As well as developing her own practice, Claire will be involved in teaching students and engaging with the University Collections.

Internationally acclaimed artist Claire Barclay has recently taken up a new printmaking residency here at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). The residency is supported by University of Edinburgh graduate Mark Astaire.

Claire graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1993 with a Masters of Fine Art. She works predominantly with sculpture and print processes, and is recognised for her large-scale installations.

She is currently exhibiting work as part of ‘Strange Foreign Bodies’, an exhibition at The Huntarian Art Gallery in Glasgow. In 2017 she created an ambitious solo exhibition ‘Yield Point’ for Tramway, Glasgow. In 2003 she represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale, with an installation at the Pilazzo Giustinian-Lolin. Other solo exhibitions include ‘Openwide’ at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, 'Shadow Spans' at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, ‘Pale Heights', Mudam, Luxembourg, and more recently, ‘Bright Bodies’, as part of Glasgow International Festival 2016. Previous residencies include a 2013 stay at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and IASPIS, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg in 2012.

Claire’s residency will run for the duration of the 2018/19 academic year.


""I look at the residency as a great opportunity to create two-way dialogues and explore alternative approaches to learning.""

Claire Barclay, Printmaker in Residence, Edinburgh College of Art

Claire’s residency will run for the duration of the 2018/19 academic year.

She is in the exploratory stages of working with letterpress, something she hasn’t done before. She also intends to explore a number of themes during her time at ECA that relate to her explorations of the University Collections.

Along with developing her own practice, Claire will be involved in teaching students, having previously taught at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and the Glasgow School of Art. To kick this off, she will be teaching second year painting students during a one-day workshop aimed at exploring the crossover between sculpture and print in 2D and 3D processes.

“I’m really interested in the organic connections that come out of working alongside students within a workshop environment. I look at the residency as a great opportunity to create two-way dialogues and explore alternative approaches to learning. ”

Claire is interested in building dialogues with ECA staff and students and is hoping that anyone who is curious to hear more about her residency projects will seek her out. She is based in Studio E9 in the Main Building and you can leave a message on her noticeboard or email her (v1cbarc3@exseed.ed.ac.uk).



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