The NFA and the University of Stirling Sculpture Trail

Sculptures by George Rickey, Iain McColl, Helen Denerley, Lotte Glob, Joseph Ingleby and Nick Evans acquired by the University of Stirling Art Collection between 1999-2012 with NFA grants totalling £32,913.

In Autumn 2014 the University of Stirling will launch a new Sculpture Trail.  It is, in part, thanks to the National Fund for Acquisitions that this trail exists. Over the last 20 years the NFA has made a significant contribution to the purchase and commission of sculptural works which can be found across the University campus.

Pursuit of Knowledge by Iain McColl

The Cottrell Memorial Sculpture, ‘Pursuit of Knowledge’, fibreglass, by Iain McColl. Photograph by John McPake reproduced by permission of the artist

The University of Stirling is situated in a picturesque landscape around Airthrey Loch with views to the Ochil Hills, the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. The University has always given an important place to art and seen it as key to creating a positive and inspiring environment for staff, students and visitors.

Reservoir Tap by Joseph Ingleby

Sheet steel sculpture, ‘Reservoir Tap’, by Joseph Ingleby. Photograph by John McPake, reproduced by permission of the artist

The Art Collection was established along with the University in 1967 and sculpture was represented from the start. Early sculptural works in the collection included pieces by Barbara Hepworth, Eduardo Paolozzi and George Wyllie. In 1995 the University hosted an exhibition of sculptures being toured by the Scottish Sculpture Open. This helped to demonstrate the potential for the campus to showcase sculpture and a drive towards increased collecting in this area began.

'King and Queen' by Nick Evans

Brushed aluminium sculpture, ‘King and Queen’, by Nick Evans. Photograph by John McPake, reproduced by permission of the artist

Since then the NFA has supported the University in this vision through the purchase of  One Rectangle Excentric (1998) by George Rickey, acquired in 1999; the Cottrell Memorial Sculpture (2002) by Iain McColl, commissioned in 2002; Oyster catchers (2007) by Helen Denerley, acquired in 2007; Fragment I and Fragment of the Land (2007) by Lotte Glob, acquired in 2009; Reservoir Tap (1995) by Joseph Ingleby, acquired in 2010; and King and Queen (2007) by Nick Evans, acquired in 2012.

'Fragment of the Land' by Lotte Glob

Ceramic Sculpture, ‘Fragment of the Land’, by Lotte Glob. Photograph by John McPake, reproduced by permission of the artist

'Oyster Catchers' by Helen Denerley

Scrap and found metal sculpture, ‘Oyster Catchers’, by Helen Denerley. Photograph by John McPake, reproduced by permission of the artist

The University’s official Sculpture Trail, featuring these works and more, will be available online and as a leaflet in Autumn 2014. In the meantime, the Pathfoot is open weekdays 9am – 5pm and at weekends 11am – 3pm. The campus is open to the public at all times. Why not come and enjoy a wander in this beautiful setting? Who knows what you might discover.

Rhona Ramsay
Art Collection
University of Stirling


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