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As part of an exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, the Centre for Research Collections, U...
26/08/2021

As part of an exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh and A.G Leventis Foundation, with the support of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, has provided funding to commission artwork by PhD student and graduate Karen Cunningham. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/graduate-and-current-phd-student-commissioned-celebrate-bicentenary-greek-revolution

As part of an exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh and A.G Leventis Foundation, with the support of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, has provided funding to commission artwork by PhD student and graduate Karen Cunningham. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/graduate-and-current-phd-student-commissioned-celebrate-bicentenary-greek-revolution

"It was great to really have a chance to absorb the new technologies and challenge myself to undertake a solo game devel...
26/08/2021
Sophie Powell-Hall - Design and Digital Media | Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2021

"It was great to really have a chance to absorb the new technologies and challenge myself to undertake a solo game development project." Sophie Powell-Hall designed “Next Stop”, an interactive escape room game set on board a vintage British steam train. Read Sophie's full story on the #ECAGraduateShow website. https://www.graduateshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/sophie-powell-hall-design-and-digital-media

I designed “Next Stop”, an interactive escape room game set on board a vintage British steam train. The player solves puzzles to move from carriage to carriage. As you play you slowly uncover more of the plot. The story is set during the famous 1960s ‘Beeching Cuts’, where large sections of ...

We were saddened to learn of the death of esteemed Scottish artist Dame Elizabeth Blackadder at the age of 89. Dame Blac...
25/08/2021

We were saddened to learn of the death of esteemed Scottish artist Dame Elizabeth Blackadder at the age of 89. Dame Blackadder studied Fine Art at ECA and The University of Edinburgh from 1949 to 1954, and later lectured here over the course of two decades.

She was the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. During her 60-year career, she won numerous awards for her work and in 2001 was appointed Her Majesty's Painter and Limner in Scotland.

She will be much missed by all who knew her.

Numerous works by Dame Elizabeth are held in the University of Edinburgh’s Collections, including this one, Figures at Night, EU3028.

We were saddened to learn of the death of esteemed Scottish artist Dame Elizabeth Blackadder at the age of 89. Dame Blackadder studied Fine Art at ECA and The University of Edinburgh from 1949 to 1954, and later lectured here over the course of two decades.

She was the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. During her 60-year career, she won numerous awards for her work and in 2001 was appointed Her Majesty's Painter and Limner in Scotland.

She will be much missed by all who knew her.

Numerous works by Dame Elizabeth are held in the University of Edinburgh’s Collections, including this one, Figures at Night, EU3028.

"It is a design which revolves around the Playfair Hall. An interior rhapsody with past and present through their archit...
25/08/2021
Nirmal Paul Varghese - Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design | Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2021

"It is a design which revolves around the Playfair Hall. An interior rhapsody with past and present through their architectural language. The aim was to explore how the new fits into the old using elements of neoclassical architecture and parametricism." Read Nirmal Paul Varghese's full story on the #ECAGraduateShow website. https://www.graduateshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/nirmal-paul-varghese-interior-architectural-and-spatial-design

It is a design which revolves around the Playfair Hall. An interior rhapsody with past and present through their architectural language. The aim was to explore how the new fits into the old using elements of neoclassical architecture and parametricism. Here the “new” represents technology and th...

"This year I have been particularly fascinated by atmosphere, weather and light, and how these things can dramatically c...
23/08/2021
Hannah Farthing - Illustration | Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2021

"This year I have been particularly fascinated by atmosphere, weather and light, and how these things can dramatically change a landscape in any season." Hannah Farthing's final project is a series of illustrations, poetry and linocut reduction prints evoking the mystical atmosphere of being in the mountains as the stars begin to appear. Read Hannah's story on the #ECAGraduateShow website. https://www.graduateshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/hannah-farthing-illustration

I have been exploring ideas of transience, wonder and landscape through my drawings and prints. These themes have emerged through my own experiences in the Scottish Highlands, which for the past few years have been a huge inspiration for my work. My final project is a series of illustrations, poetry...

"My work is influenced by our heavy reliance on the internet, especially during the pandemic, unaware of how susceptible...
22/08/2021
Christopher Rizkallah - Contemporary Art Practice | Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2021

"My work is influenced by our heavy reliance on the internet, especially during the pandemic, unaware of how susceptible the medium is to data loss and distortions." Christopher Rizkallah's project is a series of digital work which includes miscellaneous objects from around the house that are processed using an analogue scanner to create glitched images. Read the full story on the #ECAGraduateShow website. https://www.graduateshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/christopher-rizkallah-contemporary-art-practice

My project is a series of digital work which includes miscellaneous objects from around the house that are processed using an analogue scanner to create glitched images.

Our Masters students are putting the finishing touches on their work as we prepare for the launch of their show on 20 Au...
17/08/2021
Masters Show 2021 launch

Our Masters students are putting the finishing touches on their work as we prepare for the launch of their show on 20 August. Join us for the online launch to celebrate all their hard work: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masters-show-2021-launch-tickets-164979858197

And you can now book tickets to explore the Masters Show in person! Our on-campus show will run 20 - 27 August. Between all of the Edinburgh International Book Festival events and our Masters Show, there's no better time to visit ECA! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eca-graduate-show-august-2021-tickets-164962903485 #ECAGraduateShow #EdArtFest #EdBookFest

Our 2021 Graduate Show continues with the launch of our Masters Show on 20 August 2021.

Work by PhD candidate and graduate, Alberta Whittle, has become part of the University of Edinburgh Art Collection's Con...
13/08/2021

Work by PhD candidate and graduate, Alberta Whittle, has become part of the University of Edinburgh Art Collection's Contemporary Art Research Collection. "business as usual: hostile environment" looks at the colonial history of the Forth and Clyde canal and waterways' role in forced and unforced migration. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/phd-candidates-work-acquired-universitys-contemporary-art-research-collection #ECAAlumni

Work by PhD candidate and graduate, Alberta Whittle, has become part of the University of Edinburgh Art Collection's Contemporary Art Research Collection. "business as usual: hostile environment" looks at the colonial history of the Forth and Clyde canal and waterways' role in forced and unforced migration. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/phd-candidates-work-acquired-universitys-contemporary-art-research-collection #ECAAlumni

Isolation, memory, masculinity and Covid-19 are among the themes explored in the art created by this year’s Astaire Art ...
05/08/2021
2021 Astaire Art Prize winners announced | Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2021

Isolation, memory, masculinity and Covid-19 are among the themes explored in the art created by this year’s Astaire Art Prize winners. https://www.graduateshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/2021-astaire-art-prize-winners-announced #ECAGraduateShow

This year the Astaire Art Prize is awarded for outstanding undergraduate work by final-year students at Edinburgh College of Art, as part of the online Graduate Show. It was founded by University of Edinburgh graduate Mark Astaire.

🎧 In episode 5 of the latest series of the #SharingThings podcast, Elias Vasiloudes Nikolaides (Music student and ECA Un...
04/08/2021
4.5 Elias and Tomiwa - listen now

🎧 In episode 5 of the latest series of the #SharingThings podcast, Elias Vasiloudes Nikolaides (Music student and ECA Undergrad Rep) and Tomiwa Folorunso (History graduate) talk about internet culture, giving others a platform and Michael Rosen memes: https://www.ed.ac.uk/alumni/services/sharing-things-podcast/season-four/4-5-elias-tomiwa

Guests Elias Vasiloudes Nikolaides and Tomiwa Folorunso talk about internet culture, giving others a platform and Michael Rosen memes.

Congratulations to Hannah Lim, a 2020 Sculpture graduate who has been selected for this year's New Contemporaries!View t...
04/08/2021
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021 Artists Announced

Congratulations to Hannah Lim, a 2020 Sculpture graduate who has been selected for this year's New Contemporaries!

View the announcement and full list of winners: https://newcontemporaries.org.uk/news/bloomberg-new-contemporaries-2021-artists-announced

You can find Hannah's portfolio from #ECASummer2020 here: https://www.degreeshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/2020/hannah-lim

#BNC2021 #ECAAlumni

75 artists selected for New Contemporaries 2021 demonstrating the resilience of the creative process in a challenging year.

Edinburgh International Book Festival starts on 14 August at its new home at ECA! There are loads of events to explore -...
04/08/2021
The Business of Books | Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival starts on 14 August at its new home at ECA! There are loads of events to explore - we think ECA students would be particularly interested in the Business of Books programme, including a Cover Design Masterclass and Scottish Publisher Showcase: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/the-business-of-books-2021

Whether you are an established publishing professional or an avid reader with a curiosity about the book trade, The Business of Books is the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s programme of free events dedicated to all those interested in the business of the book world.

In case you missed it, the Future Flavours of Sound Festival was a celebration of sound design and music in all their fa...
30/07/2021
Future Flavours of Sound Festival

In case you missed it, the Future Flavours of Sound Festival was a celebration of sound design and music in all their facets, organised and run by students of the MSc Sound Design programme.

You can catch up on all of the streams on the festival website: https://futureflavoursofsoundfestival.com/

A celebration of sound design and music in all their facets, organised and run by students of the MSc Sound Design programme at the University of Edinburgh. Pick Your Flavour! The Future Flavours of Sound Festival is run by Barry O'Connell, Francesco Cimino, Martina Maclachlan and Thomas Cross. It.....

22/07/2021

A new public artwork, co-commissioned by Talbot Rice Gallery and Edinburgh Art Festival, will be unveiled at Edinburgh’s Burns Monument on 29 July 2021. Emeka Ogboh's work - Song of the Union - is a sound installation that is response to the ongoing theatre surrounding the UK’s departure from the European Union.

https://www.trg.ed.ac.uk/exhibition/emeka-ogboh-song-union

#TalbotRice #EdArtFest

22/07/2021
disABILITY Film Festival on Vimeo

As part of this year's disABILITY Film Festival, you can watch a short film that was a collaboration between staff, students and graduates of ECA called Signs & Gestures. The project aimed to highlight the lack of diversity in the film industry: https://vimeo.com/showcase/disabilityfilmfest2021

As part of the filming process, the team explored how set conditions could be used to improve accessibility and widen participation. This short film stars Grace Whitford who is visually impaired and Craig McCulloch who uses BSL.

Find out more about the project on the ECA website: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/staff-students-and-graduates-collaborate-film-highlight-lack-diversity-industry

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22/07/2021
touch.you

Congratulations to the Edinburgh College of Art Class of 2021. You have demonstrated creativity and resilience in a time like no other - you should be incredibly proud of everything you have achieved! 👏 🎉 🥳

We cannot wait to see where you go next. Keep in touch.

You can watch today’s virtual graduation celebration at 14:00 BST: https://edin.ac/2W4pItT

#Classof2021 #ECAAlumni

22/07/2021
touch.you

Congratulations to the Edinburgh College of Art Class of 2021. You have demonstrated creativity and resilience in a time like no other - you should be incredibly proud of everything you have achieved! 👏 🎉 🥳

We cannot wait to see where you go next. Keep in touch.

You can watch today’s virtual graduation celebration at 14:00 BST: https://edin.ac/2W4pItT

#Classof2021 #ECAAlumni

An ECA Fashion graduate, Nikita Vora, tells us about her clothing brand - By Nikita Vora - that creates environmentally ...
16/07/2021
ECA fashion graduate founds ethical fashion brand | Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2021

An ECA Fashion graduate, Nikita Vora, tells us about her clothing brand - By Nikita Vora - that creates environmentally conscious garments, and her "Sew From Home" series where she interviewed fellow graduating Fashion students during their final year of studies, giving us all an insight into their graduate collections.

https://www.graduateshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/eca-fashion-graduate-founds-ethical-fashion-brand #ECAAlumni

Fashion graduate, Nikita Vora, has had her work cut out this year. Under lockdown restrictions she has been hosting the ‘Sew From Home’ youtube channel where she has been interviewing fellow classmates at ECA about their work. She describes this as a chance to meet the face behind collections as...

During Degree Shows at ECA, the University of Edinburgh Art Collection selects work by ECA students to become a permanen...
13/07/2021
Work by five students become part of the University's Art Collection through the 2021 Purchase Prize | Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2021

During Degree Shows at ECA, the University of Edinburgh Art Collection selects work by ECA students to become a permanent part of the Collection.

This year, five artists have been selected. They each receive £1500 and will be represented in the Collection by a work made over the course of their final year.

https://www.graduateshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/news/work-five-students-become-part-universitys-art-collection-through-2021-purchase-prize

During Degree Shows at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), the University of Edinburgh Collections selects work by ECA students to become a permanent part of the Art Collection.

As part of a programme of celebratory events to mark The King’s Building campus centenary, the University of Edinburgh C...
10/07/2021
Ideas: KB101 Art Commission

As part of a programme of celebratory events to mark The King’s Building campus centenary, the University of Edinburgh College of Science and Engineering have unveiled a newly commissioned, permanent work of art by Edinburgh College of Art graduate and internationally-renowned artist Katie Paterson.

This latest work, Ideas, joins others by Katie in the University of Edinburgh Art Collection, including 100 Billion Suns (2012), Future Library (2014), and Timepieces (Solar System) (2014).

#ECAAlumni

New artwork by University Alumna marks university campus centenary.

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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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