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On display: Photography Student Jefferson Wilcox explores surrealism


Scottish Born student Jefferson Wilcox talks us through the reasons behind his surrealism inspired final year photography project- titled “searching”. This is the first time Jefferson has fully committed to surrealism in his work, describing it as something he “dabbled in” before, but never fully investigated.

“Searching” explores the notions of identity, belonging and transition using visual investigations inspired by surrealism.

Although these are concepts that most people come across at some point in their life, Jefferson has based the series on his own particular experiences of education and travel, especially during the past six years. He has gone from being quite unsure of himself to finding direction and places he feels he belongs. This series shows different aspects of his development.

By incorporating landscapes and locations that have been important to Wilcox’s personal development, and other images that are intended as a visual state of mind, he aims to show the narrative of transition and belonging. The initial images in the series reflect an absence of identity, yet the subject eventually develops into an established identity and finds places of belonging.

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Gallery: More than a degree show 2016 launch night

Here you can find all the photos from this years immensely successful launch night. Press, Members of the public, friends and Family all joined together to help our students celebrate the incredible work produced for 2016’s final year projects.

It was an eventful evening with one of the best turnouts Napier has ever had! With a whole host of awards given and a fair few bottles of bubbly drank (Courtesy of Tennants), we believe it was one of the best launch nights yet!

You can see all the images from the evening below.

Photography by Kieran Reiss Delaney.


Awards- Interior & spacial design award presented by Gordon Roy

Ahead of tonight’s best in show award for interior and spacial design, we caught up with guest judge Gordon Roy, associate director at Space solutions! Gordon joined the Space Solutions Edinburgh team from an Architectural background and leads the Design Studio with 10 years experience.

Gordon is also responsible for the management of a number of key client accounts and is committed to developing the growing business in the central belt through quality of service and innovative design.

We got Gordon’s thoughts on tonight’s event and the level of work produced by our students.

for more information on all  upcoming degree show events, visit us on our events page here

AWARDS- Product design graduate Fraser Hunter is steps ahead

The winner of this years degree show’s product design best in show award is graduate Fraser Hunter.

Fraser won the award for his revolutionary new shoe design that may change the lives of thousands of people. “Safi shoes” use recycled materials to protect the foot from a deadly disease known as Tungiasis, which is caused by the chigoe flea burrowing into the feet and laying eggs.

The disease is especially prominent in African communities where treatment is both expensive and difficult to reach. It is for this reason that Fraser created the Safi shoes to prevent the spread of the disease and help poor African communities.

We caught up With Fraser after receiving his award to see how he felt.

For more information on all of our graduates work and the events running throughout the degree show, visit us here

First look: graduate films hit the big screen

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Edinburgh Napier 2016 graduates enjoyed a fantastic preview of their film projects on Wednesday at the Historic Edinburgh Filmhouse.

Friends and family as well as members of the public gathered in the retro screening area to enjoy a two hour preview of this years students’ final film projects. Graduate projects covered a whole range of themes from dark but humorous “Oh, Morris” created by Lewis Kyle and David Fraser, to the frank documentary discussing how society views women “it’s her body” by Miranda Stevenson.

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Filmmakers David Fraser (Left) and Lewis Kyle (Right)- creators of student film “Oh, Morris”

This year saw a high number of female directors come through the screen academy with a total of five female students undertaking their own creative endeavors.  Directors Olivia Middleton (Isla) and Rebecca Kilburn (Small Venture) discuss the trials and tribulations of creating a film masterpiece.

Degree show events are running from the 20th-29th of may. for more information on all our events visit us here

Films produced by Karlie Simmonds, photography by Kieran Reiss Delaney

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Friday’s Music and Light Show with Double Take Projections

Check out the video below to see some amazing footage of projections cast onto Morningside Church as part of #Ednapdegreeshow on Friday, May 21. 

The team from Double Take partnered with Edinburgh Napier’s music students to create a visual show which moved and developed with its own soundtrack.

For more information on Double Take, head to their website here:, and take a look at our events page for more exciting events happening all week for Edinburgh Napier’s Degree Show and Festival of Creative Industries

Highlights from #Ednapdegreeshow

Check out this video to see some of our favourite moments from Edinburgh Napier’s Degree Show on Thursday, May 21.

The video features interviews with students who’s work was on exhibit at the Degree Show.

Edinburgh Napier’s Festival of Creative Industries continues all this week; Events on today include a talk by Photographer Laurence Winram in B2, Merchiston Campus at 5:30pm and a Screening of BA Television student’s final projects at the Filmhouse at 6pm. Tickets are FREE and for the photography lecture, can be booked here:

Creative Edinburgh Partnership Event with Bright Red Triangle: 28 May 2015, 2-4pm, Merchiston, G2 (Free)

Photo by Inessa Rychlik
Photo by Inessa Rychlik
Edinburgh Napier’s Bright Red Triangle teams up with Creative Edinburgh for anyone wanting to know about the support on offer, thinking about setting up a business in the creative industries, and/or keen to be part of Creative Edinburgh’s supportive creative professional network in Edinburgh.
Come and here from our speakers, network and ask for advice:
Stephen Chan, Associate, Harper MacLeod LLP – Corporate Law
Will be here to talk about company formation
Michael Ellis, Ellis IP – Intellectual Property
Come and find out how to protect your new product or design
Martin Sweeney, owner of Unstable Creations
Bright Red Triangle user, business owner and displaying at the Degree Show!!
Janine Matheson, Director Creative Edinburgh & freelance creative producer
David Mahoney, Illustrator & Community Professional, Behance Scotland
Walter Hamilton, Freelance Designer
Jane Grant & Cilla Richards – from the Bright Red Triangle team
Book Here:

Photography – Ron O’Donnell Talk – John Byrne

Ron O’Donnell documented the work by artist playwright and artist John Byrne over a period of 35 days and his images will reveal  how this wonderful mural evolved.

Come along to hear all about it on Thursday 28th at 6pm. FREE!

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Photography Best in Show!

Best in Show 
Antoinette Mallon receiving her award from Brian Coan of The Leith Agency.
We are delighted that this year’s winner is Antoinette Mallon, for her studio work ’Processed’, an exploration of the food manufacturing industry.
Brian Coane of The Leith Agency selected this year’s Best in Show.
Many thanks for doing this Brian and your generous words of support to our graduands.


From the series ‘Processed’ Image © Antoinette Mallon all rights reserved.
From the series ‘Processed’ Image © Antoinette Mallon all rights reserved.

Friday’s light show on Morningside Church

Photo by Katie Blair Matthews

Edinburgh company Double Take Projections collaborated with Edinburgh Napier University’s BA (Hons) Music students to produce an audio reactive projection show onto Morningside Church on Friday night.

The visuals were amazing and evolved as the soundtrack developed throughout the night.

#Ednapdegreeshow continues throughout this week- head over to the events section to find out more about the events going until 31st May.

Last night’s projections by Double Take

church napier Thursday 21st May saw the launch of #ednapdegreeshow, celebrating the work produced by students in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier. 

As part of the show, Double Take Projections in partnership with Edinburgh Napier cast some impressive animations onto Morningside Church and on Morningside Road.

The fun continues tonight where Double Take and Edinburgh Napier’s Music Students will stage a music and light show on Morningside road from 8:30pm. All are welcome to this free event! bike degree show

Craig Yule

BA (Hons) Photography – Work in Progress 

Edinburgh Napier University final year photography student Craig Yule will be exhibiting new work in the Photography BA (Hons) Degree Show & Festival of Creative Industries 2015.

image © Craig Yule all rights reserved 2015


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image © Craig Yule all rights reserved 2015


Craig Yule is a London born Photographer and Retoucher who has been living in Fife for the last 12 years.

After completing his HND in photography at Carnegie college he joined Edinburgh Napier and is now in his 4th year working towards his photography Honours Degree.

Craig’s work is influenced by emotion, surrealism, symbolism, fine art and colour. He is interested in Portraiture, fashion and Advertising and has worked for many different clients including sports magazines, restaurants, advertising agencies, makeup artists and fashion designers.

Craig Will be exhibiting his work at the Free Range exhibition, being born in London to a Scottish family Craig has felt very removed from his Scottish heritage so his work with be showcasing his interpretation of Scottish Folk tales.

See more of Craig’s work at

Follow him here on Twitter 


Visit our Degree Show & Festival of Creative Industries

22 May – 31 May 2015



Portrait Salon exhibition

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Currently on display in GALLERY D – on D floor  is the excellent exhibition Portrait Salon.

This touring exhibition will be on the walls of the Photography Department at Edinburgh Napier until 7th May after which we will start to get the department ready for the students’ work and hanging the degree show.

Having the Portrait Salon UK touring exhibition come to Gallery D at Edinburgh Napier University has given our students an excellent opportunity to see some great images and to work along side work of an award winning photography. Many of the images are by some of the ‘big names’ in the photography world, and we hope the students have been inspired by this and other exhibitions featured in Gallery D over the year.

Portrait Salon was founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011 as a response to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. A form of Salon des Refusés – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – it aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world, attracting entrants from professionals and amateurs alike. Last year 4,193 images were submitted by 1,793 photographers, with 60 chosen to be in the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. We seek to show the best of the rest.

Each year we invite key members of the industry to make a selection from the submitted work that has been rejected from the Taylor Wessing Prize. Submissions to Portrait Salon open online, once the NPG have sent out their rejection emails in August. We will open for submissions again in August 2015.

Our 2014 selection was made by Christiane Monarchi from Photomonitor, photographer Martin Usbourne from Hoxton Mini Press and Emma Taylor from Creative Advice Network.

Come along to Gallery D and take a look.

Last year’s graduates – Degree Show 2014

Whilst we eagerly await the 2015 Edinburgh Napier University BA Photography Degree show – here are some images and posts from 2014’s Degree Show.

The work was well received and has gone on to be included in exhibitions in Scotland and beyond.

Installation of Mhair Law’s series ‘In The Lay of The Land’. Image © Mhairi Law 2014 all rights reserved
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Installation of James Parker’s series ‘Gorgie’. Image © Ida Blom 2014 all rights reserved
Installation of works by Dee Clark and Olya Tyukova. Image © Alley Hope 2014 all rights reserved
Installation of Louise Kennedy’s series ‘Lolitas’. Image © Alley Hope 2014 all rights reserved
Installation of work by Thomas Hoffer. Image © Alley Hope 2014 all rights reserved
Installation of work by Lisa Boyd. Image © Alley Hope 2014 all rights reserved

See images and information by the whole class of 2014 on Edinburgh Napier’s website.

Edinburgh Napier University’s class of 2014 were featured on Source Magazine’s Graduate Photography Online

Blogger Alley Hope posted images and a review on her blog here.

There’s an install shot of some of the work from 2014 graduate Mhairi Law here