• Brent Millar, Untiled, 1970s


Founded in 2015, from the former Friends of the Talbot Rice Gallery, we are a voluntary organisation and a registered Scottish charity. Our primary aim is to support art activities at Edinburgh College of Art, the art collections of the University and the Talbot Rice Art Gallery.

The collections of Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh are now in the care of Centre for Research Collections. As a bridge between the University and the wider community FEUVA provides a unique opportunity to publicise and increase enjoyment of these extraordinary collections.

We support, through the University’s programmes, all forms of art-making from applied arts to film, and sculpture to architecture, as well as the University’s rich collections of historical portraits, sculpture, ceramics, and its more recently acquired collections of student work and gifts from artists.

To fulfil these aims FEUVA, in partnership with curatorial and other staff of the University, will raise funds through subscriptions, ticket sales and by seeking private sponsorship. The Friends will benefit from a programme of social events, lectures and special visits.

FEUVA Events to look forward to:

October 2023

We are delighted to announce the 2023


A personal view of Scotland and its Creative Potential

Speaker:  Robert Wilson CEO Creative Scotland, Founder Jupiter Artland
Date:         19th October 2023 At 18.30
Venue:    Lecture Theatre E22, Edinburgh College of Art.

This is a free event, to find out more, and to make sure of your seat, go to our Events for 2023 page

November 2023

The Screening of: “A visit to the Studio of Sculptor Michael Snowden”
Date: TBA

December 2023

The Annual Christmas Party

Date: TBA

FEUVA Past Events

June 2023

ECA Graduate Show 2023

A celebration of 2023 graduate’s work across the schools of Art, Design,
Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Music.

There are a range of different opportunities – music – fashion – art – on different dates.
Some shows require tickets; the Graduate shows do not. If you are interested in buying tickets for any of the events, this link is the best to use.

MAY 2023

BEYOND THE FLOW – A film on the work of Alan Johnston

March 2023

Touchstones: A Film of the work of Jake Harvey

2022 FEUVA Christmas Party

FEUVA continued to uphold ECA’s long tradition of Revels and Christmas cheer.


Tue, December 13, 2022, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT

and Where?

Scottish Arts Club 24 Rutland Square Edinburgh EH1 2BW

The first live event this year was Return to Brownsbank, held in March.
In April we hosted a talk, “From Masterplan to Reality” by Ben Tindall on his collaboration with Jupiter Artland, find out more here.
Professor Juan Cruz, Principal of the Edinburgh College of Art will give The David Talbot Rice Memorial Lecture 2022 on November the 3rd from 6.30 pm. Further details and to book your place here.

If you are not a member of FEUVA and want to be included in these events and more, you can join here.


Student Prize

This prize is given annually at the ECA Degree Show for an outstanding work by a graduating student.


A donation towards the cost of a Collections’ publication, or for the acquisition of a graduating student’s artwork for the University’s collection.

Lectures and Visits

Each year from October to May we organise a different annual programme which includes where appropriate, lectures, films and special visits given by guest lecturers, and exhibition previews.

FEUVA woodcut by Jonathan Gibbs

FEUVA woodcut by Jonathan Gibbs


It is hoped that in the future we will be able to provide financial support for student programmes in the form of travel grants for site visits and materials that cannot normally be supported by ECA.

We have been working closely with the Centre for Research Collections and the staff of ECA to improve and develop our programmes and to refine and expand our remit to include support for their exhibition programmes.

This is an exciting time for FEUVA in which we will consolidate the new organisation and formulate plans for expansion and, most exciting of all, find new ways to offer financial benefits to the visual arts community of the University.


Chair: Robin Paine, artist and freelance lecturer and writer on art. ECA alumna and former Alumni Association representative in USA
Treasurer: Robert Anderson, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Edinburgh
Secretary: Penelope Blackwell
Trustee: Jonathan Gibbs, Artist, Printmaker, Advisor, School of Design, ECA
Trustee: Marilyn Minchom, Retired Academic Support Tutor, ECA
Trustee: Susan Cross Reader, Jewellery & Silversmithing, ECA
Trustee: John Young, Educational Psychologist
Trustee: Hugh Buchanan, Artist, ECA Alumnus and Government Adviser
Trustee: Margaret Stewart, Lecturer in Architectural History and Honorary Curator of the ECA plaster cast collection
Ex-officio trustees representing the University of Edinburgh: Professor Juan Cruz, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, Jacky MacBeath, Head of Museums, Deputy Head of the Centre for Research Collections, and Tessa Giblin, Director of Talbot Rice Gallery