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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Sarah Kwan Artist is a freelance Illustrator based in Edinburgh who specialises in portraits, food illustration, design, murals and signwriting. Her most recent ‘East Meets West Series’, explores the connections between Scottish / British and Chinese culture in a fun and playful way – with decorative patterns and pops of bright colour.
She graduated with BA Hons Fine Art Drawing & Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2008. She’s exhibited in galleries such as The Royal Scottish Academy and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
As well as painting portraits Sarah works with brands to create signs, chalkboards, murals, live painting events and painted window displays. Brands such as: Ruffians Barbers, The Naked Grouse, Wemyss Malts and Dram & Smoke have used her skills in their events and product launches. She is open to new commissions that include portraits, design or painting, and can help create eye-catching designs for your business or events. Please feel free to get in touch anytime to discuss a project.
Shannon Tofts Photography
The single most important attribute a professional photographer has and a client needs, is a point of view.
It’s the product of hard graft, experience and years of passion for creating high quality, relevant, memorable and cost effective images.
I work documenting people, finished pieces and projects through photography or film, working either in my studio or on location with whatever format is appropriate.
I take attention to detail and accurate colour reproduction; clients can rest assured that their project is handled with enthusiasm and an understanding of time and budgetary constraints.
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.
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.
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 Theatre Company
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 email@example.com.