Media Release: Graphic design students from Edinburgh Napier University present their degree show, ‘A l’affiche’, at the Institut francais d’Ecosse


THE Institut français d’Ecosse is thrilled to welcome the graphic design students from Edinburgh Napier University for their degree show, ‘A l’affiche’, an exhibition of large posters exploring the territories between graphic design and art.

“I consider my posters as I would a painting. It is an image to give to the street – nobody is waiting for it, nobody needs it. Posters must fight, and win the attention of the passer by,” explains the Parisian graphic designer, Philippe Apeloig.

Influenced by poster design culture of France, and the work of Philippe Apeloig in particular, a group of final-year graphic students and their tutor from Edinburgh Napier University have created an exhibition of large posters that examines the influence of French graphic cultures on the development of a new graphic culture for Scotland.

By using typography and composition to create thought provoking graphic forms and visual language, this project aims at exploring a new graphic culture for Scotland through collaborative practice with French colleagues.

This exhibition is the first stage of a multi-layered project initiated by the BDes(Hons) Graphic Design programme at Edinburgh Napier University. Many students have the opportunity to study for a Trimester at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, and are taught by celebrated French poster designers.


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Posters exhibition

7 June – 6 July 2013

Institut francais d’Ecosse

13 Randolph crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TT

Mon – Fri 9.30 am – 6.30 pm / Sat 9.30 am – 1.00 pm. 

Telephone: 0131 225 53 66


Preview: Thursday 6 June from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Notes for editors:

* The BDes(Hons) Graphic Design programme at Edinburgh Napier University started in 2007. This course offers a broad design education, drawing on a rich theoretical and practical history and is forward thinking in the way visual language is applied to a wide spectrum of design disciplines in professional practice. This exciting course aims to emphasise the importance of ideas and originality of content as key elements. For more information about the course, please visit

* The Institut français d’Ecosse is the agency of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs with responsibility for cultural activity outside France. In Scotland, the agency is represented by the Institut français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh) which promotes French language and culture by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.). It also aims to encourage cross-cultural exchange between France and Scotland, in cooperation with Scottish Francophile institutions. Additional information is available on or follow us on Twitter @ifecosse.

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Contact: Vanessa Bismuth
Phone: 01312207751