Projects at Art Squat

Our projects range from small scale work  in local cafes and shops, to gallery exhibitions.

On February 1st 2019 our opening night for ‘3 Unframed’ takes place at 6.30 – 9.30pm under the Hand Made Factory at 20 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, opposite the tram stop. Three artists whose creative journeys began in difficult circumstances display a diverse range of work. The exhibition runs from 2nd – 10th February 11am to 5pm. Free entry.

You can read about our previous projects here:

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

Our launch event took place in August 2018 at Coburg House Art Studios and Gallery for Edinburgh’s Fringe. It 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


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.

Our second exhibition took place over the last two weekends of October 2018 at Coburg House Art Studios and celebrated the urban landscapes of the city with an eclectic mix of painting, craft, collage and interactive mixed media.

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. Both artists  described it as ‘an amazing opportunity’ giving them the impetus to participate in more exhibitions 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