ECA’s presence at the show includes the Talbot Rice Gallery exhibition Trading Zone with work by current and former students. 

Staff from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) are currently in Shanghai, China to take part in FutureLab, an international event focussed on art and design education.

FutureLab, at the West Bund Art Centre, runs from 25 November to 1 December. Over 30 of the world’s leading art and design schools are attending to showcase and explore creative teaching and learning in the subjects.

The event consists of three sections covering exhibitions, on-site workshops and thematic forums.

With previous support from Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) and Talbot Rice Gallery (the University of Edinburgh’s art gallery), ECA has taken an exhibition called Trading Zone to FutureLab. This exhibition of work by seven current and former students from across the University of Edinburgh is a showcase of cross-disciplinary collaboration in action.

Work by Gabrielle Gillott
Image: Melissa MacRobert
Work by ECA alumna Gabrielle Gillott, on show at Trading Zone Shanghai

FutureLab comprises three sections covering exhibitions, on-site workshops and thematic forums.

Professor Juan Cruz, ECA’s Principal, said: “Our participation in FutureLab with Trading Zone stems from a desire to explore and share the diversity of student practice taking place at ECA and across the University. It provides an excellent platform to showcase our leading innovative practice and research, as well as our engagement with industry and professional sectors. It will also enable us to enhance our International profile and to develop new partnerships across the world.”

One current student whose work is included in the exhibition is Daphne Jiyeon Jang, who is currently in her second year of her MFA in Contemporary Art Practice. Daphne recently won the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Keith Prize for the best work by a student of any age studying Fine Art at a Scottish art college.

Daphne said: “Taking part in Trading Zone at FutureLab is an amazing chance for me to be introduced to the art scene in Shanghai which has a big market in Asia. Also, the West Bund Art Centre is gaining more prominence as a hub of contemporary art because it now contains the Pompidou Centre’s first Chinese outpost.”

The other participating artists are:

  • Gabrielle Gillott, MA Fine Art, 2019
  • Asad Khan, PhD Architecture
  • Cat & Éiméar McClay, BA (Hons) Intermedia, 2019
  • Amelia Tan, Intermedia BA (Hons), 2018
  • Neslihan Tepehan, PhD Product Design
Dr Juliette MacDonald, Director of the ECA/SCF Partnership with Jade Xiang, Office Director for SCF
Image: Mia Liu, SCF
Dr Juliette MacDonald, Director of the ECA/SCF Partnership with Jade Xiang, Office Director for SCF
L-R: Ling Min, Professor of Art History at Shanghai University; Melissa MacRobert, TRG Exhibitions Manager; Stuart Bennett, Senior Lecturer in Art; Zhou Tiehai, Artist, Director of the West Bund Art & Design Fair and Director of FutureLab.
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L-R: Ling Min, Professor of Art History at Shanghai University; Melissa MacRobert, TRG Exhibitions Manager; Stuart Bennett, Senior Lecturer in Art; Zhou Tiehai, Artist, Director of the West Bund Art & Design Fair and Director of FutureLab

Representing ECA at one of the academics forums is Stuart Bennett, a senior lecturer in Art and former ECA acting Principal, who will be talking about the most important thing students need to learn in an art and design education. 

Also present at the showcase are academic colleagues from the partnership with Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (SCF), Donghua University. The work on show is by Fashion and Interior Design graduates from SCF.



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