Stanley Street – a new home for Edinburgh Palette


It’s been a hugely successful few weeks for Edinburgh Palette. In June the charity signed a short-term lease for 525 Ferry Road and has now also been successful in their bid for Stanley Street, Portobello.

Stanley Street - artist impression

The versatility and options the two new properties afford the charity will enable growth in ways which cannot yet be predicted. The possibilities are varied and the scope exceeds what was previously possible with St Margaret’s House being the only premises in Edinburgh Palette’s portfolio.

As some of you may already know, the space at Stanley Street has already been occupied by Edinburgh Palette since February, where building contractor, Eddie McVitie,

has been overseeing the tidy up of the land and buildings. The plot had previously been occupied by a double glazing company but had lain vacant for a time before Edinburgh Palette was offered 6-month use of the space. The team at Edinburgh Palette are thrilled that their bid has been successful as this enables the charity to work on its vision for the future with a more sustainable, stable and long-term lease agreement. Edinburgh Palette has and will reach out to both the community within St Margaret’s House, and the local community surrounding Stanley Street to create a dynamic, creative, holistic vision for the space in Portobello. The creativity, resilience and determination of the residents of St Margaret’s House will undoubtedly make this new phase for the charity very exciting and we look forward to updating you with progress as the project evolves.

If you would like to find out more about either the property at Ferry Road or Stanley Street and how you can get involved, contact Andrew Chainey, Edinburgh Palette Development Manager. His office is on the third floor of St Margaret’s House or he can be reached by email, or telephone on 0131 661 1924.

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Studio to rent

Lovely bright, warm and clean 2-window studio for rent at £200 per month (Edinburgh Palette’s rent is £230 pm). It’s on the 2nd floor in the West Wing and would suit a clean & not too noisy use. Available from Monday 16th July. Contact Jane Buxton on 07469 887 958 to arrange a viewing.

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Studio Sale

I’m having a clear-out so that I can move to another studio along the corridor! There’ll be all sorts of stuff for sale including arts & crafts materials, books, DVDs, CDs, shelving, furniture and anything else that I find as I go along – all at bargain prices!

WHEN?: From Monday 16th to Tuesday 31st July from 10:30am to 8pm (except Tuesdays 10:30am to 6pm and Thursdays 5pm to 8pm).
WHERE?: Studios 2.15 & 2.16 (West Wing – overlooking London Road)
WHO?: Jane Buxton (Wild Cat Crafts) – 07469 887 958

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Moving Forward Together Consultation Report

What do we have, what do we need, what do we keep, what can you offer? Four questions posed, over 150 thoughts and ideas fed back.

One card stood out:

Affordability – Security – Longevity – Prosperity

As we all know times have been a changing at St Margaret’s House and the Moving Forward Together consultation launched by Edinburgh Palette during Open Doors was timely, offering an opportunity to regroup and to celebrate how relevant the community and Edinburgh Palette is to many individuals and collectives who work at 151 London Road.


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Additional premises at 525 Ferry Road

After much hard work, Edinburgh Palette is pleased to announce that additional premises have been secured for the charity. The 110,000 sq ft building at 525 Ferry Road sits in a prominent position in the Crewe Toll area and has numerous studio spaces available.

Previously used by the banking sector, the premises boast an impressive and welcoming entrance, light, bright working spaces, is fully accessible with lifts and wheelchair ramps and has excellent bus links on the doorstep. The Edinburgh Palette team is delighted and look forward to sharing more details of the property with you as we start moving in.

If you are interested in renting space at this location, or would like to hear more about the opportunities on the horizon for Edinburgh Palette, get in touch with Dale Gibson. He can be found on the ground floor of St Margaret’s House or can be reached via email on

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Welcoming the Feeling Body

A note for anyone interested in taking a different approach to challenging symptoms or looking to find greater health from within —  I work out of 3.08 offering sessions in body/mind health with Craniosacral therapy and other integrative approaches. My intention is to encourage vitality within the whole person, engage inherent healing processes, support life changes, and learn more about oneself. This work is intuitive and holistic, using sensitive touch and experiential awareness.

Get in touch if you would like to know more,visit or contact Raka on 07731198631 or email

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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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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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