Degree Show spotlights fresh talent

A new wave of artists, designers and architects will display their work as part this year’s Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show.

From 28 May until 5 June, spaces in Lauriston Place, West Port and Chambers Street will be transformed into galleries exhibiting work from more than 500 graduating students.

Work from 38 degree programmes will be displayed, celebrating the diversity of the College’s subject areas.

Each year, crowds flock to discover the fresh ideas and innovative creations from some of the country’s most exciting emerging talent. Previous shows have launched the careers of BAFTA and Turner Prize winners.

Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2016

28 May – 5 June 2016,  11am – 5pm

Late night openings: Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2 June (11am – 8pm).

The Degree Show will take place across several sites:

  • ECA Main Building, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF
  • Evolution House, West Port, EH1 2LE
  • Minto House, Chambers Street, EH1 1JZ
  • Adam House, Chambers Street, EH1 1JZ

Find the Degree Show on the campus map

Degree Show 2016 website

Inspiring artworks

Illustration of a diver swimming in the sea
Illustration by Sara Ljeskovac, BA (Hons) Illustration

Steady Hands by painting student Inês-Hermione Mulford is the result of her observing day-long brain operations in hospital. The almost photographic nature of her painting reflects the precision of the surgeons’ work.  

A number of sculpture students are exhibiting outside the Art College. James Boyle has created giant sucker darts, which are stuck on the windows and walls of ECA’s Main Building.

Elsewhere, Jack McCallum has made 31 subtle alterations to pavements around the campus. Kerb stones are imprinted with footprints, ordinary drain lids replaced with bronze and pink chewing gum made from enamel are some of the quirks dotted around the streets.  

A collection by illustration student, Sara Julia Ljeskovac’s collection offers a colourful perspective of the ocean.

Innovative design

Product design student Toby Starr’s final year project has created a new process that moulds basaltic lava into cups.

Two textiles students have drawn from personal experiences to create their work. Millie Martin has created a collection based on photographs taken by her late grandfather, and Matthew Barber was inspired by his father’s passion for extreme sport.  

Jewellery student, Wanshu Li has created a luminous, other-worldly range of work inspired by jellyfish.

Eileen Xie’s provocative jewellery design entitled Not Here Somewhere references the current refugee crisis, with a compass that points to nowhere.

ECA’s award-winning Glass programme is unique in Scotland and has been running for more than 100 years. This year, Masters student Jamie Gray uses the discipline to explore the theme of mortality.

Students on screen

This year’s animation students have already enjoyed recognition, with nominations from The Royal Television Society and BAFTA New Talent.

Mark Boston’s animation In Search of Sky tells the story of a bewildered child lost in the city. Alice Downing’s digitally drawn film, Jimmy, is set around a banjo player who loses his hat.

Film and TV student Stephen Horne’s short film The Lick is a surrealist comedy exploring the seduction of desire.

Intricate models on show

The impressive work and intricate models of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture will be displayed in Minto House and Adam House on Chambers Street.

Daily updates

For a preview of more work from graduating students, please visit the Degree Show 2016 mini site.

Updated daily, the site contains links to students’ websites, information about the Degree Show and links to previous years.

To keep up with the Degree Show on social media, use #ECADegreeShow

Related links

Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2016

Study at Edinburgh College of Art - Undergraduate programmes

Study at Edinburgh College of Art - Postgraduate programmes