Out of the Blue currently houses over 200 artists, arts organisations and other creative businesses at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Abbeymount Studios, NMR Studios (Niddrie Mains), Meanwhile in Leith and Out of the Blue Music Studios. The list below is a selection illustrating the range and quality.
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Adam Barnett Films
Adam has a passion for documentary filmmaking. His first feature, Argentina in Therapy, has been shown at several International Film Festivals and bought by television networks around the globe. Adam’s instinctive visual style is both engaging and insightful. And he brings a deft touch to character based storytelling.
Feature writer, copywriter, editor
Words – in their many forms. Clear, coherent, easy to read. Feature articles, copy for websites, documents of all kinds – from start to polish.
Alex Mascolo is an Interdisciplinary Researcher, working between the fields of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Photography. Her research focuses on the subject of Death, specifically, how we can improve experiences of death, dying and bereavement. She is currently a first year PhD student at Edinburgh College of Art, exploring the ways in which food is used to commemorate and connect with the dead.
My paintings are often three-dimensional, and my sculptures two-dimensional. I have two parallel ways of working – on paper and on leather. My paintings and drawings celebrate the natural world, exploring close-up the detail of its patterns and its beauty, capturing the wind. I’m fascinated by the flow of energy in nature – how it is always moving and always the same. A burn coming down a hillside is forever moving – your eye is drawn downwards the whole time – but the shapes the water makes coming past the rocks is unchanging. A clump of grasses is shaken by the wind and your eye follows them along the wind’s direction; but the shape of the grasses is unchanging. I work on capturing this paradox, drawing very small things – like the grasses – and then painting them very large, often monochrome from my sculptural training. The flow of energy in nature helps me to find the flow of energy in people, in myself and between people. This flow I capture in leather. My embroidered leatherwork hangings are inspired by my lived experience of Native American Vision Quests, and capture the flow of power and energy and spirit in the lives of the people they are made for, the individuals who commission them.
All or Nothing Aerial
All or Nothing have been flying around Scotland and beyond since 2006, blending breathtaking aerial acrobatics with dance, theatre and contemporary circus.
The company’s unique, creative and engaging work has seen them take on everything from outdoor spectacle to grand interiors and intimate small-scale work for theatre, festivals and one-off events, working with organisations such as National Museum Scotland, Iron-Oxide, the Arches, Beacon, Conflux, Dance Base, City Moves.
In 2011 their production of Uncharted Waters with StrangeBird Zirkus was nominated for a Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, and went on to tour Scotland to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
As well as our performance work, AoN are behind several new aerial dance initiatives in Scotland. Spanning both the professional and community sectors we choreograph, mentor, advise and teach, running aerial classes throughout the country with many courses at OOTB Drill Hall. Exciting developments coming up include Flying High, an aerial harness professional development programme, funded by Creative Scotland.
Artistic Director Jennifer Paterson has collaborated and performed with renowned companies and arts organisations, nationally and internationally, and was recently one of the professional aerial team for London 2012 ceremonies.
2013 has so far seen the premiere of Sprawl, a dynamic acrobatic dance theatre duet, for outside and inside spaces, with Room 2 Manoeuvre, at Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival and will be at Dance Live in Aberdeen in October. We also set sail with the Loveboat Big Band during the Fringe and climbed trees for SmallPetitKlein Dance Company.
You’ll find us most days of the week teaching in the Drill Hall or rehearsing at the Arts Factory. We love the buzz of being located at Out of the Blue and have flown, hung, climbed and swung around many parts of the building. Watch out for occasional performances too!
The two main strands to my work are oil paintings on canvas and what I now call woodworks (in answer to the question ‘what did you do today?’ the simplest answer was ‘a bit of woodwork’ – although these pieces actually involve all kinds of materials and often include painted elements). Both strands rely to a greater extent on everyday and, so far, urban imagery and material and are my take on Pop Art.
Art in Healthcare
A charity, we aim to get as much high-quality visual art as possible into hospitals, hospices and other healthcare facilities in Scotland.
The purpose of Art in Healthcare is to enliven the environment in Scottish healthcare settings to improve the quality of life for patients, visitors and staff. Through consultation and discussion, we employ art to engage and create stimulating environments that positively affect one’s mental wellbeing and contribute to an effective healing process. We support the arts and local artists and continue to build a prestigious Collection, which is used to provide more familiar, human spaces at Scottish healthcare facilities.
I mainly work with recycled materials, long lost treasures, and create soft sculptures with a surreal feel to them.
As I am also a bit of a geek, I enjoy using unusual material and raiding discarded IT equipment.
I learnt to knit and crochet at a young age in Lyon, France, where I grew up, and have never stopped since. My mum taught me but I can’t remember learning, although she sure remembers teaching me… with great pleasure!
Lyon is a city of fantastic and magical textile history. I only recently found out that my great-grandparents had been weavers so there must be something in the blood. I also have Corsican and Catalan origins and now live in Scotland.
I started teaching crafts with the Adult Education Programme run by the City of Edinburgh Council nearly 10 years ago and am now setting up my own studio. I will be running workshops and classes, as well as giving private tuition.
I am always working on multiple projects, big and small and take inspiration from my environment. I often work on recurring themes of identity, origin and memory, be it people’s or the land’s.
I work in collaboration with a group of artists called transFORM. We have exhibited in Edinburgh, West Kilbride and Aberdeen.
Our current show is in Fife at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes until 23rd July 2016, when it will move to Lochgelly.
I am also a member of Frayed Edges, a group of textile artists. We exhibit on themes chosen democratically every couple of years. Our latest exhibition was in October 2015 at Patriothall Gallery in Edinburgh, with invited guest India Flint.
In parallel to my art work I am working on one off jewellery pieces as well as unusual handbags.
biomorphis is an architecture & design practice dedicated to a sensitive approach to architecture based on adaptive systems, sustainability and art.
We focus on generative design rooted in computational and practical methods and encourage a playful attitude required to keep exploring and generate innovation.
The formal possibilities inherent to our design media are only limited by our imagination.
Blue Marmalade designs and distributes its own range of contemporary home accessors, lighting and gifts. All product are designed and made in the UK to a zero landfill policy from recycled and recycled materials.
Borja Moronta is originally from Asturias, northern Spain. He settled in Edinburgh after graduating as an Architect in 2016 (Madrid Polytechnic University). Throughout university, he had big interest in different disciplines such as photography, ceramics or carpentry, and always felt drawn to that architecture which focuses on the materiality of the buildings.
His pottery practice began at the beginning of 2018, as part of a recovery process from a severe surgery due to nerve damage on his left hand. He joined Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop evening classes and soon became a member. Borja worked his way through the ECW structure and became part of their Incubator programme for emerging ceramicists in July 2019, setting up his own studio just a year later.
Today, based in his Edinburgh studio, based in Abbeymount, Borja makes ceramics that follow basic, calmed and natural forms on a soft tone palette. Each piece is individually crafted on the potter’s wheel and throughout all the stages, therefore showing all the nature of handmade.
Bremner Design provides an integrated design service across digital, print and social media for the business, arts and tourism sectors.
Before starting Bremner Design we worked for blue-chip agencies in London and Edinburgh, and our approach draws on more than 14 years’ experience of design solutions, collaboration and creativity.
From fonts to photography, our team of experts can advise on what your organisation needs to communicate, stand out and appeal to new audiences.
We specialise in:
· Creating new brand identities
· Brand reviews
· Print projects, large and small
· Websites and digital promotion
· Content creation: copywriting,
· photography and video
· Social media
· Exhibition design
Bridges Actors Agency
Scotland’s only Actors Co-operative Agency: Dedicated to providing a broad range of professional actors to all sectors of the industry including theatre, television, film, radio, voiceover and corporate work.
Calum Duncan Architects
Before setting up Calum Duncan Architects this year , Calum worked at Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh from 1998-2015, working on a wide variety of project size and types including public arts, commercial, residential and educational.
With this experience Calum has developed a specialism in complex and multi-use buildings, both large and small, as well as an understanding of the personal requirements of residential clients. His approach to design looks to connect issues of existing buildings or existing site conditions with a strong environmental agenda. Calum is interested in how these values, as well as the more pragmatic functional requirements can strengthen what is the most important outcome: a well considered and appropriate design, making inspiring spaces which are pleasurable, while practical to use.
Handmade books – turning forgotten materials into something special. Workshops, community projects, commissions and upcycling goodness!