Object of the Week

Object of the Week 8

The Needlework Development Scheme (NDS) was a collaborative project between art and design education and industry. Originally established in Scotland in 1934, its aim was to encourage embroidery and to raise the standard of design in Britain. Financed by J and P Coats, the thread manufacturers, the Scheme was organised by the four Scottish art schools, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Its collection of foreign and British embroidery was available to domestic science and training colleges, women’s institutions and schools, as well as art schools. By 1939, the Scheme had acquired some 900 embroideries but the outbreak of WWII closed the Scheme and the collection was retained by the four original art schools.

Muchalls Folk in the spotlight

RGU Art and Heritage Collections wish all current students, alumni and staff a Creative 2016. 

We welcome the New Year with the addition of the oil on canvas ‘Exit Music’ by Alexander Fraser RSA.  This painting was one of many stunning artworks which formed his Royal Scottish Academy exhibition ‘Muchalls Folk’ held earlier in 2015.  This vibrant composition is now on display in the entrance of the RGU Sir Ian Wood building in Garthdee.

Exit Music blog