Creative Spaces

Out of the Blue provide studio space for over 200 artists in Edinburgh. We have over 800 people on our studio waiting list. Space is allocated utilising a policy which tries to offer appropriate space to artists and organisations from a range of disciplines. OOTB’s aim to provide creative space faces challenging circumstances due to an Edinburgh property market with an extremely high level of commercial value. Our analysis of the current Edinburgh market is that we are returning to 1990’s levels of scarcity of space for participatory arts as most land and buildings are utilised for greater commercial reward (eg, housing, hotels, retail). Visit the Studios / Space Hire page to be a part of these buildings.

Update: Shared studio spaces available at Abbeymount Studios.

The Out of the Blue Drill Hall

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.

Ideal studio space for a range of studio-based arts activities.

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Leith Walk Studios

Accommodates 25 artists from a range of disciplines in 12 studios. It is a run down building with OOTB and artists adapting and making the building good and interesting. This is helping improve the look of the public domain, helping the local economy and adding to the vitality of Leith.

Ideal studio space for a range of studio-based arts activities.

Abbeymount Studios

A multi-disciplinary facility promoting engagement and innovation in craft and design, as well as providing facilities, opportunities and development for professional designer-makers and the community.

Ideal studio space for ceramics, woodworking, carpentry, metalworking and a range of industrial-based and studio-based arts activities.

For more information on classes and courses at Out of the Blue Abbeymount, visit the ‘Learn More’ link below.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Abbeymount Studios, please sign up for the Abbeymount Studios Mailing List to receive the latest news and information.

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Arts Factory 2

After many years of housing many artists in several buildings in Portobello, OOTB have had to vacate to make way for housing and a supermarket. To replace this space OOTB have worked with the City of Edinburgh Council and in the private property market to establish new spaces, including the successor to the Arts Factory.

OOTB have established a partnership with City of Edinburgh council to utilise a warehouse in Duddingston/Craigmillar as a base for a range of industrial artists.

Ideal studio space for painting, woodworking, metalworking and a range of industrial-based arts activities.

Music Studios

Located in Leith, housing the Mercury award winning musicians ‘Young Fathers’.

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