A is for Abbeyhill Artists

Magnus and Joyey Abbeyhill

A is for Abbeyhill Artists – a durational public art project set on the grounds of a purpose-built Victorian school at the city centre of Edinburgh. Delivered through a curated artists-in-residence programme, A is for Abbeyhill Artists aims to ensure that all children are entitled to quality cultural learning and meaningful access to contemporary visual and performing arts. Scroll below to find out how and why A is for Abbeyhill Artists orginated


This autumn join us for a Colony of Artists Garden pARTy at Abbeyhill Primary School playground on Friday 16 September 2022 1-4pm. Free and open to all. No need to book in advance.

Further details on our project linktr.ee/AisforAbbeyhill

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A is for Abbeyhill Artists is based at Abbeyhill Primary School – the only publicly funded primary school in Scotland and the only one out of 85 such schools in Edinburgh with an innovative curated programme of professional artists-in-residence, spreading the wonder of contemporary expressive arts in and outside the classroom to every pupil aged 3 to 12 years. Committed to innovation, the school strives to provide a varied, flexible, stimulating and vibrant national curriculum complimented by its curated programme of professional artists-in-residence that every year engages its 200+ pupils from Nursery to Primary 7.

Since its inception in 2013 the artists-in-residence programme initiated and led by the curator-in-residence Iliyana Nedkova has been integrated in the Curriculum for Excellence at the school. The programme has been curated in collaboration with the annual Colony of Artists community art festival. For the last 10 years A is for Abbeyhill Artists has brought over 50 resident artists to the school supported by over 30 project partners and funders. READ MORE

Whereas previously the art pedagogy at publicly-funded primary school level was delivered by non-arts-trained class teachers, the innovative artists-in-residence programme at Abbeyhill Primary School, enables this delivery to be led and aided by professional contemporary curators and artists. This presents opportunities and challenges for primary schools and independent curators around Scotland and beyond on how to adopt artists-in-residence programmes and curatorial tools such as A is for Abbeyhill Artists, and the potential for making them sustainable at scale beyond the boundaries of Abbeyhill Primary School and Colony of Artists festival.

Iliyana Nedkova


Keep up with all news and stories via the Artists-in-Residence at Abbeyhill Primary School online publication here and the dedicated Facebook page here

Save the date for the premiere of the current artists-in-residence projects as part of this year’s Colony of Artists festival: 17-18 September 2022

See some of the recent highlights from 2021 and 2020 below and browse through the entire archive in our dedicated online publication here

WINDOWS, SCREENS & GREENS

Windows, Screens and Greens was the festival exhibition of the projects and events by the artists-in-residence at Abbeyhill Primary School during the academic year 2020/21, including Dave Pratt, Sylwia Kowalczyk, Romy Danielewicz, Heather Rikic and Citadel Arts Group. They were joined by special guest-artists Caroline Brockbank and Bernie Hewitt as part of the 16th annual Colony of Artists Festival, 18-19 September 2021 READ MORE

Head over to the special Colony of Artists 2021 webpage here for further details about The Aliens – this brand new theatre play by Citadel Arts Group – the resident theatre makers at Abbeyhill Primary School since 2017.
Holyrood Park Parade Ground – the green playground at the school doorstep provided the dance floor for the first Colony of Artists family ceilidh. Find out more on the Colony of Artists 2021 webpage here

UP, UP AND AWAY

Help us take up to the skies with Dave Pratt and James Tytler READ MORE


The story of Dave Pratt’s artist residency featuring hot air balloons and much more READ MORE


SWIFTS-IN-RESIDENCE

Looking for some active family fun? Join the new self-led cycle and walking routes created by RSPB Scotland and visit our swifts-in-residence at the school and Colony of Artists as part of the #SwiftHubs and #SwiftMurals along the way! FIND OUT MORE

WINDOWS AND SCREENS

Windows and Screens was the not only the title of the exhibition of 20 works by 25 resident artists as part of Colony of Artists The Garden Party Festival 19-20 September 2020. Windows and Screens were also the two new exhibition platforms – the school windows and the screens at our festival guests’ fingertips that the artists took over amids the COVID-19 pandemic when opening the doors of Abeyhill Primary School as one of the exhibition venues of the Colony of Artists festival was neither safe nor responsible. AT A GLANCE

Windows and Screens featured projects by the artists-in-residence Anna Danielewicz, Sylwia Kowalczyk, Zu Dominiak, Morna Pearson, Alan Mountford, Eleanor Robertson, Jan Bee Brown, Russell McLarty, Vlad Hasiu, Theresa Pickles, Rodney Relax and Leighann Dudley | READ MORE

POLSKI – highlights of Polish artsits-in-residence projects | WATCH PREVIEW

OUR HOLYROOD PARK – free map app featuring binaural audio plays | DOWNLOAD COMING SOON


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