The exhibition introduces two major acquisitions to Dundee’s collection, the result of two significant but very different partnerships.
Frances Walker is acknowledged as one of Scotland’s finest artists. Inspired by wild and remote places, she captures the edges of civilisation – scenes of rugged coastlines and craggy beaches. She had long wanted to visit the Antarctic and realised her ambition after being presented with the James McBey Travel Award in 2007. The result is a series of paintings in which she evokes the dramatic icescapes of Antarctica. It is the most significant gift by an artist to Dundee’s nationally significant fine art collection for over 25 years.
In 2015 eight ship models and related material, previously owned by the pioneering Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Company Ltd (DP&L) were acquired for the collection. This important acquisition highlights Dundee’s rich shipbuilding and maritime history as well as its important trading and passenger links. Saved for the City with the help of a number of individuals and organisations, these models are a significant addition to the collection.