As our Degree Show opens to the public, 15 final year students are celebrating being chosen by the Royal Scottish Academy for its annual graduate showcase, RSA New Contemporaries.

Selected on the basis of the work they exhibit at the Degree Show, the students come from all four disciplines within the School of Art, our unique five-year Fine Art degree, and our Master of Architecture programme.

RSA New Contemporaries takes place each year at the Royal Scottish Academy on The Mound in Edinburgh. The tenth annual show, in spring 2018, will feature 15 final year students from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA): twelve from the School of Art; two from the School of History of Art (where our Fine Art programme is based); and one from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Painting

Of the 15 students, six are from the final year of our Painting - BA (Hons) programme. They are: Sophie Edwards; Tess Glen; Samantha Parkhouse; Alexandra Roddan; Chiara Von Puttkamer; and Juanita Zaldua.

Edith Pritchett, who has studied our five-year Fine Art - MA (Hons) degree, a combination of art history and art practice, also specialises in Painting.

Photography, Intermedia and Sculpture

Our Photography - BA (Hons) programme will be represented at the tenth annual RSA New Contemporaries by Fiona Steel and Craig Waddell.

Intermedia - BA (Hons) will be represented by Adam Castle.

Sculpture - BA (Hons) will be represented by Beth Hadshar, Lara Hirst and Michael Kay.

Selected Fine Art - MA (Hons) student, Giualla Gentili, also specialises in Sculpture.

Architecture

Claire Longridge will be representing our two-year Master of Architecture (MArch) programme. This is delivered through thematically-focused elective design studios, of which Claire studied in the Athens: Salvaging Urbanism studio led by Professor Mark Dorrian and Dr Aikaterini Antonopoulou. 

Claire's project, Archaeological Mechanisms, is a series of interventions on the Acropolis of Athens. Reflecting upon the ongoing process of conservation, the work offers a subtle critique of the dominant role the ancient site plays within contemporary Athens, a city itself falling into disrepair in the context of economic crisis.

Claire has said:

"To be selected by the Royal Scottish Academy for New Contemporaries is such a great honour and I am thrilled at being given the opportunity to exhibit my work on such a prestigious platform.

I have done both my undergraduate and Masters degrees here (at ECA); my fellow students have become great friends of mine, the studio-based working environment has been great and I have thoroughly enjoyed the courses."

Awards

As well as a month-long exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, RSA New Contemporaries incorporates a series of awards announced each spring.

In March 2017, eight ECA graduates were awarded prizes and bursaries, including the RSA Architecture Prize, the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Award, the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy Award, and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Graduate Research Award.

It was the second year in a row that an ECA graduate was announced as the winner of the £10,000 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Award, which involves a residency and exhibition, work accessioned for the Glenfiddich Collection, and entry into the London exhibition, New Scottish Artists at the Fleming Collection.  

The 2016 winner was Sculpture - BA (Hons) graduate, Emily Binks, who said:

“As an emerging artist there really isn't anything greater than what Glenfiddich are offering me; total creative freedom, and the space and time for it to thrive”.

RSA New Contemporaries selections are made at our annual Degree Show, when a host of other prizes are awarded or shortlisted, including by the University of Edinburgh Art Collections, The Number Shop, Visual Arts Scotland and the Society of Scottish Artists. The show is open until Sunday 11th June 2017; late night opening on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th June. Entry is free.