Leith School of Art, 25 Junction Street, Edinburgh
I was lucky enough, as my first assignment as an Artmag blogger, to be sent to the patrons viewing of the Leith School of Art Degree Show. Based in the striking former Norwegian Seaman’s Church, the Leith School of Art is a wonderful venue for the arts. Even during in the midst of its current £142,000 renovation works, the building remains a fantastic space.
Spread across two large rooms and an upstairs gallery, students from all of the courses offered by the school are invited to display their projects at this show, with mixed media contributions from the Foundation, Printmaking and Landscape students. The exhibition represents a year of hard work by the students, and this work is obvious to see in the quality of the art.
The vast majority of the displayed work is for sale, at a price set by the artists, providing a fantastic opportunity to own some new and unique artworks, with 20% of each sale going towards the school’s charitable efforts, assisted places and community classes to name only two. The work itself is of a particularly high standard, with the foundation coursework deserving of special mention, all of which is creative and skilful across the board.
The exhibition continues across two further venues in the area, at the St. James Campus, containing the day, evening and community classes, and at the Patriothall Gallery in Stockbridge, which is exhibiting the Contemporary Art Practice courses installations.
The patron’s view was a great success, with Donald Wilson, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, in attendance to hand out the prizes and to shower well deserved praise on the students and the faculty. Sadly the show only runs until the 26th of June, but attendance has been reported to be fantastic and, after thoroughly enjoying this year’s display, I personally cannot wait to see what next year’s cohort will produce.