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Join the SEXES research cluster for a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and film...
06/05/2021
Weirdo Night: In Conversation With Dynasty Handbag & Mariah Garnett

Join the SEXES research cluster for a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and filmmaker Mariah Garnett. Today (6 May), 6pm BST / 1pm EST / 11am PST. Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weirdo-night-in-conversation-with-dynasty-handbag-mariah-garnett-tickets-151500376705 #ECAResearch

ECA and SEXES present a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and filmmaker Mariah Garnett

Join the SEXES research cluster for a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and film...
05/05/2021
Weirdo Night: In Conversation With Dynasty Handbag & Mariah Garnett

Join the SEXES research cluster for a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and filmmaker Mariah Garnett. 6 May, 6pm BST / 1pm EST / 11am PST. Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weirdo-night-in-conversation-with-dynasty-handbag-mariah-garnett-tickets-151500376705 #ECAResearch

ECA and SEXES present a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and filmmaker Mariah Garnett

📢Funded PhD opportunity📢A project to explore new models of civic media and participation in order to promote public good...
30/04/2021
AHRC PhD Studentship: Redesigning Civic Media: Exploring the power of modern media to mobilise public participation | Edinburgh College of Art

📢Funded PhD opportunity📢
A project to explore new models of civic media and participation in order to promote public good.
In partnership with Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC, Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities and the BBC.
Funding covers tuition fees and stipend.
🗓️ Deadline: 21 May
https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/scholarship/ahrc-phd-studentship-redesigning-civic-media-exploring-power-modern-media-mobilise #ECAResearch

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with AHRC, SGSAH and the BBC are offering a 3.5-year full-time/7-year part-time funded PhD.

Join ECA research group SEXES for a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and filmma...
29/04/2021

Join ECA research group SEXES for a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and filmmaker Mariah Garnett on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 6pm.

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weirdo-night-in-conversation-with-dynasty-handbag-mariah-garnett-tickets-151500376705

Join ECA research group SEXES for a live discussion with Los Angeles-based performance artist Dynasty Handbag and filmmaker Mariah Garnett on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 6pm.

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weirdo-night-in-conversation-with-dynasty-handbag-mariah-garnett-tickets-151500376705

📣 Talbot Rice Gallery will be reopening on Tuesday 18 May! 📣
28/04/2021
News | Talbot Rice Gallery

📣 Talbot Rice Gallery will be reopening on Tuesday 18 May! 📣

News Talbot Rice Gallery, re-opening 18 May Tonya McMullan, 'The lure of tomorrow's harvests' [pollen images], 2020, digital print. Image made by The Roslin Institute Bioimaging Facility. Courtesy of the artist and Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh. It is with great pleasure that we annou...

📢 Job opportunity🎙️ Podcast Intern (paid position)*Open to current University of Edinburgh students only*The Sharing Thi...
22/04/2021

📢 Job opportunity
🎙️ Podcast Intern (paid position)
*Open to current University of Edinburgh students only*

The Sharing Things podcast is looking for a new host and producer for season five which will be aired in the first semester of 2021-22.

More information and job description can be found here: https://edin.ac/3sBuz0h

📢 Job opportunity
🎙️ Podcast Intern (paid position)
*Open to current University of Edinburgh students only*

The Sharing Things podcast is looking for a new host and producer for season five which will be aired in the first semester of 2021-22.

More information and job description can be found here: https://edin.ac/3sBuz0h

Get involved with ACES! An exciting paid opportunity for current ECA students! Develop your skills and experience workin...
20/04/2021

Get involved with ACES! An exciting paid opportunity for current ECA students! Develop your skills and experience working with creative young people in a Higher Education setting.

ACES is a national project that aims to increase access to Higher Education for creative young people in S4 – 6 whose ambition is to study an art, design or architecture course. They work with young people from schools, neighbourhoods and backgrounds that may be under-represented in universities.

Their Student Ambassadors support a varied programme of practical workshops, career exploration and application support, providing advice and guidance as well as practical skills development for students on the programme.

If you would like to apply for this paid opportunity, email ACES: [email protected] for an application form. Further details of the post are also available on MyCareerHub.

Work is available on an ongoing basis throughout term-time and during the holidays, on a guaranteed hours contract.

Application deadline is midnight on Monday 3rd of May 2021.

Art Is... is a new podcast from Isotta Page, a recent Fine Art graduate. Each episode introduces a different theme on th...
17/04/2021

Art Is... is a new podcast from Isotta Page, a recent Fine Art graduate. Each episode introduces a different theme on the future of the art world. "I made the podcast that I was looking for when I was an art student,” said Isotta: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/graduate-launches-art-podcast-visualising-future-art-world #ECAAlumni

Art Is... is a new podcast from Isotta Page, a recent Fine Art graduate. Each episode introduces a different theme on the future of the art world. "I made the podcast that I was looking for when I was an art student,” said Isotta: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/graduate-launches-art-podcast-visualising-future-art-world #ECAAlumni

Students on the Art, Space & Nature, Composition for Screen and Film & Television programmes have collaborated on a seri...
14/04/2021

Students on the Art, Space & Nature, Composition for Screen and Film & Television programmes have collaborated on a series of seven experimental short films exploring the interconnected ecologies of cities. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/students-collaborate-short-film-series-exploring-interconnected-ecologies-cities (Still from "Taking over" by Hsin Shyu)

Students on the Art, Space & Nature, Composition for Screen and Film & Television programmes have collaborated on a series of seven experimental short films exploring the interconnected ecologies of cities. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/students-collaborate-short-film-series-exploring-interconnected-ecologies-cities (Still from "Taking over" by Hsin Shyu)

Currently on at A.I.R. GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY: an exhibition by Painting graduate Tomoko Amaki Abe. "Respire" includes wo...
09/04/2021
— A.I.R.

Currently on at A.I.R. GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY: an exhibition by Painting graduate Tomoko Amaki Abe.

"Respire" includes work in glass, ceramics, printmaking, and video on themes of deterioration, regeneration, transience and permanence.

#ECAAlumni

https://airgallery.org/exhibitions/tomoko-abe-respire

Respire Tomoko Amaki Abe GALLERY I

01/04/2021
Musical time machine recreates lost performance

"This technology enables us to put music back into historic spaces and offers audiences compelling visual and sonic experiences," Dr James Cook, Lecturer in Early Music at ECA's Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh.

Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC and in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland, read more about this fantastic research project using Virtual Reality to reconstruct lost performance spaces. 👇 #ECAresearch

Congratulations to Third Year MA (Hons) Architecture students Inka Eismar, Coll Drury and Jenna McMahon, who were shortl...
30/03/2021

Congratulations to Third Year MA (Hons) Architecture students Inka Eismar, Coll Drury and Jenna McMahon, who were shortlisted in the International Residential Architecture Conceptual Design Competition 2021. Reaching the top five, they received a Special Mention and $1000 for their project 'Housing Re-framed'. 👏

Read more about their project:
https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/architecture-students-reach-finals-international-competition

Congratulations to Third Year MA (Hons) Architecture students Inka Eismar, Coll Drury and Jenna McMahon, who were shortlisted in the International Residential Architecture Conceptual Design Competition 2021. Reaching the top five, they received a Special Mention and $1000 for their project 'Housing Re-framed'. 👏

Read more about their project:
https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/architecture-students-reach-finals-international-competition

A new book celebrating the Mrs Jay and W. Gordon Smith Art Collection has been published!Designed and edited by Sigrid S...
26/03/2021

A new book celebrating the Mrs Jay and W. Gordon Smith Art Collection has been published!

Designed and edited by Sigrid Schmeisser (MA Graphic Design, 2013), featuring artist biographies compiled and written by Siobhan McLaughlin (Fine Art, 2019), it catalogues the entirety of the extensive and unique art collection. 👏

The publication accompanied an online exhibition at Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh earlier this year, showcasing the collection publicly for the first time. The collection features around 170 artists and 300 artworks, including work from many former ECA staff and alumni, often purchased at Degree Shows.

Read more about the collectors' legacy and the publication: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/alumnae-collaborate-publication-celebrating-collectors-legacy

#ECAalumni

Resonant Gallery is now live! ✨Explore work from MA Graphic Design student agencies organised and curated by MFA2 graphi...
25/03/2021

Resonant Gallery is now live! ✨

Explore work from MA Graphic Design student agencies organised and curated by MFA2 graphics students. Presented with 30-45s audio files, the agency groups showcase their interpretations through posters and animations. 👏

Explore the exhibition: https://www.instagram.com/resonant.gallery/ 💥
Click on each agency's logo to listen to the sound their posters interpret.

#ECAtalent #OnlineExhibition

Congratulations to Shirley Snow, a Film and Television student who won first prize at the Swedenborg Film Festival. 👏🎉Sh...
24/03/2021

Congratulations to Shirley Snow, a Film and Television student who won first prize at the Swedenborg Film Festival. 👏🎉

Shirley's short film was inspired by her grandmother's stories about her childhood home filled with ghosts and hidden passages. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/film-and-television-student-wins-first-prize-international-festival

Congratulations to Shirley Snow, a Film and Television student who won first prize at the Swedenborg Film Festival. 👏🎉

Shirley's short film was inspired by her grandmother's stories about her childhood home filled with ghosts and hidden passages. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/film-and-television-student-wins-first-prize-international-festival

The deadline for the John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship is fast approaching! The scholarship is open to applicants fo...
23/03/2021
John L Paterson Postgraduate Design Scholarship

The deadline for the John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship is fast approaching! The scholarship is open to applicants for postgraduate study in Design for Change and Interior, Architectural & Spatial Design. Find out more and apply by 31st March: https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/humanities/edinburgh-college-of-art/john-l-paterson

The School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is delighted to announce the John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship. This is open to applicants for postgraduate (PG) study in the School of Design; to the following PG taught Masters programmes: MA Design for Change and MA Interior, Architectural....

Huge congratulations to alumna Sarah Gavron (Filmmaking MDes, 1994), director of Rocks, which has received 8 BAFTA nomin...
19/03/2021

Huge congratulations to alumna Sarah Gavron (Filmmaking MDes, 1994), director of Rocks, which has received 8 BAFTA nominations, including Outstanding British Film! 👏

The film tells Rocks and her friends' story, following her mother's abrupt departure, as she goes to extraordinary lengths to protect and provide for her younger brother. The film is available to stream via Netflix now.

Good luck to the entire team at this year's ceremony taking place on 11 April. 🏆

📷 Rocks Film

Huge congratulations to alumna Sarah Gavron (Filmmaking MDes, 1994), director of Rocks, which has received 8 BAFTA nominations, including Outstanding British Film! 👏

The film tells Rocks and her friends' story, following her mother's abrupt departure, as she goes to extraordinary lengths to protect and provide for her younger brother. The film is available to stream via Netflix now.

Good luck to the entire team at this year's ceremony taking place on 11 April. 🏆

📷 Rocks Film

A student project that aims to commemorate and help survivors in dealing with the tragedy of the June 2017 Grenfell Towe...
15/03/2021
Student proposal for Grenfell memorial recognised for multiple prizes | Edinburgh College of Art

A student project that aims to commemorate and help survivors in dealing with the tragedy of the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire has been commended by three different architecture prizes.

The collaboration began when the two were final year students on the Architecture (MA Hons) programme. After graduating in 2019, Seva continued to study at ECA and is currently on the Architecture (MArch) programme, while Sonja has continued to a masters at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/student-proposal-grenfell-memorial-recognised-multiple-prizes #ECAAlumni

A student project that aims to commemorate and help survivors in dealing with the tragedy of the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire has been commended by three different architecture prizes. It was shortlisted for the Young Talent Architecture Awards, considered in RIBA’s London Festival of Architectur...

This evening, as part of an International Women’s Day special, BBC Four present 'Women in Film: BBC Introducing Arts', w...
08/03/2021
BBC Four - Women in Film: BBC Introducing Arts

This evening, as part of an International Women’s Day special,
BBC Four present 'Women in Film: BBC Introducing Arts', which features work from current ECA Design PhD candidate, Victoria Evans and Jewellery and Silversmithing Lecturer, Dr Maria Maclennan.

Victoria Evans presents short film ‘Cosmic Domestic’ which invites viewers to find the infinite in the everyday. Using macro photography and sound recordings taken from ordinary household objects, the film offers an alternative cosmic perspective on the domestic setting.

‘THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME’ by Rose Hendry and Isla Badenoch, is a creative response to Dr Maria Maclennan's research as the world’s first forensic jeweller. The film interrogates whether a new scientific practice could unearth hidden stories that lie beneath a surface.

Both short films were commissioned as part of Now & Next, a partnership between BBC Arts, Screen Scotland and LUX Scotland.

Tune in at 10pm: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000t0xs

#IWD2021 #InternationalWomensDay

Janina Ramirez presents an intriguing collection of short films by new female film-makers.

Congratulations to Reid School of Music's Dr Phil Alexander, who has been selected by Arts and Humanities Research Counc...
02/03/2021

Congratulations to Reid School of Music's Dr Phil Alexander, who has been selected by Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC and BBC Radio 3, as one of seven researchers to uncover the stories of historically marginalised composers.

His research will explore the work of Scottish Jewish composer Isaac Hirshow (1883–1956).

Read more 👉 https://www.ukri.org/news/celebrating-classical-composers-from-diverse-ethnic-backgrounds-2/

Congratulations to Reid School of Music's Dr Phil Alexander, who has been selected by Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC and BBC Radio 3, as one of seven researchers to uncover the stories of historically marginalised composers.

His research will explore the work of Scottish Jewish composer Isaac Hirshow (1883–1956).

Read more 👉 https://www.ukri.org/news/celebrating-classical-composers-from-diverse-ethnic-backgrounds-2/

Creative & Cultural Careers Festival Online 2021 begins today! 💥This is a week-long festival organised by the University...
01/03/2021

Creative & Cultural Careers Festival Online 2021 begins today! 💥

This is a week-long festival organised by the University of Edinburgh Careers Service, open to students and recent graduates, from all disciplines, keen to explore a range of creative and cultural career paths! 💭

Register to access live events, resources and content from organisations including Creative Edinburgh, Creative Informatics, Edinburgh Art Festival, The Skinny, The Guardian, TikTok and many more!

👉 https://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/flagship-events/cccf

Creative & Cultural Careers Festival Online 2021 begins today! 💥

This is a week-long festival organised by the University of Edinburgh Careers Service, open to students and recent graduates, from all disciplines, keen to explore a range of creative and cultural career paths! 💭

Register to access live events, resources and content from organisations including Creative Edinburgh, Creative Informatics, Edinburgh Art Festival, The Skinny, The Guardian, TikTok and many more!

👉 https://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/flagship-events/cccf

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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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