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.
Out of the Blue’s aim is 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).
Please visit the Studios / Space Hire page for more information.
|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.
Formerly ‘Leith Walk Studios’ which accommodated 25 artists from a range of disciplines in 12 studios.
The Leith Hub Meanwhile Use Project is an exciting opportunity for the people of Leith to come together to regenerate a large piece of wasteland behind the former tram depot and build a bustling new hub for the community, by the community.
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.
|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.
Located in Leith, housing the Mercury award winning musicians ‘Young Fathers’.
The Bongo Club
A hi-tech multi-functional performance space, available for hire day and night. The venue offers a range of potential hiring opportunities at surprisingly un-Edinburgh prices with student and ‘good causes’ discounts available.
Whether you need a venue for a club, live music, fundraiser, AGM or conference – The Bongo Club offers you the main performance space with stage and an upstairs room, both with their own bars and sound systems.
Capable of handling high-profile international artists through to up-and-coming local talent. The space works equally well for danceable bands like Zoot Woman and The Quantic Soul Orchestra, bigger outfits such as The Black Diamond Express and Delta Mainline or for solo acoustic artists like Gambian Kora player Bajaly Suso.