About Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust

IS an arts and education trust based in Edinburgh

CREATES opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts

GENERATES space and community for artists

COLLABORATES with artists in all media from all over the world

PROMOTES events, concerts, clubs and exhibitions

PROVIDES affordable studios, rehearsal rooms, performance venues, exhibition space and administrative support

COMMISSIONS art projects from the local community and beyond

EDUCATES with hands-on training projects

We provide

Out of the Blue supports artists by providing them with workspace and selling opportunities, enabling them to work as artists, and to connect to the local community to pass their skills onto others.

Approximately 450 multi-artform classes per annum. and 5,000 participants.

Events and performances
Approximately 50 per annum. The Out of the Blue Drill Hall has been a venue in Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, People’s Festival, and Leith Festival.

Approximately 12 per annum. Local, national and international artists work viewed by a total of 5,000 members of the public.

Our facilities are hired by arts organisations and other businesses to run their own events throughout the year.

Our Drill Hall Arts Café on Dalmeny Street is the perfect place to relax, have meetings and can provide catering for Drill Hall events.

Quarterly selling opportunity for out of the blue artists.

The Bongo Club
Out of the Blue’s sister venue is a wholly owned subsidiary, located at 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh. 90,000 visitors annually to performances including live music, club, theatre, spoken word/poetry, film/video art, dance and comedy. Please visit
thebongoclub.co.uk for further info.

Get involved

Learn more about the Drill Hall in Leith.

Find out about our previous or current projects.

Visit us here in Edinburgh!

Help us out, you can make a donation to us or get involved by volunteering.


Check out our accessibility statement, use of cookies, data protection and terms & conditions as well as company and subsidiary information on the Legal Information document. For further information, please also see our Equalities Commitment and Bookings Policy.


For information on Drill Hall accessibility, please visit our ‘How to get here’ page.

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  • How to get here

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    Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG Learn how to get here →

  • Cafe Opening Hours

    Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
    Closed Sunday.

  • Donate

    Over the course of 2024 Out of the Blue will continue to offer opportunities for artists and members of the community to learn, participate and earn income.

    We use the space we have developed in 6 buildings in Edinburgh for studios, workshops, classes, projects, exhibitions, social enterprises, events, clubs, music making, markets, a cafe and more.

    Our all year round activity helps create the culture of the city, supporting the local economy and having positive social impact for the thousands of individuals and organisations we work with.

    We would humbly accept a financial donation, however small, in support of our work.

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  • Association

    Green Arts Project logo OSCR logo with charity number SC022812