Wasps has leased Patriothall Studios since 1984. The lease was due to expire in 2005 without the option of a renewal, threatening the loss of the building which provided studio space for over 50 artists.
At this time Edinburgh’s property market was characterised by high rents, high property prices and fierce competition for available buildings. This meant that we struggled for many years to find a replacement for Patriothall.
A breakthrough came in 2003 when the building owners agreed to sell the building to Wasps at market value. We then set out to raise £1.3million to buy and refurbish the building within in a very short timescale.
In response the tenants led an amazing campaign to ‘Save the Studios’, lobbying local politicians and gaining support from the local community. This led to Edinburgh City Council granting us £500,000 which helped us to secure additional partnership funding from the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian and loan finance.
Patriothall was purchased and refurbished in 2004 securing the future of these fantastic studios.
WASPS OPEN STUDIOS 2014
Patriothall will be open to the public on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October as part of Wasps Open Studios 2014. Open 12noon – 5pm both days. Additional activities as follows:
Sat 4th October
Demonstration of Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printing), Patriothall Gallery, Ground Floor, 3-4.30pm
Paul Furneaux will demonstrate Mokuhanga, one of the most beautiful and ancient forms of printing. Come along and learn how the beautiful fading of one colour into another is achieved through subtle skill of “Bokashi” and how to register one printing block with another through a “Kento”guide.
Fantastical Landscape Painting, Children’s Workshop, Patriothall Gallery, Ground Floor, 12-2pm
Painter Georgia Murray will lead a children’s landscape painting workshop. Children of all ages welcome.
Sat 4th & Sun 5th October
Tapestry Weaving Demonstration, Studio 304, Third Floor, all-day drop-in session
Anna King invites you to drop in for a tapestry weaving demonstration where she will talk to people about the technique, materials involved in this fascinating process.
Patriothall houses a gallery space which is run by a voluntary group of artists who are based within the building. For more infomation about exhibitons and events coming up at Patriothall Gallery please check the gallery’s website.
29, 24, 42 bus from Princes Street to Hamilton Place or 10 minute walk from Princes Street. On Hamilton Place, walk through the vennel next to Scot-Mid opposite Stockbridge library – to locate the building entrance.
The building is fully accessible.