This is the Long Gallery, which features Dundee’s nationally significant studio ceramics collection. For thousands of years, creative people have used clay and fire to make beautiful and functional objects that share their ideas and stories. There are many choices a ceramicist makes, including how to shape, decorate, and fire clay. Not all of the design decisions made in a piece of contemporary ceramic are based on the function of the piece. Consider how the maker wants each of us to engage with their work – through touch, the visual shape, or marvelling at the colour and pattern of a glaze. Many of the ceramics displayed here express an idea or concept. Some blur the distinction between art and craft - key pieces look more sculptural than functional. To listen to the next stop on the tour, walk to the end of the gallery and look up through the skylight window. On the way, you’ll pass the Creative Learning and Family spaces.

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The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum is situated in the centre of Dundee. The Museum and Art Gallery originally known as the Albert Institute was opened in 1867 as a memorial to Prince Albert. In 2005 The McManus closed for a major refurbishment, reopening again on the 28th February 2010. We celebrated our 150th Anniversay in 2017 with a year of celebration. In 2020 we were awarded Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit Scotland. The McManus has 8 galleries, which are laid out on 2 floors. Visitors can embark on a journey through 400 million years, and witness how a small settlement developed into the City of Dundee as it is today. From exhibits relating to the life of early man in the area, stunning paintings and decorative art through to artefacts from industries past and present, the City's collections, many of which are recognised as being of national significance, give an insight into Dundee and its people.


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