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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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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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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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B12 Launch Night

Blueroom Collective is an award-winning experimental design group based in Edinburgh. We are hosting an opening night at our new studio and event space – B12 at St Margaret’s House – from 7 till 10.30 PM on Thursday 3rd May. We’ll be welcoming designers and artists from across the creative community in Edinburgh and beyond to come and see the new space, look at how we work, view samples from our archive, and network with other creatives and fellow designers. This will also be a great opportunity to consider hiring our space for your own projects, events and exhibitions.

Refreshments and cool sounds, plus projections by Unstable Creations.

More info about Blueroom Collective.

Eventbrite link to tickets.

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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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Moving Forward: community without walls

During the Open Doors on the 21st of April, the Thrive Archive curator Jan Bee Brown and ecoscenographer Mona Kastell will be creatively exploring what community means.

Please join them in the third floor library to instigate positive action, celebrate collaborative practice, and share ideas during a time of change to co-create new narratives.
Open to residents and visitors, the outcomes will stay exhibited for the residents to add their voices.’

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Farewell Cécile

Our beloved Arts and Communities Assistant is on to pastures new and has a message to the community:

“After two lively years enjoying and juggling between two part time jobs, I need some focus. As some of you know, I’m going to recenter my time and energy on the Edinburgh Tool Library (like a library, but with tools!).

You’ll soon meet Marilyn Carino who is going to take over my current responsibilities in the Arts & Community Team. My elegant French touch will be replaced by some Brooklyn badass vibes!

I’ll be with you till the end of April (I love organising the Open Doors!).

I’m not going far away and I would always be happy to hear from you, so do keep in touch –

See you around!


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