This exhibition project took the form of a series of strategically placed 'interventions' of photographic artworks within the permanent collection of paintings, artefacts and objects on display throughout the McManus, Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum. A kind of collection within the collection, this display offered new readings and insights into both the works themselves and the permanent displays throughout the galleries, enriching the understanding and appreciation of both artwork and object, proposing new dialogues and potential readings. The work took the form of large-format framed photographic artworks, installations, an embroidery, ceramic and stereoscopic presentations. Subjects addressed in the works reflected upon Dundee and its place in Scottish, British and world culture, using elements relating to the landscape, history and the people from early times to the 20th Century. Each of the interventions offered a new perspective on the key works in the gallery space, with Colvin using symbolism and metaphor, allegory and analogy, replica and similitude. Portraiture was a key element of the installation with new portraits of poets William McGonagall, Captain RF Scott and musician Michael Marra among others.
The works consisted of large-scale photographic artworks as well as glassware, ceramic, embroidery and objects, photographic prints and lenticular prints from 14cmsx6cms to 100cms x 130cms.