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Edinburgh's top art collectives, networks, hubs and clusters

Ahead of our upcoming Mass Assembly event, we're running through some of Edinburgh's top art initiatives

On Thursday 26th May, Creative Edinburgh are delighted to be partnering with Creative Dundee to host Mass Assembly- a one day forum exploring the future of collective working. Celebrating the importance of creative networks, from hubs to collectives and clusters, the event aims to encourage cross network introductions, open skills exchange and insightful discussion.

To celebrate, we’ve created a rundown of some of the most exciting Edinburgh based collectives, from studios to movements and everything in between. Read on to find out a little more about the incredible artists inhabiting our city…


A contributor led, volunteer run series of events and projects across all artistic fields which aims to highlight the importance of architecture in day to day life.

Behance Scotland

Scotland’s local Behance community which specialises in portfolio reviews and combines industry experts with the freshest new talent.

Coburg House

A former granary turned dynamic creative studio, Coburg House is a thriving hub for artists, designers and makers.


Originally built to sustain attack from German bombers in World War Two, the DOK building is a soon-to-open artist and community space in the heart of Leith.

Edinburgh Performing Arts Development

A 12 month capacity building project for independent performing arts companies and artists, EPAD focusses on identifying opportunities within the areas of space, support and networking.

Found Collective

An Edinburgh based art collective and band, FOUND’s membership changes and develops over time. Best known for creating an emotional robot band, Cybraphon.

Hidden Door

Hidden Door is a yearly arts festival combining music, visual art, theatre, poetry and spoken word to make connections between the creative communities of Edinburgh.

Hill Street Design House

Home to graphic designers, printmakers, jewellers, art directors, milliners and more, Hill Street Design House is a three storey townhouse packed full of creative businesses.

International Game Developers Association Scotland

The Scottish chapter of the IGDA, this membership organisation brings together programmers and producers, writers, artists and more.


Kalopsia is a cutting edge textiles agency providing design, production and curation services.

Out of the Blue

Leading community, cultural and arts development organisation providing economic, cultural, social and educational opportunities.

Palette at St. Margaret’s House

“A hive of creative energy”, St. Margaret’s House is an indie arts centre offering affordable studio, events and exhibition space to some of the city’s most intriguing talents.


Paradigm is a disruptive collection of electronic artists, combining three dimensional glitch art, virtual reality, interactive light installations, projection mapping and more.


Rhubaba Studios and Gallery is an artist-run organisation providing space for artists along with an exciting programme of exhibitions and events.

Scot Street Style

Aiming to reinvent the perception of Scotland, Scot Street Style offer promotion and marketing services to brands looking for increased exposure.

SoftBox collective

An Edinburgh based photography collective, SoftBox aims to produce a dynamic and self-sustaining platform from which to network, publicise and inspire.


The former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Summerhall is now a vibrant creative hub of studios and workshop spaces inhabited by a multitude of various artistic talents.

Tech meetup

Meeting on the second Wednesday of every month, Tech Meetup is a welcoming event intended for education, networking and community building.

Tinderbox Project

With a goal to inspire young people in the contemporary arts, Tinderbox envision a cultural landscape where youth has a voice to share their thoughts, opinions and experience.

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