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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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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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Cotton clouds floating below the Drill Hall roof

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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Collage of the Drill Hall frontage and signage

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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Magazines printed by Out of the Blueprint studio

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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COVID-19 Update

Friday 10th April 2020

In line with government guidelines intended to limit the spread of Covid-19, ourselves and many of our partners have closed our public facilities and services. As such we find ourselves in the unprecedented position of inviting …. . . Read More


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March 2020 News

Thursday 27th February

Out of the Blue thrives on the mix of enterprise and social impact, commonly known as social enterprise.  Whilst supporting artists and enterprises at our 6 Edinburgh run buildings, we continue to develop our own enterprises …. . . Read More


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February 2020 News

Wednesday 29th January

Out of the Blue’s work focuses around four strategic strands; creative spaces, creative projects, creative education and creative enterprise. Over the years we have provided thousands of opportunities for people to participate in our ventures. We …. . . Read More


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January 2020 News

Tuesday 7th January

Happy 2020 from all at Out of the Blue and thank you for your support to help us reach our 26th year. Over the course of 2020 we will continue to offer opportunities for artists and …. . . Read More


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December 2019 News

Friday 22nd November

Out of the Blue’s city wide venues help us fulfil our mission for Edinburgh to be a creative, participative city in which everyone is able to access the spaces and resources they require to pursue their own creativity. The history of the …. . . Read More


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November 2019 News

Tuesday 29th October

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall offers a flexible feast of creative activity. The atrium of the Drill Hall, surrounded by artists working in their studios, is configured to accommodate meetings, performances, conferences, exhibitions, celebrations …. . . Read More


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October 2019 News

Friday 27th September

Both the Out of the Blue Drill Hall Café and Out of the Blueprint are fully operational social enterprises providing quality products and services, enhancing the local Leith community and contributing to the wider social enterprise sector in Scotland. In …. . . Read More


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September 2019 News

30th August 2019

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall is an A-listed building built in 1901 and designed by the renowned architect Sir Rowand Anderson. The Drill Hall is of considerable historical significance to the Leith community due …. . . Read More


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August 2019 News

Friday 26th July 2019

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall provides a variety of spaces all year round for studios, workshops, rehearsals, performances, events and exhibitions for the people of Edinburgh and beyond… This August, the mix includes ‘Made …. . . Read More


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July 2019 News

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Springing from nowhere in 1994, Out of the Blue has continued to grow through the years to provide affordable spaces, resources and opportunities for thousands of creative artists. Out of the Blue now accommodate over 200 …. . . Read More


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June 2019 News

Friday 31st May 2019

Out of the Blue’s 25 year history has proven that tenacity is vital for sustainability. Our DIY ethos has relied on the support and expertise of hundreds of people who have worked with us to provide …. . . Read More


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May 2019 News

Tuesday 30th April 2019

Springing from nowhere (hence the name!) into a small gallery space in the centre of Edinburgh in 1994, Out of the Blue now enlivens and animates five buildings across the city, including the legendary Out of the …. . . Read More


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April 2019 News

Monday 1st April 2019

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall is a Category A listed building reflecting its history and architecture. Since Out of the Blue bought the Drill Hall utilising support from Triodos Bank and Social Investment Scotland, …. . . Read More


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March 2019 News

Thursday 28th February 2019

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall cafe is so much more than a purveyor of delicious food to those who come to the drill hall from the local community and beyond. Over half the cafe …. . . Read More


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February 2019 News

Friday 1st February 2019

Out of the Blue is 25 years old. During the year we will showcase our work through exhibitions, performance and opportunities to look behind the scenes at the buildings we animate. Our Makers Marque in February brings the …. . . Read More


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January 2019 News

Thursday 10th January 2019

Happy New Year from Out of the Blue who are 25 years old in 2019. Springing from nowhere (hence the name!) into a small gallery space in the centre of Edinburgh in 1994, Out of the …. . . Read More


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December 2018 News

Friday 23rd November 2018

Out of the Blue supports hundreds of artists from across all mediums. We support them in providing space and opportunities for production, workshops, exhibitions, performance and education. December offers an opportunity to meet an array of …. . . Read More


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November 2018 News

Monday 29th October 2018

Out of the Blueprint runs an inclusive training programme that supports young people aged 16 – 24, including those with additional needs, to develop their self confidence, work place skills and understanding of enterprise through studio …. . . Read More


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October 2018 News

Thursday 27th September 2018

Amongst many other things Out of the Blue delivers on-the-job training in the Drill Hall Cafe and Out of the Blueprint for people needing support into work. Trainees become part of the team running two of our successful enterprises.  As …. . . Read More


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September 2018 News

Thursday 30th August 2018

OOTB doesn’t just sit in the community – we create it.  Throughout our history we have delivered a huge range of creative projects in collaboration with many thousands of people and multiple communities from across Edinburgh. …. . . Read More


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