A look back at See Think Make Do Open Weekend


8 January 2020

As part of our year of DCA20 birthday celebrations, our Learning team presented an exhibition of work from community projects in Gallery 1. This was accompanied by an Open Weekend of free art activities for families, plus ideas and resources for parents to take home.

This was the first time that Learning programme projects had been shown in DCA galleries. With a three week change over period between exhibitions, we were able to make the most of this opportunity to pop-up in Gallery 1 for three days.  We wanted to use this time to increase the visibility and awareness of the range of work that happens within our Learning programme and highlight what the team do with community groups and partner organisations in Dundee. It was also a wonderful opportunity to showcase inspiring artworks, prints and films made by the people involved in these projects to a wider audience.

National Children's Deaf Society screen printed posters

Work by DCA Young Photo Club

The display of project work included artworks, prints, zines and photographs by:

·         DCA Young Photo Club

·         Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust ST/ART@DCA project

·         National Deaf Childrens’ Society Craftivism poster project

·         Wellgate Day Support Centre collaborative poster project

·         Peer Support Group Terence Higgins Trust Dundee poster project

·         Art at the Start PhD Project DCA/Psychology Department, University of Dundee

There was also a selection of films and animations by:

·         Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust ST/ART@DCA Animation Schools 2018

·         Dundee International Women's Centre Flourish Group

·         Discovery Film Festival Young Ambassadors Ident for Discovery Film Festival 2019

·         Animating Science project a collaboration by DCA/School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee and P6/7 classes and teachers at Woodlands Primary School, Angus and Dunning Primary School, Perth & Kinross.

"What a fabulous event. The kids and adults really enjoyed it!"


Over the weekend more than 300 people visited the exhibition and joined in the art activities led by freelance artist tutors Suzie Scott, Ian Tayac, Amy Jones, David Scott and Cara Pirie.

We were overwhelmed by the feedback and comments received from visitors who came from Dundee, Glasgow , Edinburgh, Perth, Fife and further afield. Here are a few of our favourites:

These show that people really valued the inspiring nature of the work on show, in terms of technique and strong messages; how the exhibition gave a local feel to the programme; having quality free activities for children and giving parents good ideas; showing work by young people and adults who wouldn’t have access to art making facilities or exhibiting work without support; curating and presenting the exhibition to a high standard and being very welcoming and friendly! 

As a result of the weekend’s success we're looking to show more work from our Learning programme projects in DCA galleries and we're now busy planning the next See Think Make Do Open Weekend for Sat 28 & Sun 29 March 2020 - watch out for more information coming to our website soon!

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