Brown Paper and Imagination: Revealing the Revel

About the Exhibition

Opening: 1st April 2016 | Where: Exhibition Gallery, Main Library, George Square | Closing: 2nd July 2016 | Opening Times: Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00 | Curated by: Rachel Hosker, University of Edinburgh Archives Manager

Edinburgh College of Art’s yearly Revel, which dates back to 1909, brings together staff and students for a themed party with costumes, scenery, performances and dancing.

This exhibition in the University of Edinburgh’s Main Library, includes a number of unique photographs of students at the Revel from the 1910s to the 1970s, a range of colourful ticket and programme designs, and a costume thought to have been part of the 1951 Revel - which had a Knights of the Round Table theme.

Former student and celebrated artist John Bellany is known to have designed the set for the 1963 Revel. Former College Principal and painter William Gillies also features in a silent film showing students creating props and enjoying the event.