THE Dundee-based Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) has announced plans to make contact with thousands of graduates, supporters and former staff to help mark the 125th anniversary of full-time art teaching in the city.
Musicians Tom Simpson of Snow Patrol, Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball of the Average White Band, photographer Albert Watson, and designers David Salariya and Russ Nicholson are amongst the college’s alumni.
Other former students at the college include Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz (correct) , and Turner nominees David Mach, Louise Wilson and Luke Fowler.
The college can trace its beginnings back to 1888 and the establishment of the former Dundee Technical Institute in th city’s Small’s Wynd, now part of the Dundee University campus The art school became part of several different institutions before being officially named the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1974, and merging with the university 20 years later.
A spokesman for Dundee University said “Tens of thousands of talented artists and designers have trained at DJCAD over the past 125 years. And the management team at DJCAD are to mark the anniversary with a commemorative book, exhibition and other events scheduled for later in the year. In preparation for this, they are seeking to engage with as many members of the Dundee art scene, past and present, as possible.”
Professor Tom Inns, the Dean of the art college, explained: “We want to hear from everyone for whom Duncan of Jordanstone has played a major role in their lives. This is a place where careers have been launched, where inspiration could be found in every corner.
“It’s also a place where people fell in love, where hearts were broken, and friendships formed. We want to hear about all kinds of memories – practice, professional and personal. People and community are at the very heart of art and design and we want to tell the very human story of this wonderful college as well as the bricks-and-mortar tale.”
He added: “Our graduates and other members of the DJCAD community have gone on to do many wonderful things around the world and we want them to tell us all about it. Re-connecting with the DJCAD Diaspora is a key objective of this project, and we will no doubt find out how more about how the work done in Dundee’s Perth Road is having an impact in the most unexpected areas and ways.”
A full programme of the 125th anniversary events will be announced in the coming months.