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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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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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Art Walk Porty

Art Walk Porty 20171 – 10 September

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.

Full programme is available on the website: artwalkporty.co.uk

Many of the artists taking part are St Margaret’s House residents so do go along and show your support for your fellow studio neighbours.

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UPMO | YoYo Cafe News

Leith Victoria Swim CentreUpMo 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

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Social in the Gardens!

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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

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Sick Kids Friends Foundation Christmas Fair

sick-kids-logoThe 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.

Further details can be obtained by emailing hello@edinburghsickkids.org or calling 0131 668 4949

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FREE guided walking and cycling tours with HERE + NOW

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.

Join us and come explore Edinburgh, meet some interesting people and learn more about some of the city’s exciting local projects: http://spacetosit.eventbrite.co.uk

There will be bikes and helmets you can borrow for all cycle tours!

Many thanks to MY Adventure  and The City of Edinburgh Council for supporting this project.

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Visitors this week – photos

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.

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