Friday Lecture Series Margaret Salmon Edinburgh College of Art

This seminar by guest speaker, Margaret Salmon, is the 13th in the Friday Lecture Series 2015 – 2016, and the sixth of Semester Two.

Margaret was born in New York and studied photography at The School of Visual Arts and the Royal College of Art. She lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. She creates filmic portraits which weave together poetry and ethnography, actuality and abstraction.

Interested in historic film methods, as well as realist performance and documentary narratives, Salmon is in post-production on her first long form film, Eglantine.



DATE: MAR 18, 2016 11:30 – 1:00PM – ADMISSION FREE

Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White work at the intersection of art, music and information networks, and seek to challenge default mechanisms for the authorship, ownership and distribution of art. Their ongoing project Open Music Archive is an initiative to source, digitise and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings and is a vehicle for collaborative projects exploring the material’s potential for reuse.

VENUE: Main Lecture Theatre (E22), ECA Main Building, Edinburgh EH3 9DF



DATE: MAR 20, 2016 6:00 – 8:00PM – ADMISSION FREE (TICKETED)

Åbäke is a collective of graphic designers, Patrick Lacey, Benjamin Reichen, Kajsa Ståhl, Maki Suzuki and Charlotte York, whose work focuses on the social aspect of design and the strength that collaboration can bring to a design project.

Since 2009 a wax sculpture named Fatima has accompanied Åbäke on their travels, meeting people of different nationalities and professions in order to learn about the world around her. As part of British Art Show 8, Fatima will assist Åbäke with an exhibition tour and a public talk.

The tour and talk are independent events. Places are limited and booking is required. If you would like to attend both parts of the event please ensure you sign-up to both.

The tour runs from 6 – 6.45pm. Book your free ticket.

The talk runs from 7 – 8pm. Book your free ticket.

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




James Joyce, Ezra Pound, John Quinn and Ford Madox Ford in Paris, Autumn 1923

James Joyce, Ezra Pound, John Quinn and Ford Madox Ford in Paris, Autumn 1923

DATE: MAR 21, 2016 6:30 – 9:00pm – ADMISSION FREE FOR STUDENTS

Born in 1870, the son of an Irish immigrant baker, John Quinn became one of the most important collectors of modern and avant-garde art of his generation. Between 1911 and 1924, Quinn assembled a collection of approximately 2,500 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by more than 150 European and American artists, which he displayed at his Central Park West apartment.

Robin Paine, celebrated artist and Chair of FEUVA, will give an illustrated lecture.

TICKETS: £5 at the door. Tickets are limited so please come early!

VENUE: Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE



DATE: MAR 25, 2016 11:30 – 1:00PM – ADMISSION FREE

Using theory, philosophers, current affairs and pop cultural figures as alibis to help her write, and casts of arguing characters to help her perform, Cally Spooner produces plotless novellas, disjunctive theatre plays, looping monologues and musical arrangements to stage the movement and behaviour of speech. Working through film, broadcasting, writing and live events, she considers the dissolving boundaries between personal expression and market agendas.

VENUE: Main Lecture Theatre (E22), ECA Main Building, Edinburgh EH3 9DF



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.

ECA Fashion Show 2016

This year the Fashion Show returns to the Sculpture Court, Main Building ECA with 5 shows (1 preview and 4 shows).

Discounted preview show tickets are available for FEUVA members.

To purchase tickets go to ECA’s website, or contact Adele Conn on,

To purchase preview show tickets only visit

Tickets cost £5 + booking fee


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.




FEUVA woodcut by Jonathan Gibbs

DATE: JUN 30, 2016 17:00 – 18:00  ADMISSION FREE

VENUE: Old Boardroom, ECA Main Building, Edinburgh EH3 9DF


Sean Rainbird

DATE: JUN 30, 2016 18:30 – 20:00  ADMISSION FREE

This year we are delighted to welcome Sean Rainbird to deliver the lecture on the subject ‘Use it or Lose it: Collections and their Public in an Age of Austerity’.

Sean Rainbird, is the Director of the National Gallery of Ireland. He was formerly the Director of Staatsgalerie of Stuttgart, Germany. He has extensive experience in the management and curation of art collections at a national and international level through the UK and Europe.

Each year FEUVA and the Talbot Rice Gallery commemorate the art historian and former Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh, Sir David Talbot Rice, with a lecture by a distinguished member of the arts community. Former speakers include Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs in Scotland in 2014 as well as Nicky Wilson of Jupiter Arts, Simon Groom of the Gallery of Modern Art.

VENUE: Main Lecture Theatre (E22), ECA Main Building, Edinburgh EH3 9DF