Of the sixty three graduates selected from the 2017 degree shows across Scotland, fourteen are from ECA, representing the four undergraduate BA (Hons) programmes in the School of Art, the Fine Art – MA (Hons) programme and our postgraduate Master of Architecture (MArch) programme. As well as a month-long exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, RSA New Contemporaries incorporates a series of awards announced on the opening night of the exhibition. Of the fourteen talented ECA alumni exhibiting, five have also picked up awards for their work.
The winner of this year’s RSA Chalmers-Jervise Prize was Painting – BA (Hons) graduate Sophie Edwards. Giulia Gentili, a graduate of our five-year MA (Hons) degree in Fine Art (which combines History of Art with art practice), won the RSA Friends Award for her resin cast sculpture of driftwood called Shuna. Sculpture - BA (Hons) graduate Lara Hirst has been awarded the RSA Art Prize for her alchemic work with gold. Lara’s work was recognised numerous times last year after winning the Astaire Prize and receiving a commission for an installation at the soon-to-be-opened Higgs Centre for Innovation.
Claire Longridge, Master of Architecture (MArch) graduate, won the RSA Medal for Architecture. 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.