One of contemporary music’s most influential artists - Brian Eno - is the latest cultural figure to take part in a prestigious public lecture series.
The celebrated musician and producer will deliver the annual Andrew Carnegie Lecture at the University’s George Square Lecture Theatre on 10 May.
Eno began his career in the early 1970s as a founding member of Roxy Music. After going solo, he released a series of solo electronic and ambient albums as well as producing a number of high profile artists.
A restless innovator, he has also created numerous visual, digital and aural artworks with exhibitions throughout Europe, USA, Japan and Australia.
New album The Ship - Eno’s first since 2012’s Grammy-nominated LUX - will be released on 29 April and will coincide with a series of installations of the same name.
I benefited enormously from five years at Art School – in fact I can't quite imagine how my life might have turned out without it, for, although much of my career has been in music I feel that most of what I learnt about being a composer I learnt there. I would like to continue to be involved in this unique educational project with all its unpredictable outcomes and I'm grateful for the chance to do so here in Edinburgh.
As well as his public lecture, the renowned artist will take part in a number of workshops and seminars with students and staff from Edinburgh College of Art, which is part of the University .
We are very excited to be hosting Brian Eno, an inspirational figure for staff and students with strong Art School connections. His interests galvanise current work at ECA and in the broader University across Music, Art, Design, Cultural Theory and Digital Worlds, and we are delighted that his lecture will be open to the wider public in Edinburgh and beyond.
The lecture series is part of a ten-year initiative funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to promote international discourse in the arts.
It is part of the centennial celebrations of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, created in 1911 - one of the many institutions and organisations established by the Scottish-born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Steel magnate Carnegie donated much of the wealth he generated by to help improve society, with a particular focus on education.
This also led to the foundation of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland in 1901.