Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art
Lauriston Place






0131 221 6214

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Edinburgh College of Art is a vibrant creative teaching, learning and research community, combining world class faculties from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, art, design, history of art and music.

The college has an international reputation as one of the most successful art colleges in Europe and our mission is to promote critical inquiry through scholarly research, learning, teaching and education in creative practice.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Dependent on events, see web site for particular events.

Admission charges

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Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Athens of the North

  • 14 April — 2 May 2015 *on now

This display highlights the interrelations between paintings of classical architecture and the architectural fabric of Edinburgh, demonstrating the Scottish Enlightenment taste for the Neoclassical in both architecture and art collecting.

This exhibition features two capriccio paintings by the seventeenth-century painter Giovanni Ghisolfi (1632-1683). Capriccio paintings of illusionistic classical ruins were a popular genre collected on grand tours in the late eighteenth century.

Athens of the North takes place in the Georgian Gallery of Talbot Rice Gallery, which reflects the architectural style of Ghisolfi’s paintings. Old College (the home of Talbot Rice Gallery) was designed by William Henry Playfair (1790-1857), who was also responsible for designing much of Edinburgh’s most iconic Neoclassical architecture.



ECA Masters Festival 2015

  • 15 — 23 August 2015

ECA's MA and MSc students from Art, Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture exhibit their final-year artwork. This includes sculpture, painting, illustration, product design and jewellery. All artworks on display will be available for purchase.