THE SCOTTISH ENDARKENMENT: Art and Unreason 1945 to the Present

Scottish endarkenment

DATE: MAY 13 – AUG 29, 2016

This summer one of our Trustees, Bill Hare, is co-curating with Professor Andrew Patrizio, the exhibition at the Dovecot Gallery in Infirmary Street. The exhibition runs from 13 May to 29 August 2016. For more information visit the Dovecote Gallery website.


DATE: MAY 28, 2016 – JUN 5, 2016 11:00 – 5:00PM – ADMISSION FREE


  • MAY 24, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00PM (ESALA)
  • MAY 26, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00PM (Business)
  • MAY 27, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00PM (Friends and family)

LATE NIGHTS: JUN 1, 2016 – JUN 2, 2016 11:00 – 8:00PM

Every year the Edinburgh College of Art showcases work by over 500 students from Art, Design, ESALA (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) and Music.

For further information about the Degree Show please contact Adele Conn on

To arrange school visits and tours please contact Helena Satonick on

VENUE: The Degree Show will take place across several sites this year

  • ECA Main Building, Lauriston Place – Art and Design.
  • Evolution House, West Port – Design.
  • Minto House, Chambers Street – ESALA.
  • Adam House, Chambers Street – ESALA.
  • Alison House, Nicolson Square – Music.





An exciting opportunity to visit Edinburgh University’s founding Art Collection, The Torrie Collection at the Talbot Rice Gallery. Some of the finest works from the collection have been assembled in the magnificent Georgian Gallery 2. Normally hidden deep in the bowels of the University, most of these works have not seen the light of day for over 10 years.  The collection consists of Dutch and Flemish landscape painting, Italian works and Renaissance bronzes. Outstanding pieces include Ruisdael’s, The Banks of a River, currently on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland, Ten Oever’s Bathers and The Forest Glade by Pynacker. The Cavalcade by van der Meulen is unique in British public collections. Ships in a Calm by Willem van der Velde and The Squall by Backhuysen are both good examples of the Dutch art of seascape. Other celebrated works are Halt at a Winehouse Door by Karel du Jardin and the painting by David Teniers the Younger, Peasants playing Bowls. There are notable Italian paintings by Gaspard Poussin and Salvator Rosa. Of the sculpture collection, the two outstanding works are the Anatomical Figure of a Horse attributed to Giambologna and the group of Cain and Abel by Adriaen de Vries.

Sir James Erskine, 3rd Baronet of Torrie, was born in 1772, at Torrie House in Fife. He  was a military man who campaigned with Wellington during the Napoleonic Wars, and later becoming the personal secretary to George III. He also had a passion for collecting art and was a keen amateur painter. He bequeathed his collection to the University in 1827.

VENUE: Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL


Tattooed Doulton figurine


New Acquisitions from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection

David Batchelor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Ilana Halperin, Jessica Harrison, Fabienne Hess, Daniel Hughes, Daisy Lafarge, Jonathan Owen, Katie Paterson, Isobel Turley, Luc Tuymans, JL Williams

Visit the Talbot Rice Gallery website for further details

VENUE: Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL


GRAPHICDESIGN, Silvia Razakova

DATES: JUN 03 – JUN 11, 2017 11:00 – 5:00PM – ADMISSION FREE

For nine days in summer, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is transformed into a public showcase of the work of our graduating students, the majority of whom are completing undergraduate degrees. This year, we’ll be featuring the work of students from Art, Design, and ESALA (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture).

LATE NIGHT OPENINGS: JUN 07 – JUN 08, 2017 11:00 – 8:00PM


  • MAY 31, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00PM (ESALA)
  • JUN 01, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00PM (Art & Design – Business)
  • JUN 02, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00PM (Art & Design – Friends and family)

VENUE: The Degree Show will take place across several sites this year

  • ECA Main Building, Lauriston Place – Art and Design.
  • Evolution House, West Port – Design.
  • Minto House, Chambers Street – ESALA.
  • Adam House, Chambers Street – ESALA.


Highlands to Hindustan

DATE: OCT 24, 2017 1:00PM – 2:00PM · ADMISSION FREE


It is with pleasure that we have been able to arrange a special viewing of some of the Indian miniatures that were included in the recent exhibition ‘Highlands to Hindustan’. Dr Sharma and Dr Grout, co-curators of the exhibition, will give a talk about the miniatures and their research.

Numbers are limited to 15 so please email if you wish to attend.

VENUE: Research Suite, Main Library, 30 George Sq, EH8 9LJ


Anatomy collection

DATE: FEB 08, 2018 2:00PM – 4:00PM · ADMISSION £5

Dear Friends

Our next scheduled event on 8th February is a visit and talk about the University’s unique and extraordinary Anatomical Collections – a rare insight into the history of collecting at one of the world’s great and historic schools of medicine. The visit will be lead by Joan Smith and Malcolm MacCallum.

Joan Smith is distinguished artist who formerly lectured in anatomical drawing at ECA. She has conducted research into medical casts and their role in art education, including the famous ‘Smugglerius’ in the ECA cast Collection. Joan is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies at ECA.

Malcolm MacCallum is curator of the Anatomical Museum at UoE, he has researched the rich medical history of collections held in Scotland’s museums.

Please meet at the Old Medical School, Teviot Place at 2pm. Places are limited to 10 so please email me to reserve a place as soon as possible.

Thank you, I look forward to seeing you on the 8th February.

VENUE: Old Medical School, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG


Euan playing lute

DATE: MAR 14, 2018 2:00PM – 4:00PM · ADMISSION £5

The next event on our annual programme will be a visit to the Musical Instruments Collections at St. Cecilia’s Hall. Margaret Stewart and Dr Jenny Nex will describe and illustrate their collaboration in making a documentary film about architecture and landscape design in Scotland around 1700. Music plays a vital role in bringing mood, texture and cultural context to the film. We will see some clips and an animation from the film, and see some musical instruments of the period.

VENUE: St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry St, EH1 1NQ



Drawing on table with pencil

DATE: JAN 14, 2020 5:30PM · ADMISSION £5
VENUE: Sculpture Court & Main Lecture Theatre, ECA, EH3 9DF

Jonathan Gibbs is a Trustee of FEUVA and we are particularly pleased to host this event to honour his retiral from ECA (but not from his trusteeship). Jonny will guide us round his exhibition in the Sculpture Court at ECA, then deliver an illustrated lecture in the Main Lecture Theatre about his career in illustration.


FEUVA woodcut by Jonathan Gibbs

DATE: FEB 18, 2020 6:30PM · ADMISSION £5 – students free
VENUE: George Square Main Library, 30 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ

Visit with Lindy Richardson to see her embroidery exhibition ‘Touching Stitches’.