Design and Democracy show brings Scottish art school finest to Edinburgh Parliament

By Culture24 Reporter | 28 November 2011
A photo of three colourful fashion dresses inside a gallery
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Exhibition: Design & Democracy, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, until March 2012

This will be the longest exhibition ever to be held inside the Scottish Parliament, uniting some of those creating an artistic lasting legacy for the country within one of its most historic landmarks.

The nation's four art schools – Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, the Edinburgh College of Art, Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and The Glasgow School of Art – will show off their dynamos of design, including edible food packaging, a “toolkit” for sufferers of depression, a study of Nepalese widows and fashions based on century-old styles feature.

"There can be nowhere more fitting to showcase their talents than here at our Parliament," says Tricia Marwick, the Presiding Officer at the Holyrood Road building.

"The range of the projects on display will be of immense interest to the Parliament’s visitors and Members alike. This exhibition demonstrates the vibrancy of Scotland’s creative education sector.

"Scotland's art colleges have a strong international reputation and this can only have been enhanced by the quality of the work on show here. It comprehensively captures Scottish innovation on a theme that fits perfectly with the ideals at the heart of our Parliament."

All four colleges have been eager participants in an exhibition grouped into strands of design for sustainability, health and well-being and visual communication.

"It will raise awareness of the potential that design plays in improving the way we live," believes Caroline Parkinson, of organisers Creative Scotland.

"This exhibition is a fantastic example of the quality of ideas and skills emerging from art schools around Scotland."

  • The Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd, Edinburgh. Open Monday-Saturday, see full opening times for details. Admission free.

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