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Music, drinks, nibbles, a raffle and the ART QUIZ

Date: December 12th 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square EH1 2BW
Cost: £20 per person for fundraising

Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite, get yours here.

IF you find the tickets are all sold out, don’t panic! We have lots of room for everyone, just pay on the door!

Don’t forget to let us know that you are coming, and we’ll save a mince pie for you!

Film Premiere:

Filmed and edited by Glen Shepherd.

Date: November 22nd 2023
Time: 6pm
Venue: Edinburgh College of Art, Main building, Room C04

With an interview by Robin Paine MFA, Chair Friends of Edinburgh University Visual Arts.

This film records a visit to the extraordinary studio of eminent sculptor Michael Snowden. Situated in a former silversmith’s workshop in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. The studio is a repository of a life’s work.
Michael also taught sculpture at Edinburgh College of art from 1965 – 1995. The film ends with a tribute to Michael from a former student, Jill Watson MRSS.

Book your tickets on Eventbrite here, as space is limited for this venue.

Michael Snowden with film-maker Glen Shepherd in Snowden's studio
A picture of Robert Wilson CEO Creative Scotland, Founder Jupiter Artland

We are delighted to announce the 2023

David Talbot Rice Memorial Lecture

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.

Robert Wilson brings a wide range of leadership experience in the commercial, philanthropic and charitable sectors, with particular experience of the arts, including festivals and the visual arts.

Co-founder of Jupiter Artland Foundation, the award winning Sculpture Park near Edinburgh, he has also served as Chair of Edinburgh Art Festival.  He also serves as a Trustee of Little Sparta Trust, The Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, The Dovecot Studios and Chair of the Arts Working Group at Inverleith House.

He chairs Creative Scotland, The Barcapel Foundation and Prostate Scotland. He is Chairman and co-owner of Nelsons, the UK’s largest natural medicines producer.

This is a free event. If you can kindly register here on Eventbrite, we will have an idea of numbers. The link to which will be posted as soon as possible.


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.

Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh
74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

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Date:  16 May, 4.30-6pm

Venue: Adam House Basement Theatre, 7/8 Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Tickets: Get your tickets for Beyond the Flow here

Please note:

Enter the Adam House Theatre by the glass door at the corner of Chambers Street and Guthrie Street. The janitor will direct you downstairs to the theatre.

In 2022 FEUVA made this documentary film about Alan Johnston’s exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney. Andrew Parkinson, the Pier’s Curator, explains Alan’s inspirations – the Orkney landscape and its archaeological sites.

Alan Johnston was born in Scotland in 1945; he studied at the Edinburgh College of Art between 1967 and 1970. Latterly he was Professor at the College where he obtained a reputation for instilling in his students a sense of the boundless possibilities of art as well as paving the way for Scottish artists such as Douglas Gordon and Callum Innes to find a place on the international stage.

Alan has been at the forefront of contemporary art in Scotland since the 1960s, and has exhibited his fine abstract art in galleries across the world, most frequently in Germany, The Netherlands and especially Japan.

Alan Johnston in his own words:

My work explores spatial contexts and relations through drawing and architectural construction, reflecting on the spatial and tactual implications in architecture where perceptual notions are rendered as common factors in sight and touch. This field is closely related to the work of Patrick Geddes, Philosophical Generalism, and Gesamtkunstwerk. This is a comparative context, which has its roots in the practice of art, architecture and visual thinking in the West and the East, and relates to concepts and practices such as Wabi Sabi. I engage in collaborative initiatives in art and architecture with Professor Shinichi Ogawa, Tokyo, and Neil Gillespie, Edinburgh.

The film was made in May 2022. It records the exhibition at the Pier Gallery which brings together a group of paintings from the 1980s with a series of new works, and a drawing made directly on the gallery wall.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including Alan Johnston, the Curator of the Pier Arts Centre, Andrew Parkinson, and FEUVA Trustee and filmmaker Margaret Stewart.

Tickets can be obtained here.

Touchstones: Jake Harvey Film Screening

sculpture in iron on the top of a hill near Langholm, Scottish Borders a memorial to the poet Hugh MacDairmid

On 4th  April 2023 – From 4.30 to 6pm

Adam House Theatre, University of Edinburgh,

3 Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1HT

Jake Harvey RSA, is widely known and admired for works such as the MacDairmid Memorial near Langholm, and his contribution to An Turas on Tiree, Western isles. He was born in Kelso in the Scottish Borders where he still lives and works. In his own words:

Book your tickets here:


My creative stimulus comes from many sources but frequently evolves from drawing things seen and imagined, from lived encounters with the landscape and, in the reductive process of carving, from embracing the tangential ways of making that evolve. … sculptures carved in basalt, granite, marble and porphyry relates to a material and a way of working it. In a broader context it links to my aim to create simple sculptural forms; works of distilled essence that invite deliberation from the viewer; sculptures made by a process of paring down and refining in terms of both form and concept.

This film illustrates Jake’s approaches to his work. It feature the landscape around Yetholm which he describes as having  been the recurring fundamental influences on his work, a spell in India researching and sourcing stone, his working methods in his workshop/studio and the origins of his  creative thinking which range from geology to poetry and from landscape to artistic theory. His forms are often in resistant material that he works with sensitivity to expose their colour, texture and formal properties. These simple abstract forms are carefully positioned in the landscape or have bases specially devised for them. Jake studied at Edinburgh College of Art between 1966 and 1972, and later became Head of the School of Sculpture there for eleven years and is now Emeritus Professor of Sculpture.

2022  – Events that we enjoyed

The David Talbot Rice
Memorial Lecture 2022

November the 3rd from 6:30 pm.

Lecture starting at 7:oo pm followed by Q&A

West Court, Edinburgh College of Art
Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF

Photo of Juan Cruz' work at an exhibition of his work from the catalogue

Professor Juan Cruz, Principal, Edinburgh College of Art.

Before joining RCA in 2014, Professor Cruz held positions at Liverpool School of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College. He has taught at other institutions around the world and was Artist’s Fellow at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge.  Professor Cruz is an artist who employs a broad range of approaches to his work, including video, performance, text and site-specific works.   He is a member of the Tate Liverpool Council, a trustee of the John Moore’s Liverpool Exhibition Trust and a Director of the International Awards for Art Criticism.

Free tickets can be obtained from this Eventbrite Link

FEUVA award and exhibitions

We are always very pleased when we have news of the achievements of past award winners! Alice Dudgeon was the recipient of the FEUVA award in 2018. Since graduating she has been working as a sculptor from her studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, and exhibiting in Scotland and England.  Alice has two upcoming exhibitions and wanted to extend an invitation to the FEUVA members in case they would be interested in attending.

“I have a new collection of small sculptures which I’m excited about, viewable from the street at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop until January 9th.  And also sculptures at Open Eye Gallery from 29th October-19th November.”

All FEUVA Members would be welcome to attend either show, see more here.

April 19th 2022

From Masterplan to Reality

Jupiter Artland collaboration,
by architect Ben Tindall

Venue: Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre, Old College, University of Edinburgh

This event was free, a donation of £5 was suggested.

Ben Tindall

Ben Tindall

Architect Ben Tindall takes us through the process of working with the owners of Jupiter Artland, from initial concepts to the finished Visitor Facilities and changes to the main house. Ben is particularly interested in the practice of working with artists and craftspeople. His fascinating talk includes some of the problems that threatened the project.

Tindall was brought up with an architectural background, trained as a carpenter in Denmark and has run his own practice since 1982. He works throughout Scotland and the UK for a wide variety of clients and on a broad range of work, ranging from the Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood to plans for the new settlement of An Camas Mòr in the Cairngorms. His interests in history and an enthusiasm for good workmanship, patina and colour are hallmarks of the practice. To find out more about Ben Tindall visit his website.

A photograph of The Temple of Apollo by Ian Hamilton Findlay at Jupiter Artland

The Temple of Apollo by Ian Hamilton Findlay at Jupiter Artland


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

Please note: All enquiries regarding FEUVA’s events should be directed to the Secretary, Penelope Blackwell, using our contact form

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