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Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust is an arts social enterprise with wholly owned trading subsidiaries operating the Drill Hall Cafe and the Bongo Club. From time to time we co-opt new board members with appropriate expertise, commensurate with the governance of a growing organisation in the top decile of Scottish charities.

About Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue (OOTB) is currently going through an exciting period of development, extending our provision of studios and creative opportunities within Edinburgh.

OOTB is an arts and education charitable social enterprise based in Edinburgh which provides opportunities for creative participation. OOTB generates space and community for local artists and collaborates with artists in all media from all over the world. We provide a combination of affordable studios, rehearsal rooms, performance venues, exhibition space in 6 buildings in Edinburgh.

OOTB also run a cafe at our base in the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith. We initiate participatory art projects with the local community and beyond, and develop hands-on training, jobs and enterprise, such as Out of the Blueprint.

We have two trading companies, wholly owned by OOTB – The Bongo Club and OOTB Productions and are currently reviewing our company structure to accommodate our development of Abbeymount Studios, where we have an opportunity to redesign, repair and fully utilise a listed building within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site for artist and community benefit.

OOTB benefits from well-managed reserves that we plan to invest in the further development of the organisation over the coming years.

About the Board of Trustees

The board meets 6 times a year and trustees are expected to join one or more of our board committees, covering – finance, strategy, risk, and staffing.

Board positions are voluntary however reasonable expenses can be met where necessary.

Further details are in the trustee job description.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors please send an email outlining why you would like to be considered and what you can contribute to OOTB along with a CV to the OOTB Chief Executive:

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    Over the course of 2024 Out of the Blue will continue to offer opportunities for artists and members of the community to learn, participate and earn income.

    We use the space we have developed in 6 buildings in Edinburgh for studios, workshops, classes, projects, exhibitions, social enterprises, events, clubs, music making, markets, a cafe and more.

    Our all year round activity helps create the culture of the city, supporting the local economy and having positive social impact for the thousands of individuals and organisations we work with.

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