University of Edinburgh’s Art Collections project, a collaboration between History of Art, University Art Collections, Centre for Research Collections, University Museums and Talbot Rice Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland, and Edinburgh University Visual Arts, is a new departure in postgraduate training and research in dialogue with academic and curatorial staff. Its aim is to develop frameworks for research and teaching that can generate and disseminate original research by both staff and students on university collections. Staff and students work together on exhibitions, publications, public lectures and discussion forums, to promote a deeper understanding of the cultural legacy of university collections as forms of material knowledge.
Teaching is practice-led and designed to engage students in the research and display of aspects of curating university collections of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, rare books, and archives. It also comprises innovative use of 3-D imaging technologies in the development of exhibition concepts. It is an opportunity unique to University of Edinburgh students that evinces the pedagogic value of university collections within research-led teaching.