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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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.
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Lucy and Kitty are sisters who have grown up with the same interests in art, design and nature. Lucy graduated with a BA(HONS) in Design for Textiles at Heriot Watt University and Kitty graduated with a BA(HONS) in Fashion Textiles Design at Robert Gordon University in 2016.
It had been an idea of theirs for a long time to work together and build a brand that they would be able to express their creativity freely.
During their studies they both became very interested in environmental issues in regards to the textiles industry and started their research into ways of changing peoples perspectives on sustainable clothing.
Shortly after graduating Studio Five was born! They wanted to create stylish prints inspired by nature using their drawings, photography and collage skills. Studio Five’s aims are to use sustainable or alternative fabrics as much as possible with the hope to be 100% sustainable in the near future.
They also want to follow the slow fashion ethos of releasing two collections a year with a limited amount of stock to help reduce waste and the majority of the collection is made to order so each piece is unique and can be kept for a life time.
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.
Take One Action Film Festivals is the UK’s leading global citizenship film festival, led by film lovers, artists and globally-concerned citizens based in Scotland who believe that cinematic experiences can inspire lasting change.
Truly independent, we’re owned by local arts charity Out Of The Blue (pictured above), which has an established track record as a catalyst for creativity in Edinburgh. This allows us to put the sounds of the underground and imaginative aspirations before the mighty dollar, encouraging the community to get involved and use our space to do their own thing.
At night you’ll find killer residencies from some of Scotland’s most notorious club nights: from hip hop, funk, soul, house, disco and good-time party rockers new and old at Mumbo Jumbo and Four Corners to Electrikal (pictured below) and Big n Bashy’s bass heavy bangers, house, techno and garage at Headset and sweet reggae rockin’ at Messenger Sound System. Soulsville brings rugged rhythm and blues and Substance (pictured above) champion terrific techno blizzards and banging house music. There are also midweek nights Notion (house/techno) and Loco Kamanchi (bass).
Our aim is to encourage the playing of the clarsach – one of Scotland’s oldest national instruments. We do this by hiring instruments, publishing music, granting scholarships and an annual Young Composer Award as well as organising workshops and events, including the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. There are twelve regional branches throughout the UK and one specialist wire branch.
This is Ian Alexander Nicholson and I live and work in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. This is my online representation where I bring together my work, ideas and journey in one digital sphere of creativity. While my work lies primarily in fine product design, I am a jeweller, silversmith, goldsmith, sculptor, photographer, writer, poet, teacher, workshop facilitator and activist for the responsible and ethical development in not only my industry, but all areas of life.
Thistle Sew Nicely uses authentic tartan to offer bespoke, hand-crafted cushions designed and made by a local artist in Scotland. These cushions can be custom-made to order varying in shape and size, and can be a lovely addition to your home décor or a very thoughtful and warm gift for a friend or loved one.
Workshop After Six was established by a group of colleagues including the founder of 7B Design Ltd, Sinan Senturk. After handcraft leather products Sinan and his colleagues made in their spare time attracted a great deal of attention, they decided to establish their brand Workshop After Six, which signifies that these products are made with enthusiasm and devotion, out of the regular work hours.
This is a brand new line of business and its aim is to offer design leather products and accessories to people who seek for alternative looks. Workshop After Six uses cowhide leather, which is a byproduct of the food industry and prefers vegetable tanned leather where possible which is the most natural colouring process. Sales are currently made from the UK to all over the world. You may browse and buy the products here.