Out of the Blue currently houses over 100 artists, arts organisations and other creative businesses at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Arts Factory2, Leith Walk Studios, Abbeymount Studios and Out of the Blue Music Studios. The list below is a selection illustrating the range and quality.
Artists: To update your directory entry or add content, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Stewart has a wide range of skills, honed during his fourteen years as a professional graphic designer. He has had a great deal of experience in magazine design, creating and working on titles across the publishing spectrum. He also has a good eye for branding, photography and illustration.
Strange Town is a performing arts company for 5-25 year olds that aims to foster creativity, nurture talent and increase access to opportunities in the industry to young people across Edinburgh.
Based at Out of the Blue in Leith, Strange Town strives to create work of the highest quality; to provide access to children and young adults of all backgrounds; and to provide training and mentoring, whether as part of a pathway into the arts as a career or simply to improve life skills.
The company offers weekly youth theatre classes and holiday courses at Out of the Blue and drama projects to schools throughout Edinburgh. It runs a young actors’ agency and stages regular performances of new writing by young, emerging writers in Edinburgh’s leading arts venues. Strange Town currently works with 370 young people every week in term time. The company also offers paid and voluntary work to young writers, directors, performers, stage managers and administrators.
For information about any of our projects or classes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
StudioG6 is located in the heart of Leith, offering you a peaceful zen den away from the hustle and bustle, and a chance to re-connect with your mind and body. Tucked within Out of the Blue Drill Hall, StudioG6 is home to Pilates, Yoga & Gyrokinesis classes and workshops. Our studio is located on the ground floor, straight ahead the main area and through the centre door.
The space is owned by Debbie Robbins, who has been teaching here in Edinburgh for over 10 years. Debbie is proud to home her Pilates classes and introduce other teacher to this space at Out of the Blue.
Suk-Wan Chan Designer is a womenswear brand created by Sophia Chan. Sophia began having a great interest in fashion and art from a very young age, which lead her to studying Art & Design in college before studying Fashion Design at Heriot-Watt University.
During the final year of her degree, she developed an interest with experimenting and mixing various methods of pattern cutting to create more sculptural and organic-like silhouettes.
Her designs focuses on mostly conceptual ideas inspired from various sources from philosophy to art as well as some inspirations from her Chinese heritage.
Her designs are perfect for anyone with a passion for classic, minimalist shapes and colours, with high quality finishes that are limited pieces and all made-upon-order in-house from her studio in Edinburgh.
Since starting up, the brand is now stocking at The Scottish Design Exchange as well as selling from Suk-Wan Chan Designer’s online shop and is continuously working on expanding into different online marketplaces such as Depop.