Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue was established 25 years ago, growing
from a small collective of artists in a city centre shop front to
a significant cultural social enterprise in the capital. Based in
The Drill Hall in Leith, OOTB provides studios and spaces for over
200 artists and creative enterprises across four buildings in Leith/
North Edinburgh. In addition, the trust runs The Bongo Club and
undertakes a wide ranging cultural and participatory programme
across its sites.
In 2014 Out of the Blue was one of nine organisations to receive
funding from Creative Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s
Time to Shine strategy to create thriving local youth arts ‘hubs.’
Through #artcore, Out of the Blue sought ‘to foster a new vibrant
scene’ and facilitate young people in creating a hive of cultural
activity of their own making.
Working with a range of partners, #artcore developed a full
programme of activities, events, traineeships, apprenticeships and
artworks – from crowd sourced comics to raves in libraries, from
radio podcasts to street performances, 12” records to hacking clubs.
Over 1500 young people participated in the two years.
The print studio, ‘Out of the Blueprint’ was developed as the anchor
project of #artcore – supporting the programme through providing
design, marketing and print services, as well as collaborations and
traineeships. The studio was a tangible site of production within a
city wide programme, which lent a coherent look and feel to the
multi faceted project.
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