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EPAD Upcoming Events

Edinburgh Performing Arts Development (EPAD) is a capacity building project for Edinburgh’s independent performing artists and producers that provides support by identifying and promoting  opportunities to connect people’s needs with existing provision, and plugging gaps. There are opportunities for independent artists and companies working in the performing arts sector to access short-term advisory sessions, longer-term mentoring, targeted interventions and bespoke training. We initiate relationships that enable the city’s more experienced performing arts producers and practitioners to support those with less experience or working independently and with access to fewer resources.

Here is the round-up of events over the next couple of months.  

This is our website: https://masonbone.co.uk/epad

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Re-Imagining our Church Space

Willowbrae Parish Church

1A Willowbrae Road, EH8 7DBPoster for Church Event

In the Church Centre – you are invited to help us re-imagine the space in our church buildings with architects and the community.

Coffee Morning: 10th November 10am – 12 noon. 

There will be home baking stalls, local school art display, teas and coffee served for a donation.

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Democracy Matter Local Meeting – Wednesday 24th of October – All Welcome!

All invited to attend a workshop looking at local democracy, with Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government giving the introduction. Part of the Scottish Government Consultation on local democracy
Wednesday 24th October 7-9pm
Meadowbank Church Hall, 83 London Road, Edinburgh EH75TT
“A good local decision making process
is one where consultation is meaningful rather than tokenistic
and where decisions taken regularly reflect the views of those consulted.”
Participant feedback from a previous event.

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Have Your Say on Meadowbank’s Future!

Call out to contribute to the online Public Consultation

Edinburgh City Council have opened a full public consultation on the future of the Meadowbank Stadium site, after planning permission was granted in June for a new smaller sports centre to occupy around half the whole area. What happens on the rest of the site is yet to be decided, and the public are being invited to give their feedback.

Initial plans to build 300+ flats/student flats and a hotel are now on hold, until the consultation results are in, with “nothing ruled in or out”. The consultation is online, quick to fill in and is open until 31st October – everyone who is interested in the future of the site – and in sports & leisure provision in the city – is invited to contribute, not just locals.

In addition to the multiple choices, there’s an opportunity to tick the “other” box and write in what you’d like to see. One option might be studio provision for artists & other small creative businesses, perhaps.



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Craigentinny / Duddingston Voluntary Sector Forum

Wednesday 20th June at The Ripple Project saw the first meeting of the Craigentinny / Duddingston Voluntary Sector Forum. So what is Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF)? They facilitate communication and planning among the voluntary sector organisations that operate within each local area, and are a very influential voice having direct links to senior staff within the planning structures of Edinburgh including:
Neighbourhood Partnerships, Neighbourhood Partnership Action Groups, Locality Leadership Groups, Third Sector Strategy Groups
Any local community group or charity is very welcome to attend and get involved. It is a very constructive forum keen to make a real difference locally. For further details, to get added to the distribution list or if you have any questions please contact either:

Caroline Gibb, (Secretariat / VSF), Edinburgh Voluntary Sector Organisation
caroline.gibb@evoc.org.uk or telephone 0131 555 9100

Glenn Liddall, (Chair / VSF), People Know How
glenn.liddall@peopleknowhow.org or telephone 07714 586 971

The date and venue for the next meeting is:

Wednesday 15 August2-4pm, at Feniks – Ground Floor, St Margaret’s House.
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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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