LeithLate16: Opening Night and Overview

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23–26 June 2016

LeithLate makes a triumphant return to the Walk this summer, with a jam-packed programme of exhibitions and events taking place over a four-day period from 23rd-26th June. LeithLate16 will be based at our hub the Out of the Blue Drill Hall this year, with a host of activities taking place in and around the building over the four days of the festival. We are delighted to be supported for a second year by Creative Scotland, and welcome the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and Edinburgh City of Literature Trust to our list of supporters. All events are free to attend, with the exception of the LeithLate16 Afterparty on Thursday 23rd June and the Closing Party on Sunday 26th June.

LeithLate16 Map and Guide

The LeithLate16 line-up each day is as follows:

Thursday 23rd June 6-10pm:

The Thursday night of LeithLate16 sees the return of the huge one-night event that takes place across a host of different venues on and around Leith Walk. This year, we have 50+ artists participating across 20+ spaces during the course of opening night, full details of which are below. This massive artcrawl is followed by the now-legendary LeithLate16 Afterparty from 9pm at The Hibernian Supporter’s Club with live performances from Nice Church, DTHPDL and Carbs (Jonnie Common and Jamie Scott) and tunes from She-Bang Rave Unit, tickets available from here.

Friday 24th June 12-6pm:

On Friday, we have a series of panel talks taking place at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, tackling global issues of particular relevance to Leith. There will be three sessions covering the following topics: Gentrification in Leith, The Politics of Public Art, and The Value of Art and Artists. Special guest panel speakers include: Emily Gray (Civic Room curator), Fraser Gray (fine/street artist), Alistair Gentry (artist and writer), Laura Doherty (Cultural Benefits project). Tim Brinkhurst (Young Fathers manager) and Stacey Hunter (creative producer). Free tickets available to reserve here.

Saturday 25th June 12-6pm:

Saturday sees the return of our popular Mural Tours from LeithLate15, which visit a selection of some of Leith’s historic and contemporary murals, with appearances from some of the mural artists themselves along the way to talk about their work. Free tickets available to reserve here.

Sunday 26th June 12-6pm:

The last day of LeithLate16 and a final chance to see our bespoke exhibitions, plus special event, the LeithLate16 Art Mart, taking place at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall. The Art Mart is a cross between a cabinet of artistic curiosities and an art show, featuring The Department of Lost and Found, The Thermos Museum and Penniless & Obscure zine. Followed by the LeithLate16 Closing Party at Pilrig Church from 7pm with live music and spoken word, in association with The Grind Journal. All profits from the Closing Party go to Amnesty International.


LeithLate16 opening night (Thursday 23rd June, 6-10pm) full programme


  • Edinburgh Printmakers – exhibition Species of Space by Robert Powell. In addition, there will be printmaking demonstrations for the public throughout Friday and Saturday. http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/
  • Gayfield Creative Spaces –  The Improvement of Invalid Youth by Dennis and Debbie Club, a new audio-visual multi-projection installation which revisits the history of the site, by taking as a point of departure a publication from 1856 with the same title. Dennis and Debbie are a digital artist duo. http://dennisanddebbie.club/
  • Joseph Pearces – live music on Thursday night by country duo Bear Necessities.
  • Basement Art Club (under Pack & Send) back garden – Back Garden Biennale, curated by Sara Sinclair. The BGB has been taking place since 2006, with artworks installed in gardens, sheds, a caravan, a public park, a crofters’ store and inside homes. http://www.back-garden-biennale.co.uk
  • Settlement Projects charity shop – Place + Platform with Poor Art Collective. Place + Platform is a nomadic Edinburgh based collective run by Abi and Susannah, Poor Art is an online magazine run by Michael Kay and Sam Wood. The eponymously titled Poor Art exhibition will present art amidst the oddities; expect an eclectic mix of sculptures, performance and posters questioning “What is the value of art?” http://placeandplatform.weebly.com and https://medium.com/poor-art/poor-art-5e2c52c287f6#.58pn6gdwu
  • McDonald Road Library – #artcore takeover. Young creative apprentices from #artcore will be taking over McDonald Road Library to present an evening of spoken word, physical performance and music from DJs and producers. http://www.outoftheblue.org.uk/artcore/
  • Leith Walk Police Box – Wish You Were Where by Eye Am Camera. Visual arts collective Eye Am Camera is a newly formed collaborative project created by Sandy Sigala and the group will be distributing their collection of work to the public for free throughout LeithLate16.
  • Leith Walk – Juliana Capes. Juliana is presenting a suite of street works around the theme of luck, including pavement piece Annul on Leith Walk. http://www.julianacapes.co.uk/
  • Brass Monkey Leith – Soul Deep vinyl dance party.
  • Elvis Shakespeare – a variety of local bands playing in the shop Thursday 23rd 6-9pm and Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th 2.30-5pm, including Sacre Noir and My Electric Love Affair.
  • Out of the Blue Drill Hall – Rabiya Choudhry. LeithLate exhibition of Rabiya’s LeithLate currency commission, plus work from associated #artcore workshop with young people to design their own forms of currency. Rabiya’s LeithLate currency will be mass produced via Out of the Blueprint’s riso press and given away for free during LeithLate16. On Thursday night, there will also be an all women poetry slam at the Drill Hall, hosted by Jenny Lindsay and Glasgow Women’s Library.
  • Rhubaba – exhibition How to Survive on Land and Sea by Daniella Watson. Daniella has been Rhubaba’s writer-in-residence over the past 2 years. The resulting text consists of a collection of stories and ephemera relating to a little-known artist collective called The Trajectorians. http://www.rhubaba.org/
  • The Creative Showroom – open studios event. The Creative Showroom is a new retail shop and studio spaces for 8-10 creatives, located halfway down Leith Walk set up by surface pattern designer Gill Norval from Dibujo Design.
  • Victoria – exhibition Eye Be by Georgia Rose Murray and live music on Thursday by Spanish/Scottish/German 6 piece band The Rhumba Radges. https://georgiarosemurray.com/ 
  • Woodland Creatures – The Critter Session open mic with Hailey Beavis, plus Black and White, a printmaking exhibition by Pamela Scott.
  • Boda – live music on 23rd and Hawaiian luau party on 25th.
  • Pat’s Chung Ying Oriental Foods – Nearest Neighbours: Leith by Ian Gouldstone. Ian is a digital artist whose work incorporates games, animation and new media. Ian’s new work for LeithLate16 in the window of a Chinese supermarket also coincides with the initial stage of a new partnership/twinning between LeithLate and Deptford X, London’s longest running contemporary arts festival. http://iangouldstone.com/
  • Leith Athletics – Kosmischer Läufer installation. There will be an installation of Kosmischer Läufer ephemera with special music link to the secret cosmic music of the East German Olympic Programme 1972-83. http://www.kosmischerlaufer.com/
  • Mousetrap – live music from 5-piece band FC Ukulele with DJ Pryzmat spinning tunes to close.
  • OOTB Leith Walk Studios – open studios event on Thursday. New artist studios space on Leith Walk managed by The Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Participating artists include Sarah Muirhead and Sheil Yule.
  • Leith Depot – “….but the night will always be remembered” site-specific installation of sound and print, plus weekend gigs during the day with Franklin Fest garage bands on Saturday and The Humors on Sunday. https://leithdepot.com/
  • SilverHub Studios – open studios of this contemporary jewellery studio plus exhibition of resident jewellers. Blueflint will also be playing live on the Thursday night to celebrate the studios’ 5th birthday. There will be a silver ring-making workshop on Saturday. http://www.silverhubstudios.com/
  • The Edinburgh Remakery – repair workshops. Newly opened Remakery outlet on Leith Walk from the Remade in Edinburgh team. http://www.remadeinedinburgh.org.uk/

We look forward to welcoming you to Leith in this, our bumper sixth year!

Morvern Cunningham, LeithLate Producer and Director