An MFA Sculpture alumna, Eva Isleifs, recently returned to Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) to take up a microresidency post where she worked closely with graduating students from the MA Contemporary Art Practice programme on an exhibition of their artwork. Eva, who graduated in 2010, curated “MICRO”, through which she invited artists from her twin bases of Iceland and Greece to exhibit alongside the students.

The exhibition, which took place in The Embassy Gallery (14th – 23rd September 2018) revolved around the notion of “καιρός | Kairos”, meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment, and considered the transition of graduates out into the wider world. Eva worked with the gallery and students to explore how the presentation of Degree Show work might be reconfigured into this collective exhibition. She was invited by John Beagles, Programme Director on the Contemporary Art Practice programme.

“Her dynamic approach and energy came at a vital time for the students,” said Dr Kristin Mojsiewicz, a Lecturer in Art, “it encouraged them to move decisively into a professional realm out with the College, and to be ambitious in their reach.”

Eva is the co-founder of both A – DASH, an artist studios and exhibition space in Athens, and Places, an art biennale in the West of Iceland. Plans are underway for Eva to develop more concrete links between Athens and Edinburgh, along with Augustus Veinoglou, a former microresident and founder-director of SNEHTA projects in the Greek capital.

Image: Caitlin Dick
Image: Caitlin Dick
Image: Stephanie Wilson
Image: Stephanie Wilson

The artists featured in the exhibition were:

  • Alex Allan
  • Örn Alexander Ámundason
  • Una Margrét Árnadóttir
  • Ridzwan Aziz
  • Joe Beveridge
  • Josh Corkill
  • Caitlin Dick
  • Catriona Gallagher
  • Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir
  • Katrín Inga
  • David Kirshoff
  • Aristeidis Lappas
  • Huai-Ya Lin
  • Stephanie McGowan
  • Claudia Miller
  • Charlotte Nieuwenhuys
  • David Sherry
  • Stephanie Wilson

Microresidency opportunities at ECA are intended to support a graduate to pursue a short research project during the academic year. They include a £1000 honorarium, and candidates are encouraged to make a valuable contribution to ECA’s postgraduate culture.

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