Gabrielle Gillott won the £10k Glenfiddich Residency Award, the largest award for an emerging artist in Scotland.

In late winter each year, the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) showcases the work of recent graduates from Scotland’s five art colleges.

Edinburgh College of Art has had great success in previous years and this time round is no exception.

Gabrielle Gillott, MA (Hons) Fine Art, won the £10,000 Glenfiddich Residency Award, the largest prize for an emerging artist in Scotland.

Work by Hugo Harris, MA (Hons) Fine Art
Image: Julie Howden
Work by Hugo Harris, MA (Hons) Fine Art

"Our alumni's work in New Contemporaries 2020 covers the disciplines of architecture, intermedia, fine art, painting and sculpture.  "

For her Degree Show in 2019, Gabrielle constructed a bunker inspired by people stockpiling food and household goods to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Everything in the bunker was painted in a shade of purple called ‘Safe Haven’.

For the RSA exhibition, she created a new three-room bunker installation titled ‘Reading Room, Hidey Hole, Secret Room’.

Gabrielle will now join artists from around the world for a three-month residency at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Moray, in the summer. The artists are given a house and studio, a monthly stipend of £1,400 each and a £5,800 budget to create new work.

Suzanne Anthony, MA (Hons) Fine Art, won the RSA Art Prize.

Brandon Logan, MA (Hons) Fine Art, was awarded the RSA Carnegie Scholarship and the MacLaine Watters Medal.

Hugo Harris, MA (Hons) Fine Art and Alex Hayward, BA (Hons) Painting, jointly won the RSA Friends Award.

Zuzana Ullmannová, BA (Hons) Painting, won the Arusha Gallery Award and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Graduate Research Award.

Linda O Keefe, Head of ECA’s School of Art, said, “We are incredibly proud of the works produced by students of art. They represent years of examination, experimentation and investigation of concepts and ideas. Critically, their work highlights the varied ways in which students of art develop their practice through a diverse range of mediums and materials. These emerging artists are producing works that address a variety of complex questions about the social, the technical and the aesthetic, and we are delighted that they are being recognised for this.” 

Kate Le Masurier and Andrew Chavet, both Masters of Architecture, jointly won the RSA Architecture Prize.

Participating 2019 graduates

  • Suzanne Anthony, MA (Hons ) Fine Art
  • Sarah Burns; BA (Hons) Intermedia
  • Gabrielle Gillott, MA (Hons) Fine Art
  • Magdalena Gunkowska, BA (Hons) Sculpture
  • Hugo Harris, MA (Hons) Fine Art
  • Alex Hayward, BA (Hons) Painting
  • Edith Hicks, BA (Hons) Sculpture
  • Brandon Logan, MA (Hons) Fine Art
  • Harry Lusty, BA (Hons) Sculpture
  • Robyn Seabright, BA (Hons) Sculpture
  • Lola Stong-Brett, BA (Hons) Painting
  • Zuzana Ullmannová, BA (Hons) Painting
  • Kate Le Masurier, Master of Architecture
  • Andrew Chavet, Master of Architecture

New Contemporaries is open to the public until the 11th of March 2020 at the RSA Galleries on the Mound in Edinburgh.