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.
PyroCeltica is an Edinburgh based crew of Fire performers, Musicians and Technicians. We tailor make special performances unique to every event we attend. Our versatile crew always put on an exciting show, engaging audiences with mesmerizing sounds and displays of Fiery delights. This years main show is ‘Clash of the Clans’, coming to a festival near you. Watch us Play.
Rona Innes Art
After graduating in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and completing a Masters in Computers in Design at Middlesex University I worked as a Special Effects Artist on Hollywood feature films. The digital techniques have proved invaluable when combining hand drawn artwork with multiple layers of photographic textures or doing prep work for printmaking.
While living ‘down south’ I freelanced as a commercial artist. My work appeared in national museums including The Churchill War Rooms, on digital billboards around the world and as stage projections in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Southbank Centre and on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
I also worked with bands including The Who and Julian Cope and had work in window displays and interiors of leading high street retailers including Selfridges and DicksonCyberExpress in Hong Kong.
During this period I also lectured in several universities including Glasgow School of Art and the London College of Music & Media.
Rory Middleton lives and works in Portobello, Scotland. He studied at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and Falmouth School of Art and received his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2006.
In his work he uses a collage of elements from architecture, nature, speech and sound depicting subtly shifting and morphing landscapes and wildlife creating space in which to contemplate the world around us.
During my 15 years in the industry I have created designs for print and screen for all manner of clients, from a sole trader about to launch a business to an established multinational with a turnover of billions.
Sally J Fisher
Sally Fisher is a painter and printmaker based in Leith, Edinburgh. She became a full time artist in 2013, when she set-up Salgallery.
Sally works on her collagraph prints at home, designing and creating the “plates” using mount card. She cuts lines with a craft knife and sometimes adds texture before printing with an etching press at Edinburgh Printmakers.
Born 1987, Glasgow.
Based in Edinburgh.
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I’m fascinated by the physicality and spirit of a body and it’s potential for pleasure, pain and expression. Idiosyncratic character is intrinsically important in my work but an anatomical, pulsing, critical view is also there. The image is an accurate representation but the close detail is an expressive pattern describing minute features. It’s a record of my examination of the subject and my relationship with them rather than a slavish copy of their every pore. I like using body paint and projectors to give my subjects something to interact with which often leads to an image which articulates the anatomy of the body or lets them be part of the process in deciding which pose or composition works best. It’s interesting to watch how people react with these tools and whether they use them self consciously or instinctively. The potential ambiguity and tension in the eye contact of a still image is something I find enormously compelling and I have tried to appeal for a reaction in the viewer. The quality of flesh, its contrasting textures and tensions, the density and potential of muscle and the irregularity and dimples in fatty tissue are important in the way I want to describe any given subject. I want the bodies I paint to be a strange mixture of lurid, glistening attraction and true empathic realism avoiding elegant cliches. They reflect private selves and acknowledge my inescapable role as a voyeur in observing and recreating them. A period of serious illness has detached my idea of personality from physicality – I want to paint the two back together again.
I’m a writer, performer and producer who loves the story in everything. Part of Debasers Filums, and available to go outside for MC work or happy to stay inside for copywriting, script writing and development work.
SilverHub Jewellery School and Studios History
At SilverHub Jewellery School and Studios we have the belief that the act of making has the power to empower, transform and change lives. As a social enterprise, we aim to provide education, training and creative support to individuals who wish to develop their skills and business in jewellery design. The fees paid by both the resident artists and the students who attend our classes help to fund our community development and socially engaged projects within the wider community. Founded in 2010 by Lisa Arnott, SilverHub Studios was established when it was identified that there was a lack of professional workshop space and support for jewellers. Expensive and costly tools and equipment make it hard for jewellers to continue their professional practice especially after their professional training. As a creative hub, SilverHub provides a professional and educational workshop and studios space to enable jewellers at all levels, to grow their business and flourish.
Jewellers in Residence
SilverHub Studios offers a base for professional jewellery designers known as Element47 to design and create their collections. This wonderful mix of established jewellers adds to the rich wealth of knowledge, skills, and expertise within this friendly and nurturing studio environment.
SilverHub Studios offers emerging designers a space to develop their own personal practice while supported by the other residents and with access to the wealth of tools available in the studio.
Design and Making whilst being a distraction from pain and anxiety can offer respite from mental ill health. The process of making can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing whilst advancing the individual’s personal development and self-esteem. To date SilverHub Studios has funded, through the core business model, pilot courses, individuals, community development and socially engaged craft and design projects.
Education, Training and Business Development
SilverHub Jewellery School currently runs day time and evening leisure classes, a Foundation course, professional development workshops, portfolio preparation and a lecture series of invited artists. SilverHub community-based projects are projects which we provide creative jewellery workshops for those that are socially isolated or economically disadvantaged. SilverHub Studio provision provides an avenue for our emerging professionals and professionals to develop their practice, exhibit, business support and development, networking and collaborations.
SilverHub Studios provides full time employment (job share) for two resident jewellers, freelance teaching for two other resident jewellers. Jewellers in Residents who are interested in teaching go through an inhouse training programme and are provided with support and supervision. Our full-time team are both qualified in Education.
This course provides a good progression for students who wish to develop their skills and practice within jewellery design and wish to develop a portfolio for college or start their own craft business. The course includes practical approaches to the research and development of design ideas and practical skill-based projects at a more advanced level. The course includes taught sessions, demonstrations, self-directed studio work, group discussions, one to one tutorial and presentations from invited designers and artists who share their practice. In addition students visit Munich during Jewellery Week and curate their own end of year student exhibition which takes place in June.
Skerry Press produce prints, drawings and Artist books in various forms by the artist Drew Catlow. The press is based in Edinburgh and material is produced from a garden print studio in the city and The Edinburgh Printmakers where Drew is a member.
My work is often subtle, delicate and ambiguous but sometimes it can be bold, graphic and colourful. It usually takes the form of a print or a book, or a printed book. There is often text whether that is a title, a narrative, or just words.
A preoccupation for all things nautical has led to projects covering subjects including ocean currents, lighthouses and buoys. I am interested in the natural environment, for its potentially dramatic and changeable nature. Also, with the interactions of humankind with the natural environment. Often research and location based my work is made up of a combination of photography, print and collage. Creating sparse, compositions with a hint of humour.
Stephanie Sara Jewellery
Stephanie designs and creates distinctive designer pieces of jewellery using traditional techniques in Sterling and Argentium Silver. Flora and geometric shapes are her inspiration. Stephanie likes to create different textures for her pieces. Touches of Gold; be it 18ct or 24ct Keum-Boo, Gem stones and cold enamel add a touch of colour. Each piece is unique and can be worn as an individual piece of jewellery or as part of a set.
Stevie Powers Photography
Born in 1990 (just a young’un!), live in Edinburgh and have always had a passion for taking photos. I like to shoot a bit of everything, from static landscapes and architecture, to gigs/club nights, portraits and “action shots”. I’ve done my fair share of weddings and events over the years and have plenty references from satisfied clients. Drop me a line if you have something in mind, I’m always happy for an excuse to take photos.
Strollers Music School
Strollers Music School will teach you how to make music, not just play it. We believe that is is more important to help our students to fulfil their own personal goals, rather that just stick to a curriculum.
The school was started by Tomlin Leckie as an antidote to all the music teachers out there who are just keeping one step ahead of their students rather than truly knowing their stuff.
At Strollers all of our tutors are full-time musicians with years of experience teaching and excellent credentials.
We offer tuition in guitar, blues harmonica, piano, bass guitar and ukulele.