Out of the Blue provide studio space for over 200 artists in Edinburgh. We have over 800 people on our studio waiting list. Space is allocated utilising a policy which tries to offer appropriate space to artists and organisations from a range of disciplines. OOTB’s aim to provide creative space faces challenging circumstances due to an Edinburgh property market with an extremely high level of commercial value. Our analysis of the current Edinburgh market is that we are returning to 1990’s levels of scarcity of space for participatory arts as most land and buildings are utilised for greater commercial reward. (eg, housing, hotels, retail)
Currently in addition to our headquarters at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, our creative spaces are:
Out of the Blue Leith Walk Studios: accommodates 25 artists from a range of disciplines in 12 studios. It is a run down building with OOTB and artists adapting and making the building good and interesting. This is helping improve the look of the public domain, helping the local economy and adding to the vitality of Leith.
Out of the Blue Music Studios in Leith, housing the Mercury award winning musicians ‘Young Fathers’
After many years of housing many artists in several buildings in Portobello, OOTB have had to vacate to make way for housing and a supermarket. To replace this space OOTB have worked with the City of Edinburgh Council and in the private property market to establish new spaces:
OOTB Arts Factory2: OOTB have established a partnership with City of Edinburgh council to utilise a warehouse in Duddingston/Craigmillar as a base for a range of industrial artists.
Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studios: A multi-disciplinary facility promoting engagement and innovation in craft and design, as well as providing facilities, opportunities and development for professional designer-makers and the community.
Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studios provides art and craft studios and space for classes, workshops and projects.
Out of the Blue are establishing this creative initiative by adapting our highly successful model of sustainable Social Enterprise to the Maker Space market.
The primary aim is to provide diverse facilities and resources which enable professional makers, established and emerging, to nurture and grow their businesses and be open to hobbyists and learners. It is estimated that once established Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studios will provide a source of income for over 100 people with over 1000 people participating to learn their craft, per annum.
This facility will become an important part of Edinburgh’s Creative Industry infrastructure, initially operating as studio and workshop space for resident makers and developing to offer its members a flexible space with access to tools, experienced practitioners and courses for professional development.
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