Each year, the Art Collection's exhibitions, events and workshops are directly inspired by the research of the University. This year the focus is on environment, and with the umbrella title ‘Under Threat’ we highlight a variety of pressing issues. We also however wanted to celebrate the beauties of our natural surroundings.
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 collecting policies which might not chime with current taste, mean that many works remain tucked away in the dark. With this in mind, and in keeping with our environmental theme, we have this year decided to ‘liberate’ from our store this range of landscapes. All of these works have been collected by the Art Collection over the past 50 years - the oldest was acquired in 1967, the newest purchased this year. They represent a diverse assortment, by a great variety of artists, major and minor, but what they all have in common is a celebration of our natural surroundings.
The University Art Collection has also recently launched its online catalogue which provides much greater public access.
The Pathfoot Crush Hall Gallery is open 9am to 5pm.
Above work: James Morrison, Rhum and Eigg (Oil on board, 1983), detail