De Montfort University’s Art Collections contain over 800 artworks that mirror the variety of practices and passions of DMU staff and students from the 1900s to date. The range reflects a multi-faceted approach to collecting: buying new works for new buildings, legacies from lecturers, donations made by visiting and associated artists or alumni and award winning student work.
Strands of the collections are reflective of this and works are split broadly into three sub groups: DMU Staff & Student, Zurbrugg and the Christopherson Collection:
Leicester School of Art was founded to teach art and design and promote the fine arts. De Montfort University continues to reflect its early institutional aim through DMU Staff & Student artwork. Portraits of principals & chancellors and artwork by staff and students to date have been added to by works of established artists such as Bridget Riley, Estelle Thompson and Sir Peter Blake connected via contemporary teaching and research.
Professor Nicholas Zurbrugg was Professor of English and Cultural Studies at DMU from the late 1990s to early 2000s. Director of the Centre of Contemporary Arts, a cross disciplinary group that hosted symposia, he created research opportunities around the avant-garde such the Fluxus and Concrete Poetry movements. Featuring artists and a significant donation by Francesco Conz, the Zurbrugg Collection is the late professor’s unique academic and artistic legacy to DMU.
The Christopherson Collection provides a snap shot of the best and most innovative work produced by DMU graduates from a range of art and design courses, 2006 to date. Student works are selected by Heads of Schools and associated colleagues to ensure that a broad base of experts judge what is the most original and creative graduate output each year.
Artwork is displayed in all buildings on campus, used in exhibitions, teaching and research aiming to reinforce De Montfort University’s position as one of the most creative universities in the UK.
Trails feature in Kimberlin Library and two art, design and humanities buildings Clephan and Vijay Patel. Art Trail leaflets are available from Kimberlin Library, Clephan and Vijay Patel receptions throughout Cultural Exchanges or can be requested from Kate Slovak Wilkes via firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please note that the production of an online catalogue including all artworks in the collections is in process.