Ed Twaddle

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is delighted to announce Ed Twaddle as the recipient of this year’s ECA/ESW Bursary Award.

Ed Twaddle works across sculpture, drawing, performance, film and sound to examine socially constructed boundaries and categories and how they relate to the expression of sexuality and identity.

Recently, Ed has been working with reappropriated images and videos, which he finds online, working within an abstract aesthetic to explore the eroticisation of heterosexual masculinity in gay male pornography. Ed’s recent work attempts to “muddle up” dichotomous sexual categories, “gay” and “straight”; engaging with ethical issues inherent in pornographic material which simultaneously reveres and violates the social construct of the “white straight man”.

Ed Twaddle graduated from Intermedia at Edinburgh College of Art in 2017. He lives and works in Edinburgh. Recently, Ed’s performances have been shown at This is Insanity!, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and Paradise Pains, Paradise Palms, Edinburgh. Ed’s work To Me You Mean The Most, made in collaboration with Adam Castle, has been selected for this years Bloomberg New Contemporaries Exhibition at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle and Block 336, London.


Each year Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art, offers a bursary to one student graduating from ECA’s School of Art BA, MA or MFA courses. The bursary offers graduates studio space for three consecutive months at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and a budget for materials.

The aim of the bursary is to help emerging newly-graduated artists to establish themselves after leaving college and support the development of their practice and networks.

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