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.
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Venue: Pathfoot Gallery 4
Exhibition runs from 4th September until
15th December 2017
A collection of work by Justine Bainbridge and David Barbara, two local artists and students/graduates from Forth Valley College, who explore their island identities from two culturally different perspectives. Justine blends her background in science, photography, and the antiques & 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.
Venue: Student Exhibition area, behind reception, Pathfoot Building
Exhibition runs until 1st September 2017
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.
For further information please see: http://www.jameshogg.stir.ac.uk
The exhibition includes new work by Scottish photographers Mhairi Law and David Grinly as well as images by some of the best-known photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, including: Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Julia Margaret Cameron and Edward Weston.
Mhairi Law is exhibiting newly produced work made on a research trip to the Faroe Islands in 2016 alongside images from her series Eilean I Island made on the Isle of Lewis in 2014. Law is an award-winning photographer who works predominantly with a medium format camera to make documentary and landscape photographs that explore environmental and social themes.
David Grinly is exhibiting a new body of work from a series called Murmur. Completed in 2017, each of the works consists of a painting on a photograph of a wall. Grinly started making this series in Paris and the title is a play on the sounds of the French words for wall (‘mur’), death ('mort') and love ('amour').
Alongside work by these contemporary photographers, we are presenting The Photographic Art: Pictorial Traditions in Britain and America, an exhibition of 25 framed works (photolithographs and rotogravures) featuring images produced between 1843 and 1983.
Venue: Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling
An exhibition celebrating 50 years of the University through its art and archive collections.
Exhibition ended 5th July 2017
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An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of Stirling through some key pieces from the University Art Collection.
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Celebration at 90
(Screenprint, 10/70, 2002)
'The elusiveness of experience and the difficulty of trying to express it in language are themes which have long interested me, and which in my work are explored through a focus on the human figure'.
Works in this exhibition include the Faust series from the 1990s, and also the artist's more recent observational drawings and paintings of the human figure.
Exhibition ended March 2017
Crush Hall and Gallery 3
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."
Displaying some works from the University Art Collection's permanent collection.
(Oil on board)
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 is 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 & Russell P. Dobash Ending Violence Against Women in Scotland
Our major 2015 Autumn exhibition Reflections of the East has ended, and works by Fanny Lam Christie have temporarily been removed from display, soon they will reappear in the Institute of Aquaculture, also in the Pathfoot Building.
50 Years of Stirling University
This exhibition features Brig, a Stirling University 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-24th February 2016
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 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.
The Autumn Art Lecture will be given by the artist on 6th October 2016 at 5.30pm more here
Venue of exhibition: Pathfoot Building
Venue: Pathfoot Gallery 2
Exhibition ran until 29th March 2017
Future Artists Scotland is 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 & Angus, Dumfries & 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
This exhibition was a collaboration between Elizabeth Anderson, an academic whose research considers the spiritual life of things in the work of women writers from the early twentieth century, and Charmian Pollok, an artist. When the two first met, they found many points of connection.
As Elizabeth expalins: "I met Charmian through the Art Collection. We began to discuss my research and her work and found many points of connection. Charmian read Mary Butts' memoir The Crystal Cabinet and was immediately drawn to Mary Butts' early life of solitary observation, collection and display, noting a similarity with her own childhood experiences. Many of the pieces in this collection were crafted with this connection in mind. The exhibition as a whole reflects the affinity between our ways of thinking and working".
Exhibition ran Dec 2015 - end July 2016
A mixed media arts exhibition exploring time in relation to health and wellbeing as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival https://www.mhfestival.com/ It was curated by ArtLink Central In collaboration with Reachout with Arts in Mind, Iona Leishman, Lesley Anne Derks and the Relief Café. It showcased the work of Reachout and Artspace participants.
Exhibition ended December 2016
Award winning photographer Brian Sweeney has been shooting professionally for the last 15 years.
This exhibition, a social history of football stadiums, was held in conjunction with the University of Stirling Annual Photography Competition.
An art exhibition inspired by the themes of this year's Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Conference, on the topic 'Border Crossings: Exploring the Visible and the Invisible in the Arts & 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
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 http://www.scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk/
Exhibition ended September 2016 in the University Library.
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
Night Sky: Magda
© Jon Schueler Estate
Jon Schueler, American abstract expressionist who loved Scotland, would have been 100 in 2016. We celebrate his centenary with this exhibition (April-July 2016)
For more on the 2016 Schueler centenary exhibitions taking place around Scotland click here
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
David & the Rainbow Clouds by Justine Bainbridge
Finalists of this year's Staff, Student & Alumni Photography Competition.
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 more here
This exhibition was in the University of Stirling Library December 2015 to April 2016
Guillemot by Elizabeth Frink (1967)
In celebration of International Women's Day on 8th March, works of art by women were selected from the permanent collection.
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
If you are a student interested in exhibiting your art work, please get in touch.
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
Caisteal Grugaig MESH MODEL
(copyright FCS by AOC Archaeology)
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
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.
Pathfoot Building: behind the reception area
If you are a student interested in exhibiting your art work, please get in touch.
Reflections of the East was the umbrella title for several exhibitions showcasing the work of five artists who share a creative relationship with China: Kate Downie, Emma Scott-Smith, Fanny Lam Christie, Norman McLaren and Ding Fang. During the course of the exhibition there were also other related events such as art workshops, a tea ceremony, film screenings at the MacRobert Arts Centre on campus, and also the Art Collection Autumn Lecture, which was be given by Kate Downie.
Exhibition officially ended on 23rd December 2015
but works by Fanny Lam Christie remain on display.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am till 5pm
Open at the weekends by arrangement between 11am and 3pm
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
This exhibition, based on findings from the Television framing of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum research project, explored the different frames through which television coverage of the Scottish referendum addressed this question in the run-up to the vote. The research and exhibition were supported by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme.
Pathfoot Building, Gallery 1
September to November 2015
A display of some works from the permanent collection - mainly prints purchased in the first years of the Art Collection - in the 1960s and 70s - most of which are abstract in nature. We also included two more recent works, purchased from the RSA New Contemporaries exhibitions.
Pathfoot Crush Hall
Until end August 2015
This featured works by artists in our collection.
Exhibition ran until end August 2015
This exhibition commemorated the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, and the involvement of the Scottish regiments.
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 commerial 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
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 (£1 p&p) or in the Pathfoot Building Crush Hall. Exhibition ended mid August 2015.
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
An exhibition of a Scottish Newspaper Society Archive material belonging to the University Archive Collection (based in the Library).
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
(Picture source: http://bucultureshock.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/cocaleaf1.jpg [10.03.2105])
Photographic Exhibition based on a research project by Dr. Sarah Parker. More details.
16th January- 2nd April 2015
Venue: Gallery 3, Pathfoot Building
In conjunction with the Professional Publishers Association’s annual magazine festival and conference, Magfest, PPA Scotland present a fantastic exhibition of Innovation in Magazines.
Venue: Pathfoot Gallery 1
Dates: 20th March - 17th April 2015
This exhibition featured a selection of prints by The Guardian newspaper photographer Graeme Robertson. They were gathered for an exhibition in London to support the Sightsavers’ campaign. Graeme travelled to Eastern Uganda and Rajsthan, India.
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'.
A collaborative project between the Scottish Political Archive, the Art Collection and Creative Stirling to showcase our collections relating to the 2014 Independence Referendum. The exhibition included the Creative Stirling ‘Solar Fields’ project, artwork on loan from Aberdeen based artist Nicole Porter and SPA campaign materials from the 1979, 1997 and 2014 referendums.
The exhibition was on display at the University library.
This exhibition showcases some of the work created by final year pupils from schools all over the Forth Valley over a weekend in September 2014. The workshop is the result of collaborative work between the University Art Collection, Stirling Decorative Fine Arts Society, Forth Valley College, Forth Valley Art Teachers Network and Stirling Council.
Venue: Pathfoot Building, Crush Hall Gallery
9-5 Mon-Fri and 11-3 at the weekend.
Open 25th November – 24th December 2015
The Art Collection is showcasing the winning entries of the 2014 annual photography competition in a new exhibition in the Pathfoot Building.
This is the fourth year that the competition has run and it is open to all students, staff and alumni. This year’s themes were The Commonwealth, Bannockburn, Identity, Referendum and Campus. For further information about the competition please visit the website www.stir.ac.uk/photography-competition
Venue: Pathfoot Building, Gallery 4
9-5 Mon-Fri and 11-3 at the weekend.
Until end December 2014.
Art Exhibition and Auction
Organised by local charity Artlink Central, this was an exhibition and auction of artworks.
There was also be 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.
(Compressed charcoal and acrylic on paper, 1998)
An exhibition of a selection of new work and old favourites from the Collection, including some works with a Scottish theme, and others which have recently been donated or loaned to the Collection (including this work currently on loan from Edinburgh artist Alan McGowan).
An exhibition of the work of six Hillfoot’s primary schools exploring the industrial history of the Devon corridor.
This was a public engagement initiative by the Centre for Environmental History and Policy at the University of Stirling in collaboration with the Ochils Landscape Partnership (OLP), the Stirling University Art Collection, primary schools within the OLP’s catchment area and post-graduate and undergraduate student volunteers from across a variety of academic disciplines. The project was funded by the Strathmartine Trust.
Ended 15th October 2014
An exhibition of work in the collection created by artists associated with the Cornish coastal town of St Ives. More
For more on the St Ives artists in the Collection click here
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.
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 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.
Re-experiencing sound and rites in a Viking and Christian landscape
Exhibition runs until Christmas 2014
Venue: Pathfoot Gallery 1
More on the Funeralscapes project
An Exhibition of work by Karen Strang inspired by the life of Arthur Rimbaud.
Exhibition ran until March 14th- May 16th 2014.
An exhibition of the photography of Andy Day and Diego Ferrari
Pathfoot Building, Gallery One
6 June 2013 to February 2014
Until February 2014
A selection from our own collection:
James Hardie, Lys Hansen, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder.
Catalogues are available to purchase.
Venue: Pathfoot Crush Hall
9-5 Mon-Fri and 11-3 at the weekend
This exhibition showcased the work of Anthony McCluskey, an artist inspired by nature and our interaction with it. The paintings and drawings are of the places Anthony visited and flowers he has found.
Anthony is a member of the Stirling University art club, and profits from the sale of the pieces went to the club to help stage new exhibitions and buy materials.
To see more of Anthony’s work, visit www.facebook.com/anthonymccluskeyart
For Anthony's thoughts on staging the exhibition, click here: http://artcollectionstirling.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/student-exhibitions/
Showcasing the work of the University Student Art Club, this exhibition ran Oct 2013- January 2014.
The Art Club at the University meets every Thursday evening at 6.30pm.
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/332773276795005/
The Art Collection in conjunction with Stirling Decorative and Fine Art Society and Forth Valley College hosts portfolio days for pupils in their final school year from across the Forth Valley.
Venue: Pathfoot Gallery 4
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.