Eighteen recent graduates from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) were selected by the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) to exhibit in its annual showcase of emerging talent, RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES.

Of the 18 exhibiting alumni, eight are from the Painting programme, and the remaining ten are from Architecture, Fine Art, Intermedia, Photography and Sculpture.

This year, the exhibiting schools of architecture were each represented by a graduate (or graduate team) selected by architecture Convenor Robin Webster RSA. Our exhibiting Architecture alumni Sheryl Lam, Ezmira Peraj, Alecsandra Trofin, and Leo Xian won the esteemed RSA Architecture Prize for their work 'The Malecón Sea Room' reimagining Havana’s iconic Malecón coastal road.

MA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Shipei Wang took home both The Stevenson Award for painting (£5,000) and the Glasgow Print Studio Award while BA (Hons) Painting graduate Gregor Horne received the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) Graduate Research Award.

The ESW Graduate Research Award covers developmental support including one-year membership of ESW, a £300 bursary to use on production materials, training time with technicians, and four mentoring sessions with other members of ESW’s programming staff.

Daniel Craddock and Emily Herring, both Painting graduates, earned the RSA Art Prize (£400) and the RSA Carnegie Scholarship (£200) respectively.

Speaking of the selection at this year's show, Michael Agnew RSA said: "[t]his exhibition [of mainly new work] offers the best of everything in terms of materiality, methodologies including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and models...there is something here for everyone."

Our exhibiting Architecture alumni Sheryl Lam, Ezmira Peraj, Alecsandra Trofin, and Leo Xian won the esteemed RSA Architecture Prize
Image by Suzanne Ewing
Our exhibiting Architecture alumni Sheryl Lam, Ezmira Peraj, Alecsandra Trofin, and Leo Xian won the esteemed RSA Architecture Prize

""The 63 participants (artists and architects) on display are, I believe, the lifeblood of our cultural DNA for many years to come.""

Michael Agnew RSA, Exhibition Convenor

About RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES

Now in its eleventh year, RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES offers a unique chance to see some of Scotland’s finest emerging talent under one roof.

The exhibition showcases the work of 63 graduates selected from the 2018 degree shows by Convenor Michael Agnew (RSA), with assistance from fellow academicians and representatives from the five main art colleges in Scotland. This year, the exhibition features a wonderful array of painting, sculpture, film-making, photography, printmaking, installation and architecture.

The exhibiting graduates from our Art and History of Art disciplines are:

  • Georgia Bew, Theo Christy, Plum Cloutman, Daniel Craddock, Emily Herring, Gregor Horne, Pavel Isupov and Ilya Uvarov from BA (Hons) Painting
  • Alice Dudgeon and Molly Lambert, both BA (Hons) Intermedia alumna
  • Emily Dunlop and Shipei Wang from our five-year MA (Hons) Fine Art programme
  • Alex Hall, BA (Hons) Photography graduate
  • Amy Truscott, BA (Hons) Sculpture graduate
Image: Amy Truscott, Coral, 2019, photo by Julie Howden
Photo by Julie Howden, courtesy of The Royal Scottish Academy
'Coral' (2019) by Amy Truscott, 2018 BA (Hons) Sculpture graduate
Image courtesy of Royal Scottish Academy
Image courtesy of Royal Scottish Academy
NEW CONTEMPORARIES in Gallery VII at the Royal Scottish Academy

The annual RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES exhibition opened on 9 March and runs until 3 April 2019 at the Royal Scottish Academy on The Mound, Edinburgh.