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.
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
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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 Mondeand 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.
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.
Art Walk Porty returns this year with site specific temporary art projects based around our ‘Edgelands’, of those lost underused areas neither cityside or countryside. We’ll be exploring areas around Seafield Rd/Prom, along with a ‘Walks+Talks’ programme, alongside our regular Art Houses, Art in Shops and Maker’s Market, arranged around two weekends.
UpMo is proud to be partnering with Edinburgh Leisure, and is now set to open a new YoYo Cafe within the Leith Victoria Swim Centre!
Like the YoYo Cafe at St Margaret’s House, this will be a work experience cafe, giving students the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of running a cafe — from preparing and serving food, to taking orders, to operating the till. The new YoYo Café will launch on the 28th of August – we can’t wait! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for updates! more
This year’s eagerly awaited Social in the Gardens has been announced.
Edinburgh’s free festival of social enterprise has moved to a new home – the world famous Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens – and takes place on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August.
Both days start at 10am and feature a wider than ever range of events and organisations to inform, inspire and entertain. You can see and hear some fantastic performers and ‘buy the good stuff’ from the fantastic arts, crafts, food and drink market stalls that will be showcasing their wares.
There’s a family ceilidh, an art exhibition, and a very more
The Sick Kids Friends Foundation are organising a Christmas Fair at Meadowbank on Sunday 27 November, from 11am until 4pm.
Apply for a craft makers stall – only £50 each.
We have previously had over 2,000 attendees.
Christmas shopping and a family day out rolled into one. There’s arts, crafts, refreshments and festive entertainment, all in aid of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. There will also be children’s entertainment at the fair, including Santa’s Grotto, Bouncy Castle and Facepainting.
We’re excited to announce that this October HERE + NOW will be delivering a series of FREE guided walking and cycling tours exploring some of Edinburgh’s brilliant local community, growing and arts projects! http://spacetosit.eventbrite.co.uk
These tours will stop in at community growing or arts projects that received a seat as part of the #SpaceToSit event earlier in the summer, with speakers giving an overview of projects along the route. These include Summerhall, The Rust Garden, The Grove Garden at Harrison Park, the Wikihouse at Tollcross Primary School, Wauchope Community Garden, and St Margaret’s House.
This week we’ve had two special guest visitors to St Margaret’s House – see the photos below.
On Tuesday, Kezia Dugdale, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, visited for a tour of the building and galleries. She was very keen to learn more about what we do here and the activities taking place on her doorstep.
Today, Wednesday, we welcomed the Director of Creative Industries for Creative Scotland, Clive Gillman, who is tasked with implementing the Creative Industries Strategy 2016-2017. Clive was previously Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts and, being a keen artist himself, is interested in how St Margaret’s House has developed and the many goings on inside the building.