dumfries and Galloway College, New College Lanarkshire, West College Scotland, Glasgow Clyde College, Fife College, City of Glasgow College and Ayrshire College. It is envisaged that this will become a major event on the art calendar, growing in stature as the quality of the artwork FE students produce is promoted, reviewed and discussed.
Pathfoot Crush Hall
Until Tuesday 20th December 2016
Humans of Stirling
This exhibition showcased some of the photos of the Humans of Stirling project started by University of Stirling student Iris.
'I started Humans of Stirling in the winter of 2014, when I was a second year student at the University of Stirling. I had wanted to make a similar project since 2011, when I first discovered Brandon Stanton's original project for the New York area, but as a result of always moving about and not really living in one place for too long, I was never able to start my own project.'
'The Stirling community has offered me the means through which I can make my dream a reality and through this platform I have showcased the stories of many beautiful and amazingly talented people. Each portrait tells a story, one which encapsulates a moment in time and place, one in which two strangers can open up to one another, fearless of judgement and eager to share a little bit about their lives.'
James Hogg in the World
James Hogg (1770-1835), also known as 'The Ettrick Shepherd,' lived and worked for most of his life in Ettrick Forest in the Scottish Borders. Best remembered for his innovative novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824), over his literary career he produced songs, poems, stories, novels, plays, essays, and even a much-lauded treatise on diseases in sheep. By the opening of the nineteenth century, print culture had developed into a burgeoning industry, and Hogg was a frequent contributor to periodicals, including Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and Fraser's Magazine, as well as a wide range of publications beyond Britain.
This exhibition depicts James Hogg as a Scottish writer of international stature and importance. It reflects new research undertaken at the University of Stirling into the worldwide circulation of Hogg’s work in newspapers and magazines, from Canada and the USA, to India, the Caribbean, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
The exhibition was curated by the Centre for James Hogg Studies and was generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Natural Magic, Jacobites by Name and Camera Lucida: Recent works by Calum Colvin
Born in Glasgow in 1961, Calum Colvin has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for the last thirty years since graduating from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in Photography in 1985. His work is represented in numerous collections.
In this exhibition, the works on display explored very different themes: visual psychology and the history of stereoscopic photography in Natural Magic; the legacy of the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and ’45 in Jacobites by Name, and themes of ageing and loss in Camera Lucida.
The Autumn Art Lecture was given by the artist on 6th October 2016.
Venue: Pathfoot Gallery 2
Exhibition ran until 29th March 2017
Realising the Vision
An exhibition celebrating 50 years of the University through its art and archive collections.
Exhibition ended 5th July 2017
Read more on our blog: Realising the Vision.
Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland
2016 marked 40 years since Scottish Women’s Aid was founded, bringing together a network of local Women’s Aid groups across Scotland. This pioneering movement brought about a sea-change in Scottish society by working to challenge and prevent domestic abuse. The history of Women’s Aid in Scotland was told through the voices of women involved in the movement across the country, from its earliest years onwards.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of a wider project to record and celebrate the history of Women’s Aid in Scotland, project partners include Scottish Women’s Aid, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow University’s Centre for Gender History and Women’s History Scotland.
7th April-16th June 2017
As part of this exhibition there was a public lecture by Rebecca Emerson Dobash and Russell P. Dobash Ending Violence Against Women in Scotland.
2015 - 2016
Argentina: Places and Faces (Student exhibition)
Presenting the work of Claire Griffith, a 4th year student from Northern Ireland currently studying Primary Education and Spanish at the University. She says ‘I’ve been interested in photography for about 6 years now, and particularly enjoy capturing the essence and culture of countries I visit. As part of my Spanish degree we are encouraged to spend time abroad practising the language. My family have a long missionary connection with Argentina dating back to 1904, and I consider myself very privileged to have spent a total of 18 weeks living and volunteering in Argentina over the past two summers'.
Exhibition ran January-May 2016
Pathfoot Building: behind the reception area
Border Crossings (Student exhibition)
An art exhibition inspired by the themes of this year's Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference, on the topic 'Border Crossings: Exploring the Visible and the Invisible in the Arts and Humanities.' The works included are by postgraduate students from Edinburgh and Stirling: some of whom are studying art or design, and some of whom create art in addition to their studies.
Student Exhibition Space, Pathfoot Building (behind Reception).
Exhibition ran June-August 2016
Bus Party: Listening Lugs Tour
On 18th September 2014 the people of Scotland voted in a referendum to decide whether or not Scotland would remain part of the United Kingdom. This exhibition focuses on the 2014 Bus Party group and their efforts through music, poetry and readings to discuss peoples' hopes for Scotland's future regardless of the referendum outcome. The Bus Party travelled around Scotland during the last week of May 2014 asking communities ‘What kind of Scotland do you want?’ Their answers were recorded on the Scroll of Thoughts. For further information about the work of the archive, visit scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk.
Exhibition ended September 2016 in the University Library.
Echoes in Stone: Creative Archaeological Visualisation on Scotland’s National Forest Estate
Scotland has a long tradition of archaeological measured survey and remains in the vanguard of its visualisation and methodological development. By combining new archaeological survey techniques with an aesthetic illustrative methodology, we can produce detailed site records alongside innovative and spectacular illustrations, encouraging greater engagement and understanding.
Venue: Gallery 4, Pathfoot Building
Dates: 22nd January - 11th March 2016
For the Students by the Students
50 Years of the University of Stirling
This exhibition featured Brig, a University of Stirling student made and read newspaper. The purpose of this exhibition is to celebrate student involvement over the last 50 years and convey the theme: for the students by the students. This is a side of the university’s story that has never been told before.
Venue: University Library
Dates: 24th November 2015 - 24th February 2016
International Women's Day
In celebration of International Women's Day on 8th March, works of art by women were selected from the permanent collection to display in Crush Hall.
John Grierson: The GPO Years
This exhibition, celebrating the career of John Grierson with the General Post Office (GPO), was curated by University of Stirling students as part of the new Exhibition and Interpretation Design module within History and Politics. The exhibition concentrated on one decade (in the 1930s) of Grierson's working life when he was employed by the GPO film unit, which was established to produce sponsored documentary films mainly related to the activities of the GPO. During this time he produced works such as 'Night Train' which were considered ground-breaking.
Venue: University Archives, University of Stirling Library
Dates: 4 December 2015 to 29 February 2016
Kirkpatrick Fleming: A changing village
Kirkpatrick Fleming is a small community of village and farmlands just north of Gretna Green in Dumfries and Galloway. This exhibition was based on interviews carried out in 2012 and 2013 with local pensioners, thirty-year-olds, incomers and school children. The exhibition documented what has changed and what people feel about the changes in housing and shops, school and work, farming and women’s lives, church-going and leisure. The exhibition recalled how in World War II German bombers passed overhead while fields were turned into landing strips and POW camps. The display spanned the period from the 1930s to the independence referendum in 2014 dealing with questions of local and national identity and asking the different generations how they felt about belonging to Kirkpatrick, to Scotland or to the United Kingdom?
Pathfoot Gallery 4
Norman McLaren: Drawing Sound
This exhibition was curated by University of Stirling students as part of the new Exhibition and Interpretation Design module within History and Politics . The students say 'this exhibit focuses on the period of time that McLaren spent trying to decipher the art of drawing sound. On display are a beautiful selection of pictures which demonstrate different genres of music. Also shown are images from a well-known documentary that features Norman demonstrating the fascinating process involved in drawing sound and converting it directly onto film. The exhibit concludes with a showing of one of McLarens films named Dot, which is truly stunning and a thrill to watch.'
The University of Stirling holds the Norman McLaren archive
This exhibition was in the University of Stirling Library December 2015 to April 2016
Reflections of the East
Reflections of the East was the umbrella title for exhibitions, a related lecture and other events, focussed around work by artists Kate Downie, Emma Scott-Smith and Fanny Lam Christie, all three of whom live in Scotland and have a creative link with China.
Also on display was work drawn from the Norman McLaren archive, focussing on his visit to China in 1949, and a picture which has been specially loaned by the Chinese artist Ding Fang.
Kate Downie's work has now transferred to Aberdeen (Robert Gordon's). You can still see work by Emma Scott-Smith, Fanny Lam Christie and Ding Fang on display in the Pathfoot Building.
Shared Vision: A solo show of ink paintings, prints and drawings by Kate Downie
It is exactly 5 years since the artist set foot in China for the first time, as recipient of a William Gillies Scholarship award from the Royal Scottish Academy. She has since returned there three times and to mark her continuing relationship with that country she presents her solo exhibition ‘Shared Vision’ which brings together a body of work relating to cultural absolutes in China and examines the role of ink painting in defining or mythologizing that culture in the 21st Century and its influences in the West.
Aquacultural Encounters: New work by Fanny Lam Christie
Originally from Hong Kong, Fanny Lam Christie has lived in Scotland since 1998. This exhibition of new work is the culmination of a year-long artist residency undertaken at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture in 2014/2015. She says 'my project aims to offer viewers a new perspective on scientific innovation through a personal creative language. Inspired by scientific experiments, I have ventured into new experimental work, learning and developing unconventional process with materials for sculpture, combining different materials which I do not normally use together. The project has paved a new way of looking and working for me.'
Emma Scott Smith: Everything that is and has been
This exhibition was developed from three points in time. Firstly, some work for group and solo exhibitions in China, secondly Eastern artist’s reflections of the exhibited work and thirdly, my position and exploration of colour, passion and identity within Eastern and Western Culture as a result of the visits to China. An abundance of colour, passion and representation of the visual image is important to all of us, as a society. The very limited graffiti and the non-disclosing of tattoos highlights different representations of self and expression in China.
Norman McLaren:Travels in China 1949
Born in Stirling in 1914, Norman McLaren studied set design at the Glasgow School of Art and, after working in London and New York, he moved to Canada in 1941. Here he began working for the National Film Board and also set up an animation studio. McLaren developed a variety of groundbreaking experimental animation techniques including developing a form of ‘camera-less animation’ by directly drawing onto film. His genius was recognised worldwide with a string of awards for his work including an Oscar for his short film Neighbours in 1953. While film was McLaren’s favourite medium he also produced paintings, pastels and screenprints in parallel with his film work. The University of Stirling holds the Norman McLaren archive (and several of his works are on permanent display in Pathfoot J corridor).
In 1949 McLaren went to China for UNESCO to teach audiovisual methods to Chinese artists and witnessed the revolutionary change to a communist regime. Materials in the form of letters and sketches from his time in China form part of the University archive and some of these will be on display in Gallery 2 of the Pathfoot Building as part of this exhibition which ran until 23rd December 2015.
Born in 1956, in Wugong, Shanxi Province, Ding Fang is a well-known Chinese painter and curator. He graduated from the Nanjing Fine Arts Academy in 1986 with a Masters in oil painting, where he later taught for several years. He is lending one of his works through his contact Dr. Andrew Hass (Reader in Religious Studies at the University of Stirling) who will present a seminar about the art of Ding Fang on Tuesday 3rd November more.
Reflections of the East exhibition ended on 23rd December 2015.
Scenes of Stirling (Student Exhibition)
This exhibition was the work of Caroline Malcolm.
Caroline is a keen photographer who comes from the Shetland Isles. She is in her fourth year at Stirling studying for a joint degree in History and Film and Media.
Speaking of the Sky: Jon Schueler in Stirling
Jon Schueler, American abstract expressionist who loved Scotland, would have been 100 in 2016. We celebrated his centenary with this exhibition (April-July 2016)
Read more on the 2016 Schueler centenary exhibitions taking place around Scotland.
Staring at the ceiling, looking at the stars
This was an exhibition created by artist Sharon Quigley working in collaboration with a group of in-patients and staff at Bellsdyke Hospital in Stenhousemuir. The group delved into the case notes, patients’ letters and admission ledgers of the Stirling District Asylum Archive; to explore the identities of asylum patients from 1906-14 and to create a new ‘archive’ in which the patient’s voice is properly heard and their own experience is valued in the way we would hope and expect today.
Exhibition ran: 23rd January - end July 2016
Students of Stirling
This is a student-run project celebrating both the diversity and connections that exist within the University community.
Currently 122 nationalities are represented among students and staff at the University of Stirling.
The exhibition, comprising photographs and stories of 66 of the student cohort, will also capture the similarities between them, regardless of their nationality.
Until November 2015
2014 - 2015
Art off the Rock
Organised by local charity Artlink Central, this was an exhibition and auction of artworks. There was also an anonymous postcard sale featuring work by hundreds of artists. Special Guest at the event was Artlink Central’s Patron and Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson.
Anne Frank: A History for Today
In early 2015 the University of Stirling Art Collection hosted the Anne Frank Trust's 'Anne Frank: A History for Today' exhibition along with sessions for visiting school groups and tours for members of the University and the wider community.
The Anne Frank Trust UK is a charity and partner organisation of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The Trust draws on Anne's life and diary to challenge prejudice and reduce hatred, encouraging people to embrace positive attitudes, responsibility and respect for others. For more information about the Trust please visit their website at www.annefrank.org.uk
Ben Broad (Student exhibition)
This exhibition showcased the photography of Ben Broad who is currently in his final year studying a BA Hons in French and Philosophy. Ben photographs landscape and nature around the UK, but he predominantly focuses on Scotland. The collection spans the seasons and in choosing these particular images Ben hopes to try and show the diversity of our surroundings, saying that 'for me, these images serve as a reminder to just what a wonderful place we live in, and even if it is a place you know like the back of your hand, it can still surprise you after many years'.
Britain from Above 1919-1953
The Aerofilms Collection is a unique archive of aerial photographs dating from 1919-2006. Set up in the early years of aviation, Aerofilms' founders were pioneers of the air establishing the world's first commercial air photographic business.The Collection contains over 1 million images and presents an unparalleled picture of the changing face of Britain in the 20th Century.
Exhibition ended August 2015.
For more www.britainfromabove.org.uk
Coca is not Cocaine
This exhibition sought to challenge preconceptions and misconceptions of an ancient custom and to shed light on the incredible richness of a voiceless practice.
March - September 2015
Create and curate
Working with women in HM Prison Cornton Vale, poet and mentor Evlynn Sharp and visual artist Brigid Collins inspired writings which were then developed into mixed-media works and sculptural 'poem-houses'.
Facilitated by the University of Stirling’s Learning and Audience Development Curator, Sarah Bromage, the project’s participants enjoyed the rare opportunity to critically engage with visual art from some of Scotland’s finest female artists. The finished pieces were displayed alongside works from the Art Collection which were selected by each participant for their inspirational qualities. Free catalogue available online at the Art Collection Shop (£1 p and p) or in the Pathfoot Building Crush Hall. Exhibition ended mid August 2015.
This exhibition commemorated the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, and the involvement of the Scottish regiments.
2013 - 2014
100 Years of Scottish Magazine Publishing
Curated by The Professional Publishers Association Scotland, this was a snapshot of the industry’s work dating as far back as the 1700s. The exhibition was launched at the National Museum in June and then went on tour around Scotland. Also on show was a small exhibition of work of former students from the M.Litt. in Publishing at the University of Stirling.
(1st-31st October 2013)
Alastair R Ross
Dr. Alastair R. Ross is one of the leading figurative sculptors in the UK.
His commissioned and exhibition works embrace a wide variety of artistic concepts, scales, media and contexts. Nonetheless, the human figure remains firmly at the core of his thinking and underpins all his sculptural output.
A former lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Dundee, he is represented in both public and private collections worldwide.
Showcasing the work that Artspace created whilst working in residence at the University, Summer 2013. Artlink Central’s Artspace group is a group for adults who are recovering from mental ill health.
This exhibition ran Oct 2013- January 2014 as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Arrow of God at 50: A celebration of the life and work of Chinua Achebe
A Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic, Chinua Achebe's first novel Things Fall Apart remains the most widely read book in modern African literature. His literary talent was acknowledged globally, and he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University in 1974 by the University of Stirling. He died in 2013, and 2014 sees the 50th anniversary of his highly acclaimed novel Arrow of God.
To mark this, on Wednesday 21st May 2014 the University celebrated the life and work of Achebe more and in conjunction with this event, a display was organised by the University Art Collection.
A new series of cyanotype prints by Alastair Peebles
Re-experiencing sound and rites in a Viking and Christian landscape
Exhibition ran until Christmas 2014
Hosts and Champions
Celebrating 80 years of Scottish participation in the Commonwealth Games, this exhibition, drawn from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive held by the University of Stirling, displayed a selection of artefacts which evoke a rich story of Scotland’s involvement in the Games. Glasgow 2014 was the third time Scotland has hosted the Games, following the 1970 and 1986 Games in Edinburgh. Only Canada and Australia have hosted the Games more often than Scotland.
This exhibition, supported by the Celebrate Fund and the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, was curated by Professor Richard Haynes, Karl Magee and Ian Mackintosh.
Exhibition ended mid October 2014.