During the Degree Show, the University of Edinburgh Art Collection team select work to become a permanent part of the University’s Art Collection. The chosen works enhance the 350-year-old collection in new and important ways.
The selection process was complex this year, with the physical degree show postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the support of ECA teaching staff, the Art Collection team were able to review a longlist of proposals and/or finished artwork before selecting five students, each receiving £1500.
Aisling Ward, Fine Art - MA (Hons)
Aisling's 'The Path of a Single Thread' is an ambitious installation that uses film, archives and performance to explore labour and the body as site for resistance through the history of industrial lace making.
Francis Rogers, Intermedia - BA (Hons)
Francis’ series of small projects use video, zines, and radical new models for collective organising and action to explore political ecology.
Jack Whitelock, Painting - BA (Hons)
Jack’s paintings use appropriated imagery, often kitsch or zany, to explore ideas such as politics, masculinity, discovery, and desire.
Molly Kent, Fine Art - MA (Hons)
Molly’s series of works uses doubt as a generative force. Her works sit within the fields of fibre and installation art and uses the traditional medium of rug tufting to achieve interesting textures and surfaces.
Tayo Adekunle, Photography - BA (Hons)
Tayo’s degree show considers the representation of the black female body through the lens of colonialism. Her work uses self-portraiture and 19th century colonial photography to consider past and present treatment of the black female body.
Over the past seven years, nearly 100 works have been acquired from 50 students, highlighting the rich quality and diversity of work nurtured and produced by our students. Works are regularly used in teaching, research and displayed across the University.