Monthly Archives: August 2017

Salvage: Recent Work by Alan Chapman and Eleanor Symms

Eleanor Symms, Boat face brooch, 2017, image credit Martin Alan Smith Alan Chapman,Constitution, 2017, Acrylic, image credit- Martin Alan SmithCoburg House Gallery, 15 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6ET

Salvage is an exhibition of recent work by artist jeweller, Eleanor Symms and abstract painter, Alan Chapman. Both share an experimental approach to their work, collecting and responding to discarded, or ‘found’ materials.

Eleanor Symms’s highly original and very wearable jewellery combines reclaimed plastics with precious materials, challenging our perceptions of preciousness and disposability.

Alan Chapman is an Edinburgh-based painter and printmaker whose work combines painting, collage and printmaking techniques to produce sheets of pure colour. The works in Salvage are the latest in a series of paintings, which he began in 2014, exploring disparate forms coming together and drifting apart.

Exhibition open 11 am – 4 pm  on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September and Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September

Meet the artists, Sunday 3rd and Sunday 10th September2-3.30 pm

Facebook page for Salvage exhibition-,

Twitter  @eleanorsymms,
Facebook- Eleanor Symms artist jeweller  @artist.jeweller.Edinburgh
Instagram @eleanorsymms

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Charity Workshop | Dog Coat / Bed

charity workshopCharity Workshop with Lubi Lykan.
2nd & 3rd September

Come’n’join us on the 6th floor and make a coat or a bed for your pooch, and make one for us to donate to @Dog Valley Rescue Centre in Cyprus (where Rona was born and well looked after till Lubi adopted her a year ago).

This is an admission free event, however, should you wish to donate anything towards the transport of the goods to their destination, it will be greatly appreciated and we will love you very much for it.

Book your 2 hour slot on 07427622816

All levels welcome.
Last time we had complete beginners in and they left happy and keen on further sewing adventures ?

Kid friendly.
And bring your dog too!
We will have Rona & Franco here in the studio, so loads of buddies to play with.

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Rosa Fund – Feel Good Fridays

Rosa Fund PosterOur courses in yoga, meditation and reiki are designed to empower women with ‘self-care’ tools that give them greater connection with themselves, greater control over their emotions and the confidence to use the skills independently.

We are nearing the end of our first 8 week courses and the women who have attended said:

The yoga teacher is something special

Thank so much for teaching me meditation and Reiki.  You are a big inspiration to me.. making a big difference in my, and other women’s, lives.

The meditation course has changed my life!

We are running 3 more series of the courses in Autumn, Winter and Spring with dates as more

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Studio share available

I have a two window studio, on the sixth floor (south facing) and am looking for someone who would like to share the space. I use the space for drawing and painting on weekdays 9-4pm (Fridays only until midday), so it would be ideal for someone who would like the space for evenings and weekends. £115 per month. Available from end of September.

Get in touch with Emily Ingrey-Counter:

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Swap Shop donation list

The Swap Shop is open daily for you to donate your unwanted but highly reusable items, and to swap them for many varied items for your creative projects.

Please be sensible with the items and the volume of items you donate to the Swap Shop.

Do not DUMP junk or overfill the Swap Shop, and please please, please do your bit to keep it tidy.

If the Swap Shop is deemed unsafe or overfull it will be locked until volunteers are available to clear it.

If you would like to become a regular swap shop volunteer please email Jaimie on

SWAP SHOP Donation list


ALL Good condition

  • Paper and card
  • Art materials – paint brushes, crayons, pens, pencils
  • Haberdashery- ribbons, wool, buttons, beads, knitting needles
  • Dressmaking and knitting  patterns
  • Decent sized fabric- more than 20 x 20cm
  • Clothing and shoes- womens and childrens
  • Homewares- pans, plates, cups, household linen
  • Packaging- boxes, tubs, small display boxes
  • Wood, Perspex and plywood offcuts
  • DIY- Tiles, hooks, brackets, screws, nuts and bolts etc
  • Random good stuff


  • Food
  • Electricals- please donate to charity
  • Junk or items otherwise recyclable
  • Pants/Socks/Underwear/Swimwear
  • Tiny scraps of fabric
  • ANYTHING broken, ripped, dirty or smelly
  • Make-up, creams or old hairbrushes
  • Medicines of ANY kind!
  • Old pillows or duvets
  • Broken Glass or crockery
  • Big boxes of Books- please donate to charity
  • Furniture- please talk to Daniel in the office
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BlueGrassmarket Festival

BlueGrassmarket Festival 22-24 Sept.22nd – 24th of September
Join us for a weekend celebrating all things Bluegrass, Country and Americana!

Run by Roots Events who are based in studio 3.04 [Johanna also works in the office], the BlueGrassmarket Festival will see a range of acts take over the Grassmarket for a weekend in September.  Tickets now on sale!

This year we’re setting the precedent of superb sound and high-calibre acts.

 Van Tastik opens the festival in Finnegan’s Wake, while The Jellyman’s Daughter and Cow Cow Boogie step up to our Grassmarket Square outdoor stage. St Margaret’s House resident band the Jennifer Ewan band, who currently have a series of gigs on at the fringe at the Montebar, will also be playing the outdoor stage on the Saturday.

Join us on Saturday in the Grassmarket Centre for an exquisitely-crafted evening with tweed-clad Banjo Lounge 4 in concert with the “Hillbilly Noir” sounds of Cera Impala & the New Prohibition and the foot-tapping country tunes of Edgehill.

For full line-up visit our website or follow us on Facebook or twitter.

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Open Doors 2017 registration now open

ART, Edinburgh PaletteThe registration form for taking part in the Open Doors 2017 is now open.
To register CLICK HERE.

The Open Doors is an opportunity for neighbours, families, friends and members of the public to discover the wonders that lie within the walls of St Margaret’s House.

Open Doors @ St Margaret’s House
Saturday 21st of October – Sunday 22nd of October 2017
11am – 6pm (TBC)

Deadline for registering: Friday 8th of September 2017


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UPMO | YoYo Cafe News

Leith Victoria Swim CentreUpMo is proud to be partnering with Edinburgh Leisure, and is now set to open a new YoYo Cafe within the Leith Victoria Swim Centre!

Like the YoYo Cafe at St Margaret’s House, this will be a work experience cafe, giving students the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of running a cafe — from preparing and serving food, to taking orders, to operating the till. The new YoYo Café will launch on the 28th of August – we can’t wait! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for updates! more

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