If you go down to Dundee today you're in for a big surprise! And its not a teddy bears picnic. To say Dundee is a city on the up would be a slight understatement but its also not entirely true. You see Dundee has been up for a while, at least in my view with its world class arts centre The DCA complete with café, bar, cinema and screen printing facilities, the fantastic art school Duncan of Jordanstone (still one of the best degree shows I've been too) and the benefits of affordable space which has helped numerous artists and collectives thrive and led to great intiatives like Creative Dundee.
Last year some friends put me onto Dundee Print Collective. Made up from a group of artists and paying members, their aim is simple, to promote print making and making it accessible for everyone. Founded in 2014 the group has held numerous shows and been part of a huge exchange event which saw their work travel to China. DPC have consistently pushed their mandate and a quick scrawl through their facebook photos shows just how cool screen printing can be! Its also made me ask the question when will we have an Aberdeen Print Collective?
For 'Past, Present And Future Subversions' DPC have teamed with Sharing Not Hoarding, a new initiative which came from a desire to increase engagement with Dundee's current water front rejuvenation, a big part of which is the construction of the Dundee V&A, the first one outside of London. Building sites invariably create barriers and I'm sure many of us have seen the potential of these temporary walls. SNH have worked to create a temporary viewing space around Plot 10 which allows printed work to be displayed with ease. 'Past, Present And Future Subversions' features work from 10 artists, Lucia Gomez, Andrea Sayers, Kieran Milne, Tom Carlile, Sarah Burt, Fraser MacDonald, Bobby Sinclair, Annis Fitzhugh, Jonny Lyons, and Thomas Woodcock. This marks marks the first outdoor public show for DPC but also highlights the connectedness of the Dundee art scene as lots of partner organisations have worked to bring about what is quite a beautiful and fun project. I think this show is the 3rd to be held on the hoardings and is on display until April so still a bit of time to get down for a look.
Its really inspiring to see a project like this and hopefuly opens up the possibility for Aberdeen to borrow their template (anything to improve these bland gray and black hoardings) but also to work with some of these organisations, to learn and also to exchange ideas and artist's. I'd love to see some work from Dundee Print Collective make it to Aberdeen, just as I'd like to get my printing apron on and make some work for a DPC show as membership is open and not geographically based. I recently spoke with a friend about our perception of Aberdeen and she mentioned how people in Dundee have noticed the numerous festivals and events popping up like Spectra and Look Again Festival but I'm sure many of us are looking to Dundee with envious eyes as well. With only an hour between the two cities I'm sure there will be huge opportunities for collaboration in the future and by the looks of the new creative space they have in the works, well be down for a nosey very soon!
All images below are borrowed from the Dundee Print Collective facebook page, give them a follow and check out more work by the artists.