Crowdfunding the Pianodrome

This is #Pianodrome. It is one of the most exciting projects I have had the pleasure of taking part in to date and I am very fortunate to have a talented and passionate team of wonderful folk dreaming its wild possibilities with me. The chances of the very solid, sonic reality of our 100 seater amphitheatre made entirely out of junked pianos – five of which will still be playable and tuned – manifesting in the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh this August are looking good!


I am writing to ask for your support in our bid to fund the project by public donation. Contributions small and large are critical to the success of the project and will be most gratefully received. Go to for pictures, stories, lovely gifts and the big red DONATE button that makes you feel good!

Thank you to Edinburgh Palette for the years of inspiration that will lead to this euphoric exhalation!

In fond hopes that I will see you at the Pianodrome in the summer.

Best regards,
Tim Vincent-Smith
Creative Director Pianodrome CIC
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Meadowbank Share Facebook Group

The Green Team at St Margaret’s House have created a Facebook Group dedicated to sharing and swapping resources, tools, and skills in the Meadowbank area.  The aim of this community board is to facilitate sharing within and outwith St Margaret’s House as we know many of you miss the Swap Shop and we would be sad to see usable items going to landfill.

If you are interested in joining the group, search for “Meadowbank Share” on Facebook and ask to join the group.

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Swap Day in March

Join us in the swap shop on Friday the 23rd of March 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 with your availability.


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Studios available to let

Do you want to join the community of studio holders at St Margaret’s House?

We currently have various sized studios now available for those wanting to rent affordable studio space at St Margaret’s House. With many facilities such as a mail room service in the main office (open 7 days a week), community spaces such as the third floor library and kitchens on every floor and with friendly and diverse tenants ranging from painters to textile artists, charities to small creative businesses, St Margaret’s House is an ideal place to have a studio – just check out our reviews on Facebook. Examples of studios can be seen in the photos below.

You may be aware that plans are in place for the sale of St Margaret’s House. Over the coming months we will be operating as usual whilst working on securing other spaces across Edinburgh for a smooth transition for our residents.

Contact the main office or visit our STUDIOS PAGE for more details or to rent a space.
Phone: +44 (0)131 661 1924

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Welcome Ibon – our newest intern!


I’m Ibon and I’m a recent graduate Graphic Designer. I come from a town in the coast near Bilbao, in the Basque Country (north of Spain). I feel I’m more productive working with music and bad weather, but I love the sunny weekends to disconnect and feel free to do anything. I’m currently working as an intern in the Arts & Communities Ofiice here at the St Margaret’s House, helping to create content that focuses on Graphic Design and some other stuff. To get to know a bit more about me…

A song: Itoiz – Elurretan
A place in Edinburgh: Arthur’s Seat
A food: tortilla de patatas
Where to find me:

Or just come to our office and say hi.

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Updates on the container project

As many of you may know, Edinburgh Palette has been drafting plans for a container project over the last year and a half. Originally, the plan included a prototype container village at St Margaret’s House, however, with the sale of the building ahead of us, we’ve been back to the drawing board.

With the assistance of the council, we have just signed a 6-month lease of an acre of land in Portobello to develop the container project idea. On this land we will be renovating and converting containers into artist studios and community spaces as well as clearing and improving the land and space. This will act as a “seed” for a much larger concept that can be replicated at other sites. 

At the end of the 6 month lease period, we will be competing for the lease of a total of 2 acres of land at this site. Should we be successful in securing this space, it will enable us to create a sustainable village of artist studios, workshops and community spaces.

Dale Gibson, CEO of Edinburgh Palette, also would like all residents to know that his door is always open and anyone wanting to discuss developments at other sites are very welcome to pop in to see him.

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New Wednesday lunchtime YOGA class at Yoga Now

Every Wednesday in March (starting March 7th) at 12.15 – 1.15 pm.

This new Iyengar yoga class will help you to stretch out your spine, release tension from your shoulders and refresh your mind. It’s the ideal mid week boost!

The 1 hour classes cost £8 each. Special offer for EP residents – all 4 classes for just £20.

Iyengar yoga is suitable for everyone. We give clear and detailed instructions in every pose and can adapt asanas to suit individual needs. If you have any questions, just ask

You are welcome to just turn up to the class, or you can register your place on the website
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Vacancy | Part-Time Art and Design Technician


St George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh

PART TIME [25 hrs / Term Time]
Hours are 8.30am – 2.30pm (with 1 hour for lunch); Monday to FridaysSt Georges School

Salary: the pro-rata equates to £12,337 to £13,368 per annum

We have a vacancy for a skilled, enthusiastic and well organised technician who has a genuine interest in Art and Design and a natural artistic flair, with the ability to use their own initiative.

The successful applicant would have relevant experience, preferably within a school environment although not essential, as well as a good all round knowledge of Art and Design.

Interested applicants are asked to read the corresponding Job Particulars prior to completing in full the standard application form with a letter of application. more

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Showcasing opportunity at JFK South Clerk Street

Salon Hair by JFKHair by JFK are soon to open a brand new salon on South Clerk Street, Edinburgh. Like their Bruntsfield salon, Hair by JFK want their new South Clerk Street salon to be unique and stand out from other salons in the area with their décor and funky, edgy vibe.

Hair by JFK regularly get involved with artists in the area and like to showcase artists and art students work downstairs in their gallery in the Bruntsfield salon. They would like to continue to share artists work in their new South Clerk Street salon and have space in the salons shop winning for a sculpture to be showcased.

They are looking for anything a bit whacky and are even happy to include a moving sculpture/object or sculpture/object with lights that will be constantly remain in their salon window.

you have something that you would like to be showcased in the new salons window and think would be the perfect fit, or would like some further information, please contact Alex at

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