Christine Borland

Progressive Disorder

Dundee Contemporary Arts

2001   |  245 × 215mm   |  72pp


Timing is everything. The years after the establishment of the National Lottery in 1994 were a good time to be working for museums and galleries. Dundee Contemporary Arts was the recipient of £7.5m, the largest Lottery grant made by the Scottish Arts Council. Andrew Nairne commissioned me to design the graphic identity for the new institution and I worked with the curator Katrina Brown on her pioneering visual arts programme from 1997 to 2007. Over that decade, many now famous international artists such as Thomas Demand, Christopher Wool, Ernesto Neto and Olafur Eliasson, whose Weather Project mesmerised visitors to Tate Modern in 2003, made their UK debuts at DCA. Simultaneously, they were exhibiting a new generation of Scottish artists, like Christine Borland, who quickly went on to make names for themselves. I designed Dundee catalogues for two such Turner prizewinners: Simon Starling and Richard Wright.