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) 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.