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Academy y of artists; Stirling Gallery mounts exhibition of work by ex-pupils of Dollar.

Byline: Kaiya Marjoribanks

A special exhibition showcasing many high profile artists to emerge from Dollar Academy drew crowds to the Macrobert arts centre in Stirling recently.

Dollar Creates was held at the Arthouse Gallery within the centre and received high praise and rave reviews.

The exhibition brought together a wide-ranging community of more than 60 artists, all of whom have one thing in common: each of them began learning their craft at Dollar Academy.

It was part of the celebrations surrounding the launch of Dollar Academy's bicentenary year.

It featured a huge range of work from former pupils and a few current pupils too, and it included everything from paintings, drawings and sculpture to photographs, textile and fashion pieces, as well as floral designs and projected digital art.

A private viewing, attended by 140 guests, launched the showcase, including 40 exhibitors and their family and friends.

Everyone enjoyed meeting one another and chatting with the Art Department staff as they viewed the exhibition.

One exhibitor, artist Nichol Wheatley, said: "The exhibition was very well received indeed. I've been involved in a couple of group shows and I know how much is involved.

"Brilliantly organised, great catalogue and a great opening.' Commenting on the private viewing evening, Dollar Academy's Rector, David Knapman, added: "It was wonderful to see such an eclectic and imaginative exhibition and to meet so many talented and hardworking exhibitors."

With a national reputation for excellence in art and design, many of the Academy's pupils (and its teachers) have gone on to carve out successful careers.

The school has been heralded as being part of a blossoming creative industries sector in recent and it has helped to produce many fine young artists, architects, designers, florists, graphic artists, sculptors, photographers and more.

Gus Maclean, the exhibition curator and former head of art at Dollar Academy, said: "What an enjoyable night in which I got to renew my acquaintance with so many former pupils who studied Art and Design and then went on to have careers in the creative industries. The exhibition is a wonderfully diverse range of approaches to developing visual ideas."


Welcome Prof Jim McEwen, chair of governors, addresses guests

Fascinated A guest hones in on Matthew Pease's model

Established Clackmannanshire-based artist Peter Nelson

In the frame Colin Maclean at the launch event

Close up Catriona Campbell with Fergus Dunnet's puppet

Rising star Rachel Maclean, one of Scotland's most prolific artists

Former pupil Artist Cameron McCracken at the launch

Talented Dollar Academy pupil Carenza Dickens

Artistry Lowrie Dickson gets up close to the exhibits

Blooming great Scottish floral artist Melanie Paget

Big draw Eager guests packed the gallery

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Jun 29, 2018
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