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UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE - GBP1000 painting donated to help raise awareness of domestic abuse

May 27, 2014

ENP Newswire - 27 May 2014

Release date- 27052014 - An award-winning Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) student currently exhibiting at the Degree Show 2014 is to donate one of her striking, figurative paintings to Dundee Women's Aid to help raise money for its work supporting victims of domestic abuse.

Russia-born Dina Mackins has been exploring the issue during the final year of her Fine Art degree and hopes her exhibit will raise awareness of domestic abuse. The large oil painting she is donating has a recommended price of GBP1000 and will be auctioned off by Dundee Women's Aid to bolster their funds.

Dina will present it to representatives of the organisation at 10.45am on Friday, 23rd May, two days before this year's Degree Show run comes to an end. She has already received several prizes for her work, which has featured in group and solo exhibitions and which is displayed in public and private collections in the UK, Russia, US and Australia.

'I created my Degree Show artwork to raise awareness about domestic violence and I am delighted to be donating this piece to Dundee Women's Aid. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year so I am glad to be able to help them raise funds for their very valuable work.

'As a preparation for this project I have been working in collaboration with different international charities organisations. Domestic violence is a really important issue and I created my work based on archives, statistics, government reports and victims' stories.'

Dina is one of 245 graduands exhibiting at the DJCAD Degree Show, the city's largest annual exhibition of art and design which remains open until Sunday, 25th May.

Students from all 11 undergraduate programmes are exhibiting the fruits of their labours across the two buildings and fourteen floors that comprise DJCAD, with every spare space exhibiting art and design. The show attracts thousands of visitors each year and is seen as a springboard for some of Scotland's most exciting emerging artists.

DJCAD has a reputation as one of the leading art schools in the UK and many of its students go on to be world-renowned artists. Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz and nominees David Mach, Louise Wilson and Luke Fowler are all DJCAD alumni, as are photographer Albert Watson, fashion designer Hayley Scanlan, film director David Mackenzie, video games pioneer Aaron Garbut and the late painter Alberto Morrocco.

The DJCAD Degree Show is one of the highlights of the city's cultural calendar, attracting some 10,000 visitors each year and generating in excess of GBP1million for the local economy in the process.

It is part of the Ignite Dundee festival, which runs from 16-31 May and showcases the very best of Dundee's creative talent.

More details can be found at

Ignite Dundee is a partnership between Abertay University; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Dundee - One City, Many Discoveries; Dundee Rep Theatre; Leisure & Culture Dundee; University of Dundee and V&A Dundee.

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Source: ENP Newswire

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