On the 6th floor of the University of Edinburgh Main Library is a Pop Up Exhibition of items from the Edinburgh College of Art Archives. We wanted to share some of the recent finds from the typography department and ‘The Eagle Press’ that was run by the College.
Do come and have a look. If you have memories about the department or The Eagle Press, get in touch and email Rachel.Hosker@ed.ac.uk!
We all like to pretend that no-one touches the things in museums. Fact is, like it or not, people do. We have been working with ECA Postgraduate student Morgan Kinne for a little over a year to find a way for her to fingerprint parts of the ECA Cast Collection. We eventually found a solution that in no way harmed the casts and Morgan began dusting earlier this month. I’m delighted to say that this worked extremely well, as these images show. Morgan says of the project:
"I recently carried out a project in the sculpture court that involved myself dusting three of ECA’s plaster casts - Spinario, Dying Gaul and Castor and Pollux - for fingerprints. The prints reveal a part of the statues’ history that has gone unnoticed and stand as a record of the interactions between people and these statues and reveal a relationship between the art students and the art historical objects."
The Cast Collection at ECA was originally used for the purposes of formal drawing instruction at the College. While this is not the case today, projects like Morgan’s, and also Krijn de Koning’s Land, utilise the collection in exactly the same way - to support teaching and provide inspiration.
From 2003, the work of Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Student Veronica Renton.
A theme of black bead jewellery continued (just about seen) in our #MuseumSelfie from Wednesday!
“The Model”, curated by Gordon Brennan (Head of Painting) and Neil Lebeter (Art Collections Curator), brought together models from across University Collections; ranging from Geology, Veterinary Science Anatomy, Music and Architecture. These teaching models were displayed alongside work by invited artists and students from Edinburgh College of Art and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Students were asked to consider the theme of the Model as:
The exhibition was held in the Sculpture Court of ECA and provided an excellent opportunity to highlight to students and the general public the breadth of University Collections and a contemporary reflection on an idea that has fascinated artists for many years.
Charlie Stiven, Euro Kiosk no.3
Jamieson & Dobson, Lymphatic System
University of Edinburgh Anatomy Collection