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 based in Out of the Blue’s studios supported the participation of over 1000 people.
In addition these organisations worked with nearly 200 individual artists each year, and supported 250 young people starting out in their chosen career. Often it would be participants’ first experience of collective arts, but rarely their last.
Out of the Blue instigated an action research project, funded by Creative Scotland, to analyse the collective experience and intelligence of six Out of the Blue based ‘enabling’ organisations – to financially support them in generating ideas and experience of how we can secure and future proof opportunities for cultural participation. The enabling organisations we are working with are Strange Town and Active Inquiry (theatre), All or Nothing (aerial dance), Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop, Out of the Blueprint, Remode Collective (textiles) and The Precious Metals Workshop (jewellery).
Now that participatory arts activity is becoming feasible again, the Out of the Blue Drill Hall is alive with workshops, classes, exhibitions and projects featuring collaborations with these and other innovative organisations. Visit our website to see What’s On. All supported by the delicious creations of the Out of the Blue Drill Hall cafe.
Thank you for your support.
The Out of the Blue team