DATE: OCTOBER 22, 2019 6:30PM · ADMISSION £5*
VENUE: Room 5.21 (Boardroom), Evolution House, 78 West Port, EH1 2LE


Scottish Artists in an Age of Radical Change 1945 to the Present by Bill Hare

Bill Hare is a Trustee of FEUVA and a distinguished historian and curator of 20th-century Scottish Art. Bill will discuss the writing and researching of his book.

Joan Eardley, Alan Davie, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ian Hamilton Findlay, Boyle Family, Craigie Aitchison, Barbara Rae, John Bellany, Alexander Moffat, John McLean, Bill Scot, Joyce Cairns, Steven Campbell, Ken Currie, Lys Hansen, Alison Watt, Douglas Gordon and Kevin Harman ‚Äď these are some of the artists whose work reflects the radical and complex transformations of the post-war period. These Scottish artists not only observed and absorbed the socio-economic and technological changes taking places during this era, but also devised a wide range of innovative ways to represent and creatively re-present those changes and their powerful impact on our times.
Through a compilation of in-depth interviews with the artists themselves and accompanying critical essays, Bill Hare here examines the richly diverse work of these important figures in modern and contemporary visual culture, revealing the intellectual power and artistic imagination of those who have created one of the greatest eras in the history of Scottish art.

Signed copies will be available to purchase on the evening.

* Wine reception after the event

    Dec 12, 7:00PM
    FEUVA CHRISTMAS PARTY! Music, drinks, nibbles, a raffle and the ART QUIZ Date: December 12th 2023 Time: 7pm to 10pm Venue: Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square EH1 2BW Cost: £20 per person for fundraising Tickets will be on sale through Eventbrite


DATE: MAR 05, 2020 6:30PM · ADMISSION £5 Рstudents free
VENUE: Room 5.21, Evolution House, 78 West Port, EH1 2LE

Illustrated talk with Ed Hollis, Professor of Interior Design at ECA

From the construction of India’s first coalmine in 1832 to the arrival of the Railway in the 1860s and the steel industry in the early 20th century, the conurbation of Asansol in West Bengal has been the product and the agent of colonial and modernising processes, of which the architecture of railway colony and industrial works form tangible traces.

At the same time, Asansol is home to other built heritages from the same era: tribal buri shrines, thriving temples to the goddess Durga, and the royal houses of Panchakot and Malia. They trouble the colonial story, betraying the complexity of negotiations between Modernity and the Orient, as they produced one another in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Far from tourist trail or metropolis, this complex built fabric is at risk. Its imperial progenitors left seven decades ago, and now heavy industry is also leaving the region, leaving little prospect of any new source of economic renewal on the horizon. At the same time, changes in modes of living, and the complexities of property tenure are rendering what is left redundant and often ruinous.

Like many provincial Indian towns, Asansol lacks much of a cultural heritage infrastructure. There are no public museums or libraries in which its citizens might encounter its histories; and archives are held in corporate or private hands. Consequentially, and paradoxically, the buildings of Asansol, decaying, and undervalued as they might be, form its only accessible public history.

In this talk Ed Hollis, Professor of Interior Design at ECA will narrate his recent work in Asansol, explaining how he is collaborating with activitists in the town who believe that its architectural heritage, undervalued as it is, may hold the key to the revival of its fortunes. This talk will uncover and narrate its complex histories, asking critical questions of contemporary heritage practices, and exploring ways in which an understanding of the past can help people to build a sustainable future for Asansol.

* Wine reception after the illustrated talk

Edward Hollis studied Architecture at Cambridge and Edinburgh followed by a year working for Geoffrey Bawa, the architect renowned for his landscape garden of ruins and follies in the coastal lagoons of Sri Lanka.

Returning to the UK, he worked as an architect for five years in the practice of Richard Murphy in Edinburgh. He now teaches Interior Design in Edinburgh College of Art, ensuring that in work and play, he never has to leave the magic kingdom of Auld Reekie. His prolific research output focuses on the relationship between Architecture and the art of storytelling in History, performance, and myth; but he spends most of his time encouraging students to read, understand, and transform the stories that buildings have to tell.

In Autumn 2009 his award-winning best seller, The Secret Lives of Buildings was published, followed in 2013 with the The Memory Palace: A Book of Lost Interiors.

    Dec 12, 7:00PM
    FEUVA CHRISTMAS PARTY! Music, drinks, nibbles, a raffle and the ART QUIZ Date: December 12th 2023 Time: 7pm to 10pm Venue: Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square EH1 2BW Cost: £20 per person for fundraising Tickets will be on sale through Eventbrite
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“The Love of Scotland: artistic fascination with Scotland‚Äôs landscape as a source for creative inspiration and ideas for centuries.”

The Friends of Edinburgh University Visual Arts (FEUVA) are delighted to announce the David Talbot Rice Memorial Lecture 2021, a prestigious public lecture held annually within The University of Edinburgh.

This year the speaker is Philip Long OBE. Prior to his appointment to the National Trust for Scotland, Philip Long was the founding director of the V&A in Dundee where, under his leadership, the museum received international critical recognition. Formerly he was a senior curator at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Past speakers, who are leading figures in the arts and culture, have included Ms Fiona Hyslop, formerly Scottish Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Tessa Giblin, Director of the Talbot Rice Gallery and Sir Tim O’Shea, the former principal of the University of Edinburgh.

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The David Talbot Rice Memorial Lecture 2022

The David Talbot Rice
Memorial Lecture 2022

Professor Juan Cruz, Principal,
Edinburgh College of Art.

November 3rd at 6:30 pm.
Lecture starting at 7:oo pm followed by a Q&A

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

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.

Tickets are FREE and can be obtained at this Eventbrite link.