Monday, July 8th, 2019:
Our new display Artstories, at ECA Library, Evolution House, features hand-made artists’ books and altered books, guest curated by Dr Pamela Harris Lawton, who holds a Fulbright Scotland Visiting Professorship.
Artstories UK is a research project examining the learning that takes place between participants making art together. Through narrative co-inquiry around a specific concept, participants learn art skills, build relationships, and find common ground through critical conversation on themes of human experience during the art-making process.
The artist’s books on display represent three different artstories events: a collaborative altered book created by Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities visiting scholars on the concept of feminism using feminist texts; 3 altered books exploring the concept of belonging created in the art studio classroom at Moray House School of Education with PhD students Jing Xu and Qinhan [Cate] Chen, Dr Denitsa Petrova [ECA] and Pamela Harris Lawton; 9 handmade books relating personal narratives and reflections on living a purposeful life by young people aged 13-18 in the SCOREscotland program [strengthening communities for race equality in Scotland] : Ayisha Ba, Priya Roy, Zakaria Hamraoui, Hala Hatim, Alaa Ali, Maxwell Pena, Tifney Aheimbisibue, Momina Mizra and Mariem Ndiaye.
Strengthening Communities for Race Equality Scotland (SCOREscotland) is a voluntary organisation serving the minority ethnic communities in the West of Edinburgh. The organisation strives to eliminate racism in our society by working for and with those who are affected by racial discrimination.
Dr Lawton, EdDCTA, MFA, is Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University Arts, and is a 2019 Tate Modern Exchange Associate.
The exhibition will close on 1st August.
We are delighted to announce the opening of our new display at ECA Library, featuring books, designs, prints, papers and ephemera illustrated by Jonathan Gibbs, Head of Illustration at the School of Design, here at ECA. It is a real honour to be able to show these works and pay tribute to Jonny, who has been a great friend of the Library.
We were grateful to Jonny in the years after the merger of ECA with the University, for his designing a bookplate for each of the ECA Rare Books which were carefully transported and rehoused in world class archival storage at the University Library Centre for Research Collections. Each ECA Rare Book was given this bookplate:
The display will coincide with the ECA Degree Show and will continue to 1st July 2019.
The Art & Architecture departmental library, at Minto House, Chambers Street, will have reduced opening hours over the summer, to accommodate a building project in Minto House.
From Tuesday 12th June, until Friday 30th August, the A&A Library collection will be accessible for borrowing from 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Once the building work begins, (scheduled to begin on 24th June), we anticipate that the library service will be for borrowing and returning books only, as the space would not be suitable as study space, due to the noise of the building works.
Due to the limited opening hours, A&A Library users who wish to request delivery of books from the University Collections Facility (offsite store) will be able to choose ECA Library, Evolution House, or Main Library, George Square, as a pick-up point, rather than the A&A Library, for the duration of the building works.
Details of alternative study spaces can be found on the University Library website at:
More information about the locations of the various University of Edinburgh libraries can be found at:
Please note that from 1st August 2019, the A&A Library collection, and Helpdesk service, will be managed and staffed by the University’s Information Services Group, encompassing the User Services Directorate and the Library & University Collections Directorate, and will no longer be managed by the School.
If you have any enquiries regarding University Library services please contact IS.Helpline@ed.ac.uk
We are very pleased to announce the opening of our new display, of beautiful bookworks by Entropie Books, at ECA Library, Evolution House, West Port.
Curated by Barbara A. Morton, this display of artists’ books and fine bindings explores ways in which the book form can become a thoughtful space for poetry and creative writing. The display will run to 27th May.
All images courtesy of Barbara A. Morton.
As we are now entering revision and exam time at ECA & UoE, ECA Library staff have set up a quiet corner, in the ECA Library, for bibliotherapy purposes! You can take time out from your revision and study to enjoy some inspirational, relaxing, transporting, funny or mindful books chosen by the Library staff, in a tranquil leafy environment.
Remember to take plenty of breaks from revision, and not to skip meals or work too late into the night.
Take care of yourselves.
BOOKMARKS is an artists’ book and zine fair that focusses on artists’ books in education. It is in its fifth year and is run jointly at ECA by the School of Art and the School of Design. It offers students, alumni and organisations who support students the opportunity to show their work, create links and share ideas.
In 2018 four graduating students were selected for the BOOKMARKS Prize which recognises innovative use of the book in the degree show. The artists are: Eleanor Cook, Sophie Demery, Alice Rose Eastwood, and Jo Ruessmann. The prize allowed them to showcase their work at the 2019 event on 20th March 2019.
A selection of this work from the Showcase is now on display in ECA Library, Evolution House, West Port, until 29th April 2019.
ECA Old Fire Station, Lauriston Place, will be the venue for the 5th annual Bookmarks Bookfair, on Wednesday 20th March 2019, from 11.00am to 7.00pm.
For more info see https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/event/bookmarks
Bookmarks is a great opportunity to meet makers and buy new artists’ books, zines and artworks!
We know it will be a fantastic day!
We are lucky to have a great selection of pop up books at ECA Library, and here is a recent donation which makes a fantastic addition to our collection!
Ten Horse Farm: a pop up spectacular, by Robert Sabuda, from Walker Books, 2018.
We are delighted to announce that we have 1 month’s trial access to Babelscores.
BabelScores gives access to a large and growing library of online contemporary music scores. It selects the works of the most creative, original and innovative contemporary composers offering a wide catalogue to instrumentalists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, musicologists, conservatoires, and universities.
All University of Edinburgh students and staff are entitled to access Babelscores for the duration of the trial. Please try it out and submit your feedback so that we can decide whether to subscribe or not.
You can access the trial via the University of Edinburgh Library e-resources trials webpage.
We are delighted to announce that our new library display features works by Thomas A. Clark, and has been curated by Laurie Clark and Thomas A. Clark, of Cairn Gallery and Moschatel Press. The display opened at ECA Library, Evolution House, West Port, on Wednesday 9th January 2019, and will continue until 21st March 2019.
For information about the work of Thomas A. Clark please see https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poet/thomas-clark/