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. On 17th – 19th August 2018 we launched in Leith at Coburg House with ‘The Spirit of Kathmandu’ exhibition. Edinburgh has an established Nepalese community and ‘The Spirit of Kathmandu’ was held with the Nepal Scotland Association. It centred on the courage and resilience of Kathmandu people in the 2015 earthquake.

Our autumn project, ‘Scotland – Art from the City’,  opens on Friday 19th October and features young artists originally supported by the Prince’s Trust to develop their artistic enterprises.

Our December  2018 exhibition in a new, donated space will be announced shortly!

You can read about our projects here:

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

Our launch at Coburg House, on 17 – 19 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, many thousands more were injured, and more than 600,000 structures in Kathmandu and other nearby towns were either damaged or destroyed, making hundreds of thousands of people homeless. 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.

This exhibition celebrates the urban landscapes of the city, from the elegance of Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture to the hidden walkways of Leith.

Join us on 19th October 2018 for our opening night from 6pm – 9pm. The exhibition runs on the weekends of 20th  / 21st and 27th / 28th October from 11am to 5pm.

At Coburg House Art Studios and Gallery, 15 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6ET