Out of the Blue currently houses over 100 artists, arts organisations and other creative businesses at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Arts Factory2, Leith Walk Studios, Abbeymount Studios and Out of the Blue Music Studios. The list below is a selection illustrating the range and quality.
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Orla is an independent Casting Director based in Edinburgh. She has worked in the industry since 2000, developing a strong, comprehensive knowledge of the finest acting talent in the UK and Ireland.
Out of the Blueprint is a new RISO print studio at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, offering affordable, eco-friendly print services.
About my work
I distill unconscious thought, blending dreams with substance. Working the seam where magic collides with the visible world I explore the intensity and fragility of human experience. This is the space where corporeality and spirit blend into something unknown but remembered.
About the process
The starting point can be the feel of a material. Sometimes I begin with plasticene, or it could be wire, paper or fabric that my hands reach for first. The beginning of form coming out of nowhere, out of formlessness. From how hands feel and twist, press, squash, pull. From something as much body as mind.
Other pieces begin by thinking, or they start with a feeling, a sense, an idea; then take on their own sense of selves to become something utterly other than what some part of me expected. Nothing I make as sculpture now goes with a concrete idea from beginning to end. Sideways thoughts, caught by the focus of making, weave themselves into the pieces. Undercurrents from deepest darkest human fears and realities bubble up into the physical multidimensional act of making.
Sometimes I know what I think I have made but usually I am left with more questions, more possibilities, than answers. I want to leave all this open for the viewer to perhaps find something they recognise in a piece. I number my sculptures rather than title them as, even if I do have a sense of a name, to name a piece would be to restrict it, tie it up, reduce it into one literality. I wish to leave the space for many perspectives that I could never dream of on my own.
The Precious Metals Workshop is Edinburgh’s educational and resource workshop for jewellers and silversmiths.
Video production services for film, tv, documentary, live events and promotion.
Ray is a professional editor/camera op who has worked in broadcast and corporate environments and is always looking to connect with the audience through engaging storytelling.
He has won a prestigious Royal Television Society Award and was Awards’ Shortlisted for two documentaries he was commissioned for, produced, shot and cut. In addition to that, he is an experienced editor on FCP, Adobe Premiere, After Effects and more. He has shot with broadcast cameras as well as DSLRs to produce a diverse catalogue of work to which he is always looking to add.
After graduating in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and completing a Masters in Computers in Design at Middlesex University I worked as a Special Effects Artist on Hollywood feature films. The digital techniques have proved invaluable when combining hand drawn artwork with multiple layers of photographic textures or doing prep work for printmaking.
While living ‘down south’ I freelanced as a commercial artist. My work appeared in national museums including The Churchill War Rooms, on digital billboards around the world and as stage projections in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Southbank Centre and on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
I also worked with bands including The Who and Julian Cope and had work in window displays and interiors of leading high street retailers including Selfridges and DicksonCyberExpress in Hong Kong.
During this period I also lectured in several universities including Glasgow School of Art and the London College of Music & Media.
Rory Middleton lives and works in Portobello, Scotland. He studied at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and Falmouth School of Art and received his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2006.
In his work he uses a collage of elements from architecture, nature, speech and sound depicting subtly shifting and morphing landscapes and wildlife creating space in which to contemplate the world around us.
Sally Fisher is a painter and printmaker based in Leith, Edinburgh. She became a full time artist in 2013, when she set-up Salgallery.
Sally works on her collagraph prints at home, designing and creating the “plates” using mount card. She cuts lines with a craft knife and sometimes adds texture before printing with an etching press at Edinburgh Printmakers.
Born 1987, Glasgow.
Based in Edinburgh.
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I’m fascinated by the physicality and spirit of a body and it’s potential for pleasure, pain and expression. Idiosyncratic character is intrinsically important in my work but an anatomical, pulsing, critical view is also there. The image is an accurate representation but the close detail is an expressive pattern describing minute features. It’s a record of my examination of the subject and my relationship with them rather than a slavish copy of their every pore. I like using body paint and projectors to give my subjects something to interact with which often leads to an image which articulates the anatomy of the body or lets them be part of the process in deciding which pose or composition works best. It’s interesting to watch how people react with these tools and whether they use them self consciously or instinctively. The potential ambiguity and tension in the eye contact of a still image is something I find enormously compelling and I have tried to appeal for a reaction in the viewer. The quality of flesh, its contrasting textures and tensions, the density and potential of muscle and the irregularity and dimples in fatty tissue are important in the way I want to describe any given subject. I want the bodies I paint to be a strange mixture of lurid, glistening attraction and true empathic realism avoiding elegant cliches. They reflect private selves and acknowledge my inescapable role as a voyeur in observing and recreating them. A period of serious illness has detached my idea of personality from physicality – I want to paint the two back together again.
I’m a writer, performer and producer who loves the story in everything. Part of Debasers Filums, and available to go outside for MC work or happy to stay inside for copywriting, script writing and development work.
Skerry Press produce prints, drawings and Artist books in various forms by the artist Drew Catlow. The press is based in Edinburgh and material is produced from a garden print studio in the city and The Edinburgh Printmakers where Drew is a member.
Stephanie designs and creates distinctive designer pieces of jewellery using traditional techniques in Sterling and Argentium Silver. Flora and geometric shapes are her inspiration. Stephanie likes to create different textures for her pieces. Touches of Gold; be it 18ct or 24ct Keum-Boo, Gem stones and cold enamel add a touch of colour. Each piece is unique and can be worn as an individual piece of jewellery or as part of a set.
Stewart has a wide range of skills, honed during his fourteen years as a professional graphic designer. He has had a great deal of experience in magazine design, creating and working on titles across the publishing spectrum. He also has a good eye for branding, photography and illustration.
Strange Town is a performing arts company for 5-25 year olds that aims to foster creativity, nurture talent and increase access to opportunities in the industry to young people across Edinburgh.
Based at Out of the Blue in Leith, Strange Town strives to create work of the highest quality; to provide access to children and young adults of all backgrounds; and to provide training and mentoring, whether as part of a pathway into the arts as a career or simply to improve life skills.
The company offers weekly youth theatre classes and holiday courses at Out of the Blue and drama projects to schools throughout Edinburgh. It runs a young actors’ agency and stages regular performances of new writing by young, emerging writers in Edinburgh’s leading arts venues. Strange Town currently works with 370 young people every week in term time. The company also offers paid and voluntary work to young writers, directors, performers, stage managers and administrators.
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