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Nine Trades of Dundee artwork
Nine Trades of Dundee artists at their Final gathering at DCA
Nine Trades of Dundee artists are taking part in a unique project in the city

Workplaces in Dundee have been enlivened by an art project led by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD).

Nine Trades of Dundee was inspired by the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee, an organisation that has been operating in the city since the 1400s.

Nine contemporary artists, who have second non-art jobs, shared their artistic skills with firms in the city.

Art in the workplace included sculpture, animation and tailoring.

'Inspiring projects'

The artists held their "Final Gathering" at DCA on 17 July where they discussed their experiences and shared their work.

Alan Grieve cutting hair
Artist Alan Grieve turned chat at the hairdressers into an art magazine

Laura Simpson, Assistant Curator at DJCAD, said: "The artists have used their shared experience with their trade colleagues as a starting point to build really solid, ambitious and inspiring projects.

"The aim is to encourage people to be more confident in engaging with contemporary visual art and culture in general."

Work ranged from a film-making and movie event at the Michelin factory in Dundee by Chris Dyson to newspaper sculptures by Debbie Lawson, inspired by Dundee's favourite family The Broons.

Artist and hairdresser Alan Grieve worked a day a week at a local hair salon and produced a magazine based on his exchanges with customers and staff.

Clare Thornton took on the role of a roving tailor, gathering stories as she walked through Dundee. The tales inspired Clare to make a unique trench coat, based on her experiences of the city.

Other work included installations in Dundee bars by David Yu, "view from your desk" photography from Pippa Koszerek and TagTool animation at Dundee Central Library from Ange Taggart.

Newspaper but 'n' ben

Debbie Lawson making exhibits inspired by  Dundee publishers DC Thomson
Debbie Lawson took inspiration from "The Broons" for her artwork

Although the Final gathering has passed the Nine Trades project is far from over, continuing well into the autumn.

A publication of the project will be launched in October.

In the same month Debbie Lawson's work with DC Thomson will go on display at the McManus, including a newspaper but 'n' ben inspired by The Broons.

Chris Dyson is returning to Michelin Tyre PLC in Dundee when a screening of his film will be shown to the workforce. Pippa Koszerek will complete her installations in offices and Anne Taggart is set to run workshops to tie in with the Big Draw taking place in October.




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