Monthly Archives: April 2018

Swap Day | 26th April

In the Swap Shop – Ground Floor

Join us in the swap shop on Thursday the 26th of April from 3pm to 8pm for a day of swapping useful items.

This is a day for residents of St Margaret’s House to bring and donate  items no longer needed but that you feel another residents might be in need of.

As you may be aware, the Swap Shop has had to close due to health and safety issues. We therefore ask anyone coming to the Swap Day to follow the guidelines below. We may ask you to take things away if we deem them unsuitable.

We are also in need of volunteers to help make the day go smoothly. If you have an hour or two to spare on the 23rd or in the days leading up to the event, please contact Jaimie at your availability.


  • Please have your items sorted. We have limited space in the Swap Shop so will be unable to sort through bags of unsorted items.
  • Only bring what you think others in the building can make use of.
  • Please don’t donate anything broken and don’t leave bags of jumble.
  • No electrical items.
  • No clothes (we may organise a clothes specific swap day).
  • Please respect volunteers. If they say the items are unsuitable at this time, please take them back to your studio.
  • Donations need to be approved before being left at the Swap Shop.
  • If you are unsure whether an item is unsuitable, feel free to contact Jaimie at who can advise further.
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Moving Forward intervention staying open to residents

The Moving Forward intervention started during the Open Doors by the Thrive Archive curator Jan Bee Brown and ecoscenographer Mona Kastell will remain on the wall in the third floor library for the next couple of weeks.

Please join by adding your voice and sharing your thoughts and feelings surrounding the move, and together we will  creatively explore what community means, instigate positive action, celebrate collaborative practice, and share ideas during a time of change to co-create new narratives.

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Gogarburn Pop-up Shop

Did you know that Gogarburn has a pop-up shop?
We also have a Street Market that runs monthly.

if you have a small local business or know someone that does who may be interested, please get in touch with the information hub for more details.

We’re always looking to add more variety on campus.


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1 space available in a large (4 window) studio

Sharing with a weaver and dressmaking tutor, ideally we are looking for another textiles person or a non-messy art.

The Studio is a great space, large, light and great views too!

Available from 1st May – £147 pcm and £147 for deposit – would prefer folks looking to share long term – 6 months or longer.

Please get in touch telling us a little about yourself and availability to view.


Ali – 07807124697 /

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Volunteers Needed for Open Doors

Would you like to be part of the fun and funky team that makes the Open Doors happen? 

The arts and communities team are looking for volunteers to join us on the 21st of April to help make the Spring Open Doors event a success.

We are looking for people to help us with:

  • Greeting people at the entrances and pointing people in the right direction if they look lost
  • Helping to write signs and check sign posting
  • Helping in the community café
  • Asking people to fill in our audience survey
  • Being a friendly face to visitors and St Margaret’s House residents.

Our community café is run by donation and this time is run in partnership with Roots Events with 50% of the donations going towards Edinburgh Palette and the next community café and 50% going towards the BlueGrassmarket Festival happening in September.

If you think you have a couple of hours to spare, or would like to volunteer for the whole day please FILL IN THIS FORM.

We are a friendly, welcoming group of people and it’s a great way to get involved in the arts community. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Cecile at

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Programme Update | Spring Open Doors

Spring Open Doors
// Saturday 21st April, 11am till 6pm.

Full programme now available! Click HERE to get up-to-date details of everything happening on that day.

We have created a Facebook event for the Spring Open Doors. Support us by clicking “attending” and sharing with your networks.

Our fabulous interns, Ibon and Sarianna, have been busy creating videos of many of those opening their doors. You can watch them either via our Facebook Page or our Instagram

St Margaret’s House residents will open the doors of their studios this Spring, on the 21st of April 2018. This is a great opportunity to discover the wonders that lie behind the door of each studio in the building, and meet an astounding array of creative people from all fields from art to charity, crafts and other worlds.

Free workshops, demonstrations, a pop-up café and one-off events will take place across the building’s nine storeys. Visitors will also be able to enjoy three exhibitions in our galleries from the Bridge Pottery Collective, Care for Carers (in collaboration with Stills Gallery) and Sylvie Stainton.

Click here for more information about the exhibitions on that day.
Click here for latest updates about the programme of the day.

For more info or any questions, please contact Cécile at

We’ll welcome visitors from 11am till 6pm. Parking spaces are limited but the centre is located on a main bus route and has disabled access.

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Resident Jeweller wins Visual Craft Award Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that St Margaret’s House resident and jeweller, Mirka Janeckova, is the recipient of the Emerging Visual Craft Maker Award Edinburgh which she will use to make a new collection in ethically sourced metals and glass.

Mirka is currently working towards promoting sustainable jewellery practice in both her own and her teaching practices.

Mirka has also set up the Midas Skills School along with Basia Mindewicz (Edinburgh School of Icon Painting) and David Mola (Glass Artist). The inspiration to set up the school came from  an ancient Greek myth of king Midas who was able to turn everything he touched into gold. They endeavour to teach you to learn new techniques and skills which will enable you to turn everything you touch into ‘gold’ – expression of your own creative mind. They specialise in art and craft techniques – from Icon painting to Glass Making and Jewellery.

Check out their website to see their upcoming workshops.

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New term of Iyengar yoga at YOGA NOW

A new term of Iyengar yoga classes is starting at Yoga Now on the 4th floor so this is the perfect time to join us. We have classes for all levels of experience – from Beginners to Level 3 plus workshops with visiting teachers from India, the USA and Italy. The classes will help build your strength and flexibility and leave you feeling refreshed and calm.

Level 1 classes are suitable for Beginners and run on Mondays at 6pm, Tuesdays at 7.30 pm and Thursdays at 8pm. Beginners are also welcome at the General classes on Fridays at 9.45 am and Saturdays at 11am. We also have a Gentle class on Wednesday mornings at 10 – 11.30 am and a Dynamic class on Wednesdays at 7 pm. This term runs for 11 weeks and each of these classes costs £88 for the term. Missed classes can be made up within the term.

New this term is the Wednesday lunchtime class, 12.15 – 1.15 pm – suitable for beginners and at just an hour long, easier to fit into your week. This costs £65 for 11 weeks or £8 per class to drop-in.

We have Level 2 and 3 classes, for those with more experience and workshops, including one on yoga philosophy in June. Please check the website for more details
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Congratulations Johanna!

Photo by ReCompose

Congratulations to our Communications Officer, Johanna Hartley-Zels (formerly Crossley-Zels), who got married to Richard Hartely-Zels (formerly Hart) at Prestonfield House on the 31st of March.

Johanna says thank you to St Margaret’s House resident, Lubi Lykan, for making the wedding dresses, to photographers Stevie Powers and Allegra Stodolsky from ReCompose (who were recently in the galleries with Sophia Burns) for the awesome photos, to everyone involved in creating the wedding of our dreams and to all the staff and residents of St Margaret’s House who have shared in this magical journey, listening to my excitement and sharing kind words.

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