The University of Edinburgh holds some of the finest collections in the world. Hundreds of thousands of objects have been collected over the University’s 400 year history to provide inspiration and learning for students, staff, researchers and the general public – an ethos that remains true to this day.
In 2013, two years after Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) merged with the University, the University Fine Art Collection was brought together with the ECA Art Collection to create the University of Edinburgh Art Collection. This collection contains over 8,000 works of art and consists of a wide variety of styles, mediums and periods.
In terms of sculpture alone, this ranges from the 1st century Gandharan fragments, through 16th century Italian Renaissance bronzes to contemporary sculpture. With the inclusion of the ECA works, the collection has increased in size by over 400%. This presents us with a new chapter in the history of University collections, with new challenges and myriad opportunities.
Professor Christopher Breward
Principal, Edinburgh College of Art