In March 2017, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) graduates from the last 56 years gathered for the second of our special alumni evenings at Talbot Rice Gallery, as part of the ECA alumni programme.
As part of the ECA alumni programme which launched last year, graduates were invited to enjoy an exclusive tour of Talbot Rice Gallery, the public art gallery for the University of Edinburgh, with curators - and fellow alumni - James Clegg and Stuart Fallon. The evening gave graduates the opportunity to share stories, each providing a different perspective of their time at ECA.
"The alumni evenings at Talbot Rice are a great way for ECA graduates of all ages to get together for an informal tour of the current exhibitions, and enjoy a glass of wine with the curators," said Stuart Fallon, Assistant Curator at the gallery.
In 2011, following the merger of ECA and the University of Edinburgh, there came a strengthening of a long-running relationship between the art college and the gallery as well as a revitalisation of the University’s Collections.
There were three exhibitions for the alumni to explore. Gallery 1 hosted the Between poles and tides exhibition, which featured new acquisitions from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection, including works from five ECA alumni. The work captivated attendees and led to interesting discussions surrounding the topics of time, appropriation and the divisive nature of art.
In Kate V Robertson’s Gallery 3 exhibition Object(hood) artefacts from the University’s collection took centre stage through video and sound. The graduates then enjoyed spotting some of the items from the video as they moved through to Gallery 2 to conclude their tour with the Torrie Collection, the University’s founding art collection.
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