Featured Artist: Meadowbank Music Therapy Services

Music therapy offers opportunities to engage in musical experiences tailored to individual Sample of instruments usedneeds and abilities.  At the heart of this is the acknowledgement of a therapeutic relationship which is based on trust, respect and confidentiality.  It is not necessary to be able to play an instrument or to read music.  Therapy can assist with aspects of communication, expression, interaction and mobility.  Sessions might comprise improvising on percussion instruments, songwriting, singing, listening to music and, where appropriate, the development of skills.

Dr James Robertson has worked with a wide range of client groups as a music therapist.  This includes children with additional support needs, adults experiencing mental health Picture of the studioissues, palliative care and forensic psychiatry.  Sessions can be offered on an individual or small-group basis. James was the Programme Leader of the MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins) at Queen Margaret University from 2005-2013 and is currently a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University.  He is also a composer and a choral conductor.  James is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  For further information or details of availability and costs please contact James on:

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Featured Artist: Artisan Stitch

Besides running sewing classes and textile workshops, I occasionally manage to find time Modern Day Embroideryto create my own textile art.  I use a variety of materials and techniques, often incorporating paper, plastics and metals in my embroidery. I fear that ‘Embroidery’ has a very traditional image and I would like to help dispel that image and promote textile art/embroidery as an exciting, contemporary art form.

Check out the Resident’ Directory for more information!

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Featured Artist: Amy Liston

A bit about me and my work:

I’m 19, I am training to become a digital communications executive. I write weekly LinkedIn A sample of Amy's workarticles along with news posts, content and blogs for my workplace and I have an unnecessarily big obsession with Meryl Streep.  I started making card this year and the response has been incredible so far – my Instagram is @alistondesigns, and I can also be contacted through my LinkedIn, website is in the making!  All of my cards are completely handmade and no card will ever look 100% alike as the ink splatters never land the same.  I can do any colour, flower and writing; typically done cursive and they are £3.50 each, or 3 for £10. Plus £1.80 for post and package as I add in personalised thank you notes and try to wrap my cards as eco friendly as possible for the supplies that I have!

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Twitter Art Exhibit is an annual art exhibition that has taken place in locations all around the world from Norway to Australia. Every year over 1,000 global artists each donate a postcard-sized work of art, which is sold at exhibition and online to raise funds for a chosen charity. So far over £50,000 has been raised for various charitable organisations, such as Foster Pride in New York and Pegasus Riding for the Disabled in Canberra. As its name suggests, the social media platform Twitter is central to the event, spreading awareness and making connections across the world. We are excited to announce that in May 2019 Twitter Art Exhibit (TAE19) is coming to Scotland for the first time, and its charity beneficiary will be Art in Healthcare!


TAE19 will be curated by artist Sam Bannister with support from artist Trevor Jones and #TAE19sponsorship from art materials supplier Great Art. Opening night will be 11 May 2019 at Out of the Blue, Edinburgh. The exhibition will run through the weekend, online sales continuing afterwards. Submission to the exhibition is open to all, with one artwork accepted per person. Entries must be original works, 12 x 16cm in size, created using any 2D art media. If you would like your art to be included in the TAE19 catalogue, the deadline for entry is 12 April 2019. To register and to find out more details, please visit

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Basic Income & The Artist

Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland

On Wednesday the 27th of February 2019 between 7pm and 9pm, we would like to hear aPoster for Conference 20 minute talk from an Artist about their work, experience with funding their creativity and how an unconditional income would impact them. If you’re interested in speaking, contact us on:

A Basic Income is an unconditional, regular income that everyone in Scotland would receive regardless of circumstance, throughout their life.

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Happy Anniversary Artisan Stitch

1 February marked the first anniversary of my moving into St Margaret’s House, and four years of Artisan Stitch. Initially painted dark grey, the sixth floor studio is now a bright, inviting and sociable space. The larger room has enabled me to extend my range of creative textile workshops and provide even more sewing classes for adults and children alike. The larger wall space has also enabled me to display more of my textile art and my collection of vintage and antique sewing machines. It’s more like a gallery or mini-museum, than a classroom!

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Hello Neighbour

If we haven’t already met we are Baba Rista your local coffee shop. If you look out towards London road we are directly opposite St Margaret’s House.Baba Rista Logo
We serve a wide selection of coffee, tea, and a great range of fresh food and cakes – either to take away or to sit in on our amazing mezzanine.

Since opening in May 2018 we have been overwhelmed with the fantastic positive response from everybody who has popped into our new place. We thought we could do better though…

So, we have just launched our new updated menu, you can now order online at , we are open each weekday from the 11th of February 7am-8pm & Saturdays from 9am-4pm. To add to the value on our new menu we have also just launched a new loyalty app so you are always rewarded for each visit to us, either in the shop or online.

Enough about us though, we feel part of the local community now and would like to help you if we can? We have space in the shop to help promote any events, exhibitions, classes etc. We also have built up a growing following online and are more than happy to tell who we can online about whats going on with you too.

Thanks, Ian & all the team at Baba Rista

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Learn to Crochet

Suitable for: Beginners / refreshers
Price: £107.19 for 10 hours of tuition & including all materials, notes, tea/coffee/biscuits & Eventbrite’s fees

Is this class for me?
This workshop is for you are new to crochet or if you just need a wee refresher! The workshop will run with a maximum of 4 people to allow you to learn at your own pace in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

What do I need to bring?
NOTHING! A 4mm crochet hook and a ball of yarn are included in the price. As are tea/coffee and biscuits!

When is the class?
It will run on all of the Mondays in the month (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March) from 2pm to 4:30pm, so you’ll have a total of 10 hours of tuition.

What will I learn?
We’ll cover
– foundation chains for straight work and sliding loops for circular work and “granny squares”
– the main crochet stitches
– how to increases and decrease
– how to join a new ball or colour
– how to read basic crochet patterns and charts
– tips to make (crochet) life easier and some troubleshooting if things don’t go to plan!

Travel to St Margaret’s House
There are lots of buses that stop alomst outside the door LRT 4, 5, X5, X7, 26, X26, 44, 45, 104, 113 & 124. The main pedestrian entrance is on London Road via a footbridge with two sets of steps. Parking during the day is available on the surrounding streets and around the building from 6pm. The vehicle entrance is via Restalrig Road South (aka Smokey Brae) and you have to follow the road round both buildings and the blue door is the entrance. Please use the lifts to floor 2 and follow the cat’s face to studio 2.03!

Booking is essential as there are only 4 places available. Book via the link below or on Eventbrite by searching for “Crochet for Beginners (March”

Contact Jane Buxton on 07469 887 958 or at if you have a query about the course. Follow me on
Facebook – Wild Cat Crafts
Instagram – wildatcrafts
or visit my Etsy shop – WildCatCraftsShop

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