#Artcore Young Writers Screenwriting Workshop

artcoreAnnouncing a really special event for young people! To mark the relaunch of the #artcore young writers’ group, they are holding a special event: a free, open screenwriting workshop with Marc Pye.  Marc has many years’ experience in writing for film and TV – amongst his television credits are EastEnders, Holby City, Hollyoaks, The Bill, Waterloo Road, Holby Blue, Doctors and River City.

Marc PyeMarc is coming to Portobello Library on Tuesday 27th September to deliver a workshop where he’ll be explaining what makes great writing for the screen – letting you see what a script looks like, and giving top tips on how to write one.

This workshop is open to absolutely anyone between the ages of 13 and 25.  You don’t need to have attended #artcore before, and yep – you don’t even need to have done any writing beforehand!  Whether you’ve always fancied the idea of writing a script but never tried, or whether you’ve got a box of finished scripts waiting under the bed… this workshop is for you.

Want to take part then go to Portobello Library at 6pm on Tuesday 27th September (the workshop will run until 7.30pm).

#artcore Takeover at McDonald Road Library


LeithLate kicked off last night with a huge variety of fun, creative events all along Leith Walk.

Edinburgh Libraries were really eager to host Leith Late and we thought it would be fun to try another #artcore takeover after the success of the event on the Central Library Mezzanine for National Libraries Day in February.

#artcore is a youth arts partnership that lets young people take control, creating a platform for young artists to share or perform their work.

Initially the event was supposed to take place in the Nelson Hall at McDonald Road but the Referendum on EU membership meant we had to use some creative thinking about what spaces we could use, eventually settling on the Business Hub in the Basement!

The team of #artcore apprentices got to work yesterday afternoon transforming the space and bringing in sound and lighting equipment and making it a fun, inviting space for a great evening of music.

set up


The event kicked off with spoken word and beats and rhymes from Totally Sound’s Urban Word project with some great rapping from LDC and other young artists.

We then had beautiful songs and keys from Marley Davidson before returning takeover guest ProkFiskal, NoiseOS and Senzik saw out the evening with some loud, pounding DJing and live electronics.

We had an amazing 170 people come to check it out over the course of the evening! All the performers were buzzing at performing in front of an audience and the #artcore team did an amazing job setting up, and producing such a professional and slick event.


We initially hoped that Creative Electric could present their new physical theatre piece “Fragile” but unfortunately the space was too small. Thanks to Out of the Blue the performance was able to go ahead in their new Leith Walk Studios – a great example of the strong, constructive partnership that’s come from working in partnership on #artcore.

We hope to do more takeovers in future and are already thinking about how we can do more for LeithLate next year!

National Libraries Day 2016- #artcore Takeover!

Saturday afternoon saw the Central Library Mezzanine buzzing as our friends from #artcore took over the Music Library to celebrate National Libraries Day.

#artcore is an Edinburgh-wide youth arts project based at Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith.  #Artcore employs 4 creative apprentices and  we asked them to devise, produce and deliver a takeover to showcase the great work that had been done by #artcore groups over the last year.   The apprentices did a fantastic job of planning and organising a fun, buzzy event that incorporated digital technology, music, theatre, animation, illustration, publishing and creative writing over three action-packed hours!

The team had been preparing all week but setup began in earnest on Friday evening when Ally and Mark got the PA set up, with everyone out of the building at 5 we were able to fire up the speakers and let rip!


The following morning everyone arrived early to set up and dress the Mezzanine for the Takeover.   Bethany and Nikki had worked hard on producing this beautiful Takeover guiding using the RisoPrinter at Out of the BluePrint (a print service run by #artcore). The Riso was at the heart of the takeover as it also produced the beautiful poster (designed by Out of the Blue Print trainee Ellis) as well as the zine Opposable Thumbs which showcased the phenomenal talent of #artcore comic artists.   #artcore groups can get great discounts and access valuable training opportunities in printing, design and publishing and other community groups can use this affordable print facility.


The team had also made beautiful bunting for the day and by the time the Library opened at 10am there was a real sense of anticipation that we were in for something special.

As the morning wore on more and more young artists began to arrive, excited about their performances and showcasing their work.  We kicked off at 12.30 with ProkFiscal (Joe Powers) playing his first ever gig and making a beautiful Japanese influenced sound piece based on music he found from the library collection. ProkFiscal’s chiming melodies rang out over the PA to a projected looped images selected by the #artcore team from our Capital Collections database.   Our Friday Animation group turned up to run an open studio and left behind a half hour showcase of work they’ve produced over the last 6 months.

Malky Duff and Colin McGuire both ran Zine/Comic and Creative Writing Drop-in sessions over the afternoon, this was to give people a flavour of what they could expect if they joined an #artcore group in the library or at Out of the Blue.

#artcore commissioned Graeme McKellaig to be artist in residence for the day and he spent the time exploring the collections and using his single-line technique to create beautiful illustrations of the building and the people visiting the library during the day.

Emma Milligan and Julia Hart both played beautiful, short acoustic sets before we were joined by a slew of young talent from Totally Sound and ReelMedia.  All the performers did a great job, mastering their nerves and turning in some spellbinding performances as young people captured photos, video and audio of the event.    Thanks to Totally Sound for coming along and contributing to such a positive and supportive atmosphere, we look forward to seeing you again (people were overheard talking about how “minted” the Mezzanine space looked!).  The music continued with #artcore DemoLite project winners Sight of Mind, now a duo, playing newly minted material for an appreciative audience.


In the Acoustic Pod David and Phil from Edinburgh Libraries’ Carnegie UK Innovation funded Digital Toybox project were building miniature synths and demo’ing Lego Mindstorms kits that being piloted in Morningside, Drumbrae and Moredun Libraries, visitors had dub sirens, alien noises and delays burbling and buzzing and whirring throughout the afternoon.


There was also a display of generative and 3d artwork from FreeMachines, an #artcore project based in Granton Library.  People were amazed by the disorientating virtual reality worlds created by the group and viewable through Cardboard, a simple, low tech virtual reality headset!


We were then joined by #artcore partners Creative Electric, a theatre group from the Bongo Club. Mark Hannah performed some fantastic monologues adapted from Alan Bissett’s “Boyracers”- dynamic performance and original sound design made for an electric performance.


The day ended as we began with ProkFiscal djing grime instrumentals and some roaring drum and bass, the music was loud and the library felt like it had been well and truly taken over!

In 2016 and the year of Architecture Design and Innovation Scottish Libraries want young people to ReaDiscover what’s available in libraries, as you can see below, we were delighted to work with #artcore to let young people take charge and share their amazing work.


#artcore is a partnership between 13 arts organisations across Edinburgh including Edinburgh City Libraries and Out of the Blue, it is funded by Creative Scotland’s Youth Arts Development Fund Time to Shine.

#artcore Takeover: Central Library 6th Feb 2016

It’s National Libraries Day on Saturday 6th February and Central Library will definitely be the place for entertainment and excitement.  The youth arts team #artcore are coming together once again for another bonanza of fun multiarts activities accompanied by some of Edinburgh’s finest new musical talent .

#artcore takeover

Nikki, Events Coordinator for the #artcore team, told us about the project:

I found it very exciting when I first scoped out the Library for the #artcore Takeover event.  After seeing the space, I had lots of ideas of how to use the mezzanine area to portray all the many different aspects of our project. We work with libraries across the city and wanted to challenge the perceptions of what a library can be and to show it as a multipurpose space for all ages.

The #artcore Edinburgh project is aimed at a 13-25 age group throughout the city. It aims to bring a wider arts scene to Edinburgh, and this unusual event will provide an opportunity to highlight some of the great work produced by young people, and meet some more! We will be offering a lovely feel to the space as we fill the mezzanine with several live music acts, dj sets, animation, visual arts, comics & zines, creative writing, radio, performance and lots of taster workshops to get a feel for what our Spring Programme has to offer!

On the Saturday afternoon of the Takeover, come and speak to the #artcore team if you’re interested in finding out about their Spring programme, or just want to know more about what they get up to. Alternatively, you can send #artcore an email on artcore@outoftheblue.org.uk

Pop the 6th February in your calendar and then come along on the day and join the fun. The event will kick off at 12.30pm and finish around 4:30pm – and don’t forget…  it’s FREE!



Edinburgh Central Library is about to be taken over…

On 6th February (National Libraries Day) Creative Apprentices and people aged 13 – 25 from the #artcore project will showcase music, spoken word, zines, radio plays, music production demos and loads more.

There will be a young musician and artist in residence plus some music performances from bands.

The event starts at 12.30pm with workshops and will go on until 4.30pm. This is going to be really special, so if you’re going to be in town that day make sure you pop in to see it for yourself.

Over the next couple of weeks the #artcore Creative Apprentices will be telling us a bit more about their plans, together with details of  how you can get involved.

To get details first, sign up to @artcoreprojects on twitter, Artcore Edinburgh community page on Facebook or see our website artcore.org.uk

This is just the latest project in our partnership with #artcore. So far we have started a Friday afternoon animation studio, formed 3 new creative writing collectives, helped young writers design and publish their own work and enabled young people around the city in discovering new, creative ways of using technology to build and design their own images, worlds and games.

In the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design we aim encourage young people to discover the huge variety of services available from Edinburgh Libraries: from accessing the global press using PressReader, to discovering Lego Mindstorms, building synth kits with our Digital Toyboxes and making animated films through our Rotoscope Animation club.


Calling young animators!

Aged 12 – 18 and interested in animation? This one’s for you. We’ve teamed up with Red Kite Animation to launch….

#artcore Animation Studio

We’re kicking things off with a taster (Central Library, Thursday 19th February, 2.30 – 4.30pm), where you’ll get the chance to try out the technology, meet the team and get an idea of what’s involved.

After that we’ll be running a series of hands-on workshops with top-notch animator Bona Bones.

Bona will set you up with everything you need to get started on your own animation project. You’ll create storylines, dialogue and storyboards. You’ll also get to grips with animating, editing and adding music.

Interested? Call #artcore on 0131 555 4604 or email fiona@redkite-animation.com

The workshops will take place on Friday afternoons, starting 27th February.

#artcore is a collaborative 2 year project led by Out of the Blue alongside 13 Edinburgh arts organisations, young people, artists and young Creative Apprentices.

We aim to develop a new and vibrant youth arts scene, one distinct from adult arts, where young people take charge.