26 Aug 2015

Report calls for improved support for young adults with life-limiting conditions.

A new report compiled for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland calls for the need for improved training and ongoing support for young adults living with life-limiting conditions, their families and health and social care professionals. The report was commissioned by Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) to understand the life transitions of young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families. It found that the medical conditions of the young adults impacted on other aspects of their lives, such as aspirations and plans for the future, including education, employment and re...

24 Aug 2015

Mirth-making researchers set for Fringe debut

A group of wise-cracking academics will make the jump from lecture theatre to stage this week when they perform in front of a sell-out crowd at the world’s largest comedy festival. Six researchers will be performing at the ‘Bright Club at the Fringe’ event at BBC Potterow tent from 7pm on Wednesday, 26th August. Representing five institutions, they will be attempting to dispel the stereotype of the stuffy academic with fresh and inventive stand-up that both entertains and enlightens. Bright Club is the freshest thing in stand-up, an academic comedy cocktail synthesised for the audiences e...

Mirth-making researchers set for Fringe debut

24 Aug 2015

Drawing with gunpowder to explore war through the eyes of children

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has inspired a Dundee-based artist to create a series of humanitarian gunpowder drawings, where the artworks are created with explosions in controlled conditions. Dina Mackins has prepared her exhibition at the University of Dundee’s Masters Show specifically to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. Dina, who is of Russian lineage, has worked with armed forces personnel and veterans both in the UK and Russia to help create her haunting images. She has developed a new technique combining gunpowder with handmade ink, ash and charcoals to m...

21 Aug 2015

Masters Show 2015 – Susie takes `oil painting’ in a new direction

An exploded oil well head recovered from the North Sea and weighing in at a tonne-and-a-half forms a spectacular centrepiece at this year’s University of Dundee Masters Show. The stunning object is one of the first things visitors to the show will see, sitting close to the entrance at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. It is the work of Susie Johnston, graduate of the MFA Arts & Humanities programme. “It is such a marvellous object and it has been great to work on it,” said Susie. “The petal effect comes from the force of the explosion when the well head was deco...

20 Aug 2015

Artist’s exploration of ‘Atom Town’ wins £5000 prize

University of Dundee lecturer Gair Dunlop has been awarded £5000 to create new art work chronicling the history, cultural impact and evolution of the UK’s nuclear industry. Gair has received the cash as part of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art (RSA) Morton Award for lens-based media. He will use the prizemoney to create a multi-screen video installation combining elements of fiction, archive footage and documentary from slowly decommissioning atomic research laboratories and facilities at Dounreay, Harwell Archive, Torness and Hunterston. The resulting work will be exhibited at the Scottish Na...

Artist’s exploration of ‘Atom Town’ wins £5000 prize