Wednesday 1 November 2023

Pattern Play at the University of Dundee #dundeewestend

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee : 

Pattern Play is currently on display in the Lamb Gallery, the University of Dundee’s Tower Building, exploring patterns in art, design and science.

Patterns are all around us. The physical world depends on regularity and repetition. A large part of scientific research involves the identification and understanding of patterns, either physical or theoretical. What may seem random and chaotic often still depends on underlying, predictable patterns. 

Art too is all about patterns. The mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead described art as “the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.” The influential art critic Herbert Read defined works of art as “pattern informed by sensibility”. 

In this exhibition we reveal different ways that patterns have been explored, interpreted and sometimes disrupted by artists, designers and scientists. All of the objects, artworks and specimens on display are from the University of Dundee Museum Collections.   There is limited time left to see this as the exhibition runs until next Saturday - 4th November - and more information is available at with opening times.