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The latest digest and from Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust.

Press Releases can be found at outoftheblue.org.uk/category/press.

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March News

Thursday 29th February 2024

March is shaping up to be a busy month at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Several of our talented resident artists and makers are taking over the Main Hall for a Spring Pop Up Sale. …. . . Read More


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February News

Friday 26th January 2024

February sees the start of Out of the Blueprint artist-in-residence Lauren Cory’s new exhibition – Homestead. Framed with delicate pixel patterns reminiscent of early computer games, Lauren’s pastel landscapes blend the cosy, nostalgic comfort of home with the sense …. . . Read More


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January News

Friday 5th January 2024

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely festive season. January sees the start of a new term of classes at the Drill Hall. If you fancy learning aerial skills, All or Nothing offer a programme …. . . Read More


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December News

Wednesday 29th November 2023

We’ve got lots of exciting news this month as we gear up for the festive season. We’re currently going through an exciting period of development, extending our provision of studios and creative opportunities within Edinburgh. To …. . . Read More


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November News

Friday 27th October 2023

Firstly, we’ve got some exciting recruitment news for you.  Out of the Blue will shortly be custodians of three historically and architecturally significant buildings, that we own or lease.These include the A-listed Drill Hall which – as highlighted …. . . Read More


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October News

Thursday 28th September 2023

With the nights fair drawing in we’ve got another exciting programme of events, classes, workshops, and exhibitions to keep you entertained at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall. October sees the start of Creative Carers – a project where we’re …. . . Read More


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September News

Wednesday 30th August 2023

September is shaping up to be a busy month at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall with another exciting programme of events, classes, workshops and exhibitions. Following the success of their Outside + In exhibition in May, the brilliant Drill Hall …. . . Read More


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August News

Friday 28th July 2023

Out of the Blue provide a wide-ranging programme of events, classes, workshops, exhibitions and performances all year round. Welcome to our exciting August programme. The Out Bound Collective will be presenting their Over Blown Exhibition from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 12th August. Showcasing …. . . Read More


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July News

Thursday 29th June 2023

With the summer holidays now upon us, here’s our programme of events coming up this July. Now in its third year, Out of the Blueprint and several Drill Hall residents are once again running the PALS (Play and Learn Stuff!) summer scheme. …. . . Read More


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June News

Thursday 25th May 2023

From exhibitions and workshops to live theatre, there’s a packed programme of events coming up at the Drill Hall in June. Our largest exhibition of the year, Exposed 23 is a stunning exhibition of over 100 photographic images created by …. . . Read More


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May News

Friday 28th April 2023

With an exciting events and exhibitions programme, there’s lots coming up this month at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall. We’re especially delighted to host three new exhibitions, including Outside + In. Running from 15th to 20th May, …. . . Read More


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April News

Thursday 30th March 2023

Out of the Blueprint run an artist in residence programme at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall which encourages artists to push the boundaries of their creative practice and embrace the unpredictability and freedom of the riso print …. . . Read More


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March News

Thursday 2nd March 2023

As ever, a considerable number of classes, workshops, events, markets, and exhibitions make good use of space at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall. A great deal of this activity is supported by the much …. . . Read More


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February News

Thursday 26th January 2023

Many people have helped create and shape Out of the Blue. Many years ago a volunteer came forward to offer her services to help promote Out of the Blue. After some 13 years of working for OOTB, …. . . Read More


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January News

Friday 6th January

Happy 2023 from all at Out of the Blue. In 2017 Out of the Blue created Abbeymount Studios as a Centre for Making, Creating and Design in an ex-primary school built in 1874 at the top of Easter …. . . Read More


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December News

Thursday 24th November 2022

Providing space for Edinburgh and its people’s creative initiatives has long been Out of the Blue’s mission. We are now to be custodians of three significant Edinburgh listed buildings, run as creative space for work, enterprise …. . . Read More


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November News

Friday 28th October 2022

Out of the Blue’s development is underpinned both by making strategic decisions and taking opportunities. Having a dedicated and skilled staff team and Board of trustees has been crucial to our sustainability. At this crucial and …. . . Read More


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October News

Tuesday 4th October 2022

Out of the Blue often initiate partnership projects which provide opportunities for people who face barriers to participating in creative activity.  This Autumn Out of the Blue and VOCAL are working in partnership to offer unpaid carers a number of …. . . Read More


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September News

Wednesday 31st August 2022

Since 2004 Out of the Blue’s headquarters has been the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, a building of considerable historical and cultural significance to the Leith community. Following Out of the Blue’s 2015 ‘Gretna 100’ …. . . Read More


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August News

Thursday 28th July 2022

Out of the Blue have always aspired to connect our summer initiatives to our own and our collaborators’ all-year-round work. Our collaborators include organisations based in Out of the Blue studios who run workshops and classes …. . . Read More


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July News

Thursday 30th June 2022

Out of the Blue have always aspired to connect our summer initiatives to our own and our collaborators’ all-year-round work. Out of the Blueprint is a social enterprise providing traineeships, residencies, exhibitions and educational projects, whilst supporting young …. . . Read More


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June News

Monday 30th May 2022

Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studios is a significant centre for making, creating and design, located at the top of Easter Road. On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June, we’re opening our doors to the public for …. . . Read More


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May News

Friday 29th April 2022

Out of the Blueprint welcomes visitors to see the new work of current artist-in-residence Sarah Phelan at a social event and launch of A Public Fax Forum on Wednesday 4th May between 6 and 8pm. The launch event will feature …. . . Read More


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April News

Friday 1st April 2022

Throughout our history Out of the Blue has initiated a significant number of social enterprises and cultural projects which connect together and make the sum of our impact greater than the individual parts. These include the Bongo Club, …. . . Read More


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March News

Friday 25th February 2022

Out of the Blue aspire to provide space for as many people as possible to be creative. Property prices in Edinburgh means we often rely on partnerships with those who recognise the value of our initiatives …. . . Read More


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February News

Friday 28th January 2022

The Out of the Blue Dill Hall is home to over 150 studio artists and organisations. Many of the organisations based at the Drill Hall enable the participation of thousands of people each year, taking part …. . . Read More


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January News

Friday 7th January 2022

Happy New Year. The challenge of providing space for people to work, create, exhibit, perform, eat, drink, dance, teach, learn and socialise continues into 2022! Out of the Blue generate the majority of our income through …. . . Read More


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December News

Thursday 25th December 2021

Out of the Blue have been running popular Arts Markets since we were able to open the big blue Drill Hall doors to the public in 2004. Over the years our Arts Markets have enabled many …. . . Read More


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November News

Thursday 28th October 2021

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall cafe (established 2007) has been reviewed as one of the five best cafes in Scotland 2021 and ‘the beating heart of Leith’ by the Times. The List Eating and Drinking …. . . Read More


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October News

Thursday 30th September 2021

Out of the Blue welcome the increase in popular classes, exhibitions, events, markets, and other participatory opportunities across our sites.  Over the past 5 years, Out of the Blueprint have been developing and refining a dynamic programme of workshops, residencies, exhibitions, publications and …. . . Read More


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September News

Friday 27th August 2021

Out of the Blue continue to enable the return of much needed convivial and creative activity across our sites.  Out of the Blueprint are excited to announce the launch of the Gocco Club; a FREE T-shirt making workshop …. . . Read More


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August News

Friday 30th July 2021

Out of the Blue embrace summer with a rich variety of home grown initiatives.  During the first week of August, children in Leith will have the chance to try new activities, meet new pals and ‘play …. . . Read More


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July News

Thursday 1st July 2021

Covid-19 affected organisations within Out of the Blue’s creative industries network especially hard; organisations that week in, week out provided opportunities for participants to develop their interests and creative practice. Each week, prior to Covid-19, organisations …. . . Read More


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COVID-19: Emerging from Lockdown

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Towards level 0 and beyond The recent announcement from the Scottish Government is that Scotland is likely to move to Level 0 on July 19th 2021 and beyond level 0 on 9th August. Social distancing indoors …. . . Read More


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People sitting in the cafe and looking at the nearby exhibitions boards

June News

Friday 28th May 2021

Out of the Blue has always provided space and opportunities for a huge range of all year round creative endeavours. We are extremely happy to see a programme of classes, workshops, events and exhibitions re-emerging at …. . . Read More


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Cafe staff member making coffee in cafe

May News

Tuesday 4th May 2021

Out of the Blue have thrown the big blue front doors wide open, and we are welcoming customers back to the Drill Hall cafe, which is serving delicious food and drink in the airy and beautiful historic drill …. . . Read More


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COVID-19: Emerging from Lockdown

Tuesday 4th May 2021

Emerging from Lockdown We are carefully re-emerging from lockdown in line with Scottish Government guidelines. At the end of March 2020, and then again in December after a short period of partial reopening, Out of the …. . . Read More


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Woman sitting at a table in the Drill Hall cafe enjoying a cup of tea

April News

Friday 2nd April 2021

Out of the Blue very much look forward to welcoming you to the Drill Hall as restrictions are eased. We have missed you! From Monday 26th April we will throw the doors open wide and welcome you back …. . . Read More


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Exhibition wall near the front entrance, with the cafe and main hall in the background

March News

Friday 26th February 2021

Out of the Blue are obviously very keen to re-open our doors when safe to do so. We have been told by many people how much they are missing the conviviality of the Drill Hall Cafe, and …. . . Read More


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February News

Thursday 28th January 2021

Like many organisations, Out of the Blue’s operation is fundamentally impacted by COVID-19 and the need to stop the spread of the virus. Whilst we eagerly await the opportunity to reopen to the public and adapt …. . . Read More


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Blue flag on a pole outside the front facade of the Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street

January News

Monday 11th January 2021

Edinburgh is in COVID Protection Level 4 with current restrictions essentially returning us to a position similar to the lockdown of last March. Our buildings will consequently be temporarily closed to the public until further notice, …. . . Read More


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Crowds look around the Makeshift exhibition installation and various Arts Market stalls

December News

Thursday 3rd December 2020

Out of the Blue have made our lovely creative spaces available to enable people to meet, teach, learn, exhibit, rehearse and plan within the current restrictions. We can help you get through isolation and back to …. . . Read More


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The Drill Hall main atrium with the 'Walk Don't Walk' exhibition erected

November News

Friday 30th October 2020

Five years ago Out of the Blue created Out of the Blueprint as a social enterprise print studio based at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall.  Since we started Out of the Blueprint, we’ve worked with over 200 …. . . Read More


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Drill Hall's Dalmeny Street frontage and main entrance

October News

Friday 25th September 2020

Out of the Blue are proud owners of the ‘A listed’ Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street, Leith. We pride ourselves on the work that we undertook almost 20 years ago to buy the building with finance …. . . Read More


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September News

Friday 28th August 2020

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall benefits from having a range of spaces which for many years have accommodated a huge variety of activity including aerial dance, youth theatre, seminars, talks, meetings and all manner …. . . Read More


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A cup of tea and a woman reading a book at the Drill Hall Arts Cafe

August News

Friday 7th August 2020

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall cafe team have adapted the cafe operation and are delighted to be able to reopen our big blue doors on Monday 10th August. Benefiting from the large glass roofed drill hall …. . . Read More


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Emerging from lockdown

Tuesday 4th August 2020

We are tentatively and carefully re-emerging from lockdown in line with Scottish Government guidelines. At the end of March in line with government guidelines intended to limit the spread of Covid-19, ourselves and many of our …. . . Read More


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July News

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Following guidance from the Scottish Government’s route map through and out of the crisis, Out of the Blue are working with our partners to ensure we continue to do all we can to support our staff, …. . . Read More


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June 2020 News

Thursday 28th May

As we enter phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s route map through and out of the crisis, Out of the Blue are working with our partners to ensure we continue to do all we can to …. . . Read More


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May 2020 News

Thursday 30th April 2020

Out of the Blue are working with our partners to ensure we continue to do all we can to support the health and wellbeing of our staff, studio artists and the local community. Much current concern …. . . Read More


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