Edinburgh College of Art is proud to be a part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival.

Our involvement is wide ranging: we are hosting a number of exhibitions and events, capturing the spirit of the Festival, with our challenging, innovative and international programme.

This encompasses video and sound artworks, themes around big data and thought-provoking opportunities for debate and discussion.

We are grateful to all of our partners for accompanying us on this artistic and intellectual exploration.


28 June - 26 August 2018 | DEAD IMAGES: Facing the history, ethics & politics of European skull collections

DEAD IMAGES explores the contentious legacy of collections of human skulls, assembled during the 19th and early 20th centuries and still held in public institutions in Europe.

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26 July - 26 August 2018 | The Common Sense, Melanie Gilligan

Melanie Gilligan’s dystopian drama is set in an eerily familiar future. Over 15 short episodes it tracks the impact of a new immersive technology that enable individuals to tap into the sensations of others. 

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26 July - 26 August 2018 | Biodiversity, Siobhan Healy 

Biodiversity is the outcome of Siobhan Healy’s time as an Artist in Residence at ECA. She has worked in collaboration with the artist and writer Alasdair Gray. The work references the protected species that are being encouraged to thrive in an urban wildlife garden near the Grassmarket in Edinburgh.

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26 July - 26 August 2018 | For, in your tongue I cannot hide: 100 Jailed Poets, Shilpa Gupta 

This ambitious multi-channel sound installation by internationally renowned Indian artist, Shilpa Gupta, gives voice to poets who have been jailed through the centuries. Bringing together fragments from the work of 100 poets from around the world, the artist offers a powerful reflection on freedom of expression.

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26 July - 6 October 2018 | Lucy Skaer: The Green Man

Lucy Skaer’s exhibition The Green Man is an exploration and reanimation of the desire to collect. Throughout her practice, Skaer mines and manipulates pre-existing imagery—from art, history, and from her own oeuvre and personal history—transforming and destabilizing relationships between materials and meanings. For this exhibition, Skaer has selected items from the collections of the University of Edinburgh and invited fellow artists to inhabit the galleries of Talbot Rice alongside her—Fiona Connor, H.D., Will Holder, Nashashibi/Skaer and Hanneline Visnes.

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2 August - 20 August 2018 | An Lanntair: Muir is Tìr/ Land and Sea

Muir is Tìr/Land and Sea is a new An Lanntair residency, loosely inspired by the George Macleod book of the same name. This exhibition is a showcase of work created during the residency last summer by artists Verity Standen, Kirsty Dixon, Mollie Goldstrom, Will Arnold and Amy Leigh Bird.

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2 August - 25 August 2018 | Data Pipe Dreams: Glimpses of a Near Future, Design Informatics and Tesco Bank

The Design Informatics Pavilion showcases prototypes and interactive installations by researchers, Masters students and partners at Tesco Bank. The Pavilion’s exhibits investigate the possibilities of designing with data, and how this can enrich or challenge our personal, economic and social lives.

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11 August - 19 August | Edinburgh College of Art Festival Exhibition

New work from postgraduates studying Contemporary Art, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Creative Practice, Material Practice, and Art, Space & Nature.

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24 August | Music Masters final project concert | 6pm

Join us for a concert of fresh new sound design and music from the Reid School's Music Masters composers in Digital Composition and Sound Design.

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