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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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.
SparkleWear is based at the textile studio at Abbeymount and run by Isabel Lohss-O’Sullivan. Reflective hi-vis vests made with hand screen printed materials and from upcycled garments and fabric. Using bright and reflective inks and some added shine and sparkle – from sporty to fitted, from sequins to gents’ tweeds – every piece is hand-made and completely unique. Do hi-vis in style!
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.
Take One Action Film Festival
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.
The Bongo Club Ltd.
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).
The City Workshop Edinburgh
Tamar – the face behind The City Workshop Edinburgh helps those who are new to drawing, painting and making to take time out and become more confident in their artistic ability by providing art classes with a supportive learning environment so that they can develop a creative hobby they love. There are lots of different art & craft classes to choose from including a range of online class options and classes for children.
There are so many reasons to learn an artistic skill; whether you want to study traditional techniques or switch off from the pressures of life, Tamar offers the perfect environment to try something new. There is nothing better than creating your own piece of art or craft, whether for your own home or a gift for a loved one, you can proudly say ‘I made that’!
The Clarsach Society & Edinburgh International Harp Festival
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
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.
Producer / Documentarist / Fine artist inspired by movement and human body creating expressive figurative paintings.