DO OR DIE: Samantha Dick at the HUBCAP Gallery

In what we hope will be the start of a significant new approach to our site we have asked current HND CAP students to submit content of publication. We were delighted to recieve the following from current hndCAP year 2 student Anna Brodie.

Each opening night at HUBCAP gallery so far has proven to be a certain type of good chaos and the same is to be said of the most recent from our very own Artist in Residence Samantha Dick, who is presenting their first solo show DO OR DIE. The exhibition is set in HUBCAP’S small but versatile space nestled in the back of Edinburgh College’s canteen and has shown how, once again, the committee of CAP students can pull off a very well executed and professional event.

This time around the space has been transformed through Samantha’s own artistic lens. Meticulously placed elongated black lines frame the room, putting purposeful constraints on the space, creating a simple black and white structure which is then disrupted by Dick’s colourful use of characterisation displayed across several different mediums.

Currently based between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Samantha studied at Edinburgh College before progressing on to Glasgow School of Art. After graduating from university last year, they have once again become a part of the Edinburgh College community. Initially as Artist in Residence (AIR) and most recently taking on the role of Learning Assistant (LA). In Samantha’s own words the basis of their practice is “their rejection of social expectation.” DO OR DIE extends their interest in this and questions “the structures of our complex contemporary world.”  Through use of what they call “theatrical play” and their characterisation of stereotypes Samantha reacts to the current socio-political climate. Taking influence from the 1950s nuclear family Samantha works to deconstruct societal ideals that traditional formulas as such represent, challenging the viewers own sense of normality. Samantha’s portrayal of Mr suit in “The Desk Studies” reflects current political and social chaos through balancing a “symbol of normality” with “acts of absurdity”. It shows how Samantha’s techniques in clowning and characterisation can address big issues just as well as, if not better than, more traditional mediums. The exhibition prompts us to question gender norms, social inequality and react to customary concepts of the dominant and subordinate.

Going forward Samantha is working hard as an LA and continuing their practice. Having recently shown work at Allsorts Royal Glasgow Institute Artist Film Festival as well as hosting exhibitions and events with the collective Where People Sleep of which they are a member and co-founder. You can find more information on Samantha at their website and keep up to date on recent work by following their Instagram @samanthadickart_

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Be sure to look out for upcoming events connected to DO OR DIE.

Samanth Dick in Conversation: hubCAP Events

DO OR DIE: Panel Discussion: hubCAP Events

And if you haven’t already, get yourself down to Edinburgh College for a visit at HUBCAP to see the hard work of our students on the gallery committee, and Sam’s exhibition which will be open until Thursday the 5th of March. Gallery Opening times are Mon-Fri 10am-3pm.


hubCAP Gallery Opens

Edinburgh’s newest artist run space opens at Edinburgh College Granton Campus.

Developed as a core element of our new Professional Practice and Exhibition programme on the HND Contemporary Art Practice Course we were delighted to launch hubCAP Gallery with an exhibition of 2D work by all the current participants of the course.

The launch was a fantastic success and and was well attended by freinds, family, students and colleagues from across the college but in particular it was  fantastic to see so many of the CAPalumni family coming from as far afeild as Dundee, Galashiels, Bathgate and Glasgow.

hubCAP is the first in a series of initiatives in development that will provide CAP students with real world experiences that will enable them to gain key knowledge and skills to identify and progress in their developing area of contemporary art practice and beyond. Additional initiatives will include campus based opportunities including; a lecturer shadowing / metoring programme, library placements with the Art & Design Subject Specialist and art journalism / marketing along with external placement opportunities with our external partners.

The gallery adopts a model of Artist Run spaces and is organised and facilitated by a selected committee of current HND CAP students who will develop and deliver a programme of exhibitions by emerging and early career artists and complimented by a and events and workshops programme.

Uprootal: Grad Show 2019 in pictures

New Books etc…

Just back from the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) where our amazing Art & Design Subject Liaison Jennifer Ouson has a display of all our new acquisitions to the collection and the latest additions to the fabulous Zine Library!

I think its safe to say the collection at the Granton Campus is one of the best in any UK FE college! 


D I  S   P    E     R       S        A          L:

is a presentation of work that marks the culmination of two years of intense study by nine artists from the HND Contemporary Art Practice Course (CAP) at Edinburgh College.

The exhibition reflects the diverse interdisciplinary skills that participants have developed throughout their time on the course and with the support of lecturers, CAP graduates of 2018 are delighted to present this work in the professional environment of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Dispersal Image

The exhibition includes work by:

Martyna Jakubczak communicates the surrounding world from her perspective; people, everyday compositions and objects and recently has produced work that explores representations that aim to reflect childhood memories of her mother.

Greta Martyniuk is extremely interested in exploring identity and relationships with people and places.  Greta’s work focuses on her family history, heritage and the history of Poland, specifically the horrors of the Second World War.

Rowan Mitchell explores political and personal themes throughout her works. Rowan is passionate about political issues and uses her work as a tool to strike the audience and allow them to grasp a new perspective on the issues she considers very important to contemporary society.

 Victoria Rankin is inspired by current ideas connected to instant gratification and in particular the sex industry and online hardcore pornography. Exploring feelings of touch and sensuality, she hopes to communicate the rise of fetish whilst exploring disconnection from physical connection that seems to be reflected in internet culture.

Instagram: @viktoriarankin

Sophie Templeton has recently focused on themes connected to surveillance and the sensation of being constantly watched. Sophie has made links between horror culture and the societal effects that living in a monitored age has on the general public.

Fruzsi Uhlar is interested in the relationship between the body and space and her ideas and inspiration come from observations of the environment. Fruzsi has recently been intrigued by the concept of duality and the relationship between two opposing principles. Instagram: @uhlalafrufru


This exhibition will be open on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of June from 10am-5pm at:

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh EH6 4JT

Contact Details: ESW: 013 1551 4490