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

Studios
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.

Classes
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.

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

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

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

Markets 
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.

Policies

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.


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  • How to get here


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

  • Covid-19 restrictions

    The Out of the Blue Drill Hall is open for appropriately social distanced and much needed conviviality and activity.

    We are now bringing back events, classes, workshops, and exhibitions in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

  • Cafe Opening Hours

    Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

    Xmas Opening Hours
    The Drill Hall cafe will be closed on Wednesday 22nd December and reopens on Wednesday 5th January.

  • Donate

    Over the course of 2021 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

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