FEUVA christmas poster objects

DATE: DEC 14, 2017 7:00PM – 9:30PM · ADMISSION £10


FEUVA is proud to announce a very special evening at Evolution House boardroom with magnificent views of Edinburgh Castle. Members and friends can enjoy complimentary wine and finger food, accompanied by world class musicians. There will also be an Art Quiz with a special prize for the lucky winner.

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


Omelette Talk

DATE: NOV 27, 2018 7:00PM – 8:00PM · ADMISSION £5

Chris Duffy from The Auchtermuchty Food Museum tells the story of how the purchase
of a battered cookbook in 1983 snowballed into a journey of obsessive collecting. In
How to make an Omelette he shares items from the collection as he tries to answer one
question – WHY?

Tuck into a tasting menu that includes books, manuscripts, artworks and documentary
objects from the 15th Century to the present day.

Eclectic and eccentric this talk tells a story of food, life and one collector’s search for

VENUE: Teaching Room 5.21 (formerly Board Room), Evolution House, 78 West Port, EH1 2LE


Strategy Get Arts

VENUE: West Court, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

Strategy Get Arts: In Conversation with the Artist Alexander Hamilton (60 mins)

Q & A after the film.

Strategy: Get Arts was held in the summer of 1970 at Edinburgh College of Art. This ground-breaking exhibition was curated by Richard Demarco and featured works by Joseph Beuys, and other canonical figures of post-1945 art such as Gerhard Richter, Blinky Palermo, Sigmar Polke and Günter Uecker.

The film features archive photographs by George Oliver of this important event and takes the form of an interview between the artist Alex Hamilton (an assistant during the exhibition) and Dr Christian Weikop, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary German Art at ECA.

Reserve seats on Eventbright

* Drinks reception

Alexander Hamilton and Christian Weikop

Alex Hamilton and Christian Weikop


Phillipson in his Studio

DATE: MAR 26, 2019 6:30PM – 8:30PM · ADMISSION £5 FEUVA members *, £8 non-members
VENUE: Teaching Room 5.21, Evolution House, 78 West Port, EH1 2LE

The painter Sir Robin Philipson (1916-92) is the subject of a new biography by Elizabeth Cumming. In this talk she discusses the writing of the book, and in particular his commitment to colour in design, the craft of painting and the value of tradition to modern art.

Dr Elizabeth Cumming is an honorary Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. The first Keeper of the Edinburgh City Art Centre, she later taught design history at the Edinburgh College of Art. She has published extensively on Scottish art and design including the Scottish Colourists and the Arts & Crafts movement.

Drinks reception



Children play around David Harding sculpture in Glenrothes

VENUE: Room 5.21 (Boardroom), Evolution House, 78 West Port, EH1 2LE


Concrete Safari (dir. Carolyn Scott + Andy Sim)

Glenrothes was founded 1948, largely to serve the coal industry, and it is Scotland’s second post-war new town. In 2018 Carolyn Scott and Andy Sim were commissioned to make this short documentary about the influential artworks of David Harding as Glenrothes Town Artist.


Glenrothes, Concrete and Community: Andrew Demetrius in conversation with David Harding

David Harding’s practice as Town Artist in Glenrothes from 1968-78 has been documented by Andrew Demetrius who is a curator and PhD researcher at St Andrews University. Discussion will examine how Harding’s work was shaped by the environment and community in which he lived, and reflect upon the creation and legacy of town art in Glenrothes.

* Wine reception after the event



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 – 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



DATE: november 19, 2019 6:30PM · ADMISSION £5*
VENUE: Room 5.21 (Boardroom), Evolution House, 78 West Port, EH1 2LE


Loudoun – a film about Landscape Design in Scotland around 1700 (37 mins), with short talk by producer/director Margaret Stewart

Margaret Stewart is Honorary Secretary of FEUVA and a Lecturer in Architectural History at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Loudoun is a documentary film by staff, students and recent graduates of Edinburgh College of Art. It is about the origins of landscape design in Scotland around 1700.

It begins by telling the true story of how two boys in 1690 find a way to commemorate their dead parents by designing a garden. The film was shot at Lennoxlove Castle in East Lothian, and at various outdoor locations. The film illustrates a great but little-known national heritage of vast formal designed landscapes in Scotland around 1700. These were modelled on the great park at the Palace of Versailles.

The film demonstrates the wide-ranging talents of students and staff at Edinburgh College of Art – it includes animations, live action scenes, drone footage of landscapes and specially recorded music.

* Wine reception after the event


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’.


DATE: MAR 05, 2020 6:30PM · ADMISSION £5 – students 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.


FEUVA woodcut by Jonathan Gibbs

DATE: MAR 24, 2020 2;00PM · ADMISSION £5 – students free
VENUE: The Gyle, Edinburgh

Visit to the University art collections’ store at The Gyle with UoE Art Curator Julie-Ann Delaney.