The School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is pleased to announce a number of Artist in Residence opportunities for artists/designers in a range of disciplines. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st May 2017.

This is a voluntary scheme whereby emerging artists and designers are given access to ECA facilities and studio space, for which there would be no charge, and the opportunity to develop new skills and experiences through assisting staff with guiding students in developing their creative practice.

A small number of places are available in the following disciplines:

  • Animation
  • Design Informatics
  • Fashion
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Jewellery and Silversmithing
  • Product
  • Textiles

Each residency will start in September and run to the end of August, with a maximum duration of 12 months (confirmed dates will be agreed with the discipline areas within one month of interview and offer).

The Artists in Residence role provides an opportunity to gain experience of sharing practice within an educational environment.

Skills/experience for the Artist in Residence role:

  • A graduate in the specific discipline or a closely related area
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to concisely explain/impart knowledge, skills and a new perspective to students
  • Enthusiasm and flexibility with regards to gaining experience within the subject area and ECA as a whole
  • It is desirable that a candidate has a developing creative design practice and would be able to articulate this experience to design students

The University’s Institute for Academic Development has a wide range of short courses and drop in sessions that are accessible to all artist in residence, staff and students to support demonstrating, teaching and pastoral support activities.

Please note: Due to the nature of this residency, paid employment within the University of Edinburgh is not permitted during the duration of the residency.  Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide proof of their existing right of abode in the UK prior to interview.

Full information, including on eligibility, is included in our Residency Agreement

To apply, please:

  • complete the Application Form (see below), including the names of two referees (who may be contacted if successful after interview)
  • submit this together with a current CV and a covering letter noting your proposed area of development/enquiry in your creative practice. Please also include a clear link to a website or Dropbox with approximately six titled pieces of current work
  • complete and submit the Additional Personal Information and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Forms (see below)

Applications can be submitted either online to or by post to:

Ms Joan Wallace

Edinburgh College of Art

University of Edinburgh

School of Design

2nd Floor, Evolution House

78 Westport

Edinburgh EH1 2LE

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st May 2017