Projects at Art Squat

Our projects range from small scale work by artists, in local cafes and shops, to gallery exhibitions. We also aim to offer workshops which support creative development. We launched in August 2018 at Coburg House in Leith with ‘The Spirit of Kathmandu’ exhibition held with the Nepal Scotland Association.

Our autumn project, ‘Scotland – Art from the City’,  opened on Friday 19th October and featured young artists originally supported by the Prince’s Trust who showcased an eclectic mix of painting, craft, collage and interactive mixed media.

On February 1st 2019 our opening night for ‘3 Unframed’ takes place in a new space under the Hand Made Factory in Haymarket. Three artists explore mental health and their internal journeys through a diverse range of work. The exhibition runs from 1st – 10th February – more details  will be announced on the website.

You can read about our projects here:

ArtSquat Launch Event at Coburg House: ‘The Spirit of Kathmandu’

Our launch at Coburg House in August, featured an exhibition of photos of the people of Kathmandu in the days leading up to and after the Nepal Earthquake of 2015.  On 25th April at 11.56, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck. Over 9,000 people were killed. Photographers Carl Whetham and Kishor Dangol were in Nepal during the disaster and gave us a glimpse into the lives of Kathmandu people. Over 150 people attended the launch exhibition and many shared their own stories and experiences of Nepal.

Quotes from attendees include:

I am so pleased that I managed to get to your exhibition in Leith. I have been talking to friends about it.’

‘We loved the exhibition – the photographs captured such stories in people’s faces and also their surroundings – and the brightly coloured ones a contrast to the post-earthquake ones. I’ll certainly come back for future exhibitions. ArtSquat is a great venture & I hope it flourishes.’

‘The photographs certainly painted a colourful picture of smiling happy people and then the pain following the disaster.’

‘Great show.  Well done in organising this display of very poignant photos from the Nepal earthquake.’

‘Great exhibition at the Coburg Gallery in Edinburgh for the festival. Stunning photos of the earthquake and its effect on the people of Kathmandu. Five stars.’

To obtain the report of the launch exhibition, please contact enquiries@artsquat.org.uk

 

ArtSquat partners with the Prince’s Trust to host: ‘Scotland: Art from the City’ at the Coburg House.

Illustrator Rachel Stewart and artist Leamne Arias Deniz are two young people who launched their artistic enterprises with help from the Prince’s Trust charity.

This exhibition took place over the last two weekends of October 2018 at Coburg House Art Studios and celebrated the urban landscapes of the city.

Edinburgh based Rachel presented a wide range of art, including textiles, knitting, painting and digital line drawings. Leamne, originally from Cuba, makes her own paints and her work featured acrylic, watercolour, collage and embroidery. This is their first exhibition in Edinburgh and the artists  described it as ‘an amazing opportunity’ giving them the impetus to participate in more public displays of their work.

153 people attended over the two weekends and the opening night. Visitors included children, who participated with enthusiasm in the ‘graffiti wall’, enjoyed Rachel’s mice and hedgehogs and commented on the colours in Leamne’s vibrant collages. People of all age groups, including locals and tourists, spoke positively about the talent, diversity and intricacy of the work.  Some were new to Coburg House Studios and used their visit discover more about the value of community based art.

To obtain the report of the exhibition, please contact enquiries@artsquat.org.uk