The Colony of Artists is a varied collection of work on display in the artisan community of Abbeyhill Colonies, Edinburgh.
More than 30 artists in 20 venues open their homes, to show painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, music and much more.
Kate Allberry, Hugo Saloschin, Lorna Brown, Kate Burwell
Charlotte Intihar, Leah Bastiani, Caroline Convey
Abbeyhill Primary School
Fiona Robertson, Freya Alder
Lisa Graham, Denis Mallon
Annabell Wolf, David Luger
Jasmin Hannah Sutherland, Amy Milner
Artists from Garvald Edinburgh
Aglaea Design, Ramsay Modelmakers
Anne Marie’s Tea & Home Baking
Aileen Paterson, Susie Wilson
Mairi MacSween, Carla Edwards, Katherine Emtage, Mairi Brown
This year we’re happy to welcome support from a hand-picked selection of local like-minded businesses.
Keep your eyes open for special windows displays at the following stores:
The Abbeyhill colonies, close to the top of Easter Road, were built by railway workers in the late 19th Century after a working hours dispute saw them locked out of their building site.
During the three month dispute in 1861, local tradesmen formed The Edinburgh Co-operative Building Company and by 1911 built over 2,000 houses on 11 sites in the city.
That sense of community was reignited in 2005, when the inaugural Colony Of Artists exhibition brought the artists of the area together for the first ever event of its kind in Edinburgh.
2013 will be the 8th exhibition at the Abbeyhill Colonies. The event has now expanded to include Abbeyhill Primary School, local bars The Regent and The Mash Tun, and an array of other local businesses.
"One of the city’s fastest - growing community arts events"The Scotsman, August 2012
"A unique exhibition which takes 'getting to know the neighbours' to a whole new level"STV News, August 2012
"The colony houses ... are very special indeed, but down in Abbeyhill the occupants are also quite special too"The Edinburgh Reporter, August 2012
"Fueled by community spirit rather than public funding, the Colony of Artists exhibition is art at its most intimate"The Guardian, September 2010
The Abbeyhill Colonies are situated at the junction of Easter Road and London Road, in the east of the capital.
We'd recommend you arrive by foot or by bus - Lothian Bus services 1, 4, 5, 15, 19, 26, 34, 35 and 44 all stop at the Colonies.