Artists book place at 70th celebrations

Release Date: 9 September 2016

D&A College art students joined in the 70th birthday celebrations of the Dundee-Orleans twin cities link.

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Students Iain Smith and Robyn Gray with some of the work on show (courtesy of The Courier, Dundee © D C Thomson & Co Ltd).

An exhibition of prints, celebrating various aspects of the partnership between the two cities, took place in September to coincide with the festivities.

The exhibition was the brainchild of art department staff member Gillian Robertson.

At the start of the last academic year, the lecturer initiated a project concerning the twin cities for HNC contemporary art practice students – and was delighted when the students responded enthusiastically to the subject.

“I had already done a project about Scotland and Dundee and noticed the links with Orleans and realised that the 70th anniversary was imminent.

“So I decided to explore this further with the students each creating an artist’s book.

“We contacted the Dundee-Orleans Twinning Association and Evelyn Hood, chair of the Dundee Orleans Twinning Association, came into Gardyne Campus and shared lots of information and material with the students.”

“They, in turn, were fascinated with the whole twinning project, particularly the history and its purpose to foster international friendship directly after the horrors and destruction of World War II,”

Using a range of techniques including lino printing, screen printing and intaglio printing the students each created books, in a concertina pattern, covering a range of themes – the machinery of war, the similarity between the two cities over the 70 years, and even a love story between a Dundee girl and a sub-mariner from Orleans.

“Right from its inception I wanted the project to be linked into the celebrations that are taking place in the city to commemorate the anniversary.

“We are planning the exhibition to coincide with the arrival of dignitaries, from Orleans.”

The exhibition took place on the mezzanine platform in the centre of the atrium space at Gardyne Campus.