Benefiting from facts

A NEW exhibition at the University of Dundee celebrates the benefactors whose generosity significantly contributed to the institution’s development.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Benefiting from the Facts’, features more than 25 paintings, photographs and other items related to some of the many benefactors who aided higher education and research in Dundee.

Being shown at the Tower Foyer Galley from now until January, it recognises contributions to the former Dundee Royal Infirmary, and institutions which are now part of the University, including Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) and Dundee Dental Hospital & School

The exhibition tells various fascinating stories of generosity. Not all donations were financial. Dr James Nicoll (1872–1958) was a former student who gave a large collection of artworks and books on art to the University in 1951. The paintings formed the basis for the University’s now extensive collections of art and examples from Nicoll’s bequest by famous 19th century painters John Constable and Sir David Wilkie feature as part of the exhibition.

Curator Claire Wallace said: “This is a wonderful way for the University to mark the donation of the many benefactors who have contributed to its development as well as showing some magnificent and important artworks.”