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Edinburgh International Book Festival at ECA: Revisiting Strategy Get Arts

Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday 30 August, 11:30 – 12:30, at the New York Times Theatre (in Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court).

Tickets: Can artists still break the rules, revisiting Strategy Get Arts?


Fiona Bradley (Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery and Honorary Fellow in History of Art) will chair a discussion on the landmark ECA exhibition, Strategy: Get Arts (1970), with Dr Christian Weikop (Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary German Art, ECA) and the artist Alexander Hamilton (Chair of Studies in Photography).


Alexander assisted the now famous artists who came to Edinburgh that year, including Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Blinky Palermo, Klaus Rinke, Stefan Wewerka, Günther Uecker, and many more. I know this exhibition is of interest to a number of you across our schools, with some of our staff / former staff having also attended it in 1970.


This University of Edinburgh sponsored event marks the launch of a new book Strategy: Get Arts. 35 Artists Who Broke the Rules, authored and edited by Christian, with guest contributions from colleagues in ECA and the National Galleries of Scotland. This ambitious publication is in part supported by Creative Scotland, with image support from NGS and the University of Dundee, as well as other sources. You may have seen the striking poster display showing photographs from the book in Lady Lawson Street (Evo House), as well as the display in the ECA Café. This all forms part of a larger project on Strategy: Get Arts, which will emerge in Semester One, and which will engage our students and other visitors to the college, helping them access a pivotal moment in ECA’s fascinating history.

Tickets to attend in person are available. Also available live online and you can also view it from the tents in the quad, and then on-demand until 11:30 on Thursday 2 September. Please see the following link:

Can artists still break the rules, revisiting Strategy Get Arts?


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