10th Colony of Artists at Abbeyhill Primary School

12 and 13 September 2015

Abbeyhill Primary School Choir led by resident choirmaster Lynsey Stewart was invited to officially open the 10th Colony of Artists on 12 September 2015 at 12 o’clock. Possibly the youngest choir, comprised of Primary 1 to 4 pupils, it managed to put a smile on the faces of all visitors with old school favourites including Ye Canny Shove Yer Granny Off a Bus to You are a Star. The tunes got all festival goers in the right mood for an artwork treasure hunt in and around the main school building before they ventured into the homes of the exhibiting artists in the Abbeyhill Colonies:

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Concerts and exhibitions have been the trademark of the Colony of Artists for ten years but it was in 2015 when Holland House’s courtyard was transformed into an open-air stage for the Abbeyhill musicians, including pupils from Abbeyhill and Leith Walk Primary Schools to take over. Orchestrated by the talented performer and tutor of the next generation of Abbeyhill guitarists Betty Cooper, the Holland House concerts brought the 10th anniversary of the Colony of Artists to new festival heights:

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The treasure hunt of more than 14 artworks sited in and around the Abbeyhill Primary School main building followed on the success of the first ever treasure hunt of the artworks at the school during the 9th Colony of Artists in 2014. Visitors of all ages enjoyed the challenge of hunting the artworks out following the busy bee trail designed by Abbeyhill artist David Barrington. The edible artworks hiding in the Pop-up Art Shop were soon discovered and sold out with the proceeds supporting the fund-raising campaign of the Primary 7 pupils for their school camp. View and download the 10th Colony of Artists at Abbeyhill Primary School Artworks Treasure Hunt Map here:

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In preparation for the 10th Colony of Artists at Abbeyhill Primary School, all pupils from Primary 4 to 7 were invited to volunteer and become an Exhibition Guide for a couple of hours. Those who applied proved to be not only ‘responsible citizens’ but were full of pride to meet and greet all visitors to the school, the Pop-up Art Shop or even the drop-in cinema showing their own award winning documentary. They all deserve the Head Teacher’s Award for Wider Achievement in the Community including Cecilia, Shaun, Finlay, Marius, Zoe, Luke, Lexi, Amelia and Magnus. Octave, an Abbeyhill Primary School Alumnus, was also amongst the Exhibition Guides! Neva and Angel, both recent Abbeyhill Primary School Alumni, who starred as the Exhibition Guides in the 9th Colony of Artists, joined the new team of exhibition guides.

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The 10th Colony of Artists 2015 and the artists’ residency of Kate Burwell, Nadia Ellingham, Charlotte Intihar, Denis Mallon, William Mazur, Clare McAllister and Martine Foltier Pugh at Abbeyhill Primary School throughout 2014 and 2015 were curated by Iliyana Nedkova as part of the ongoing programme for spreading the magic of contemporary art and craft into the classroom

In partnership with Colony of Artists | Awesome Folk Arts and Crafts | Thinking Chocolate | Black Sheep Felt Works and Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh

Supported by City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood Partnerships | Scotmid Co-operative | Moray House School of Eductaion, University of Edinburgh | Abbeyhill Primary School and Abbeyhill Primary School Parent Council