Monthly Archives: June 2018

Craigentinny / Duddingston Voluntary Sector Forum

Wednesday 20th June at The Ripple Project saw the first meeting of the Craigentinny / Duddingston Voluntary Sector Forum. So what is Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF)? They facilitate communication and planning among the voluntary sector organisations that operate within each local area, and are a very influential voice having direct links to senior staff within the planning structures of Edinburgh including:
Neighbourhood Partnerships, Neighbourhood Partnership Action Groups, Locality Leadership Groups, Third Sector Strategy Groups
Any local community group or charity is very welcome to attend and get involved. It is a very constructive forum keen to make a real difference locally. For further details, to get added to the distribution list or if you have any questions please contact either:

Caroline Gibb, (Secretariat / VSF), Edinburgh Voluntary Sector Organisation or telephone 0131 555 9100

Glenn Liddall, (Chair / VSF), People Know How or telephone 07714 586 971

The date and venue for the next meeting is:

Wednesday 15 August2-4pm, at Feniks – Ground Floor, St Margaret’s House.
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Our Yoniverse | Call for Participants

Dear precious woman,

If you identify as female I would like to invite you to participate in this unique and powerful piece of work in the time between 23rd June – 3th July 2018. In this time I will provide slots of individual sessions lasting 2-3 hours with the participating woman to paint their yoni/vulva in the medium of watercolour.

The word yoni stems from Sanskrit meaning “source” and describes the vulva as a stylised
representation of the goddess Shakti. In the Tantra tradition the yoni embodies the origin of life.

A watercolour yoni painting is delicate, vulnerable and powerful in its uncompromising clarity. This makes the work potent on so many levels. If you are intersted you are invited to an informative opening event on Friday 22nd June, 6pm, to be able to ask some questions, to see the set-up and sign up for participation.

The work will then be exhibited in the same space.

Opening night of the exhibition will be on Tuesday 3rd July 6pm and run until Sunday 8th July.

To register your interest, please fill in Art participation form has more details of the project and send to Isabella Halm via email, or find her on Facebook or Instagram at Isabella Halm Artist.

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Lapin is Hungry – The bilingual picture book for ALL!

By French puppeteer, author and tenant Tania Czajka from Le Petit Monde 
Book cover - Lapin is Hungry

Fancy tiptoeing into French language with your little ones? Then Lapin is Hungry is the picture book for you!

It is bilingual, comes with the audio version and is super accessible to everyone.

Attention! The book is a quality limited print (by the fantastic team from Out of Hand Scotland on B2) and Tania plans to knock on publishers’ doors soon.

So to support her project and order your own copy – £5 only when hand delivered to your studio – get in touch directly at: / 07910045743

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Good luck, Johanna

Johanna, our communications officer, is sad to be leaving the beloved arts and community office at St Margaret’s House to take up a new position as Events Assistant for Dundee City Council. Fear not, she will still be looking after digital media for the charity including website content, management of workshops and events listings online and social media, but will be working from home. You will still be able to reach her by email at her usual address

Although she is sad to be leaving such wonderful colleagues and St Mags tenants, who have made working for Edinburgh Palette a joy, she is excited to finally join her husband in their home in Blairgowrie.

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Invitation | Design Market Launch at the Fruitmarket Gallery

Lorna Brown would like to invite you to the Design Market launch night at the Fruitmarket Gallery this Friday from 5pm – 8pm.

She is showing her new textile collection called ‘Berlin’ which is quite a move away from colour for her. Working with a mainly monochrome palette, she wanted to give herself some new boundaries this year and work with patterns, shapes and textures for a longer period of time and to develop a range of designs at different scales as well as simpler more paired back prints.

“I’m working with drawings, rubbings and photographs taken last year in Berlin.

I’ve been looking at Bauhaus textiles by Gunta Stolzl and Anni Albers as well as inspirational Sonia Delauney  and decorative details, layout and compositional elements from Art Deco.

Inspired by the past but very much a contemporary and forward looking collection.

My products include new wow factor large scale lightshades, cushions, soft storage pots, fine art prints and I’m testing a new accessories range of small zipped bags…can’t wait to see what people think.”

If you can’t make the launch night then it’s on all weekend till 6pm. It would be great to see you there and please bring friends and family(kids very welcome too)

Throughout the gallery there will be 45 amazing designers, makers and creative friends across the design disciplines including:

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MA student seeks interviewees

Anna Malone is a student at Queen Margaret University studying Arts, Festival and Cultural Management who is looking for people to interview in regards to her Masters thesis.  Her focus is on why people choose to work from a cultural hub.

If you have 30 minutes to spare on Monday the 18th of June to answer a few questions on why you have chosen to work from St Margaret’s House then please contact Anna and she will tell you more about the project. She can be reached by email on

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Creative Spaces available at the Big Shed NOW!

The Big Shed has 12 studios from 100-200sq ft. at a cost of £1.30 per sq ft per month.
Each studio has its own electricity meter which is charged at the standard rate.
The studios are set around an internal courtyard that can be used for a breakout/rehearsal/aerial space.
There is a large shared kitchen/meeting space.
The Big Shed is the home of Vision Mechanics and is set in beautiful countryside near Drummohr Holiday Park, Musselburgh
Contact Symon Macintyre on 07932120624 or
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Open studios | Out of the Blue, Abbeymount

When: Saturday 9th June, 11am-6pm
Where: Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studios, 2 Easter Road, EH7 5AN
Entry: Free

Visit our neighbours atOut of the Blue Abbeymount,  located in the old Victorian school building at the top of Easter Road.

We invite you inside to see our creative spaces, chat over tea, meet the makers and browse their work; All hand made by local designers and makers right at the heart of Edinburgh.



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Handmade Edinburgh 2018

Handmade in Edinburgh 2018Friday 10 – Sunday 12 August 2018 (private view 9 August)

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row/Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5LR

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2018

We are pleased to invite you to apply for the third edition of Handmade Edinburgh. Handmade Edinburgh 2018 will take place from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 August 2018 at the elegant Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The event is now a part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. more

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