Monthly Archives: December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Collage of Edinburgh Palette events through the yearHAPPY SOLSTICE!

2016 has been an exciting and busy year here at St Margaret’s House

As the year draws to a close we’d like to thank you all for your continued support towards the Edinburgh Palette project

This year we welcomed 3 new staff members at St Margaret’s House, as part of our Arts Community team.  

Cécile Levavasseur as assistant towards galleries and events running with Edinburgh Palette, Johanna Crossley-Zels our new and first Communication Officer and Giosue Bima part of the main Office team – all three dived into the lively ‘hub’ by helping to design and run the Open Doors and the Makers’ Fair of 2016. more

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Swap Shop upcycling

Dress made by Isabell Buenz from Swap Shop materialsThe Swap Shop on the ground floor is great for finding treasures! Isabell Buenz made her Christmas Party dress, which she is modelling in the photo, from fabrics found in the Swap Shop.

Isabell Buenz and Jane Buxton also held a gift wrapping event in the St Margaret’s House Library earlier this week and would like to thank everyone who donated.  £10.50 was made for the Oxfam Syria Appeal and £10.50 for the Wildcat Haven.

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Important reminder | Christmas opening hours

Please note that St Margaret’s House is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the 27th. It opens again with reduced hours 28th, 29th and 30th (though the office will remain closed).

It closes New Year’s Eve, Hogmanay, 2nd and 3rd. It reopens with normal hours and an open office on the 4th.


Link to PDF: christmas-opening-hours-edinburgh-palette

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Wrap & Unravel – Life Drawing Event at The Steeple (Fife)

Date: Thursday, 29th December

Time: 1-4pm
Place: The Steeple, 67 High Street, Newburgh, Fife, KY14 6AH
Price: £8
Keep creative over the festive season and jolly to Fife for an afternoon of creative life-drawing, colour splashing and experimenting. Figurative artists in residency, Mira and Marcin (Naked Aye Art collective) warmly invite you to join their open-to-all (untutored) life drawing event at The Steeple in Fife, on 29th December. Two models will be sitting for us over the course of the afternoon, one male and one female (who is currently pregnant).
Drawing boards, easels, nibbles, drinks and tunes will be provided. Feel free to invite friends & newbies.

To book a place or if you have any questions, please contact or See also the Facebook event here:

How to get there: For directions, please see the website: Limited spaces for lifts from Ladybank train station at 12pm and return for 5pm are available, first come first served. Please let us know if you need a lift.
Wrap and Unravel Flyer
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Ring Making Classes – Discount for residents

Every month  on Thu 6-9pm and Sat 2-5pm, Studio 627

January Thu 19th, Sat 21st – wax carving
February 23rd, Sat 25th – wax carving

Mirka Janeckova Jewellery is offering ring making classes starting next year and she is offering all Edinburgh Palette residents £10 off the course fee. Please email Mirka to apply the discount.

For more details about the classes visit the workshop page, or the  Mirka Janeckova Jewellery webpage.

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Gift Wrapping and Social Event

ibuenz_christmaswrapping2016Next week on Monday and Tuesday from 3:30 to 7pm, there will be a small charity event you’re all welcome to join.

Isabel Buenz and Jane Buxton will be offering their amazing paper wrapping skills in the third floor library for your Christmas presents. Bring your present, your paper and any ribbon or decoration you wish to be used, enjoy some tea, coffee or biscuits while they will beautifully wrap your gift for a donation that will go to charities – Oxfam and The Wild Cat Haven.

So on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th, feel free to come by in the third floor library for a little social gathering and to catch up before Christmas closing.
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Photos of the Makers’ Fair

Thank you so much to all those who participated this weekend in the Makers’ Fair. There was such a great atmosphere. The event was really appreciated by those who came to visit.

So… to all those setting up, invigilating and helping with take-down – you’ve been stars! We hope you’ve enjoyed getting involved in this annual big collective event. We send you our sincerest thanks for all your help and making this event such a joy to work on!

We estimate that around 600-800 people attended the fair this weekend, some of whom had never been to the building. The community café went really well so we hope to continue to be able to put this on during our events.

There are a few photos below but you can see more photos on our Facebook page.

Photos by Ludovic Farine. See more of his work on his website or his Facebook page.

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OPPORTUNITY | £5000/£2000 Scottish Portrait Award

2017, marks the launch of the SCOTTISH PORTRAIT AWARDS (SPA).
Open to fine artists and photographers born, living or studying in Scotland. The Awards seek to bring together the very best in contemporary Scottish Portraiture.
I write to announce that submissions will be welcomed from January 2017.
The SCOTTISH PORTRAIT AWARD for 2D/3D FINE ART, offers a FIRST PRIZE of £5000. Entrants may submit works in any medium.
2D submissions for the SPA, Fine Art Awards, should be no smaller than 30cm x 30cm and no larger than 150cm x 150cm when framed
3D works should be self-supporting, minimum size 30cm x 30cm x30cm and maximum size 100cm (height) x 50cm x 50cm
ALL FINE ART FINALISTS also have the opportunity to receive a PORTRAIT COMMISSION worth £3000, awarded by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
The SCOTTISH PORTRAIT AWARD for PHOTOGRAPHY, presented in the name of esteemed photographer RICHARD COWARD, offers a FIRST PRIZE of £2000. more
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Makers’ Fair Festivities

Here on the third floor we are a hive of activity preparing for the Makers’ Fair this weekend. We can’t wait to share the festive spirit with you all!


❄️ 10th & 11th December 12-6pm ❄️


FREE ADMISSION // Creche for 1-8 year olds // Handcrafted gifts in all 3 galleries!

What is more personal than a handmade gift, crafted by a local artist? Beautiful handcrafted items will be on sale, all made by Edinburgh Palette tenants, with a wide selection of textiles, paintings, jewellery, prints, and pottery  exhibited in all 3 galleries. More than just a line-up of stalls, the Makers’ Fair is a high quality common curated show you can enjoy with friends and family.


Help us spread the word by joining and sharing our Facebook event.

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LINK UP Crèche at the Edinburgh Palette Makers’ Fair

"Peace. Love. Shop."Link Up Women’s Support Centre are delighted to offer their lovely crèche facilities to browsers and shoppers at the Makers’ Fair this Christmas on both Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December.

Leave your 1-8 year olds with us and shop in peace.

Two sessions will be offered each day:

  • 12.30-14.30
  • 15.00-17.00

We suggest a donation of £5 per child per session to cover our costs.

Spaces will be available subject to capacity on the day.

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