Fair Winds and Following Seas: a celebration of the work of Leonard McDermid

ECA Library is delighted to present a new exhibition at ECA Library, Evolution House, West Port. Opening on 12th October, Fair Winds and Following Seas, is co-curated by Barbara A Morton of Entropie Books, and ECA Librarian Jane Furness.

Featuring a personal selection of Leonard McDermid’s own work from the Stichill Marigold Press, alongside the collected responses in appreciation of his art, as received from his friends:

Jane Hyslop
Graeme Hawley
Julie Johnstone
John Easson
Thomas A Clark
Catherine Marshall
W J Morton
Barbara A Morton
Susie Wilson
Imi Maufe
Gin Saunders

We are so pleased to host this wonderful celebration, and are thankful for the generosity of Len and Barbara, in making this exhibition possible. The show will continue through Semester 1 and closes on 30th November 2021.
Don’t forget to pick up your free packet of marigold seeds!
Public access to ECA Library: Please note that access to all University of Edinburgh libraries is currently restricted to University of Edinburgh Students, Staff and Official Visitors, and NHS Lothian Staff, Edinburgh Theological Seminary Staff & students (Free Church of Scotland College), Free Church of Scotland Ministers, retired ministers and staff, Church of Scotland Ministers, retired ministers & staff, Alumni, Friends of the Library and Life members of the Library. For members of the public not in any of those membership categories who wish to view the exhibition, please note, you do not need to book a time slot to visit, but you should announce yourself to ECA Reception on arrival inside Evolution House, and to ECA Library Helpdesk on arrival within the Library, you should give your name and phone number to Library Helpdesk staff for NHS Test and Protect purposes, and all visitors should wear a face covering (unless exempt). We regret that at this time, Access will be granted to the Library exhibition space only, and not to the rest of ECA Library.
Enjoyed Fair Winds and Following Seas? Then you might be interested in the CRC (Centre for Research Collections) online exhibition, Sea Change.

Words and Pictures: works by Jonathan Gibbs

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.

Pausing Place: Thomas A. Clark display at ECA Library

January 2019:
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/


New display of artworks and books at ECA Library

Our new artists’ books display on level 1 of ECA Library, Evolution House, has been curated by artist Laurie Clark and poet Thomas A. Clark, of Moschatel Press.
The display features artworks and books by David Bellingham, exploring measurement, colour, and journeys.
For more information please see pagesandwalls.com
The display will continue until 15th January 2018.


Partial View: display by artist in residence Susie Wilson

This Spring, our 2016 artist in residence Susie Wilson made a selection of artists’ books from the ECA Library collection, for her display “Partial View”, which was held at ECA Library, Evolution House, during Semester 2.

Says Susie, of her selection of artists’ books:
“There is no definitive description of an artist book as by its very nature it is an elusive art form. The ECA Library’s collection reflects this. Artists’ books invite participation and the interplay between the viewer and the book creates an intimacy that isn’t found in other art forms. For me, an artist book should be a dialogue between form and content, each enhancing the other.”
The display completed the first part of Susie’s residency, following several very successful and well-attended workshops, such as this one where students were shown how to make their own books:
Susie and her workshop group, making book forms.
We would like to thank Susie for her hard work and commitment to her residency, for sharing her skills with our students, and for creating a beautiful display!
The next part of the residency will be when Susie delivers a new artist’s book that she has made in response to her research at ECA Library, in summer 2016.