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Labor Vincit – The Work and Influence of Scott Sutherland RSA by Matthew Jarron

The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge is one of the most iconic pieces of public sculpture in Scotland, and a frequent stopping point for tourists travelling to the West Highlands. Yet its creator, Scott Sutherland, remains little known despite his considerable achievements as an artist and his arguably greater influence as a teacher. As Head of Sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee for 28 years, he had a lasting impact on the many notable sculptors who studied under him, several of whom have gone on to have international careers in public sculpture – including David Annand, Stan Bonnar, Alan Beattie Herriot, Doug Cocker and Frances Pelly.

Matthew Jarron is Curator of the University of Dundee Museum Collections, which include a significant collection of over 8,000 works of art and design. He is also co-ordinator of the Public Art Dundee project to research and promote the city’s pioneering history of public art. Matthew has a particular interest in the history of art and science in Dundee and is the author and/or editor of several publications including Independent & Individualist: Art in Dundee 1867-1924 (2015), Growing and Forming: Essays on D’Arcy Thompson (2017) and Creatures of Fancy: Mary Shelley in Dundee (2019). He is a former Chair of the Scottish Society for Art History and helps to organise the Society’s annual conferences and other events.

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Labor Vincit – The Work and Influence of Scott Sutherland RSA by Matthew Jarron

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Scott Sutherland (1910-1984) , The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge, Scotland.


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