Today was a lovely day and still I thought I will check out some illustrative art from young prospective students at the Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show. The entrance to the exhibition is located of Westport Street and the illustrated gallery can be found on the 4th floor in a very modern building just opposite from Edinburgh castle with very amazing views.
One of the students is no other than our own Ollie from "Wings", who is a very talented young man bringing his fantasies to life, presented in a combination of colourful fiction and science. You need a certain class of talent to draw various human and other forms with such a detailed eye, otherwise what you paint is missing shape and essence.
He uses bright and eccentric colours indicating fun and play, and his arty signature is a little dog called "Wings" (well, we might hope so ;-) )
You can also admire his art work in the Princess Mall shopping centre at Waverly Station.
There his talent and illustrative work is displayed on a massive wall for everybody to see when passing by. It's literally a very large print with many little characters in it, all waiting in a queue to get into the Mall for a bit of shopping.
Remember to look out for it next time you are there.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Art Degree Exhibition, so you better hurry. There is a lot to see!
Best views in Edina...
Very versatile spaces...
Great little pub too.
ECA is a bit like other Edinburgh University buildings in that during the school year, students are tortured (and by tortured I mean taught and by taught I mean made to sit exams) there, while during the Fringe, it becomes a venue. The Edinburgh College of Art, surprise surprise, offers art courses. I've met a few photography students from there (all amazing photographers), and their fashion students are, I think, in some way, affiliated with Godiva in the Grassmarket.
Every year, the students will take over the many many buildings with a week (or so) long degree exhibition. This exhibition is massive. All the different students have their own sections, so there's the photography part, the fashion part, textiles, animation, etc. It borders on impossible to do it in a day.
During the festival, I saw a great show where people in amazing make-up danced and did acro on stilts. It was jaw-dropping.
Also, the building itself is pretty amazing. I mean, I'm not a fan of the outside, but then inside is full of columns and huge open spaces. If you haven't made the degree show ever, keep it in mind for next year. And keep your ears open for news on fringe shows going on in the college.
A great Art College, ECA has a vast range of courses and educational facilities for all with such interests in art and culture. There are always exhibitions on the go within the college and around. The public are always welcome to go in and view the work of ECA's talented artists and designers. A great time to go is during the degree show in June.
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