The School of Art Friday Lectures is a public series of talks by leading national and international artists and thinkers. The School of Art’s practice-led research embodies and critically reflects upon new registers of contemporary art, whilst rearticulating processes and practices associated with established artistic media.

2020/21 talks

For 2020/21, the School of Art is delighted to welcome a collaboration between the New Art Exchange (NAE) in Nottingham and the School of Art, in the development of our Friday Talk series. This series of talks are a critical part of the engagement our students have with practicing artists, curators and researchers, every year. Over the years the school has presented talks by some of the most interesting emerging and established artists, and through workshops have introduced our students to new ways of thinking about their practice. In 2019 I began a conversation with the one of the curators of NAE Cindy Sissokho and the Diorector of NAE Skinder Hundal about a potential collaboration between our two organisations. The discussions centred around, who the arts were for, where was diversity represented in education and within cultural institutions, and importantly, how can universities be more inclusive and representative of the many different voices within the arts.

We are delighted to have a selection of incredible artists speaking and working with our students over the next two semesters, and very grateful for the work of NAE in helping make this possible. Our plan is to continue to work together to make sure that art is representative of all who contribute to both the practice and theory of contemporary arts.

Unlike previous years the Friday talks will not take place on the ECA campus, instead, the lectures will be made available to view online on the Friday morning of each talk and then for the rest of the academic year. Please follow the Media Hopper link to watch the videos of our speakers on each of the dates listed.

- Dr Linda O Keeffe Head of Art, ECA

 

NAE values art education and is keen to support students studying the arts, be that through higher education or in non-institutional environments. It is vital to offer ‘reality insights’ to support the academic interrogation, learning and research that students undertake. These insights come in many forms, from practical application to hearing from dynamic artist practitioners; the lived experiences of these artists and practitioners of colour capture and offer the full spectrum of life’s contexts.

In a society where localisation means to be global, and in the ever increasingly diverse space we enter, negotiate and engage with, we need a deeper collective appreciation of Britain’s considerable cultural knowledge, informed by and cultivated from people across the continents of the world. NAE is therefore delighted to be co-curating a series of presentations and practical sessions with Edinburgh College of Art at Edinburgh University. It is vital that such partnerships exist in order to enrich and enliven progressive educational and arts sectors.

- Skinder Hundal MBE Director/CEO of New Art Exchange

 

Talk listings

9 October 2020 | Barby Asante | View event >

23 October 2020 | Michaela Yearwood-Dan | View event >

Postponed: more details to follow | Shiraz Bajoo | View event >

27November 2020 | Abbas Zahedi | View event >

5 February 2021 | Favour Jonathan | View event >

26 February 2021 | Maryam Wahid | View event >

12 March 2021 | Hardeep Pandhal | View event >

26 March 2021 | Languid Hands Rabz Lansiquot and Imani | View event >

Previous series

2019/20

Semester 1

27 Sep 2019 | Victoria Morton | Coming Into the Nearness of Distance

27 Sep 2019 | An afternoon of Art and Science, Presented by Fusion: Art meets Science at the University of Edinburgh

11 Oct 2019 | Aideen BarryRemote Control

18 Oct 2019 | Isabel Noguira

25 Oct 2019 | Melanie JordanKiosks, Slogans and Social Montage

8 Nov 2019 | Celine Condorelli

22 Nov 2019 | Margaret Salmon

Semester 2

24 Jan 2020 | George Barber

7 Feb 2020 | David Blandy and Larry Achiampong

14 Feb 2020 | Raisa KabirMaterialising gendered archives: weaving, language, and the global textile object

28 Feb 2020 | Tizzy Cannucci

13 Mar 2020 | Rob MckayFollowing the Flight of the Monarchs

27 Mar 2020 | Kai Sing Tan Cancelled 

 

2018/19

28 Sep 2018 | Angelo Plessas

12 Oct 2018 | Kristen Kreider 

26 Oct 2018 | Dr Deborah Jackson

16 Nov 2018 | Ruth Ewan

25 Jan 2019 | Linda Stupart 

8 Feb 2019 | Marie Thompson

1 Mar 2019 | Margaret Salmon

22 Mar 2019 | Alberta Whittle

 

2017/18 

6 Oct 2017 | Virginia Verran

13 Oct 2017 | France-Lise McGurn

20 Oct 2017 | Stuart Middleton 

27 Oct 2017 | Ross Sinclair 

3 Nov 2017 | Prof John Russell

10 Nov 2017 | Alex Dordoy 

17 Nov 2017 | JJ Charlsworth 

24 Nov 2017 | Tessa Lynch 

1 Dec 2017 | Prof Amelia Jones 

19 Jan 2018 | Sarah Rose 

26 Jan 2018 | Owen Parry 

2 Feb 2018 | Mark Titchner 

9 Feb 2018 | Annette Krauss 

23 Feb 2018 | David Claerbout 

9 Mar 2018 | Dr Peter Hill 

 

2016/17

The 2016-2017 Lectures were focused around the School’s research clusters: FuturityMaterialNarrativeSexes and Temporality.

Futurity

4 Nov 2016 | Corin Sworn

11 Nov 2016 | Martin Herbert

18 Nov 2016 | Hannah Sawtell

25 Nov 2016 | Bisan Abu Eisheh

Sexes (all day event)

20 Jan 2017 | Lisa Robertson & Sophie Collins

Temporality

27 Jan 2017 | Lucy Soutter

3 Feb 2017 | Dee Heddon

10 Feb 2017 | Melanie Gilligan

17 Feb 2017 | Filipa Ramos

Material

3 Mar 2017 | Kenny Hunter

10 Mar 2017 | Cosey Fanni Tutti and David Keenan

17 Mar 2017 | David Sherry

Narrative (all day event)

24 Mar 2017 | Claire Walsh & Suzanne van der Lingen

 

2015/16

9 Oct 2015 | Carey Young

23 Oct 2015 | Martin Creed

30 Oct 2015 | Petra Bauer

13 Nov 2015 | Charlotte Prodger

20 Nov 2015 | Luc Tuymans

27 Nov 2015 | Doug Fishbone

4 Dec 2015 | Lindsay Seers

22 Jan 2016 | John Calcutt

29 Jan 2016 | Florian Hecker

5 Feb 2016 | Tom Gidley

12 Feb 2016 | Kevin Atherton

26 Feb 2016 | Bedwyr Williams

4 Mar 2016 | Margaret Salmon

18 Mar 2016 | Eileen Simpson and Ben White

25 Mar 2016 | Cally Spooner

 

2014/15

26 Sep 2014 | Oliver Chanarin

3 Oct 2014 | Forthcoming Materials of Practice: A Symposium in Two Halves

10 Oct 2014 | Bob & Roberta Smith

17 Oct 2014 | Dean Hughes

24 Oct 2014 | Carol Mavor & Megan Powell

7 Nov 2014 | Paul Seawright

14 Nov 2014 | Michelle Sank

21 Nov 2014 | Lucy Soutter

28 Nov 2014 | Lucy Skaer

16 Jan 2015 | Mark McGowan

23 Jan 2015 | Mika Hannula

27 Jan 2015 | Susan Hiller

30 Jan 2015 | Patrick Keiller

6 Feb 2015 | Agata Pyzik

13 Feb 2015 | Michael Fullerton

27 Feb 2015 | Ciara Phillips

6 Mar 2015 | Hayley Newman

13 Mar 2015 | Egill Saebjornsson

20 Mar 2015 | Andrew Hunt

27 Mar 2015 | Book Works

3 Apr 2015 | AND Publishing

 

2013/14

17 Jan 2014 | Modern Edinburgh Film School

24 Jan 2014 | Daniel Sturgis

31 Jan 2014 | Paul Seawright

14 Feb 2014 | John Stezaker

28 Feb 2014 | John Smith

7 Mar 2014 | Plastique Fantastique

14 Mar 2014 | Lucy Skaer

21 Mar 2014 | Duncan Campbell

28 Mar 2014 | Lucy Reynolds