Made in North Edinburgh: New Film by CAP Alumni Jenny Souter.

Congratulations to Edinburgh College CAP Alumni Jenny Souter on the film she made in partnership with the Guardian, Screen Education Edinburgh (formely Video in Pilton) and the people of North Edinburgh.

Click on the image to watch the film on the Guardian Website.

Jenny’s connection to the area dates back to 2010 when she started studying at Edinburgh College’s Granton Campus. During her final year on CAP Jenny participated in “Local” a project we developed with the North Edinburgh History Group and North Edinburgh Arts Centre. The project began with meetings between our CAP 2 artist and the members of the history group who showed films, shared stories about the social history and activism of North Edinburgh and gave the students a guided tour of the area. In response the students made a range of creative responses which you can see in the post below from 2012.

The project came about through a chance encounter with legendary North Edinburgh activist Willie Black and a conversation about my own connections with North Edinburgh through my Granny Holligan and Uncle Charlie who remianed in the area until the start of the redevelopment in 2008/9. Willie played a key role in the entire project and it is great to see him feature in this new film.

Jenny’s response to the project 10yrs ago was aslo a very successful moving image work titled “Sysiphus” , below, which was developed in reaponse to archive footage of local women featured about the seemingly futile battle with the damp in their houses.

Jenny Souter: “Sysiphus” 2012

It is wonderful to see that 10yrs later Jenny has returned to the community and made this fantastic new film. We cant wait to see whats next!

ContemporaryArtETC… Graduates to Curate New Gallery Space.

ContemporaryArtETC… Graduates Peter Amoore & Jade Noble are seeking submissions for the soon to be launced A5 Gallery.

This innovatuive 2-D gallery space is to be launched later this month within the pages of the  re-launched Edinburgh College of Art student magazine the Wee Red Herring.

The Gallery will show contemporary artwork within the specifics of a one sided, A5, page within the college magazine which has a print run of 600 copies.

The artwork will be printed in black and white.  It is a visual gallery space directly showing work produced specially for the magazine context.

The artist or artist’s may use this space however they intend – the gallery space is as flexible as you make it. Submissions should be sent as word documents or jpeg images with instructions if necessary.

Please send artwork, proposals and questions with the subject as (A5 gallery) to

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 15th October.

From Jade Noble and Peter Amoore, curators of the A5 gallery.

Private View of XX – Collective at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Tonight in association with Edinburgh’s Telford College are delighted to announce the opening of XX – Collective at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop this evening.

XX – Collective is the first ever HND Contemporary Art Practice Grad Show anywhere in the world and is the culmination of the collective efforts of the qualification development team, teaching staff and most importantly students over the past 4 years.

The exhibition features , painting, video, sculpture, drawing and performance by 9 artists each of whom present their unique view of the world.

Opening at 6pm this evening the exhibition will run daily from 10 – 6 until Wednesday the 3rd June

More than just a Degree of success:

Contemporary Art Practice students inundated with offers:

At the time of publication the 2009 UCAS stats for HND Contemporary Art Practice Year 2 candidates at Edinburgh’s Telford College are as follows:

  • 100% received 1 or more HE Degree offer.
  • 78% received 2 or more HE Degree offers.
  • 33% received 3 or more HE Degree offers.
  • 90% received offers @ SCQF Level 9 (equivalent to entry level 3 in Scotland)
  • 67% received offers @ SCQF Level 8 (equivalent to entry level 2 in Scotland)

Every year thousands of Art & Design students from hundreds of schools and FE colleges throughout the country apply for Fine Art and Design degree courses in the UK. Competitions for places is extremely high; Edinburgh College of Art for example receives more applications than Oxford and Cambridge. Successfully gaining a place on these courses is a significant achievement for any applicant.

Although such achievements are predominantly down to the hard work, dedication and creative output of the applicants themselves there can be no doubt that the influence of a highly creative, well resourced and supportive art dept along with the input of highly qualified and professional artists / lecturers can have a significant and lasting influence on the future success of students whether they choose to go on to Higher Education or directly into the Creative Industries.

The HND in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh’s Telford College has a growing reputation as one of the most successful courses in the country. Our progression rates continue to be amongst the highest in the FE sector.

This year places have been offered on the following courses:

Edinburgh College of Art:

  • BA(hons) Intermedia
  • BA(hons) Painting
  • BA(hons) Sculpture

Glasgow School of Art:

  • BA(hons) Sculpture and Environmental Art

University of Cumbria:

  • BA(hons) Fine Art

University of Newcastle:

  • BA(hons) Fine Art

If you would like to study on one of the most innovative and successful Fine Art HND courses in the UK then why not APPLY NOW.

ContemporaryArtETC Graduates in showcase of contemporary Scottish art.

Graduates from Edinburgh’s Telford College’s Fine Art Programmes feature strongly in Exhibition showcasing the very best of contemporary Scottish art.

The inaugural RSA New Contemporaries exhibition presents some of the finest up-and-coming artists and architects in Scotland, selected from the 2008 undergraduate degree shows. The exhibition is an exciting and innovative move by the Royal Scottish Academy as it replaces the pre-graduation, open submission, mish-mash that was the annual student show with a post-graduation selection of the best of the four Scottish art schools and six architecture schools.

Ruth Barry who graduated from Edinburgh’s Telford Colleges (ETC) innovative Fine Art HND programme has presented a combination of table, table-top sculpture and watercolour painting in new work commissioned especially for the exhibition. An impressive work for which Ruth was presented with ESW Research Award for excellence in Contemporary Sculpture practice at the opening Gala by RSA President Prof Bill Scott. Ruth recently arrived back in the UK after working the education dept of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and she will move to London next month to continue her career in Fine Art.

Other FineArtETC graduates featured in the exhibition are Alex McAndrew whose dark glittering mountain dominates the landscape of the sculpture court and Kevin Harman who presents a rather understated wall piece featuring multiple tools which have been stripped of their original surfaces.

Both Kevin and Alex studied on the BTEC Foundation in Art & Design at Edinburgh’s Telford College.

Colin Greenslade, RSA Programme Director, comments: “We envisaged that the development of this exhibition will be one of the most important initiatives for emerging artists in Scotland each year, enabling a ‘first exhibition’ opportunity for some 60+ emergent artists annually. The exhibition will be an unique opportunity to see the best of Scotland’s emerging talent under one roof.”


14 to 25 February 2009. Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12noon – 5pm. RSA Upper & Lower Galleries, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. Admission £2 / £1 conc