ROPES OF SAND – Exhibition Opening

Join us to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition at An Lanntair on the17th March at 5pm

Ròpan Gainmhich

Asma Almubarak, United Arab Emirates • Russell Beard, Scotland • Yuechi Cao, China Mungki Dewi, Indonesia • Alex Hackett, England • Andrew Ioannou, England • Yiran Li, China  Will Urmston, USA • Alix Villanueva, France • Yuer Wang, China • Jet Yang, China

Obair ùr bhon phrògram ealanta eadar-nàiseanta, Ealain, Farsaingeachd + Nàdar, aig Sgoil Ealain Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, air a leasachadh an dèidh rannsachadh ann an Leòdhas is na Hearadh san Dàmhair, 2016

New work from the international Masters programme, Art, Space + Nature (ASN), Edinburgh College of Art; The University of Edinburgh, developed from a fieldtrip to Lewis & Harris in October 2016.

Fosgladh aig 5f Dihaoine 17mh Màrt
Opening at 5pm 17th March 2017

18 Màrt  – 8 Giblean
18 March – 8 April 

The internationally renowned Masters programme, Art, Space + Nature (ASN), Edinburgh College of Art; The University of Edinburgh, was established in 2003. It offers a framework of advanced study in the visual arts, architectural and environmental practice. Working from the axiom of ecology, that all things are interconnected, the two-year programme operates with a trans-disciplinary sensibility.

In October 2016, the ASN students conducted a field-trip to Lewis & Harris with programme director, Donald Urquhart. Subsequent research led to the development of preliminary work, which was presented at Tent Gallery in Edinburgh. The students return to Lewis to present finished pieces at An Lanntair, in the exhibition ROPES OF SAND which reflect on aspects encountered on the initial field-trip.

Flow Country

Peat bogs are an extremely effective carbon sink and are an important habitat for rare wildlife. Art Space and Nature, through tutors Ross McLean and Donald Urquhart, are working in partnership with the RSPB to raise awareness about restoration of the peat lands of the Flow Country.

The Flow country is located in the North of Scotland and can be seen HERE

ASN students spent just under a week in Forsinard exploring the environment. The Flow Country’s landscape is unique. Although it may be subtle in appearance, it is abundant with life and is a very diverse ecosystem. The restoration project faces many obstacles and to encourage a larger enthusiasm towards the landscape, the ASN students will produce a series of artist books responding to the trip and develop work for exhibition.

Carrageenan Wonderum


Carrageenan Wonderum presented a collection of images, archival folklore and made objects that endeavour to document the Carrageenan Ghost. The collection was compiled by current Art Space and Nature students Alex Hackett and Alix Villanueva, as part of Project Carrageenan.  The curiosity cabinet explored and imagined the various transformations and apparitions of the Carrageenan Ghost, the substance carrageenan and of Chondrus crispus, the seaweed which contains it.  The cabinet viewing was accompanied by ‘on the little rock’, a drink conceptualised by the artists evoking the taste of a shoreline.


Continuing research can be viewed at, and the Carrageenan Wonderum will be travelling to Syn Festival at Out of the Blue, Leith, available to view from 9-22 March.

ASN graduate and Artist in Residence commissioned to make a film by the Scottish Documentary Institute and Creative Scotland

SDI film

Recent Art, Space and Nature graduate and now Artist in Residence, Yulia Kovanova, has been commissioned by the Scottish Documentary Institute and Creative Scotland to make a short documentary film, which will premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017.

The project has been selected through the Scottish Documentary Institute Bridging the Gap initiative. One of the leading documentary new talent initiatives in the UK, the theme of this year’s programme is Rebellion. Following a three months period of intensive workshops and a competitive pitching process, the project made it into the final alongside six other films from across the UK.

The film explores the ideas of environmental degradation, nature’s resilience and transformation. The main character is a bizarre, outlandish figure dressed in plastic, who commits ‘acts of violence’ against Nature, challenging the very idea of Nature. The film is an attempt to visualise Anthropocene – a geological age where human activity is the dominant influence on the planet, its climate and the environment.

“After three months of in-depth development, our Bridging the Gap filmmakers did us proud in their pitch to a formidable panel of industry professionals,” said SDI Director and Bridging the Gap panelist Noe Mendelle.

“With the selection of seven projects, we are now on a firm trajectory of forward momentum. I think it was fitting that the pitch coincided with this month special full moon, the “wolf moon” in the ancient Farmer’s Almanac. This full moon is known to ignite majestic power, intuition and awareness and that’s just what we look for in our Bridging the Gap films!”

Bridging the Gap is one of the leading documentary new talent initiatives in the UK, offering intensive training and commission opportunities to emerging UK-based filmmakers. The programme helps selected filmmakers develop their 10-minute documentary by allowing them to work closely with industry professionals and SDI over a nine month period.

This year seven projects are commissioned a cash budget of up to £8k each, and will receive further hands-on training throughout the editing and distribution process. The commissioned films will receive a world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival. The films produced through Bridging the Gap to date have enabled the filmmakers to take successful first steps in the industry; receiving festival awards, BAFTAs, special mentions, as well as screenings at festivals in over 60 countries world-wide.