As the Scottish capital welcomes the world for the festival season, Edinburgh College of Art is hosting an exciting and inspiring programme of free exhibitions and events. Over the summer you can explore painting, sculpture, video work, sound installations, student and early-career artist showcases, data-driven design, and virtual musical instruments.

Samson Young: Real Music | 24 July – 5 October, 10am – 5pm weekdays; 12pm – 5pm weekends | Talbot Rice Gallery, Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL

Real Music is the first major UK solo exhibition of Hong Kong artist and composer Samson Young. At the heart of the exhibition is an ambitious collaboration with the University of Edinburgh’s Next Generation Sound Synthesis (NESS) research group, who have developed pioneering software that can generate the sound of virtual instruments.

Commissioned by Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh and Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne with support from the Keir Foundation. Supported by Creative Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Edouard Malingue Gallery and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre.


Corin Sworn: Habits of Assembly 25 July – 25 August, 10am – 5pm | Main Building, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF

Corin Sworn looks at the ways in which the increasing entanglement of technology with the human body is profoundly affecting the way we navigate the world around us, while also allowing us to explore the previously invisible interior structures of our bodies.

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2019 Commission Programme. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and The Canada Council for the Arts.


Fully Awake 4.625 July – 25 August, 11am – 5pm | Main Building, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF

Fully Awake is a cycle of exhibitions with an intergenerational approach to how painting is taught. Thirteen artists currently teaching at UK art institutions will show their work alongside that of two guest artists, one of whom they have taught, and the other who has taught them. Exhibiting artists include Sonia Boyce, Alexis Harding and Dan Hays. The show has been curated by Ian Hartshorne and Sean Kaye for the organisation Teaching Painting.


Grey to Blue: Ecological Entanglements 25 July – 25 August, 11am – 5pm, Tent Gallery, Evolution House, 78 West Port, EH1 2LE

An investigation of ecological interactions from artist and filmmaker Yulia Kovanova. Grey to Blue is an exploration of colour and its spatiotemporal dynamics, reconsidering its perceptual boundaries in search of new possibilities. On display you’ll find a series of abstract interactions presented through sculptural, photographic, moving image and sound-based works, drawing attention to the role of colour in the living world, while highlighting ecological loss and absence.


Platform: 2019 | 25 July – 25 August, 10am – 5pm | The Fire Station, 78 Lauriston Place, EH3 9DE

Edinburgh Art Festival’s annual Platform exhibition is a dedicated showcase for artists based in Scotland. This year’s exhibition features Anna Danielewicz, Joanne Dawson, Harry Maberly, and Suds McKenna.

Supported by the PLACE Programme, a partnership between Edinburgh Festivals, Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland. With additional support from Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Mentoring programme supported by the Saltire Inspiring Scotland Programme.


Sonikebana25 July – 17 August, 11am – 5pm | West Court, Main Building, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF

Sonikebana is a long-form sound composition by Martin Parker that is transformed and performed by listeners as it happens. Nine custom-built speakers on wheels, set within a series of images by Anna Chapman Parker, play an ecosystem of electronic sounds whose responses change as you move them around.


Double Disaster (Closing Down) | 27 July – 18 August, 11am – 5pm | Main Building, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF

Double Disaster (Closing Down) presents a video pilgrimage to the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 car crash in Durness, alongside key works by Yokollection. Exploring themes of death, sexuality, fetishism and fandom, Yokollection transport the viewer from Inverness in the Highlands to the far North West of Scotland as they learn to drive with the aid of a local instructor, Craig.


Data Play: Design Informatics Pavilion | 2 August – 26 August, 11am – 6pm | Bayes Centre Courtyard, 47 Potterrow, EH8 9BT

The Design Informatics Pavilion will be travelling to the Bayes Centre Courtyard this year. The pop-up exhibition space was designed by biomorphis architects and features a range of objects and experiences that invite you to step into the future. The exhibition will be interactive and aims to provoke discussions on what it means to “design with data”. It will feature work from the Design Informatics research centre, and from Design Informatics Masters students and Tesco Bank who have been collaborating on project Mercury for the second year running. Events and screenings will also take place throughout the month in the newly launched Inspace.


ECA Festival Exhibition | 10 August – 18 August, 11am – 5pm (Late night openings 14 and 15 Aug until 8pm) | Main Building, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF

We are delighted to present an exhibition of work by some of our postgraduate students. This exhibition will combine pieces from those studying Art, Space & Nature, Contemporary Art Practice, Glass, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Creative Practice, and Material Practice.

Students on the MSc by Research Interdisciplinary Creative Practices and MA Art, Space and Nature programmes will also present a series of events and workshops to share the unique ways in which they engaged as artists with important issues in society.


The Café at Edinburgh College of Art

Our popular café will be open during our summer exhibitions period.

Summer opening hours: 25 July - 25 August, Mon - Fri, 8.30am - 3pm (Closed Sat and Sun)

During ECA Festival Exhibition: 10 - 18 August, Mon - Fri, 8.30am - 5pm; Sat - Sun, 12pm - 5pm


Accessibility Information

Lift access is available in Evolution House, the Main Building, Talbot Rice Gallery and the Hunter Building. All buildings have ramps/sloped entrances. The North East Studio Building, the Hunter Building and Talbot Rice can be accessed through automatic doors and Evolution House has a rotating door or door with card access. Disabled toilets can be accessed in all buildings and are signposted across the campus.

More detailed information can be found at: www.accessable.co.uk.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please ask a member of staff. Staff can be found at all sites wearing a black and yellow t-shirt.


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