Celebrate the Sixties at special University event

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Music, art, fashion and photography from 1967 – the year that the University of Stirling was established – will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition.

The University’s Art Collection is throwing its doors open for the special event, entitled The Happening, to celebrate the revolutionary spirit of the period by recreating the artistic and intellectual spirit that spawned flower power, the counter culture and civil rights.

Sarah Bromage, Deputy Curator at the University

Sarah Bromage, Deputy Curator at the University, is looking forward to welcoming families to The Happening.

A range of free, family-friendly activities will be on offer on the afternoon of Saturday, 11 November, with evening events including a screening of The Graduate and a disco.

Sarah Bromage, Deputy Curator at the University, said: “The Happening will celebrate what was going on in music, art and fashion in the year that the University first opened.

Zurich Improvisations VII by artist Alan Davie

'Zurich Improvisations VII’ by artist Alan Davie, from 1967, will be exhibited at the event.

“We urge local people, staff and students to don their colourful bell bottoms, mini-skirts and paisley patterned shirts and join us for this special event.”

The afternoon celebrations, between 3pm and 6pm at the University’s Pathfoot Building, include a screening of the Jungle Book, a 1960s music pop quiz, vintage hairdressers and dressing-up boxes. Other activities include tours of the 1967 exhibition, art workshops and tie-dying classes.

A screening of The Graduate, one of the key films of 1967, will be held at 7pm before DJ Karlski provides a musical journey through the past 50 years – taking partygoers through dancefloor classics from Sixties psychedelic pop to modern day pop. A cash bar will also be available on the night.

The afternoon activities are free of charge, while tickets for the evening event are £19.67 and can be purchased from the University website. Tickets include admission to the film screening, disco, 1960s-themed food, a welcome drink and entry to the raffle.

For more information, email: art.collection@stir.ac.uk

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