Brand new youth arts scene in the Capital

17th February 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Brand new youth arts scene in the Capital
17th February 2015

Arts organisation Out of the Blue launch #artcore, a two year youth arts programme getting young people involved in creativity across the city.

The two year project is a collaboration with 13 Edinburgh arts and community organisations, part of Time to Shine and supported by Creative Scotland. It will provide opportunities for young people to get involved in a host of free activities, including music making, animation, gaming, creative writing and theatre.

The #artcore project offers many opportunities for 13 – 25 year olds to take part in creative projects and will offer 4  young people aged 16 – 24, the chance to work as paid Creative Apprentices. The experimental microprojects, launched this week, include a radio play and music demos. A vibrant showcase platform in May will give the first of many opportunities for young people to show their creative mettle.

Since its birth in a small shop space 20 years ago, Out of the Blue has grown to running the multi arts and studio base at the Drill Hall in Leith and the Bongo Club, a mainstay of the Edinburgh music scene. Now the dynamic arts and community organisation is working closely with many other Edinburgh arts organisations to create a new scene for young people in the city.

#artcore Project Manager, Johnny Gailey, explains the ideas behind the project:

“Edinburgh’s well known for it’s festivals of arts and culture.  We want to support young people in the city to develop and create their own scene – giving them the chance to record, perform on stage and produce animations and fanzines. We’re looking forward to getting blown away by the creativity of young people in the city”

#artcore is one of nine new regional youth arts hubs created to establish Time to Shine. Time to Shine is Scotland’s first National Youth Arts Strategy and sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through arts and creativity.

Colin Bradie, Youth Arts Programme Manager at Creative Scotland, said:

“One of the 9 new regional Youth Arts Hubs established to implement Time To Shine, #artcore represents a dynamic consortium of partners who will be working together to improve the provision of youth arts in Edinburgh through an innovative programme of employment initiatives, artistic collaborations and arts events for young people. #artcore, alongside the other Youth Arts Hubs, is working to support the aspirations of Time To Shine, a national strategy that aims to support all Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve in and through the arts and creativity.”


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Notes to editors

#artcore is a multi arts project aiming to develop unique and vibrant youth arts scene, distinct from adult arts, where young people take charge.

The project aims to create a network of multi art form activities across the city, with a dedicated studio set up and run by four creative apprentices, as well as a range of events to showcase developing talent.

It is a two year development project, led is Out of the Blue, involving 13 collaborator organisations, young people aged 13 – 25, artists and young Creative Apprentices.

See our facebook page and our web listings for details.

 /artcore Edinburgh         @artcoreprojects 

Out of the Blue is one of Scotland’s leading community, cultural and arts development organisations working in partnership to provide economic, cultural, social and educational opportunities, to a significant number of people to make a real difference to their lives.A full list of our creative collaborators is on the Out of the Blue website.

Our purpose is to provide opportunities for artists and other people who face barriers to creativity, to meet, work, participate, enjoy themselves, learn and develop skills and knowledge. Out of the Blue has established a reputation as an independent, dynamic and innovative cultural social enterprise.

Time to Shine is Scotland’s first National Youth Arts Strategy and sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through arts and creativity. For more information about Time to Shine, visit:

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit

Illustration below, ‘Create a Scene’ by The 16K Design Works for #artcore.



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