The Museum of Loss and Renewal curators regularly invite contributions by artists and people from disciplines other than art, to diversify and enrich the ways in which subject matters are explored and understood.


Slessor Gardens, Dundee, 2017


The Museum of Loss and Renewal was delighted to partner with Sharing Not Hoarding, a temporary public art project that utilised the hoardings surrounding Plot 10 in Dundee’s Waterfront Development. The aim of the project was to encourage wider public participation in the city’s Waterfront Development.


Reflecting The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s and Sharing Not Hoarding’s joint ambition to reach a variety of audiences, The Museum of Loss and Renewal posters were used as conversation pieces during a public engagement event at The McManus, Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum, that explored the arts’ reflective and critical role against the backdrop of Dundee’s reimagining. This event was a collaboration with the Masters students on the MFA Art, Society & Publics course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee.




MArwan Moujaes’ Residency that generated the design of new approaches to landscapes with the inhabitants of the Molise region was offered in collaboration with artconnexion, Lille and was funded by the Institut Français AND Ville de Lille.


Making Museums:

Place & Politics symposium + Helmsdale: Museum for a Day

Timespan, Helmsdale, 2017


The Museum of Loss and Renewal partnered with Timespan to co-devise the two day event that focussed on how ‘Geography, people and politics can determine how we create the museums of today’.


Amanda Crabtree, Co-Director, artconnexion, France guided MFA Art, Society & Publics students (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee) in the making of ‘New Collections for Timespan’, developed responsively over 3 days in Helmsdale and presented as part of the Making Museums programme.


Lada Wilson merges the roles of artist, curator and collector to create carefully staged, mixed-media installations that draw on the conventions of historical archives and exhibition-making. For Making Museums she performs a series of ‘punctuations’ during the 'Place & Politics' symposium: the presentation of objects from Timespan’s collections acted as material interjections between symposium proceedings.

Lada also devised and performs a creative ritual  'Engraved. Memory. Flow.', an interaction with Helmsdale, part of 'Helmsdale: Museum for a Day’.


Hari MacMillan is an artist who creates autobiographical collages and installations that address subjects such as conformity and gender in contemporary culture, particularly representations of women in mass media. Hari designed and produced the special Making Museums ‘symposium pack’ from recycled material that was part of The Museum of Loss and Renewal exhibition project ‘No More Lying’.

From the same fabric she produced the bespoke apron worn by Tracy in her role as Making Museum’s ’creative correspondent’.



International Society of Addiction Medicine isamDUNDEE2015 congress and Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, 2015


DJCAD Communication Design students participated in the ‘Gatherings’, interdisciplinary public events that took place in the site of the 'No More Lying' exhibition. They presented projects made about different forms of substance misuse informed by the work of Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership and the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM).


Object Becomes Subject

Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, 2011


Dr Paul O’Neill is an artist, curator, educator and writer and Prof Arnd Schneider is a social anthropologist. They explored notions of durational curation and context specificity in The Museum of Loss and Renewal.


Dr David Reilly is a doctor, educator and researcher working in the fields of human healing and creative change. David teased out the relationships between art practice, creative change and human healing.


Loss becomes Object

Highland institute for Contemporary Art (HICA), Dalcrombie, Loch Ruthven, 2011


Paula McCormack, Director of Clinical and Education Services for Highland Hospice talked about the work of the organisation. Highland Hospice is the only hospice serving adults with incurable life limiting disease in the Highlands of Scotland and is acknowledged as a resource of specialist palliative care expertise in the region.


Emma Nicolson, Director of ATLAS Arts, presented context-specific art practices. Atlas Arts is an itinerant arts organisation based in the Isle of Skye, Scotland that celebrates and explores the specificity of place within a local, national and international context.


Duncan McLaren, Writer, wrote an essay on ‘Loss Becomes Object’ for the Highland Institute of Contemporary Art’s 2012 publication, Exhibitions 2011 (Small Potatoes Publishing).