Programme: Painting - BA (Hons)

Year: 2014

In this article, we focus on Sophie Rachel Hopkinson, who graduated in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Painting. This is Sophie’s account of her first year since leaving Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)

As a result of my Degree Show, I received both the Royal Scottish Academy’s RSA: NEW CONTEMPORARIES Exhibition Award and the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) Invited Graduate Award. I was also long-listed for the Saatchi New Sensations competition. All of these gave me a great start and generated interest in my work, which has been sustained throughout the year.

Soon after graduating, I was invited to take part in a Royal Watercolour Society exhibition and the EX exhibition at the Blip Blip Blip art gallery in Leeds, which specifically focused on recent graduates who completed their foundation course at Leeds College of Art.

I then took part in the SSA exhibition, which featured a number of pieces from my Degree Show, and in the RSA: NEW CONTEMPORARIES exhibition, showcasing a selection of new work.

"For me, the most important aspect of ECA was the interaction that I experienced with like-minded people in the inspiring environment the College offered.  Since graduating, I have continued to create new work, using a shared studio space close to ECA with a number of other recent graduates."

Sophie Hopkinson, Painting - BA (Hons) graduate

At the RSA show, I received purchase prizes from Walter Scott Global Investments and from Art in Healthcare, an organisation which owns over 600 pieces of art that are displayed in healthcare environments. They have since re-exhibited the work that they purchased at the Open Days exhibition in Edinburgh, which featured art by a number of ECA alumni such as Barbara Rae, William Baillie, Nina Pope, John Houston and Frances Walker; it was lovely to be involved with such a worthy organisation.

In the last two months, the Fleming Collection in London have exhibited four pieces of my work in their annual New Scottish Artistsexhibition and, most recently, a number of my drawings have been included in the Coalesce exhibition at Glasgow Print Studio.

For me, the most important aspect of ECA was the interaction that I experienced with like-minded people in the inspiring environment the College offered.  Since graduating, I have continued to create new work, using a shared studio space close to ECA with a number of other recent graduates.


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