'The Nine Trades of Dundee'
Hosted by the Exhibitions Department

Event Type:

Wednesday Night Open Forum


Mackintosh Lecture Theatre


17 Nov 2010
18:00 - 19:30



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'The Nine Trades of Dundee'

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Devised by Exhibitions at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 'Nine Trades of Dundee' brings art and trade together, overcoming that initial barrier of what art is and preconceptions of who can be an 'artist.'

Nine artists, with second non-art trades, were commissioned to lead collaborative art projects with workers from their particular trade in workplaces across Dundee from July 2009 - October 2010. A shared trade with its language, skill base and working experience is the common factor that brings artist and group together. The project then develops through engagement with the artistic process and experimentation to create a significant, inspiring and ambitious exchange between parties.  This approach has resulted in a year of shared activity brought together in a hairdressing-and-art magazine, a reflective film considering the process of working within a controlled, industrial environment and a handmade coat, worn in a performance, that is embellished with 'tools of the trade' gathered through conversation alongside 6 other successful projects.

The organisers and two of the artists involved, artist and hairdresser Alan Grieve and artist and assistant bin loader Fraser Macdonald, talk about the project.

The Wednesday Event at the Glasgow School of Art is a series of informal lectures, screenings, panel discussions and pecha kuchas, organised primarily by Cultural Engagement and Exhibitions, with input from the rest of the school.  Designed to be cross-school, cross-platform and cross-disciplinary, some of them might even make you cross!