Argyle House, a new creative hub in the heart of Edinburgh was formed by Space Club at start of 2013. From performances and workshops to exhibitions and more, our aim is to provide free and affordable opportunities to all members of the community. Space Club differs from other space providers in that artists join Space Club as members, rather than renting individual studios within the space. Space Club also brings together a range of creatives from different creative disciplines.
Our aim with this project is to develop our second floor providing more facilities for arts groups as well as artist work stations. This floor also hosts our volunteer area which we hope to improve as our volunteers are vital in the maintenance and running of Argyle House.
Future events in the space will include our top floor becoming the youth hub for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, BAFTA run workshops and the Edinburgh Fruit Market Gallery youth exhibition in July.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Argyle House is currently run by a tiny core team but wouldn't exist without the assistance of our fantastic volunteers. Making the second floor fully functional will allow us to offer more benefits to those who take the time to help run the space. The addition of the two rehearsal rooms will provide more space for us to host regular drop in workshops and classes. One of these rooms will also provide a permanent training base for Psycho Stylez, one of the UK's leading breakdancing crews, allowing them to train in the heart of Edinburgh city centre.
There is a major lack of free and affordable space for emerging arts practitioners in Edinburgh. Argyle House recently took on 9 students from the Edinburgh College of Art, providing free studio space to allow them to continue developing their craft between academic years. With the addition of 40 more artist work stations we will be able to offer more opportunities like this to all members of the community.
Steps to get it done:
About the space
Unused office block