Appeal ahead of college’s milestone

DUNCAN of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) is aiming to track down its thousands of graduates, supporters and former staff to help mark the 125th anniversary of full-time art teaching in Dundee.

The former Dundee Technical Institute in Small’s Wynd, now part of the main Dundee University campus, was created in 1888 and the art school went through several guises and formed part of several different institutions before being officially renamed Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1974. It merged with the University 20 years later.

Tens of thousands of talented artists and designers have trained at DJCAD over the past 125 years, including Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz and nominees David Mach, Louise Wilson and Luke Fowler.

Designers David Salariya and Russ Nicholson, film directors David Mackenzie and Clio Barnard and photographer Albert Watson are among the other alumni to have made a significant mark on the cultural landscape. Musicians Tom Simpson of Snow Patrol and Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball, both Average White Band, also attended DJCAD.

The college’s management team is marking the anniversary with a commemorative book, exhibition and other events scheduled for later in the year.

Professor Tom Inns, Dean of DJCAD, said: “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.

“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. Reconnecting 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 next few months. Anyone wishing to share their memories of Dundee’s famous art and design college can do so by joining the ‘DJCAD Memories’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DjcadMemories, completing the form at http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/125th-form/, or e-mailing m.s.macdonald@dundee.ac.uk.