Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh ECA is a vibrant creative teaching, learning and research community, combining world class faculties from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, art, design, history of art and music.
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Students! There's still time to enter the #EdinburghuniKitchin recipe competition. 😋 Show UOE Living your cooking skills...
06/11/2020

Students! There's still time to enter the #EdinburghuniKitchin recipe competition. 😋 Show UOE Living your cooking skills for a chance to win a three course takeaway meal from Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin's gastropub The Scran & Scallie! Good luck 👇

Are you an aspiring master chef? 👩‍🍳 Then this is the competition for you!

If you are self-isolating and receiving our grocery box, you can prove your cooking skills and win a three-course, takeaway meal for your household from Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kitchin gastropub, The Scran & Scallie!

For full details of this competition, scan the QR code on your recipe card or go to: https://bit.ly/3owkhOe

Good luck!

Join Design Exhibition Scotland next week for ‘Design in Postnormal Times’, a live online discussion with Alice Twemlow,...
05/11/2020
Design in Postnormal Times

Join Design Exhibition Scotland next week for ‘Design in Postnormal Times’, a live online discussion with Alice Twemlow, Lector in Design at the Royal Academy of Arts and Chris Breward, Director of the National Museums Scotland.

🗓️Thurs 12 Nov 6:30pm, book your place👇https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/design-in-postnormal-times-tickets-126935321965

The celebrated design academic Alice Twemlow, in conversation with Chris Breward, Director of National Museums Scotland.

Huge congratulations to 2019 MA Graphic Design graduate Walaa Fadul who has been selected as 1 of 11 emerging artists to...
04/11/2020

Huge congratulations to 2019 MA Graphic Design graduate Walaa Fadul who has been selected as 1 of 11 emerging artists to partake in Ithra’s Open Call for Emerging Artists in Saudi Arabia training programme. 👏 👏 Walaa will be supported in developing a well-rounded artwork proposal for Ithra's next contemporary art exhibition.

We caught up with Walaa to find out more: https://edin.ac/3ek1zom #ECAalumni

📸 Birds eating ’Snack Posters' by Walaa Fadul

03/11/2020

💥 Student Jewellery Sale! 💍

Third Year ECA Jewellery and Silversmithing students are selling their Limited Edition ranges of Jewellery for one week only until Sunday 8th November! ⏰

All jewellery pieces will be made to order and shipped to UK addresses before Christmas, with postage and packaging included in the final prices. 🎁❄️ Please contact the student Makers directly via email for any product or shipping queries.

The Jewellery Department would like to give special thanks to Graphic Design students for designing the visual identity & product packaging and staff at the University of Edinburgh Shop for supporting the sale.

Visit the web-shop > https://edin.ac/3dS2RXo

#ECAtalent #jewellerysale

We're delighted to announce that the next Andrew Carnegie Lecture will be delivered by Sonia Boyce. In a talk entitled "...
02/11/2020
Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series : Sonia Boyce

We're delighted to announce that the next Andrew Carnegie Lecture will be delivered by Sonia Boyce. In a talk entitled "Hidden in Plain Sight", Boyce will discuss the controversy that arose out of a performance that took place at Manchester Art Gallery in 2018 - which included the temporary removal of the painting ‘Hylas and the Nymphs’ by John William Waterhouse - and address the wider cultural context for the artwork she created from the performance, ‘Six Acts’.

Book your place to join us on 23 November at 5.30pm (GMT): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/andrew-carnegie-lecture-series-sonia-boyce-tickets-126392408095

Andrew Carnegie Lecture by artist Sonia Boyce - HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

Do you want to turn your creative passion into your career? Edinburgh Innovations Students are hosting a workshop that w...
30/10/2020

Do you want to turn your creative passion into your career? Edinburgh Innovations Students are hosting a workshop that will give you an insight into what it takes to become a successful freelancer and highlight the wide range of resources and support available to you as you embark upon your freelance career.

11 November 2020, 1pm (GMT). Find out more and book your place: https://events.irm.ed.ac.uk/Events/Event/7015J000000DPXW

Data biases, the danger of apathy and saucepan-enabled smuggling are the topics of conversation in the latest Sharing th...
29/10/2020
3.6 Svenja and Shannon - listen now

Data biases, the danger of apathy and saucepan-enabled smuggling are the topics of conversation in the latest Sharing things episode. This week’s podcast guests are graduate Svenja O'Donnell, an author, freelance political commentator and History of Art & Literature graduate, and Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence. Listen and subscribe: https://www.ed.ac.uk/alumni/services/sharing-things-podcast/season-three/3-6-svenja-shannon

Sharing things is a conversation between two people who share a connection to the University. They start with a meaningful personal object that unlocks a story.

#ECAalumni

Guests Svenja O'Donnell and Shannon Vallor discuss data biases, the danger of apathy and saucepan-enabled smuggling.

📢 Calling all students and graduates 📢The Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society are seeking expressions of interest f...
28/10/2020
Visiting Artist Fellowship 2021

📢 Calling all students and graduates 📢

The Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society are seeking expressions of interest for a Visiting Artist Fellowship programme. This first round of the programme focuses on performance arts.

These fellowships will bring artists and creative practitioners who want to engage in social and ethical aspects of health and medicine into a vibrant community of social science and humanities researchers addressing a range of topics relevant to medicine, health and society.

We are seeking expressions of interest for the first round of our Visiting Artist Fellowship programme

Interested in pursuing further study? Join us at our Postgraduate Virtual Open Days between 9 – 13 November. The open da...
27/10/2020
Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

Interested in pursuing further study? Join us at our Postgraduate Virtual Open Days between 9 – 13 November. The open days will provide a fantastic opportunity to find out more about ECA’s postgraduate programmes, research and student experience.

Find out more and register: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/open-days-events-visits/open-days/postgraduate-virtual-open-days

Thinking about Postgraduate study? Join our Postgraduate Virtual Open Week and see what studying at the University of Edinburgh could do for you.

Outside multiple venues across #Scotland, the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail is popping up. It showcases work by artists...
26/10/2020

Outside multiple venues across #Scotland, the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail is popping up. It showcases work by artists from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in support of Black Lives Matter: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/spotlight-onthe-black-lives-matter-mural-trail

The Edinburgh part of the Trail will soon be available to explore through the Curious Edinburgh: City of Ideas Tour app. Find out more: http://curiousedinburgh.org/blm-mural-trail-edinburgh/

(🎨: Farah Nazley, 📷: @dodeallen)
#BlackLivesMatter #BLMMuralTrail #BlackHistoryMonth

The Library Dissertation Festival begins today! If you're researching and writing a dissertation this year, this 2 week ...
26/10/2020

The Library Dissertation Festival begins today! If you're researching and writing a dissertation this year, this 2 week online Festival (26 Oct - 06 Nov) could be just what you're looking for! 🔍📚

To get you started, we’ve selected two events that will be useful for ECA students!

1️⃣ 'Using the Library for creative dissertations: digital resources in art, music and drama', 10am on 29th Oct
Sign up here ➡️ https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=43481

2️⃣ 'What can we learn from Musical Instruments?', 10am on 30th Oct
Sign up here ➡️ https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=43458

Browse the full festival programme: https://edinburgh-uk.libguides.com/dissertation #DissertationFestival

Today’s School of Art Friday Lecture from Michaela Yearwood-Dan is now available to stream. Michaela is a London-based p...
23/10/2020

Today’s School of Art Friday Lecture from Michaela Yearwood-Dan is now available to stream. Michaela is a London-based painter whose work explores ideas around class, race, gender, culture and nature.

Watch here 👉 https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/event/school-art-friday-lecture-michaela-yearwood-dan

The 2020/21 Friday Talk series is brought to you in collaboration between the School of Art and New Art Exchange in Nottingham. #ECAevents

Congratulations to alumna Daisy Lafarge who has been shortlisted in this year’s T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Daisy grad...
16/10/2020

Congratulations to alumna Daisy Lafarge who has been shortlisted in this year’s T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Daisy graduated from our MA Fine Art programme in 2016. 👏👏

With £25,000 up for grabs for the winner, it’s the most valuable prize in British poetry! All shortlisted poets receive £1500, good luck Daisy and well done on this fantastic achievement!

Read more 👉 https://tseliot.com/prize/the-t-s-eliot-prize-2020/shortlist

#ECAalumni #ECAtalent

"Through these unsettling transformations, McIlvirde battles the disconcertingly intimate and spine-tinglingly enormous ...
14/10/2020
The Chimeral Sounds and Comforting Timing of Rowan McIlvride - The Skinny

"Through these unsettling transformations, McIlvirde battles the disconcertingly intimate and spine-tinglingly enormous all within the spectacle of something terrifyingly organic."

Read third year BMus student Sarah Smith's winning essay on 2020 BMus Music graduate Rowan McIlvride. Sarah scooped first prize in our inaugural Summer 2020 Critical Writing Prize, winning £500 and her article published in The Skinny.

https://www.theskinny.co.uk/art/reviews/the-chimeral-sounds-and-comforting-timing-of-rowan-mcilvride

Sarah Smith, the winner of Edinburgh College of Art's inaugural Cultural Criticism Prize, shares a piece of writing on Rowan McIlvride's You Know It Better

Congratulations to 2020 MFA Graphic Design graduate Hsiang-ping Huang, winner of the judges' vote for Graphic Design in ...
13/10/2020
See the winners of the Visual Communication category in the ARTSTHREAD global design graduate show 2020

Congratulations to 2020 MFA Graphic Design graduate Hsiang-ping Huang, winner of the judges' vote for Graphic Design in the Visual Communication category at the ARTS THREAD and i-D Global Design Graduate Showcase! 👏👏

https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/889wax/winners-of-the-visual-communication-category-in-the-global-design-graduate-show

Read more about the inspiration behind this winning project on the Summer 2020 Graduate Show Features: https://www.degreeshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/2020/news-features/shona-huang-good-bye

From graphic design to animation, see their work here.

Today’s School of Art Lecture from artist, curator, educator & healer in training, Barby Asante, is now available to str...
09/10/2020

Today’s School of Art Lecture from artist, curator, educator & healer in training, Barby Asante, is now available to stream. Her practice is concerned with the politics of place, space and the ever present histories and legacies of slavery and colonialism.

For 2020/21, the School of Art is delighted to bring the Friday Talk series in collaboration with New Art Exchange in Nottingham.

Watch here: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/event/school-art-friday-lecture-barby-asante

A new episode of Edinburgh Alumni's Sharing things is out today. In this podcast episode, Daisy Narayanan, an urban desi...
08/10/2020

A new episode of Edinburgh Alumni's Sharing things is out today. In this podcast episode, Daisy Narayanan, an urban designer and MSc Sound Design graduate, chats to Dalia Al-Dujaili, a writer and English Literature student, about childhood excitement, happy folders and love over hate.

🎧 Listen and subscribe: https://www.ed.ac.uk/alumni/services/sharing-things-podcast/season-three/3-3-daisy-dalia

Sharing things is a conversation between two people who share a connection to The University of Edinburgh. We start with a meaningful personal object that unlocks a story and go from there.

🎉 Congratulations to 2020 graduates Kat Cass and Jody Mulvey (SADGRADS2020) and Textilies Teaching Fellow Pilar Garcia d...
07/10/2020
Creative Edinburgh

🎉 Congratulations to 2020 graduates Kat Cass and Jody Mulvey (SADGRADS2020) and Textilies Teaching Fellow Pilar Garcia de Leaniz who have been shortlisted in this year’s Creative Edinburgh Awards. 🥳👏

We’re delighted to unveil the Creative Edinburgh Awards 2020 shortlist! 🏆

It's time to raise a glass to the city’s creative community as we celebrate the projects, people & places that flourish across Edinburgh.

Discover #CEAwards20 shortlist in full: https://bit.ly/34wCySb

07/10/2020
The Class of 2020 Catwalk Show

Fashion graduates recently took part in the Class of 2020 Catwalk as part of Graduate Fashion Week. Work by Lucy Walker-Cox and Hermione Reid were part of the catwalk show, featuring work by 53 students from across the UK. Watch it back here: https://vimeo.com/460626752

Graduate Alma Karlin Sivec was also featured in the public exhibition for Graduate Fashion Week. Find out more here: https://www.graduatefashionweek.com/news/the-class-of-2020-inside-the-public-exhibition

Well done to all the graduates and the team for putting on this amazing show! 👏👏👏

#ECAAlumni

Watch the Class of 2020 Catwalk Show presented at Samsung KX at Coal Drops Yard.

📣 ECA Students! 🚨 Interested in becoming a Student Programme Representative? Self-nominations end tomorrow! ⏰All current...
06/10/2020

📣 ECA Students! 🚨 Interested in becoming a Student Programme Representative? Self-nominations end tomorrow! ⏰

All current UG and PGT students are eligible to self-nominate. You’ll gain transferable skills, meet new people and give a voice to students like you.

We’ve made the process of self-nomination to become a 20/21 Student Programme rep as easy as possible. All you need to do is to complete and submit this short form 👉 https://edin.ac/339ylod.

Deadline: Wed 7 October 5pm

05/10/2020

New Contemporaries just launched an exciting digital platform for #BNC2020, showcasing the work of the 36 artists selected by internationally-renowned artists Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder.

Including ECA's 2020 Intermedia graduates Cat McClay and Éiméar McClay and 2015 Painting alumnus Ned Armstrong. 👏

Check out this platform to see some of the UK’s most dynamic art practices from the next generation of contemporary artists: https://bnc2020.newcontemporaries.org.uk/

We are delighted to announce the winners of the first ECA Critical Writing Prize. 🏆Sarah Smith, a third year BMus studen...
02/10/2020

We are delighted to announce the winners of the first ECA Critical Writing Prize. 🏆

Sarah Smith, a third year BMus student, scooped the first prize with her essay ‘You Do it Better: The Chimeral Sounds and Comforting Timing of Rowan McIlvride’. Sarah wins £500 and her article will be published in the October edition of The Skinny Magazine.

Second prize goes to Tabby Carless-Frost, a 2020 MA History of Art and English graduate for her essay ‘Material Stories: Inverting the Anthropocentric Gaze’. Tabby wins £300.

Third prize has been won by Molly Evans, who is currently completing her MSc programme in History of Art, Theory & Display. She wins £200 for her essay ‘Rebecca Habgood’s Matter’.

Find out more about the Prize and read the winning essays: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/winners-inaugural-eca-critical-writing-prize-announced

Congratulations to 2020 graduates Tayo Adekunle, Photography BA (Hons) and Jack Whitelock, Painting BA (Hons), recipient...
01/10/2020
SSA NEW GRADUATE AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to 2020 graduates Tayo Adekunle, Photography BA (Hons) and Jack Whitelock, Painting BA (Hons), recipients of the New Graduate Award from the Society of Scottish Artists. 👏

📷 Tayo Adekunle, Reclamation of the Exposition, 2020
https://www.s-s-a.org/ssa-new-graduate-award-winners/

We are delighted to announce this year’s winners of the SSA New Graduate Award!  As is our tradition, established in the early 1970s, members of the SSA Council visit the degree shows each yea…

Ten projects from 2020 BA and MA Interior Design graduates have been highlighted on Dezeen. 👏👏👏Through self-generated br...
30/09/2020
Edinburgh College of Art's interior design students imagine cultural centres for their city

Ten projects from 2020 BA and MA Interior Design graduates have been highlighted on Dezeen. 👏👏👏

Through self-generated briefs, these graduates have proposed designs including an Astronomy Centre within a light-polluted city centre, a Black Cultural Archive and Legacy Centre for Scotland and a hybrid day and nightclub.

Check them out 👇

https://www.dezeen.com/2020/09/25/eca-edinburgh-college-of-art-interiors-graduates-school-shows/

In this school show, Edinburgh College of Art students are presenting 10 interiors projects for public and community spaces, from an archive chronicling Scotland's black diaspora to a hybrid day and nightclub.

📣Bookit now live📣 To access equipment, study spaces, studios and workshops you need to book a place via Bookit.  Find ou...
28/09/2020

📣Bookit now live📣 To access equipment, study spaces, studios and workshops you need to book a place via Bookit.

Find out more:
➡️ https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/intranet/booking

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25/09/2020
A message from ECA’s Principal, Professor Juan Cruz, welcoming new students and staff to Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

A message from ECA’s Principal, Professor Juan Cruz, welcoming new students and staff to Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). 👋

Whether you're joining us on campus or online, we’re so pleased to welcome you into the ECA community.

Students are encouraged to regularly check their emails and the new ECA Handbook, to help access the specific ECA information, resources and support you need. The handbook is built on the principles that define the ways in which ECA is responding to the pandemic with student and staffs’ physical safety and learning at the forefront of everything we’ve done, are doing, and will continue to do. The handbook also lists who to contact if you haven’t found the information you need or if new questions arise as the academic year progresses.

As there is a lot to take in, check out our Story where we are sharing some useful information from the Handbook to help you get started!

View The ECA Handbook ➡️: www.eca.ed.ac.uk/intranet/handbook
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ECA has always been a place of experimentation and collaboration, celebrated for enabling students from different disciplines to work alongside and with each other, and for creating strong linkages with other institutions.

We trace our history back to the Trustees’ Academy founded in the 1760s which, over the course of the next century, operated from some of the most iconic buildings in the city, including the University’s Old College and what is now the Royal Scottish Academy.

The first Professorship in an ECA subject area was created for Music in 1839 in the name of John Reid, with the Watson Gordon Chair of Fine Art founded some forty years later, the first of its kind in the British Isles and a turning point in the teaching of the History of Art.

Following the establishment of the Reid Concert series in 1841, which continues to this day, the Reid Concert Hall was built in 1859.

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