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.
Key To Music
I’m the director of Key To Music, and I founded it to share my passion for music. I set up a music education service in London in 2005 before relocating to Edinburgh and founding another, and it gives me huge satisfaction to see the students I began teaching when they were not yet in their teens now performing their own compositions in pubs and clubs a few years later. I teach guitar, singing and composition.
My approach to teaching can be distilled to three key ideas: firstly, a student needs to feel comfortable in their environment in order to learn most effectively and express themselves most freely. Secondly, new information or skills become embedded and mastered most effectively when they are actively applied. Thirdly, music is composite of many different skills and aptitudes, and these all need to be developed in tandem in order to be able to express yourself musically. A traditional model of tuition whereby a student learns some new content, reviews it in the next lesson and then gets more content works for some types of student but not everybody, and can result in an unbalanced skill set, where a student is able to play some pieces but has no real understanding of how use and combine musical elements themselves. I address this by presenting content in such a way that students are apply to use new information in various different musical contexts and integrate it into what they are already able to do.
I aim to find out what results and goals a student is looking for, and to help advise on setting goals where applicable, and then match the student with the lesson format that is going to deliver those results in the best way. Opportunities for ensemble music are very enjoyable and can really fast track a student’s development, and I make sure these are available to students on a regular basis when they are part of the Key To Music community.
I am a member of an international network of music educators working to continually improve and refine all parts of our education practice and my students benefit from my access to this resource. I look forward to helping you set your own musical goals and reach them.
A real live local artist who can be commissioned to make bespoke stuff that’s truly made to treasure. Helium balloons, sewing and pattern cutting, painting and drawing, all crafts.
Kirsten graduated with a First Class (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999. After graduating she spent 18months travelling and working in Australia and South East Asia. Since then she has completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Moray House, Edinburgh and went on to work as an art teacher in Edinburgh and Shetland in a variety of both Primary and Secondary schools. Currently she has a studio at the St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh and works as an art teacher in Midlothian. She has exhibited in various galleries and exhibitions in Scotland and has paintings in private collections in the U.K, Australia and France.
Contemporary Silversmithing & Jewellery.
Kirsty Eaglesfield’s contemporary silverware and jewellery is inspired by the way the sea weathers and erodes objects changing their form, colour and texture. Tumbled piles of fish crates, old buoys, pieces of sea-washed glass, driftwood and the construction and shapes of boats are all central to her work as a silversmith. Used, worn objects and the way they have been patched-up and repaired, often modified for a use different to the object’s original purpose also inspire her.
Konishi Gaffney are an award winning architecture practice led by Kieran Gaffney, a Scottish architect, and Makiko Konishi, a Japanese designer.
Licketyspit is a specialist early years theatre company, dedicated to creating meaningful theatre to engage the imaginations of early years children, to empower them and inspire their play. Licketyspit has been creating original work through practical artistic research, consultation and developmental practice with children since 2001. The company works across Scotland from its base at North Edinburgh Arts and has a repertoire of eight critically acclaimed theatre productions : Hare & Tortoise; Molly Whuppie; Wee Witches; The Quangle Wangle (& The Christmas Quangle Wangle); Magic Spaghetti; Green Whale; Heelie-go-Leerie; A Piece of Cake. Licketyspit is also pioneering immersive theatre for early years children through it’s project, LicketyLeap. Licketyspit delivers popular CPD to nursery and primary teachers in the use of drama, imaginative play, songs, rhymes, games and stories.
Spinning, weaving and felting with wool.
Lucas Chih-Peng Kao
I am an award winning short film director based in Edinburgh, Scotland, currently developing a slate of short films and writing a feature film, Goodbye Eli.
I was born and raised in Taiwan in 1984 and moved to U.K in 2000, and after graduating from a BSc degree in Pharmacology at University of Edinburgh, I decided to pursue Photography which later leads to Filmmaking.
I learned filmmaker by making, through taking professional screenwriting and directing workshop, working on friend’s project, reading, writing, and watching lots of films. I am inspired by a lot of European filmmakers, Claire Denis, Lynn Ramsay, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Theo Angelopoulos, Carl Dreyer, the list goes on and on.
Professional graphic designer, with over 18 years experience in the design arena. With a background working in busy design and publishing agencies, I specialise in magazine design, corporate literature, and marketing material, but can turn my hand to most things design-related – delivering your work on brief, on time and on budget.
Lynsey May lives, loves and writes in Edinburgh. She writes web copy, blogs and lots and lots of fiction. Lynsey won a New Writers Award from Scottish Book Trust in 2013, a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015 and her short fiction has found its way into various journals and anthologies, including The Stinging Fly, Gutter and New Writing Scotland.
Magnetic North is an award-winning theatre company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was formed in 1999 by theatre and opera director Nicholas Bone to create and develop new work.
Working with actors, playwrights, designers, composers and other artists and through a coordinated programme of creative research & development, artist support and production, we have created a distinctive body of cross-artform performance work that is stylish, articulate and individual.
Mark Barnett was born in Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1995. He is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting.