Apply for Edinburgh’s only Contemporary Art Practice course

Applications are now open for the September 2008 intake of Edinburgh’s only Contemporary Art Practice course here at Edinburgh’s Telford College.

If you would like to be part of ground breaking exciting and energetic course which will help you to progress into an exciting career in one of the UKs fastest growing economic sectors why not apply now.


New space for Capital City artists

Plans have been announced today to convert St Margaret’s House, a 1970’s block next to Meadowbank Stadium, into badly needed artist’s studios which are set to begin work on 06 April 2008.

“Edinburgh was the philosophical crucible of the Enlightenment and, for one, I’d like to see the return of the city’s reputation as an intellectual melting-pot in the International ideas market. With that in mind, I believe that it is important to have a large collection of creative minds working together in theone site, a creative hub. Art’s Complex is the result of a two year project to bring such a venue to the Capital and to try and
rectify the huge need for artists space.” said Derek Gray, Director of Art’s Complex.

The venture is set to re-dress a severe shortage of affordable studio space in Edinburgh, it will be able to accommodate over 200 artists as well as an 11 000 square feet gallery/exhibition space presenting innovative work from local artist as well as creatives from the arts industry in Scotland.

“The main aim with this initiative is to redress the imbalance between the large number of artists seeking affordable studio space in the city and the severe lack of appropriate space available” said Dale Gibson, Business Director of Art’s Complex.

The deal struck between Caledonian Trust and Art’s Complex aims to do just that and to reach out specifically to the surrounding local community through arts education and participatory projects and more generally to the international arts sector bringing nationally and internationally renowned artists to Edinburgh to enrich the cultural diversity of the city.

Everybody here at Contemporary Art ETC…. would like to wish Art’s Complex all the best and we look forward to working with them at some point in the future.


New: Links to Student Blogs

We are delighted to introduce the latest addition to our links page. Please feel very welcome to have a browse through the blogs of some of our current students where you will come across a diverse and fascinating set of visual interpretations of the world including the following take on the absurdity of celebrity culture by Miki Suzuki:

AV Festival 2008

The 2008 AV festival opened last week with a gala event featuring performances of John Cages’ Variations VII and Yokomono by Staalplaat Soundsystem.

AV Festival is an international festival of electronic arts featuring visual art, music and moving image. A biennial event, the festival takes place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the North East of England. It consists of concerts and performances, exhibitions, film screenings, seminars, symposia, workshops and other special events at many venues across the three urban centres of the North East.

AV Festival 08 has the theme of Broadcast and runs from 28 February – 8 March 2008 in venues across the North East.

John Cage: Variations Vii

Staalplaat Soundsystem: Yokomono


Anthony D’offay Channel 4 News Feb 27th 2008

For more on this and other Channel 4 news stories click on the link below.