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Dundee Contemporary Arts

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152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY
  • Telephone 01382 909900
  • Opening times Daily: 10am–midnight.
  • Seasonal times Closed: Dec 25 & 26; Jan 1 & 2.
  • Website www.dca.org.uk
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Ash Is Purest White

Jia Zhangke’s (Still Life, A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart) latest is a superb gangster drama that competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018 and picks up on many of his favourite themes – globalisation, consumerism and their alienating effects on Chinese society – all with an urgent and empathetic eye.

“an incredibly rich, almost novelistic filmic universe…”

In a bleak industrial city, young dancer Qiao (played by Zhangke’s long-time collaborator and wife Zhao Tao) falls in love with mobster Bin (Liao Fan). When Bin’s ballroom dancing-obsessed boss is killed, he takes on leadership of the ‘Jianghu’, a brotherhood of honourable criminals. But the old codes of honour are out of fashion, and when Bin is attacked by a new generation of gangsters, Qiao is forced to make a seismic choice.

As with his previous films, Zhangke uses his characters as a starting point for what gradually becomes an incredibly rich, almost novelistic filmic universe, exploring the past, present and future of a global superpower coming into being at unprecedented speed and how these abstract forces poignantly shape individual lives. Ravishingly photographed by Eric Gautier, Ash Is Purest White is utterly transporting and a magisterial work of epic scope, a fitting addition to Zhangke’s record of 21st century China and its continuing transformations.

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Tue 28 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Wed 29 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Thu 30 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Beats

A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth set to an eclectic and electrifying 1990s rave soundtrack, Beats is a bittersweet coming-of-age story from Scottish director Brian Welsh (In Our Name), executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and selected to screen at Rotterdam International Film Festival. Developed from Kieran Hurley’s original one-man stage play, Welsh has turned the material into a film about a time, a place and a friendship that manages to be universal and yet delightfully Scottish.

"…a rollicking buddy movie with its own unique spirit"

The year is 1994 and as the Tory government’s Criminal Justice Bill cracks down on rave culture , we meet our heroes: two gawky West Lothian teenagers, techno-head Jonno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald). Best pals at school but from two very different social backgrounds, their paths in life look set to diverge. As tension between them grows, both young men know that this is probably the end of an era and possibly their friendship. When word travels of an upcoming underground protest rave, it seems like an ideal chance for one last hurrah and celebration of all they’ve been through together.

Comparisons with Trainspotting are inevitable, but shot in luminous black-and-white, counterpointing the grittiness of the inner city with the vivid delights of club culture, Beats is a rollicking buddy movie with its own unique spirit – both exuberant and nihilistic – that will definitely give Generation X-ers a vivid trip down memory lane.

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Mon 27 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Tue 28 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Wed 29 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Thu 30 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Domino Recording Company is extremely proud to present Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki.  

The performance took place at The National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw on November 29th 2014, and was part of an evening of programming that also featured Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) 48 Responses To Polymorphia *and the world premiere of Bryce Dessner's (The National) *Réponse Lutoslawski. Following an invitation to collaborate at the concert, Beth Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language. Typical to Beth though - the elusive yet iconic frontwoman of one of the most important British bands of the last two decades - the challenge was met and exceeded. Her performance alongside the maestro Penderecki has been hailed as triumphant, as you can see on this concert film.  

The film was produced by the National Audiovisual Institute, Poland and directed by Michal Merczyński.

Fri 31 May
Cinema

£7.50 (£5)

Birds of Passage

  • 2018
  • Colombia / Denmark / Mexico
  • 2h 5min
  • Directed by: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
  • Cast: Natalia Reyes, Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta

Rapayet (Acosta) is a member of Colombia’s indigenous Wayuu people who becomes a drug lord. Rich in texture and atmosphere, and with strong performances, it’s full of intimate and observational moments as it bears witness to the birth of the narcotics industry which has decimated Colombian culture.

Fri 31 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Sat 1 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Sun 2 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Mon 3 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Tue 4 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Wed 5 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Thu 6 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Ciné Sunday: Beats

A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth set to an eclectic and electrifying 1990s rave soundtrack, Beats is a bittersweet coming-of-age story from Scottish director Brian Welsh (In Our Name), executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and selected to screen at Rotterdam International Film Festival. Developed from Kieran Hurley’s original one-man stage play, Welsh has turned the material into a film about a time, a place and a friendship that manages to be universal and yet delightfully Scottish.

"…a rollicking buddy movie with its own unique spirit"

The year is 1994 and as the Tory government’s Criminal Justice Bill cracks down on rave culture , we meet our heroes: two gawky West Lothian teenagers, techno-head Jonno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald). Best pals at school but from two very different social backgrounds, their paths in life look set to diverge. As tension between them grows, both young men know that this is probably the end of an era and possibly their friendship. When word travels of an upcoming underground protest rave, it seems like an ideal chance for one last hurrah and celebration of all they’ve been through together.

Comparisons with Trainspotting are inevitable, but shot in luminous black-and-white, counterpointing the grittiness of the inner city with the vivid delights of club culture, Beats is a rollicking buddy movie with its own unique spirit – both exuberant and nihilistic – that will definitely give Generation X-ers a vivid trip down memory lane.

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£8

The Conformist

Set in the 1930s, Bernardo Bertolucci’s adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s 1951 novel tells the story of Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a Fascist agent tasked with murdering his old University professor, Luca Quadri (Enzo Tarascio), an anti-fascist living in exile in Paris.

Characteristically daring in its approach to both sexuality and politics, the film’s non-linear narrative, combined with its supremely elegant and often expressionist audio-visual style, has influenced generations of filmmakers, from Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese to the Coen Brothers.

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI¹s Film Audience Network, and funded by Creative Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

★★

★★

Sat 1 Jun
Cinema

£6.50 (£5)

Cyanotype Fabric Printing

One day course

Course date: Sat 1 June.

Kit Martin will lead this experimental class where you'll learn how to coat fabrics and use the UV exposure unit to transfer images onto them. All materials will be provided but you might want to bring bits of fabric and/or some items to make prints with. 

Please ensure you have read our Print Studio Terms and Conditions before booking on to any of our Print Studio courses or workshops.

Sat 1 Jun
Print Studio

£45 (£35)

David Austen: Underworld

British artist David Austen presents the full breadth of his work for the first time in Scotland. The exhibition, Underworld, aims to create a mythical space and journey with works in a range of media from oil paintings to cinematic projections.

Sun 26 May
Gallery
Mon 27 May
Gallery
Tue 28 May
Gallery
Wed 29 May
Gallery
Thu 30 May
Gallery
Fri 31 May
Gallery
Sat 1 Jun
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Sun 2 Jun
Gallery
Mon 3 Jun
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Tue 4 Jun
Gallery
Wed 5 Jun
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Thu 6 Jun
Gallery
Fri 7 Jun
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Sat 8 Jun
Gallery
Sun 9 Jun
Gallery

Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

*Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb *(to give it its magnificent full title) is the blackest of black comedies. A hysterical (in both senses of the word) examination of Cold War paranoia, the film satirises the idea that Mutually Assured Destruction (which is not called MAD for nothing) would deter the prospect of nuclear war.

“a political satire with a serious message…”

Peter Sellers stars in a trio of roles as RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, President of the United States Merkin Muffley and the eponymous Dr Strangelove; three men who can possibly save the world. The planet is under threat from total thermonuclear annihilation, unleashed when Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper launches a covert nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. Dr. Strangelove is a political satire with a serious message: when a situation is this terrifying and ridiculous, all you can do is laugh in the face of apocalypse.

The film will be preceded by a special new short film commissioned for this re-release: Stanley Kubrick Considers The Bomb, which takes us inside the mind of one of the greatest film directors of all time. Produced and directed by Matt Wells with contributions from those who knew Kubrick best, including Katharina Kubrick, Jan Harlan (Kubrick’s Executive Producer and brother-in-law) and journalist and author Eric Schlosser, the film considers how he responded to society’s widespread concern about nuclear war and transformed it into his irreverent comic masterpiece Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb.

Mon 27 May
Cinema

£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Thu 30 May
Cinema

£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Etching for Beginners

A six-week course teaching you how to create prints using metal plates. No experience necessary.

Tue 28 May
Print Studio

£105 (£85)

Euphoria

One of Italy’s biggest international stars, Valeria Golino has been a familiar face in both Italian and Hollywood cinema since the early 1980s, with roles in films ranging from Barry Levinson’s Rain Man *to Sean Penn’s *The Indian Runner *and Mike Figgis’ *Leaving Las Vegas.

In her sleek, Rome-set second feature film as director, Golino explores the fraught relationship between two very different brothers, the wealthy, flamboyant Matteo (Riccardo Scamarcio) and Ettore (Valerio Mastandrea), an unassuming teacher from the provinces.

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI¹s Film Audience Network, and funded by Creative Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

★★

★★

Tue 28 May
Cinema

£7.50 (£5)

Inspiring Design Bites

Dundee Design Month

Join us for a relaxed lunchtime session combining a short talk about a key design figure and a creative activity. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the materials, plus plenty of tea and coffee to fuel your making. Each session will focus on a different design figure. The programme will include:

Wednesday 8 May - Sister Corita Kent Learn more about Sister Corita Kent, a Catholic nun, activist, art teacher and innovator in print and text art.

Wednesday 15 May - Bruno Munari Find out more about the methods of this Italian artist, designer, illustrator, writer and inventor.

Wednesday 22 May - Norman McLaren Discover more about this experimental filmmaker and founder of the animation department of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

Wednesday 29 May - DCA Create Space We’ll discuss designing creative activities for all ages and curating an art library for children.

Tickets are £3 per session which includes tea/coffee and all materials.

Wed 29 May
Create Space

£3

Let’s Get Critical

Grow confidence in your opinions and skills for writing about art in this lively, interactive session in DCA galleries. Get up close and personal with artworks and develop your critical skills. Led by Sarah Derrick, DCA's Head of Learning, you'll pick up a handy framwork to help you analyse artworks in a variety of media and explore social and cultural references. A great boost for your essay writing skills for SQA written papers. Remember: all art was contemporary once! 

Thu 30 May
Create Space

£5

Tue 27 Aug
Create Space

£5

Magical Nights

After his first foray into English language filmmaking with 2017’s The Leisure Seeker, director Paolo Virzì returns to Italy for a delightfully cinephilic, fast-paced comedy drama set during one of the most stirring moments in the country’s recent history – its hosting of the 1990 World Cup Finals.

After noted film producer Leandro Saponaro (Giancarlo Giannini) is found dead in the Tiber the night Italy are knocked out of the competition by Argentina, a trio of young aspiring screenwriters are rounded up as suspects.

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI¹s Film Audience Network, and funded by Creative Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

★★

★★

Mon 27 May
Cinema

£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Photography Forum

A discussion group for amateur photographers. Compare notes on practising photography, get advice, show your work and look at others' portfolios.

Sat 29 Jun
Meeting Room

Booking is essential.

Sat 27 Jul
Meeting Room

Booking is essential.

Sat 31 Aug
Meeting Room

Booking is essential.

Relaxed: The Best of London International Animation Festival

The London International Animation Festival is an annual animation festival founded in 2003 that takes place at the Barbican Centre in London in November and December. For the past few years we have been fortunate to be able to screen their annual collection of the best animations for younger audiences, and once again there are some absolute treasures to be found.

“These films will appeal to the whole family!”

There’ll be talking animals, seriously fun adventures and wondrous tales to spark those little imaginations. Meet charismatic characters and encounter amazing tales such as the man whose job it is to make sure each new day starts on time, a Japanese boy who unexpectedly catches cat flu and how you should never take gravity for granted.

And who says animation is just for children, anyway? These films will appeal to the whole family!

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£4

Rocketman

Rocketman
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 2h 1min
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

This Elton John biopic, exec-produced by its subject, could have been a vanity project, but it’s a fun and cute fantasy musical; Egerton as John as exuberant and sympathetic, and the framing device is sensible. Hardly revelatory, but Fletcher does a good job and sprinkles some inventiveness. Classic songbook helps.

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Mon 27 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Tue 28 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Wed 29 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Thu 30 May
Cinema

£6

Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Fri 31 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Sat 1 Jun
Cinema

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Sun 2 Jun
Cinema

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Mon 3 Jun
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Tue 4 Jun
Cinema

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Wed 5 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Thu 6 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Screen Printing (Intermediate)

A four week course helping you develop your skills, using photographic techniques and power assisted screen printing tables. Suitable for those who have completed the beginners class. The course covers how to construct a screen print using images from photo stencils. In the first week you can partake in basic drawing and block-printing techniques which then can be used in your designs.

Wed 29 May
Print Studio

£95 (£75)

The Straight Story

Based on the true story of Alvin Straight, a 73 year-old man who drove 240 miles across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower to visit his ailing estranged brother, The Straight Story offers a genuinely charming and quirky variation on the formula of the great American road movie. Anchored by a flawless, Oscar-nominated performance by 79 year-old character actor Richard Farnsworth, *The Straight Story *also offers one of cinema’s most extraordinary portraits of older age.

Alvin may be thoroughly independent, decent and dignified, but he is also stubborn, flawed, and haunted by the past; and it is this refusal to sentimentalise its main character that makes The Straight Story so beautiful.

Luminate is Scotland’s creative ageing festival, with a range of events scheduled at arts venues all over the country throughout May. Learn more online at luminatescotland.org

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£6.50 (£5)

Tolkien

The much anticipated biopic about J.R.R. Tolkien was first rumoured of being in production back in 2013. Finally realised by director Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland) *Tolkien *explores the circumstances that shaped a young man into becoming the author of the world's most famous fantasy novels.

“Tolkien doesn’t shy away from the writer’s dark wartime experiences…”

The film begins with young orphans John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) and his brother Hilary, who are taken under the wing of Father Francis Xavier Morgan (Colm Meaney). Clearly very bright, J.R.R. wins a place at a local grammar school, where he forms a life-long ‘fellowship’ with a group of fellow outcasts, the secret Tea Club and Barrovian Society. Tolkien’s devotion to his friends is matched only by his love of languages and his growing attachment to Edith Bratt (Lily Collins), the beautiful girl who distracts him from his studies. But like so many of their generation, all their lives would be irrevocably changed by the onset of the First World War.

Much like* Goodbye Christopher Robin (the recent film about A.A. Milne and his son) *Tolkien *doesn’t shy away from the writer’s dark wartime experiences and how this trauma played a role in his creative work, inspiring 1937’s *The Hobbit; a mythology expanded exponentially with 1954–1955’s The Lord of the Rings novel trilogy, along with several supplemental stories.

Fri 31 May
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Sat 1 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Sun 2 Jun
Cinema

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Mon 3 Jun
Cinema

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Tue 4 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Wed 5 Jun
Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

Thu 6 Jun
Cinema

£6

Cinema

£6.50–£7.50 (£5–£5.50)

The Vice of Hope

Edoardo De Angelis’ fourth feature unfolds in the infamous, eerily dilapidated coastal town of Castel Volturno (around 20 miles north of Naples) which has for several years been the site of violent clashes between Italian and migrant crime gangs.

The story centres on Maria (Pina Turco), a young woman involved in the trafficking of surrogate mothers. Built around a powerful performance by Turco, De Angelis’ film also features an evocative soundtrack by acclaimed Neapolitan singer and multiinstrumentalist Enzo Avitabile.

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI¹s Film Audience Network, and funded by Creative Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

★★

★★

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£7.50 (£5)

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Dundee Contemporary Arts is a major arts hub in Dundee city centre. Located in a much-converted garage, it opened in 1999 and offers multiple facilities: an art gallery with a thriving visual arts programme; a two-screen cinema specialising in classic and arthouse cinema (but not averse to the odd blockbuster); a print studio and a visual research centre run in cooperation with the University of Dundee. The Jute Cafe Bar offers lunch, evening and kids' menus.

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