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Parking at St Margaret’s House

Please remember that  car parking spaces belong to our neighbours, the Registers of ScotlandNo parking available between the hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday – Friday. You must find a parking space elsewhere (e.g. on street parking)

Disabled parking is available, but limited to 4 spaces and for Blue Badge holders only. If you have any concerns regarding disabled parking, please see a member of Edinburgh Palette staff. All drivers must sign in and record their vehicle registration number every day. Overnight parking is prohibited. Loading and unloading on drop off and pick up basis only and disabled parking is available. Please contact the office on the third floor should you need to use the loading bays.

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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.
Email: info@edinburghpalette.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0)131 661 1924

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Business as usual at St margaret’s House

On Sunday the 25th and Monday the 26th of February we held three successful residents meetings. On the agenda – updates on the sale of St Margaret’s House from the arts community office. They were well attended and we’ve got some great feedback from those who came. This is just the first of many meetings we will host and we will keep you informed of all developments happening.

Arts and Community Director, Sophia Burns, gave an overview of what had happened and what we currently know about the situation and what is still to be determined. Communications Officer, Johanna Crossley-Zels stressed the importance of the questionnaire that has been sent out to Edinburgh Palette residents and how this helps us organise the outpouring of support we have been receiving. Finally Iyo Irabor introduced the Centre for Community Resilience and the Arts as an example of what this transition could mean and how we can take advantage of new opportunities, as well as the proposal to run a resilience festival in September.

We will be working step by step to ensure that we find a sustainable solution for the community currently based at St Margaret’s House in our move forward, making realistic more

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Sale of St Margaret’s House

The news on Monday regarding the sale of St Margaret’s House was no doubt a surprise to many of you. It will be a time for reflection and taking stock of what it means for your organisation, business and practice. We have been working on contingency plans for this very scenario for several months and had hoped to share our plans with you before the need to implement became a reality.

Due to the planning underway, we view the sale of St Margaret’s House as an opportunity and will focus on strengthening our community throughout the 18 month transition.

Our location will change, but our purpose will remain the same – to build vibrant communities of makers, artists, community groups and creative enterprises.

We are committed to thriving during and after this transition. This requires a unique mix of optimism and pragmatism. We are counting on your questions to aid us in finding the best solutions for our community. We are counting on your positivity as we embrace change and endeavour to move forward in a new direction.

To keep the lines of communication open, we have created a dedicated email – movingforward@edinburghpalette.co.uk. Here you can share your visions, send ideas, share contacts of people or resources, or positive notes of encouragement.

We will reach out over the next few weeks to share the various options and plans for the future of Edinburgh Palette, as well as creating a discussion group and organising a few meetings to make this transition easier for all.

St Margaret’s House has been a second home to many since it first started. So many amazing people have made it an inspiring and dynamic project, space and place to be a part of.

This is a sad day for all of us, and the team at St Margaret’s House sends you all the strength and determination needed to ensure Edinburgh Palette continues to grow and flourish.

More than ever, we need to believe that it is possible to safeguard the values of a community that favours the arts, culture, creativity, collaboration, share & care.

You can find the press release from the Drum Property Group about the proposed sale via this link: https://www.edinburghpalette.co.uk/proposed-sale-st-margarets-house/

Please share this information within your collective, organisation or with your studio colleagues.

The Edinburgh Palette team

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First Minister unveils official Christmas card at St Margarets House

We were delighted to welcome back First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to St Margaret’s House who unveiled her official Christmas card in the Drawing Room yesterday – an original painting by John Byrne called ‘Say It With A Kiss!’.

The artwork will be auctioned next year with the proceeds going to four charities – Food Train, SCIAF, Scottish Women’s Aid and Teapot Trust. Your can read more about her visit and the charities supported on the Scottish Government website.


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Makers’ Fair | Help spread the news

Join us in celebrating the diversity of resident makers in St Margaret’s House at our festive Makers’ Fair 2017.

This year the Makers’ Fair will be set in all 3 galleries from the 9th – 10th of December

Please share our Facebook event far and wide – and add yourself as “going” to the event to keep updated with the events happening over the weekend.

The Christmas Makers’ Fair at St Margaret’s House is not just a simple line-up of stalls, but is a high quality common curated show you can enjoy with friends and family. There will also be a community café and a range of workshops for children and adults.

Our programme includes:

  • Join French puppeteer & resident Tania from Le Petit Monde and make your own Christmas Tree finger puppet to take home.
  • Storytelling with the Thrive Archive in studio 3.04 on Saturday from 12:30 – 4pm.
  • A pop-up bookshop hosted by Typewronger Books, also in 3.04 which will also have a selection of typewriters from various decades for you to try.
  • Workshops for adults and children in G5 Education Space.
  • Simply Singing, who rehearse in the building on Wednesdays and are always looking for new members, will be spreading Christmas cheer in various locations around the building on the Saturday.


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St Margaret’s House Car Parking

Caledonian Trust PLC is offering lockable (bollard) parking spaces around
St Margaret’s House for:

£16.50 per week

Please remember that  car parking spaces belong to our neighbours, the Registers of Scotland. No parking available between the hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday – Friday. You must find a parking space elsewhere (e.g. on street parking) more

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Nicola Sturgeon visits St Margarets House & SAM Radio

We were delighted to welcome the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon to St Margaret’s house yesterday morning. She was interviewed live on air by Sarah Lomax on her show  broadcast from the SAM radio studio here in the building.

The first Minister spoke and was asked questions about what The Scottish Government‘s plans are for the Autism community, as well as what she gets up to outside politics. There was a passionate debate about pizza toppings as well as more heavyweight topics discussed.

If you missed the live broadcast, or loved it as much as we did here in the office, you can catch the Sarah Lomax show replay on Saturday at 11am – noon via the SAM radio website.  You can also find Sarah Lomax on Facebook under the page In Stitches with Aspergers.

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Free yoga class!

Remodelled Yoga Now studioThe dust has finally settled on the new Yoga Now studio on the 4th floor and the building now has a beautiful space for yoga. As a thank you for tolerating the noise and disturbance, I would like to offer all tenants and employees in St Margaret’s House a free Beginners or Level 1 class in November.

To claim your class, please visit the timetable on the Yoga Now studio website
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