Collective Edinburgh: Partial Re-opening & Satellites Programme

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From 9th July, Thursday-Sunday, 10am – 3pm.

Nearly four months after its doors closed to visitors, Collective in Edinburgh has announced its partial re-opening from Thursday 9th July, in phases, and with new social distancing measures in place. The outdoor grounds and viewing platform will be open to visitors and the takeaway coffee kiosk will be offering drinks, snacks and picnic food to enjoy outside. The Hillside space, the shop Collective Matter will re-open in a new ‘pop-up’ format, showcasing items for sale from artists and makers.

Additionally, applications continue for its Satellites Programme – a development initiative with the aim of preparing the next generation of creative practitioners, supporting them to develop the confidence and critical skills they need to thrive. This covers the spectrum of contemporary art and creative practice in Scotland including, but not limited to studio-based material (paint, sculpture, paper, etc), photography, moving image, research, collaboration, curatorial, production, social engagement, activism, performance, writing, and critical enquiry. The deadline for applications has been extended to 30th June.

The gallery aims to re-open Julijonas Urbonas’ exhibition Planet of People from August, and to re-open the City Observatory with a return to a full exhibition programme in the autumn. The gallery’s partner restaurant The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is preparing to re-open with social distancing measures when Scottish Government guidelines allow. For visitors to Calton Hill, artists’ audio guides are available, plus Observers’ Walks , trails for families, and more.

The gallery has been maintaining its Loose Parts play activities during Lockdown, and working on a radical new manifesto, Not Going Back to Normal by and for disabled artists working in Scotland. Contributions are invited until 30 June via the website.

City Observatory
38 Calton Hill
Edinburgh EH7 5AA


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