The School of Art Friday Lectures is a public series of talks by leading national and international artists and thinkers.

This year, the Lectures are focused around the School’s research clusters: Futurity, Material, Narrative, Sexes and Temporality.

The School of Art’s practice-led research embodies and critically reflects upon new registers of contemporary art, whilst rearticulating processes and practices associated with established artistic media.

Lectures take place on selected Fridays at 11.30am in our Main Lecture Theatre (E22) at the Lauriston Campus. 

With the exception of our two, day-long events (see below), each talk lasts for an hour and a half, including time for questions and discussion.

All talks are FREE and open to all.

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4 Nov 2016 | Corin Sworn | Find out more >

11 Nov 2016 | Martin Herbert | Find out more > 

18 Nov 2016 | Hannah Sawtell | Find out more >

25 Nov 2016 | Bisan Abu Eisheh | Find out more >

Sexes (all day event)

20 Jan 2017 | Lisa Robertson & Sophie Collins | Find out more >


27 Jan 2017 | Lucy Soutter | Find out more >

3 Feb 2017 | Dee Heddon | Find out more >

10 Feb 2017 | Melanie Gilligan | Find out more >

17 Feb 2017 | Filipa Ramos | Find out more >


3 Mar 2017 | Kenny Hunter | Find out more >

10 Mar 2017 | Cosey Fanni Tutti and David Keenan | Find out more >

17 Mar 2017 | David Sherry | Find out more >

Narrative (all day event)

24 Mar 2017 | Claire Walsh & Suzanne van der Lingen | Find out more >


Previous Friday Lecture Series

In the last two years, we have welcomed 35 Friday Lectures guests to ECA, including Bob & Roberta Smith, Ciara Phillips, Mark McGowan (The Artist Taxi Driver), Susan Hiller, Paul Seawright, Agata Pyzik, Cally Spooner, Martin Creed and Egill Saebjornsson.

Find out more about previous Friday Lecture Series

You may also be interested in the History of Art Research Seminar Series (Hunter Building Lecture Theatre, selected Thursdays, 5.15pm). This semester, we welcome guests from Royal Holloway, the Universities of Glasgow, Minnesota, Leicester and Middlesex, and the National Galleries of Scotland, and hear from two of our colleagues in Edinburgh. All talks are FREE and open to all.

Find out more about the History of Art Research Seminar Series

Study Art and History of Art at ECA

We have six undergraduate programmes in Art and History of Art at ECA, including a combined, five-year MA in Fine Art, and 13 postgraduate programmes.

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