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At the heart of the art festival  

​​​​​​​Video installations, provocative exhibitions and a student showcase are part of the University’s input into the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Photo of Alasdair Gray and Siobhan Healy holding an intricate glass artwork
Alasdair Gray and Siobhan Healy admiring one of their artworks

Edinburgh College of Art and the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery are exhibiting a range of shows as part of the city’s month-long celebration of visual art.

Esteemed artist

Turner Prize-nominated artist Lucy Skaer’s exhibition at Talbot Rice features a letter from King James VI, 14 horned instruments and a sculptural hunting scene.

The artist delved into the University of Edinburgh’s collections, unearthing treasures to inspire and become part of her multifaceted show, The Green Man.

The exhibition includes artworks from a range of collaborating artists, all of whom contribute to Skaer’s exploration of collections, forms and language. 

Summer at ECA

A number of Edinburgh College of Art’s studios and spaces also feature work as part of the Art Festival.

Artist-in-Residence Siobhan Healy’s eclectic exhibition of more than 30 intricate glass artworks is the result of research into endangered plants and animals.

Internationally renowned Indian artist Shilpa Gupta’s multi-channel sound installation gives voice to poets through the centuries who have been jailed across the world.

Elsewhere, the legacy of human skull collections held in European Institutions is explore at DEAD IMAGES.

Student Showcase

From 11 August, postgraduate students will exhibit new work in the Edinburgh College of Art’s North East Studio Building.

Disciplines on show include Illustration, Contemporary Art and Art, Space and Nature.

Students graduating in Digital Composition and Sound Design are holding a concert to showcase their work. The show takes place in St Cecilia’s Hall on 24 August.

Thought-provoking themes

Artist Melanie Gilligan’s dystopian drama was purchased by the University’s Contemporary Art Research Collection in 2017. Presented over 15 screens, it tracks the impact of technology that enables people to tap into the sensations of others.

A pop-up pavilion, showcasing prototypes and interactive installations from the University’s Centre for Design Informatics, will be on display in Edinburgh city centre.

Data Pipe Dreams: Glimpse of a Near Future on George Street is the outcome of work from researchers, Masters students and a partnership with Tesco Bank.

The interactive exhibits investigate the possibilities of designing with data, and how this can enrich or challenge our personal, economic and social lives.

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