Community News

Please do not take Veg from the Upmo Garden

The Upmo gardening crew have been working very hard to grow fruit and veg in the garden which is used in their workshops and café.

It has come to our attention that some people are helping themselves to the veg who are not part of the Upmo project. We ask that everyone at St Margaret’s House is considerate and respectful of the Upmo Garden, and only those involved in the project harvest from the crops.

Many thanks from the Upmo community.

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Young Potters Clay school class

We are launching our Young Potters Clay school class.

This class is dedicated to developing and promoting young potters.

The class is open to anyone from the age of 8 to 16 and concentrates on developing creative and technical approaches to hand building and wheel throwing.

The class is planned to start on Monday August 20th from 5.15pm to 6.30pm and costs £120 for a ten week block of classes with materials and firing costs included.

For information and bookings please mail:

Edinburgh design schools is an SQA approved teaching centre

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Swap Shop Closure

The Swap Shop will close permanently at St Margaret’s House at the end of August.
All items currently within will be disposed of.
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Studios available at 525 Ferry Road, EH5 2AW

Circa: 200 Square Feet
Open Monday to Friday
Opening Times 9am to 5pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

525 Studio  =  £250 per calendar month
 Deposit  =  £400
Corner Studio  = £300 per calendar month
 Deposit  = £500

Transferring as a resident direct from St Margaret’s House, the first month is free of rent to facilitate moving.

The property is:

  • Security access in addition to security desk, and full intruder
  • Climate Controlled Heating
  • Good Quality Toilets
  • Vending Machines
  • 2 well-appointed Passenger Lifts
  • 1 Substantial Goods Lift
  • Secure Cycle Parking
  • Drying Room
  • 125 Car Parking places.
  • Good Bus Service:,16,19,21,24,37,38,47,113,
  • Disability Parking
  • Loading Bay

CONTACT Dale Gibson: 07789 151 917

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Jennifer Ewan Band at the Fringe

Support St Margaret’s House resident musicians – The Jennifer Ewan Band – by going to see their show at the Jazz bar this fringe.  The show starts at 5:30pm and is on the  3rd, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st and 24th of August.

Tickets can be bought via the Edinburgh Fringe website for £10 (£8 for concessions) :

The Jennifer Ewan Band presents an exhilarating melting pot of heartfelt original songs and old-time Louisiana Creole and Cajun dance classics. As well as performing beautiful new Scottish pop, this upcoming songwriter and her bayou band demonstrate an easy familiarity with the older dance music of the swamps of rural French Louisiana – featuring Cajun blues licks from accordionist drummer Kim Tebble and swamp-pop grooves from Ian “Stretch” McFadyen on electric bass. Live Cajun band and fabulous Cajun food! ‘Just brilliant – music of the highest quality – a Scottish rising star’ (Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland).

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rubbish at Studio B12

rubbish is a collaborative exhibition of work by artists Stephen Norman Young and Sylvie Docherty. They present an authentic archive documenting real life on the threatened and distinctive Stead’s Place, Leith Walk. Photography and Graphic Design.

Aug 24th till 31st 10am-5pm FREE #saveleithwalk #rubbish #sny @b12_studio

Opening night Friday 24th 6.30-9.30PM – free but advise ticket booking –

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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 including 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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Studio available on sessional basis for counsellor / therapist / life coach

Available Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs 3.30pm – 9.30pm. Regular bookings preferred, from mid August 2018 until summer 2019.
Multiples of 75min ‘sessions’ (to include arrival and departure). 1 session £8, 2 sessions £15, 3 sessions £22, 4 sessions £29 if taken in same week.
Toilet and kitchenette along the corridor. There is also a desk in the room if you wish space to read, do paperwork etc. Wheelchair access.
Enquirers will be invited to come and see the space, and a reference and insurance will be required.
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An art installation by Anne Gilchrist celebrating the variety and character of this lovely collection of trees in

Princes Street Gardens (East and West)
Exhibition runs 15th July-15th September 2018
22 jigsaw-puzzle shaped pieces set in the trees

My “cryptic” work is generated from the immediate environment, blending art to
landscape. The installation is conceived as an experience of discovery, drawing you
into an interactive variant of landscape painting.

I also like to think of this kind of work as a silent witness to the natural world around
us. It is quiet, almost secret. Just being there is enough, as it is for the trees.

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