Six 2023 ECA graduates have been shortlisted for the ARTS THREAD Global Design Graduate Show 2023 in collaboration with Gucci 🌟
Anna Simon – BA (Hons) Textiles
Clementine Murdoch – BA (Hons) Textiles
Lijia Yang – MA Illustration
Ammna Sheikh – BA (Hons) Intermedia
Remi Jablecki – BA (Hons) Painting
Silvana Roth - BA (Hons) Animation
The public vote is open until Wednesday 11 October - you can vote for one person from each category within each of the four areas.
Congrats Anna, Clementine, Lijia, Ammna, Remi and Silvana! 👏
A new sound walk installation at Edinburgh Castle maps Scotland’s involvement in the creation of Zimbabwe’s streetscapes 🎧
Nzira Yeparuware, which translates to ‘a path upon a rock’, was created by artist and 2023 ECA graduate Tanatsei Gambura, in partnership with ECA’s Dr Kirsten Carter McKee, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).
📸 Photos from Matthew's earlier, related work, as he continues to develop I WILL FOLLOW THE SHIP
Join us at ECA for Pivot, an exhibition by Emily Speed ✨
This still-developing work is from Speed's time exploring archive material documenting the annual Revel at ECA, looking at how students have created their own spaces and identities within the institution.
📍 ECA Sculpture Court, Saturday 16 to Friday 22 September
Weekdays 10am - 4pm, weekends 11am - 4pm
We're excited to invite our new students and their parents/supporters to our Parents and Supporters Welcome event at McEwan Hall on Sunday 10 September, 10:30am to 5pm. The event will feature talks from senior members of staff, presentations on student wellbeing, security and safety as well as student-led tours. Find out more 👉 https://edin.ac/3P5Kstc
Welcome Week starts on Monday 11 September and we can’t wait to meet all of our new students and welcome back those returning for another year 🌟👋
Here at ECA, there are lots of events organised to help you settle in, including walking tours, welcome talks, meet-and-greets and more.
You can find everything listed in the University Events App. Download it now and start planning your week!
Architect, artist and 2023 ECA PhD graduate, Dr Xuechang Leng, has worked with Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland to create artwork for care homes that were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new nationwide music research volunteers database - set up by ECA's Professor Katie Overy and Dr Judith Okely, Edinburgh Napier University - is open now to volunteers with any type of musical experience.
📸 From our opening night by Sally Jubb Photography
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We've been showcasing our graduating students' work through our Graduate Takeovers series. They share more about the inspiration behind their projects, behind-the-scenes content, and their plans for after graduation.
Here's a selection from the Graduate Takeover series so far with more to come 🌟
Can you believe what you hear? When is a voice or sound authentic? Check out the new Design Informatics exhibition at Inspace Gallery, a show of artists working with sound and emerging technologies to explore deep fake audio
📅 5 - 28 August 2023
Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival🌟
More info 🔗
The Sounds of Deep Fake Exhibition 5-28 August 2023, 10am-5pm daily Inspace gallery Can you believe what you hear? When is a voice or sound authentic? This exhibition, curated by the Institute for Design Informatics, brings together exciting experimental artists including Martin Disley, Theodore Kot...
ECA August Graduate Show✨
The ECA August Graduate Show is opening this weekend! Have you spotted our posters out and about in Edinburgh?
Join us and discover the work of the next generation of creatives from art, design and architecture.
📍 Edinburgh College of Art, Saturday 19 - Friday 25 August 2023
10am - 4pm daily, with late-night opening on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August until 8pm
Congratulations to Ammna Sheikh, Ffion Williams, and Tanatsei Gambura, who were selected from this year’s ECA Graduate Show as recipients of the University of Edinburgh Art Collection Graduate Show Purchase Prize 2023 🌟
The artists all received a fixed fee in exchange for a piece of their work which will be added to the University of Edinburgh Art Collection.
An Edinburgh art historian has helped build an immersive, digital recreation of ninth century Baghdad for a bestselling video game series.
Congratulations to Matthew O'Dea, Ewan Booth, Lizzie Emrich-Mills, Izzy Pleasance, and Josie Harrison, graduating and fourth year students in BA (Hons) Graphic Design, who have been awarded a New Blood Pencil in the D&AD New Blood Awards 👏
✏️Matthew’s project, Top Trumps - My Mix, is a new concept for Top Trumps designed to target music fandoms. Fans can turn their personal playlists into a unique Top Trumps deck inspired by bootleg mixtapes.
✏️Izzy’s project, Call for Captions, is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of closed captioning within entertainment.
✏️Lizzie's project, Top Trumps: The Home Cooks Recipe Pack, reinvents the card game as a recipe resource and celebration of personal stories involving food, cooking and dining.
✏️Ewan's animation, IMAX: Seeing Is Believing, aims to excite audiences about the cinematic IMAX experience.
✏️Josie's project, It's Healthcare for Hey Jane, is a public campaign to share facts about abortion with a focus on medication
They’ll find out which Pencil they’ve won at an awards ceremony tomorrow, Thursday 6 July. Watch it live from 7pm on the D&AD New Blood website 🔗 https://edin.ac/3ps8CW9
📸 Matthew O’Dea: Top Trumps - My Mix
Now open at the Talbot Rice Gallery✨
The latest exhibitions at the Talbot Rice Gallery are now open in Edinburgh, featuring Jesse Jones' The Tower, (2022) and Lawrence Abu Hamdan's 45th Parallel (2022), with Hephzibah Israel’s intervention, the nature of difference.
📍 Free entry and open to all until 30 September
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm
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The second instalment of this year’s ECA Graduate Show, with work from postgrads in Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Art and Design, opens tomorrow, Sat 20 August! 🥳
Sat 20 – Fri 26 August: 10am – 4pm daily
Wed 24 & Thurs 25 August: late opening until 8pm
More information and to book your free tickets ➡️ https://edin.ac/3Pr48Xh
The second instalment of our 2022 Graduate Show opens on Saturday 20 August! Featuring work by postgraduate students in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Art and Design, the show runs until Friday 26 August. Find out more and book your FREE tickets here: https://edin.ac/3Pr48Xh
We can't wait for you to see the work of our amazing graduating students at this year's graduate show, opening Saturday 4th June.
If you can't make it to the show itself, fear not for we've launched our fabulous graduate show website, featuring work across the many disciplines at ECA, so you can peruse at your leisure. Take a look here ➡️ https://edin.ac/3CII04Z
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ECA Jewellery & Silversmithing students are selling their Limited Edition ranges for one week only 22 - 28 November.
All pieces will be made to order and shipped to UK addresses before Christmas. Postage and packaging are included in the final prices.
To see the work in person, visit our pop-up Tue 23 - Fri 26 November in Albertinas (next to The Café at ECA).
Please contact the student makers directly via email for any product or shipping queries. All orders should be placed via the web shop.
Special thanks to Graphic Design students for designing the visual identity and product packaging (with Gary Rowan designing the social media graphics).
And thank you also to the staff at the University of Edinburgh Shop for supporting the sale.
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.
We’ve been known as Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) since 1906, following a major reorganisation of higher art education in Scotland. At the time, we were governed by the city Council and divided into four Schools: Drawing and Painting, Design and Crafts, Architecture, and Sculpture.
We moved into what is still our Main Building in 1909, when the first of our annual Revel parties took place and, by 1913, our Cast Collection had been installed in the Sculpture Court.
The war years of the twentieth century saw fluctuating staff and student numbers, but progress too with the establishment of The Andrew Grant Bequest, allowing students to travel abroad and supporting the creation of new public art and artefacts through a Fellowship scheme.
Our Fine Art degree was established jointly with the University in 1946, as a unique combination of art practice and art history, and continues to recruit strongly. It was followed two years later by a similar degree in Architecture, wherein a new post - the Forbes Chair of Architecture - also served to strengthen links between the two institutions.
In 1960, ECA became independent of the city Council and, the following year, appointed the painter William Gillies as Principal, the first time that a former student of the College held this position.
Our next quarter century saw the development of the estate around the Main Building, as well as increased collaboration with industry and Heriot-Watt University.
Talbot Rice Gallery, named after the visionary art historian David Talbot Rice, opened in 1975, and the Wee Red Bar the following decade.
In 2009, sixty years after Raymond Gordon Brown first took up the Forbes Chair, the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) was formed by the coming together of these disciplines across ECA and the University.
In 2011, ECA formally merged with the University of Edinburgh, bringing together all five subject areas: architecture and landscape architecture; art; history of art; design; and music.
The merger also saw the establishment of the University of Edinburgh Art Collection, some 2,500 works of art drawn from the University’s original, 400-year old art collection, and the College’s collection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture.
As we move ahead, our top priorities for ECA are our people and their environment, both on-campus and online. In May 2017, ECA was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, following on from ESALA's Bronze Award of 2014.
We will continue to celebrate diversity and creativity, which makes our College a very inclusive and distinctive place to work and study.
The Hari Hotel in London has launched an Art Prize to recognise new generations of talent.
⏲️Nominations close on 30th May 2022 and an awards ceremony will be held on 17th November 2022 in London.
This is a great opportunity for young artists to have their artwork on display in a London hotel and be in the running to receive a cash grant.
The two runners up will receive the opportunity to become the next Artists in Residence based at The Hari from January to February 2023, followed by an exhibition of their work at the hotel. All three finalists will have their work exhibited at The Hari’s newest hotel in Hong Kong.
to a dozen of our Composing for Screen students involved in a performance of their work at the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival in Bo’Ness. Students collaborated on scoring two narrative films, Sister and Memmortigo, made in Japan and Spain in the 1930s. The scores, written for piano, cello and clarinet/bass clarinet, gave vivid life to the films and were very well received by the festival audience.
Our student composers involved in the event included Mew Dhanespramoj, Andrew Galvin, Luke Hunter, Nicholas Ross, Mariana Rosteck, Talia Sanders, Theo Vickers, Bryant Bayhan, Vijendra Bhat
Owen McDonnell, Sinclair Stewart, Herve Girardin. Performers featured Pete Harvey (cello) and Alex South (clarinets).
We are delighted to have so many ECA staff and alumni participating in the 196th Annual Exhibition!
The Annual Exhibition is the largest and longest-running exhibition of in Scotland.
Exhibition opens tomorrow, 23 April 🗓️ https://www.rsaannualexhibition.org/
Congratulations and our best wishes to alumna Alberta Whittle on opening of ‘deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory’, at La Biennale di Venezia. 👏This work explores a personal story of racial identity, belonging and place in today’s world.
Huge congratulations to our student representatives who have achieved great success at the 2022 EUSA Student Awards!
Yasmine Sadek, BA (Hons) Architecture, won the Lasting Impact Award. Felicity Anderson-Moore, BA (Hons) Performance Costume, was shortlisted for the Resilience Award. Jointly shortlisted for the Positive Impact Award were Fraser MacDonald, BMus (Hons) Music, and Nathaniel Cartier, BSc (Hons) Acoustics & Music Technology. Fiona Gray, MA (Hons) Fine Art, was shortlisted for the Commitment Award.
ECA Principal Professor Juan Cruz says: “ECA is delighted by our student representatives’ recognition within the 2022 EUSA Student Awards.
"Yasmine's Lasting Impact Award and the final shortlisting of Felicity, Fraser, Nathaniel and Fiona are remarkable achievements by remarkable individuals.
“They’re also testimony to the collective commitment and impact of the wider ECA student representative community that Felicity, Fiona, Nathaniel, Fraser and Yasmine have contributed significantly to, particularly over the unprecedented last few years. We’re proud of their success and equally proud to be associated with them as people.”
Well done all and thank you to every one of our student reps for their ongoing advice and support.
📣Did you know nominations for the Teaching Awards have been extended?
⏳Thank staff for their hard work and celebrate the very best of teaching and support at the University!
Nominate before tomorrow 5th of April (5pm) at www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/teachingawards
👏Congratulations to Serenna MacLellan, winner of the Tovey Memorial Prize and runner-up Gus Bell, and also to the other three finalists, Viola Migone, Mairi Callan and Anoukia Nistor.🎵
The standard of performance was very high, making it difficult for the adjudicators to arrive at a decision.
Read on: https://edin.ac/3LykYRU