Our invited exhibitors for 2017 are Mary Golden and Geoff Allan. We also have a display of documents and photographs of local mountaineering interest from the University of Dundee Archive Services.

Mary Golden

Mary GoldenMary is drawn to the individuality of the mountains and the peculiarity of their shape, how these massive natural forms sit in the landscape with their looming presence, how they relate to each other, the intricacy of their rock crevices and strata and how they are looked at and experienced. Recent work has been concerned with trying to capture this physicality and to convey a sense of what it’s like to be among these landforms. In this exhibition the moor pieces sit in contrast to the larger scale composite drawings encompassing wide mountain vistas and 'bigger view' paintings, they play with scale and offer another dimension to my ongoing investigation of the mountain landscape. Here's more about Mary in her own words....

After studying art at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design and Wimbledon School of Art I graduated with a BA hons in Fine Art Painting in 1987. Following travelling, working and teaching abroad, I settled in Scotland with my young family where I became fascinated and inspired by the Scottish landscape.

Bidean nan BianMy contemporary art practice has developed from an early interest in the man-made rearrangement of the landscape caused by the bypass and gravel pits near my home town, via the solidity and complexity of London's cityscapes and the immense scale of the fading industrial sites of the London docklands and the north of England, to a preoccupation with the mountains, forms and habitats of Scotland's landscapes. I paint, draw and make artist books as well as work on projects collaboratively with other artists.I have been investigating the characteristics and peculiarities of elements of Scotland's mountain landscape. Specifically centred on the area of Glencoe in the Highlands, I've been fascinated by the individuality of the mountains here and the particular quality of their shape, how their natural forms sit in the landscape, their looming presence, how they relate to each other and the atmosphere created by them.

Let the sun shine on itThe mountain oil paintings are small in scale, exploring ideas around iconography and aim to be contemplative and votive while the composite drawings are more concerned with the sense of how the forms fit together, their bulk, their elegance and also a sense of what it's like to experience moving through the landscape and observing it closely. I've recently been drawn to what is found underfoot when walking through Glencoe, Rannoch and on other Scottish moorland, looking at the remarkable diversity of flora which creates its own intricate and detailed landscape. I have been working on paintings and drawings of this as a contrast to the larger landscapes in which these habitats are found.

What at first glance can sometimes seem a relatively featureless terrain is full of flora, rich in variety, colour and detail. Focusing in on the intricate world of sphagnum moss beds, grass clumps and rocks, I began exploring and experimenting with ways of expressing this diversity and my aim was to represent these features and textures as landscapes in themselves. Using a variety of drawing materials, papers and sometimes digital print I collaged different elements to form small cohesive landscapes or 'moor pieces' 

I exhibit widely, undertake commissions and have my work in private collections. Last year, I won first prize at the Moving Mountains exhibition at the Lime Tree Gallery, part of the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Mary's website is at http://www.marygolden.co.uk/

Geoff Allan

‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with… a google search’ 

Geoff Allan at Essan BothyGeoff Allan is Scotland s premier bothy expert. Founder of the Bothies on a Bike blog he has hiked, biked and slept the night in each and every Scottish bothy.

 Trained as a surveyor, he is a professional photographer and joint maintenance office for an MBA bothy on the Isle of Rum .He is Scottish and lives in Edinburgh.

Author of The Scottish Bothy Bible, Geoff has been exploring Scottish majestic mountains ever since his student days at the University of Edinburgh.  In his early 30's, he began to pursue a career the visual arts, expressed first through collage and photo montage, and later by carefully constructed photographs. These became the foundation of an ongoing project to document Scotland's bothies, which Geoff began in the autumn of 2011.


shenevalThis has ultimately led to the publication of his seminal guide in March this year, which is already become established as a classic reference text.  His intention was always to exhibit his work in a gallery setting, and the DMFF is excited to present a collection of images from the book for the first time. 

Read more in his blog "Bothies on a bike"

University of Dundee Archive Services

The University of Dundee Archive Services will display some of it's material relating to mountaineering and mountaineering clubs in the local area.

The University of Dundee Archive Services hold material relating to the University and to individuals, industry and organisations in the Tayside area and beyond. The Archive is open to everyone and access to the records is free.

If you need to research an essay, an article or book; if you are interested in the people of Tayside, the staff and students of the University; if you would like to explore aspects of the jute and textile industry, study events in Dundee or trace the evolution of the University, the Archive is the place to start.

You can research all kinds of topics - education, culture, environmental and business history, medicine and health. You can use the records as resources for art, drama and literature activities and for teaching in schools. Or you can explore your local and family history. Our collections are of interest to a wide range of users. 

You can find out more about the Archive services on its pages of the University of Dundee website.