‘Ours’ was a striking first event for the recently founded charitable initiative Capture Collective, featuring art of Scottish scenes and by Scottish artists in the atmospheric Old Wing Dining Room of University Hall.
Capture Collective was set up earlier this year by second year art history students, Alex Stephenson and Zoë Berkeley. It is designed to gather together artworks from St Andrews’ Beveridge Collection, the University’s public art collection, in order to make them more accessible to all. Working collaboratively with MUSA (Museum of St Andrews), ‘Ours’ is the first of many events which means the art of St Andrews can be celebrated by students and the public alike.
The art featured in ‘Ours’ is a collection gathered together from around University Hall – art which students living in the hall will have walked past every day without necessarily appreciating. Bought through funding from the University, much of the recently bought art in University Hall has been chosen by the wardens. The latest piece to be added to the collection is ‘University Hall Ceilidh’, painted last year after the artist, Tim Cockburn, was invited to see the Ceilidh in all its glory. The painting itself beautifully encapsulates the joy and energy of the occasion, as well as the pulchritude of the location – University Hall’s own Old Wing Dining Room, where the exhibition itself took place.
Fittingly, all of the art displayed had some connection to either Scotland or with St Andrews specifically, whether it be the artist themselves – notable Scottish artists, Elizabeth Blackadder and Albert Morrocco, both had pieces in the collection – or the location – which featured recognisable places around St Andrews including the ruins of Balmerino Abbey (drawn by Stewart Carmichael), or scenes of Scottish landscape such as Jean Fleming’s gouache painting of Burra Isle, Shetland. Although a mix of media, the common Scottish theme united these pieces tastefully – a credit to those who chose these pieces to reside in University Hall.
Not only is Capture Collective looking to bring together ‘Town and Gown’ through a shared love of art – they are also supporting The Teapot Trust, a Scottish charity which provides art therapy to chronically ill children and their families in hospitals and hospices across the UK. The event itself was free, but visitors were encouraged to donate.
‘Ours’ ran through from Friday 28 September to Sunday 30 September – but hopefully Capture Collective will be back again soon, bringing more beautiful pieces into the spotlight for us to see.