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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Once upon a time…
Chloe trained as a jeweller at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and graduated in 2014. Since then she has been developing her creative practice,; creating jewellery and artwork based on stories and mythologies.
Chloe creates highly patterned work. Her drawings are akin to the zentangle style, and this is also reflected in her etched style metalwork. She uses the patterns to create narratives, and explore visual storytelling through the fine arts, and the wearable jewellery creations she makes in the workshop here.
And they all lived happily ever after…
I set up Copper Mango five years ago after escaping the world of IT to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer. I’ve been interested in photography since childhood when I used to take pictures of my Action Man in various scenes I had set up – much to my mum’s confusion when she got her holiday snaps back!
I bought my first ‘proper’ camera aged 15 with some money left to me by my granddad and used it to take promotional shots for the band I was in at the time. I initially saw it as a hobby – who knew you could have a career doing the thing you loved? – but then I held two successful photography exhibitions which were the catalyst for me to take the leap and switch careers. So I guess you could say I’ve finally found my niche in life, if a little later than planned.
As a huge food fan, I was drawn at first to food photography and gradually gained experience in architectural, portrait, fashion, product and commercial photography. I understand what makes a great photograph and will happily discuss my versatile approach beforehand to ensure clients get the results they are looking for. I always research ideas in the lead-up to a shoot and clients can have as much or as little creative input as they wish. My work has appeared in a range of regional and national media including newspapers and lifestyle magazines.
When not working, I love eating out, music, film and exhibitions as well as enjoying the great outdoors, especially on long walks with Mary andBailey our Cocker Spaniel.
If you would like to discuss your particular project or find out more then please get in touch for an informal chat.