Students showcase climate response

Students on Edinburgh College’s Prep for College: Art and the Environment course at Milton Road are taking their latest exhibition to the global stage as part of Scottish artists’ ongoing creative response to climate change.
Their artwork has been selected to feature in two exhibitions at Gayfield Creative Spaces and Maldevic House in Edinburgh run by ARTCop Scotland, a group set up by local artists ahead of the COP21 UN climate change negotiations in Paris.

The exhibitions feature the work of a range of Edinburgh artists looking at sustainable futures, in light of the debates at the Paris Climate Summit.

The students’ work includes sculptures and recycled items originally created for their Thinking Outside The Box project at college. For Thinking Outside The Box they made containers and boxes from scratch, using discarded materials they found at home, in recycling bins and on the beach. The project was so successful that they had the opportunity to exhibit and deliver a workshop for other students at the Creative Carbon Scotland Re: See It 3 Exhibition at St. Margaret’s House.

Eleanor Symms, lecturer for the course said: “I am really proud of the enthusiasm, creativity and teamwork demonstrated by my students. Their achievements in making and exhibiting their work, running a workshop for other students and being part of such an important event, are amazing.”

The exhibition will be on display at Gayfield Creative Spaces until 4 December.
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