Artists’ Books

Following on from a recent ASN field trip to the Flow Country, in conjunction with the Flows to the Future project, ( see ) the students all explored the language of artists’ books. Edinburgh College of Art has an extensive collection of artists books, held in the Library, which the students had access to. A practical bookbinding course was also organised.
Each student responded to different aspects of the landscape and a wide range of books were produced, including an edible one to be eaten as a poem was read.  ASN exhibited as part of the Bookmarks event on the 29th March in the Sculpture Court at Edinburgh College of Art.  They were then returned to the Flow Country by ASN Director, Donald Urquhart, where they were displayed at the RSPB Visitor Centre at Forsinard as part of the Flow to the Future Workshop, held in April.

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.