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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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.
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.
Air Control Pilates combines the fundamentals of the Pilates method with aerial arts. Together they combine to evolve and explore in physical and mindful wellbeing that progressively develops balance, strength and awareness.
Debbie Robbins has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years and started teaching aerial Pilates classes in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013. Teacher training was launched for Pilates teachers in 2016. Introducing the world of aerial arts to Pilates teachers.
Pilates teachers learn how to creatively use the hammock as a prop, utilising their finely tuned eyes and skills to teach these classes for the benefit of both aerialists and to introduce their Pilates clients into the aerial arts. It’s middle ground for people to come together.
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.
Fabrics, patterns, sewing and making have always bubbled away on the back burner of my life, and I’ve been a dedicated junk-shop junkie ever since I found my first patent red leather sneakers for just £3. But it wasn’t until I was several years into an unsatisfying admin career that I finally discovered a way to put all my passions in one pot and make a meal out of it! Upholstery is it for me – specifically the chance to turn a tired, shabby, unloved piece of furniture into something which will be a beautiful and useful part of someone’s home.
I aim to restore pieces, old or new, with sensitivity to the individual character as well as the creativity to see their potential. This might involve a simple recover, but more often than not it involves going back to the frame to rebuild the piece from scratch. I have trained with the some of the best upholsterers in Scotland, using both traditional and modern techniques to achieve the best results for the piece in hand.
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.
Artibrand provides creative and inspirational design solutions to ensure your business gets noticed and gets going! We work closely with you to identify your aims and objectives, your target audience and proposed outcomes. Together we map out a design strategy across relevant media channels to deliver a successful campaign. Artibrand services include brand identity, graphic design, digital marketing, web services, 3d interpretation solutions, animated presentations and illustration. Based in Edinburgh, we have a global approach to developing your brand.
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.