Alumni of Out of the Blue
Below is a directory of artists who once resided at an Out of the Blue property and have helped shape our future.
We are an Edinburgh-wide arts project based at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, in the heart of Leith. We offer free opportunities for people aged 13-25 to get involved in arts and we support aspiring artists and performers to develop their talent.
Abigail Smith is an artist interested in how words can affect the way in which we visualise things. Her work concentrates on visual documentation of language.
Working with drawing, film and cameraless photography, Abigail’s work has previously centred around using the basic principles of photography to focus on the relationship between the moving and still image.
Abigail’s recent work is informed by a personal experience of living with anxiety and an interest in the diagnosis of mental illness.
This experience, coupled with extensive research into the historical use of photography and language in psychiatric care, lead her to consider the relationship between text and the photographic image.
Africa in Motion Film Festival
UK based African film festival, taking place annually in October and November at Filmhouse Cinema (Edinburgh’s premier independent cinema). The festival is dedicated to screening masterpieces from all over the African continent, accompanied by talks and discussions, filmmakers Q&As and workshops, exhibitions of African art and live performances by African musicians. We showcase the best of contemporary and classic African cinema to audiences in Scotland, and, on tour, around the UK.
I have graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2014, with BA Hons in Jewellery & Silversmithing.
During the studies I got fascinated by the concept of recycling and the use of natural materials in jewellery making, for their durability and natural imperfections. Ever since I have been exloring materials such as reclaimed leather and wood. The shapes I make are inspired by rugged Scottish landscape.
Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker Ltd
Ailie Cohen is an illustrator, designer, puppet maker, performer and puppetry director, creating emotionally rich and compelling theatrical experiences which highlight the beauty and surreal in the everyday.
Alchemy Arts initiates and provides socially inclusive and environmentally aware art projects. Our workshops and community projects use recycled resources to transform perceptions of ourselves and our environment through the transformation of materials. We use art, music, storytelling and performance to encourage creativity in a fun and accessible atmosphere.
I am a freelance illustrator working primarily on editorial and picture book illustration. I use a lot black ink. Black lines, black shapes and a minimalist colour pallet. Sometimes I like to draw intricate lines for picture book illustrations and sometimes I like messy bold black mess with splashes of colour.
Always Be Content
Everyone is shouting louder & fewer folk are listening. It’s time for a new kind of consultancy – which aims to leave people more content than we found them.
Asta Petkunaite was born in Lithuania in 1984 to a Russian mother and a Lithuanian father, moving to England at the age of 14. Not knowing the language and unable to communicate, painting became her lifeline, which developed into an intense relationship that survives to this day.
For Asta painting is a form of exorcism, an expression of her oblique vision of the world. Her paintings are subjective journeys into the psyche of her subjects, navigating a path through the narrative of life stories.
Each portrait strips away a façade to reveal something more visceral and raw. The works are ultimately moving, hypnotic, unsettling, using a unique aesthetic language.
Asta arrived in Scotland in 2002 as a self-taught painter, but initially trained and worked as a writer. In 2009, she took the decision to focus entirely on her art.
She first exhibited at Edinburgh’s Red Door Gallery in 2006, going on to work with the art collectives GO REBORN and Noir! in 2009. Her work has been showcased in the Capital’s Axolotl Gallery twice in 2010 as well as at numerous Art Fairs across the country. Her first solo show launched successfully at the beginning of this year. Since, she has taken part in three well received exhibitions and has been confirmed for more in the coming months.
Asta has also worked on a number of private commissions and has published a series of greetings cards which are now sold throughout selected stockists in the capital. She lives and paints in her studio on The Shore in Leith.
My inspiration comes from an idea that everyone wants to have something special, or as I call it LOVE-MADE. If people produce only things made with love we would have less recycling and more satisfaction. As wholesale made things have no soul, they can be enjoyable only for couple of days. All items I create are very fashionable as well as unique.
Beltane Fire Society
Formed in 1988, Beltane Fire Society is a community arts performance charity that hosts the Beltane Fire Festival and Samhuinn Fire Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Big House Events Ltd
Big House Events Ltd
Bespoke scenic design & construction
We design and create props, scenery and furniture for the creative, corporate and private markets including: Corporate Events, Parties, Installations, Theatre Shows and Exhibitions.
When you are at your most creative, you are nowhere near your comfort zone. At Big House we work closely with our clients to bridge the gap between creativity and comfort.
At the heart of the Big House is a trusted network of full timers, freelancers and suppliers, each their own specialisms, respected in the industry, who compliment and push each other creatively. We have the skill and flexibility to deliver a product that exceeds the expectations of our clients.
I’m a freelance copywriter, based in Edinburgh.
I’m here to make advertising and communication more effective and less expensive. Whatever your business needs – branding, copywriting, ads or ideas – I’m here to help. I can even lend a hand on the artwork side. (And, if you’re from an agency and you need a little extra creative muscle, I’m here to help you too.)
Cassian is an Editor, Producer and Writer, with a passion for the historical and prehistorical, and a love of story telling. He has developed and helped to develop many television projects both in drama and in factual, and helped to produce the hit, award winning, JUDGE JOHN DEED for BBC 1, and is currently helping develop a new crime drama for ITV. Trained on Avid Media composer, but also has his own FInal Cut 7 running off a MacBook Pro, with Graid drives. Cassian recently finished cutting the Exodus169 Kickstarter pitch When not pursuing media projects or Archaeological interests, Cassian is usually at the park with his two sons, or else down at his Systema class (Russian Martial Art).