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Landscape Legacies of Coal App Launch

18 Apr 2019

Join us for the official launch of the free mobile app that actively commemorates Scottish coal mining history.

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Film Screening: Human Flow

20 Mar 2019

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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Human Cargo: A Journey among Refugees

18 Mar 2019

This lecture will discuss the refugee stories traced in the book, the inspiration and production of the artwork, and will consider what has and hasn't changed over the decade since.

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Travelling Gallery: Spring 2019 exhibition

14 Mar 2019

This exhibition will explore how artists and creative industries are responding to global migration now. With ongoing international conflicts and the continued displacement of human beings we are questioning how we view, understand, and represent refugees. Can artists give a voice to those who don't have one?

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ARTiculation Scotland Final

13 Mar 2019

The Art Collection are hosting the Scotland final of ARTiculation - the annual public speaking competition for students aged between 16 and 19.

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Autumn Art Lecture

15 Nov 2018

Drift. Float. Drown. Dance: Reflections on Refuge from a Calabash

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Photographer talk: The European Dream

13 Nov 2018

Anna Pantelia is an award-winning photojournalist and the Field Communications Manager for Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). She was the official photographer for CERN between 2012-2014.

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Film screening - A View of Love/Un Balcon sur la mer

8 Nov 2018

A View of Love/Un Balcon sur la mer (2010) is a romantic mystery film about three French children who left Algeria very suddenly during the last violent months of the War of Independence in 1962.

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Travelling Gallery

8 Nov 2018

For one day only the Art Collection will be hosting the Travelling Gallery. The Gallery is showcasing a new solo exhibition Black Box Take Stock by Glasgow-based artist Gordon Douglas.

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Pathfoot Press Open Afternoon

7 Sep 2018

The Pathfoot Press is open to visitors - come and try your hand at printing your own keepsake bookmark.

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The 21st Century Book Historian: Printing

The 21st-Century Book Historian is a series of three events which aim to provide PhD students with hands-on training in the History of Printing, Publishing and Authorship. The first of these events, Printing, will be held at the University of Stirling.

This event is open to all PhD students, and a limited amount of funding is available to support travel to this event for students based at other SGSAH institutions.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12 noon till 5.30pm
Pathfoot Building

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The Happening

On Saturday 11th November the University’s Art Collection is throwing open the doors of the Pathfoot Building for an event celebrating the revolutionary spirit of 1967. The Happening will recreate the artistic and intellectual spirit of the era that spawned flower power, the counter culture and civil rights. The musical revolution of the period provides the centerpiece of events with an exhibition in the Crush Hall highlighting the key songs of 1967.

Events begin at 3pm with a family-friendly range of activities then things turn even groovier after 7pm with an evening of film and music.

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Autumn Art Lecture


The Art Collection is celebrating the University's 50th anniversary. This year’s Autumn Art Lecture will be a roundtable discussion with Stirling Academics chaired by Professor Douglas Robertson. Topics to be discussed will be UK and world politics, TV, sport, art and literature.

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The Travelling Gallery

Lauren Printy Currie
Her body remembered a night-blooming cereus, sweated industry and salt (what came near)

Travelling Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Lauren Printy Currie in collaboration with Glasgow Women’s Library. Lauren Printy Currie works in sculpture, writing and installation, creating assemblages that hybridize the material and psychological qualities of objects. The exhibition derives from a residency at Glasgow Women’s Library where the collection and archive served as a repository from which Lauren Printy Currie drew material and inspiration to make a new body of work for the Travelling Gallery.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Outset Scotland.

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Low-rise, High-function

Exhibition Launch
Sunday 3rd September, 2-4pm

Ally Wallace worked as Artist in Residence at the University of Stirling’s Pathfoot Building 2016-2017. This event provides the opportunity to meet Ally and view his exhibition of drawings, sculpture and video from the residency. Ally will also give a talk about the work in the gallery space.

Find more about the residency at the artist's blog:
and for more on Ally's work see his website:

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James Hogg printing workshop with reading by author James Robertson

An event in conjunction with the James Hogg in the World exhibition which depicts James Hogg as a Scottish writer of international stature and importance, reflecting 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.

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Ending Violence Against Women in Scotland

Public Lecture
May 24th 2017
5.30 - 7pm
Pathfoot Lecture Theatre

Lecture given by Rebecca Emerson Dobash and Russell P. Dobash, both Emeritus professors, Criminology, School of Law, University of Manchester, UK, who have published ten books and numerous articles on violence, gender and crime. Lecture preceded by two short talks:The Emergence of the Feminist Anti-Violence Movement in 1970s Scotland and onwards by Jenny Wartnaby and Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland by Emma Gascoigne

This event was run jointly by the Centre for Gender Studies and the Art Collection. in association with the exhibition Speaking Out: Recalling Women's Aid in Scotland which will be on display in Gallery 4 in the Pathfoot Building from 5th April to 16th June 2017.

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Spring Art Lecture

Photography in Scotland and the mysterious fact

2017 is the 40th Anniversary of Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh. In this lecture Stills Director Ben Harman will discuss the history of Stills and the general condition of photography in Scotland. The Lecture accompanies an exhibition on loan to the University Art Collection from Stills.

Ben Harman, Director of Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh

pathfoot lecture hall

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The Travelling Gallery


This new exhibition will visit Stirling on Thursday 9th March 2017

The Travelling Gallery will be open from 10am until 4pm that day, in front of the Pathfoot Building.

The University of Stirling is one of a number of venues that the Travelling Gallery visits on each tour.

For more information on all the venues:

The Autumn Art Lecture

Natural Magic, Jacobites by Name and Camera Lucida:
Recent works by Calum Colvin

The Autumn Art Lecture was given by Calum Colvin who has an exhibition of recent works currently on display in the Pathfoot Building.
These works explore 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.

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.

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Poetry and Film event

A poetry and film evening will be held in conjunction with the exhibition . It will showcase the work of students in the School of Arts and Humanities: poetry and prose produced by seven students on the MLitt in Creative Writing in response to Schueler's life and work; and also film poems and film portraits by two film and media PhD students.

Location: Crush Hall, Pathfoot Building
Date: 29th June 2016: 5-7pm

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Women in the Asylum

10 May 2016
Speaker: Layla Essat

This talk brings together several months of research on the Admission Registers, Casebooks, Reports, as well as a wealth of letters and personal documents contained within the Stirling District Asylum archive. The seminar will address questions of treatment, care, and query whether certain individuals should ever have been confined at all. The focused reading of this collection (1900-1910) through a gendered lens has helped to open it up and reveal the issues facing female inmates throughout the period. Through evocation of individual stories and personal experiences, this talk aims to not only give voice to these silenced women but also help to expose the injustices carried out against them, and thus reveal the truth behind these so called 'madwomen'.

Layla Essat is a masters student in Gender Studies at the University of Stirling. Layla is undertaking her project placement investigating the Stirling District Asylum archive held by the University of Stirling. An exhibition exploring the records of the archive Staring at the Ceiling Looking at the Stars is currently on display in the Art Collection in the Pathfoot Building .

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Festival of Museums: Jazz and Swing Dance

In conjunction with the Scotland-wide Festival of Museums weekend (13th-15th May) this jazz and dance event on Saturday 14th May, with afternoon tea, will be held as part of the Speaking of the Sky: Jon Schueler in Stirling exhibition. We are celebrating the centenary of this American abstract expressionist who was involved in the American jazz scene in the 1950s. The event includes guided tours of the exhibition, afternoon tea, a jazz band and swing dance performance.

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The Great Stadiums of the North

Award winning photographer Brian Sweeney in conversation with broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove discussing his exhibition The Great Stadiums of the North, which is a social history of football stadiums. This event is held in conjunction with the University of Stirling Annual Photography Competition. Brian Sweeney has lived in London, Reykjavik and Glasgow and has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe.

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Monday 21st March 5-6pm
Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, Pathfoot Building

The Travelling Gallery

Here Comes Everybody
by Kennard Phillips

The Travelling Gallery visits the University of Stirling Pathfoot Building again on March 4th 2016.
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This exhibition opened at Stills Gallery during the Edinburgh Art Festival in August 2015, and the artists ran the War on War Room workshop simultaneously in a nearby empty shop, which operated as a studio for local people to make artwork, which was then added to the exhibition.

Exhibition runs 1st March - 27th May 2016 at various venues - see The Travelling Gallery for more details

Annual Photography Competition

Students, Staff and Alumni are invited to enter and the theme this year is:

One Stirling: When Saturday Comes

Photographs/ Film (15 secs) / Digital Media

Closing date 28th February 2016

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On Wednesday 17th February the University of Stirling Art Collection in partnership with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum hosted ARTiculation Scotland. The Roche Court Educational Trust’s ARTiculation initiative is designed to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of art while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills.

Eight pupils competed in this year's final which was judged by Katrina Brown, Director of the Common Guild. Matilda Williams from St Modan's High School was declared the overall winner for her presentation exploring the work of artist Karen Strang and in particular her Illuminations 1874, 2014 body of work.

Click here for further information about the work of ARTiculation and the Roche Educational Trust.

'The Pebbles Were Each One Alive’

The Spiritual Life of Things

Exhibition Launch and Seminar

Dr Elizabeth Anderson and Charmian Pollok discussed their collaborative work and this which is Charmian’s artistic response to Elizabeth’s research.

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Staring at the Ceiling, Looking at the Stars

Exhibition Lecture

'The Journey to the District Asylum: Royal Asylums, Private Madhouses, and Stirling District Asylum'
Speaker: Dr Iain Hutchison (University of Glasgow) is Research Associate in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow.

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Echoes in Stone:

Creative Archaeological Visualisation on Scotland’s National Forest Estate

Speaker: Matt Ritchie FSA Scot MCIfA, Forest Enterprise Scotland Archaeologist in connection with the of the same name running in Pathfoot Gallery 4 from January till March 2016.

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Caisteal Grugaig MESH MODEL
(copyright FCS by AOC Archaeology)

Turner Prize Art Bus

On Thursday 26th November 2015 the Travelling Gallery bus visited the University of Stirling.

On display were Scottish Turner Prize winners and nominees, to complement Tramway hosting the 2015 Turner Prize.

For more details of the tour and all the venues click here.

The Spiritual in Chinese Landscapes

Seminar on Ding Fang

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The seminar was given by Professor David Jasper (University of Glasgow) and Dr. Andrew Hass (University of Stirling) in conjunction with the Reflections of the Eastexhibition (Autumn 2015) and focussed on the work of the Chinese artist Ding Fang.

Reflections of the East is the umbrella title for several current exhibitions showcasing the work of five artists who share a creative relationship with China. for more.

This seminar explored the rich Chinese aesthetic by referring to one of China's foremost contemporary artists, Ding Fang, and in particular to his painting Peak Under the Heavy Clouds on loan to the Art Collection, on display until 23rd December 2015. To what extent is the traditional aesthetic still adhered to by contemporary Chinese artists? Has there been any influence by the West on the modern Chinese approach? What does it mean for a landscape, for a natural scene, for nature itself, to be spiritual? And can ancient traditions of the East teach us something about our approach to the natural world today? All these questions were explored by the two speakers who have worked closely with Ding Fang in China.

The Art Collection Lecture

The Art Collection holds two lectures a year.

The Autumn Lecture was given by artist Kate Downie in conjunction with .

‘Future-proof’ : A European gaze at new traditions and past inventions in China

In the past few years Kate Downie has been an artist-in-residence both in the megacity of Beijing and the remote mountain village of XuCun in Shangsi Province. In this year’s autumn lecture she shared with the audience her experience of the cultural contrast with both these environments and also her fascination with ink painting. This was put into the context of the recent social and environmental developments which are in turn influencing the burgeoning and ever changing contemporary art scene in China today.

Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 5pm

Schools Portfolio Day

The Art Collection in conjunction with Forth Valley College recently hosted two portfolio days for pupils in their final school year from across the Forth Valley. Pupils interested in going to art college attend a workshop designed to prepare portfolio work for their application.

Works created at this portfolio weekend will be exhibited at the end of November at the Arc Gallery in Stirling Arcade, with a few works also exhibited in the Pathfoot Building.

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Collection:

The next tour is aimed at students.

It will be on Friday 2nd October 2015 at 1pm.

Please contact the Art Collection to book your place.

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 exhibited alongside works from the Art Collection which were selected by each participant for their inspirational qualities.

STOP PRESS: This project has been nominated for the Times Higher Educational Awards in the category: Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community. Winners will be announced on Thursday 26th November.

V and A Travelling Gallery

The travelling gallery Spring 2015 tour brings the V and A Dundee team and the Design in Motion exhibition across the country, connecting communities with Scotland's design heritage and raising awareness of the talent in Scotland's present-day design industries, inspiring creativity along the way.

For further information about the travelling gallery please visit

Upcycling for teachers

The Art Collection and Remake hosted an Upcycling event focussed on making fashion (or trashion) from reclaimed, scrounged and found objects. This workshop was attended by art teachers from all around the Forth Valley who undertook the session with Remake designed to provide inspirational ideas to take back into the classroom. Items made included kilts, hats and jewellery.
Remake Scotland is a social enterprise with the aims of encouraging children and adults of all ages to make 'good stuff from old stuff' while learning to use tools. This not-for-profit organisation is based in Crieff.
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Artlink Central

In an ongoing collaboration with local charity Artlink Central, we hosted a residency for the ArtLink Central Artspace group who worked on the campus throughout the summer of 2013. The work created during the residency was then displayed in the Pathfoot Building as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

In July 2014 the Art Collection at the Pathfoot Building hosted the Artreach summer school. Artreach is an Artlink Central initiative created to inspire, develop and showcase the artistic talents and interests of adults with learning disabilities in the Stirling community. Participants were inspired by their surrounding and used the Art Collection as their inspiration. At the end of the three days at the University they had created artworks, song and dance inspired by the Collection. One of the group can be seen in the photo serenading our Adam and Eve sculpture.


Recent workshops linked to events held in the Art Collection have included a dance and art workshop and a nail workshop.

Art Auction

In December 2013 we held an auction of contemporary art to raise funds for the Scottish charity Ruvuma Development Aid (RUDA).

The funds raised from this auction will be used to complete the new school dormitory - 100% of all donations will go directly to aid the Charity.

In November 2014 an Art Exhibition and Auction organised by Artlink Central was hosted in the Pathfoot Building by the University Art Collection. 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, and over £18,000 was raised.





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The Great Stadiums of the North

Here Comes Everybody press image final


ARTiculation Scotland 2016


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Festival of Museums 1967

Tours, music, film screening

As part of the Festival of Museums weekend the Art Collection are celebrating 50 years of the University of Stirling and all things 1960s. Come and have a guided tour of our 1967 exhibition, listen to songs from the '60s, play 1960s board games and watch a free screening of the 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Saturday 19th May 2018
6pm - 11pm

This is a free event but please book in advance.

The Travelling Gallery

Are Teenage Dreams So Hard To Beat?

Travelling Gallery's Spring 2018 exhibition, in partnership with the Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh, will explore, for better or worse, our formative years, as contemporary artists exhibit their work alongside teenage archives from yesteryears. 

The exhibition will include work by contemporary artists Arpita Shah, Alice Theobold and Holly White alongside archive material from Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh.

Location: In front of Pathfoot Building
Date: Friday 9th March 2018

The Travelling Gallery will be touring from 6th March until 15th June 2018

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