In August 2008, Edinburgh Palette (originally trading as Save the Odeon) successfully secured several floors of St Margaret’s House – then a vacant, ex-government office building on London Road, next to Meadowbank Stadium.
By spring 2010, Edinburgh Palette had leased all the remaining floors of St Margaret’s House and filled over two hundred studios with budding artists, craftmakers and community organisations.
Today St Margaret’s House remains at full occupancy and comprises gallery space, community arts space, a cinema room, printmaking studio, ceramics studio & kilns, recording studio, theatre, rehearsal spaces, martial arts dojo, library, swap shop, meeting rooms and lounges.
More than a thousand artists and community members visit St Margaret’s House every week.
Already regarded as a vibrant, creative hub for talented artists, Edinburgh Palette aims to breathe life into more communities through creating a national network of revived dormant buildings that individually meet the needs of their local communities and collectively provide a national platform for budding artists, creative entrepreneurs and community organisations.