Our picks of Edinburgh Student Art Festival 2017

Edinburgh Student Art Festival: some highlights from the 2017 programme

Andy Hollingworth

Things to see and do at the celebration of young creative talent

The Edinburgh Student Art Festival exists to foster young creative talent, while making art accessible in the process. Now in its third iteration, ESAF returns this year with a packed programme of events, ranging from live music to film. The upcoming festival has been organised with the aim of celebrating the spirit of collaboration.

'ESAF is a social enterprise that initially provided emerging creatives with a platform to showcase their work to the public,' says founder and director Briana Pegado. 'We have since evolved into an organisation that provides a space for anyone to give creativity a go.'

Briana is hopeful that this year's programme will offer audiences the chance to explore some of the up-and-coming creative voices of the future through the many diverse events on offer. 'Our artists have been invited in to react to the spaces they will be shown in and many have chosen to explore similar themes including stigmas our sexuality, mental ill-heath, and challenging our post-truth society whilst questioning the concept of truth.' Briana explains. 'Our creatives are bold, insightful, reactive, and some of the brightest young things coming out of Edinburgh.'

Contemporary Mythologies: Narratives of Fantasy and Loss
This visual art exhibition will showcase contemporary reinterpretations of classical mythology, giving the selected artists the chance to illustrate and respond to the theme in a unique and personal manner. The opening night will feature a performance by Joseph Stitts, with short stories read by Fionnuala Mottishaw.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Fri 10 Feb, 7pm; free

Punk and Pussy: The Solo Show
Izzy Bravo's solo performance show will include spoken word from the perspective of both a five-year-old and a 20-year-old, interwoven to underline strong feminist and punk themes as well as the correlation between two identities.
Netherbow Theatre (Scottish Storytelling Centre), Sat 11 Feb, 7pm; £5 (£3)

Come and Sing Workshop with Bob Chilcott
Join choral composer and conductor Bob Chilcott for a day of singing in aid of Waverley Care. The workshop will give you the chance to learn some of his works and you'll also be invited to take part in an informal performance at the end for family and friends.
St Cuthbert's Church, Sat 11 Feb, 10.30am­–4.45pm; £18 (£16)

Lauren Pattison
Lauren Pattison is a rising star on the comedy scene, having been runner-up in 2014's Funny Women competition and a finalist in 2015's Chortle Student Comedy Awards. She will be previewing her debut hour at ESAF, hoping to turn a work in progress into a fully-realised show.
Netherbow Theatre (Scottish Storytelling Centre), Sun 12 Feb, 9pm; £5 to reserve, donation to attend

Platform: Contemporary Voices
An exhibition that doesn't shy away from controversy or conflict, Platform offers a space for artists to explore the issues and questions that mould contemporary society, from the migrant crisis in Europe to mental health taboos. Zsófia Forrás, Matthew Poland and DJ Ross Devlin will perform at the opening night.
Biscuit Factory, Wed 15 Feb, 7pm; free

Lou McLean
Singer-songwriter Lou McLean will bring her brand of wistful Riot Grrrl pop to ESAF. Come and hear songs from her highly-praised debut EP September to December, as well as brand new material.
Netherbow Theatre (Scottish Storytelling Centre), Thu 16 Feb, 9pm; £5 (£3)

Evering // Glassmasterer // Archipelago // Publisher
Acoustic duo Evering will be joined by Edinburgh producer Glassmasterer, experimental jazz/punk three-piece Archipelago and versatile live performer, Publisher for an evening of music at the Biscuit Factory. This will be the first of two music nights taking place as part of ESAF, with the second at Studio 24.
Biscuit Factory, Fri 17 Feb, 6.30pm; £8 (£6)

Incorporating spoken word into their music, FistyMuffs are a feminist quartet that use original material to discuss pertinent political and social issues. From emotional abuse to unwanted groping, the band's songs reflect their own personal experiences, adding power to their performance.
Netherbow Theatre (Scottish Storytelling Centre), Sun 19 Feb, 7.15pm; £5 (£3)

Narrative Illustration: Reshape Reality
Boris Lee will lead a workshop on how varying viewpoints can influence how we see the world. Experiment with your own outlook and see how others interpret the world around us. Drawing skills are not essential and paper, colour pencils, oil pastels and felt-tip pens will be supplied.
Trinity Apse, Sun 19 Feb, 2pm; £5 (£3)

Real Talk Storytelling
Real Talk, founded by Lily Asch, allows for the discussion of mental health in an open and safe environment, through storytelling. Hear real stories about people's experiences with mental health and learn how to tell your own story through specially organised workshops (on Fri 10 and Sat 11 Feb).
Court (Scottish Storytelling Centre), Sun 19 Feb, 8.30pm; £5 (£3)

Wild Nutrition: Bright, Young Things in Film
A collaboration with Undependence Film Festival by PopUp Scotland, Wild Nutrition is a programme of films that places an emphasis on the work of three young female directors, Emmeline Kim, Stephanie Ward and Maren Victoria Thingnæs.
Filmhouse, Fri 24 Feb, 6pm; £8 (£6)

Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

A student-run festival celebrating and showcasing art of all kinds from Edinburgh's educational institutes.

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