The Shutter Project

The Shutter Project is one of LeithLate’s ongoing public art initiatives which operates throughout the year and seeks to create new street artworks on the shutters of local Leith businesses. For more information on our facilitated artworks and artists to date, have a look at What we do.

The Mural Project

The Mural Project is one of LeithLate’s ongoing public art initiatives which operates throughout the year and involves the installation of new street artworks in and around the Leith area. For more information on our facilitated artworks and artists to date, have a look at What we do.

Below is our mural tour map from LeithLate15, detailing a number of historic and contemporary murals in the Leith area. LeithLate runs regular mural tours annually as part of the LeithLate festival, with new artworks popping up all the time. Check our festival listings for more information.

Juliana Capes at Deptford X

LeithLate is delighted to announce the appearance of LeithLate16 artist Juliana Capes at the upcoming Deptford X in London, as part of our ongoing festival twinning relationship. Juliana will present her Annul installation on Brookmill Road by Broadway Fields for the duration of Friday 23 September during daylight hours. An additional exhibition, ‘Public art that the public unmakes’ will be on display in Deptford Lounge from 23 Sep – 2nd Oct.

LeithLate16: Opening Night and Overview

23–26 June 2016

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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.

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LeithLate16: Afterparty

23 June 2016
Hibs Supporters Club

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11 Sunnyside, EH7 5RA

Thursday 23rd June sees the return of the LeithLate16 artcrawl across multiple Leith Walk venues, with over 100 participating artists and musicians. The night culminates with the now-legendary LeithLate16 Afterparty at the Hibs Supporters Club from 9pm with Nice church, D T H P D L and CARBS (Jonnie Common and Jamie Scott) plus tunes to close from SHE-BANG RAVE UNIT.

Tickets £7! Cheap bar prices! Come support your local arts festival and have a barry time while you’re at it, tickets here:

LeithLate presents Made in Edinburgh/Made in Leith

14–18 November 2015

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This November, LeithLate presents a special season of feature films that were made in Edinburgh, preceeded by short films made in Leith.

Saturday 14th November
Destiny Church, 7.30pm

Restless Natives
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– PAWS, Bainz (shot in Leith Waterworld)
– The Magic Numbers, You Don’t Know Me (shot in The Strathie pub)
– Young Fathers, Shame

Restless Natives (1985) is the story of two Scottish friends who become local folk heroes and tourist attractions when they start holding up tour buses with fake weapons. The screening will open with a selection of music videos shot in Leith, including ‘You Don’t Know Me’ by The Magic Numbers, shot in The Strathie pub on Iona Street.

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Friday 20th November
Out of the Blue (in collaboration with Freeze Frame Film Club), 7pm

The Prime of Ms Jean Brodie & intro
The Prime of Ms Jean Brodie (1969) tells the story of a headstrong young private school teacher in 1930s Edinburgh (played by Maggie Smith) who ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Tickets £3 for film only, £15 for film and three course meal. If you would like to book a three course meal at the cafe before the screening for a combined ticket price of £15, please contact the cafe directly on 0131 555 7100.

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Saturday 21st November
Destiny Church, 7.30pm

Shallow Grave & Martin Smith short
Shallow Grave (1994) was directed by Danny Boyle and features Euan McGregor as one of three friends who discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash. The screening will open with a short film by local Leith filmmaker Martin Smith.

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Saturday 28th November
Destiny Church, 7.30pm

The Acid House & The Port short (short documentary on The Port of Leith pub by Rory Alexander Stewart)
The Acid House (1998) involves three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities and insect life by Scottish writer and former Leither Irvine Welsh. The screening will open with a short documentary The Port by Rory Alexander Stewart about the legendary Port O’Leith pub on Constitution Street.

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This screening is part of the BFI’s Britain on Film season. Britain on Film is a major project from the BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives and rights holders from across the UK that reveals new and unseen stories of our lives through the history of film.

LeithLate16: Mural Tours

25 June 2016

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Starting point: Out of the Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RG

Saturday 25th June sees the return of the successful Mural Tours as part of this year’s LeithLate16 festival, taking in a selection of Leith’s historic and contemporary murals with appearances from some of the mural artists themselves along the way to talk about their work.

Tours are hosted by Cameron Foster and meet at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on the day. Each tour takes around 90mins to complete, ending at the Leith History Mural by Leith Library. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to negotiate busy roads at certain points along the route. Free places reservable via eventbrite.

LeithLate16: Panel Talks

24 June 2016
Out of the Blue Drill Hall

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36 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RG

For this year’s LeithLate16, we launch our inaugural panel talk sessions which invite special guests to talk about topics significant to Leith. The subjects for discussion and timings are as follows:

12pm – The Politics of Public Art

Guest panel speakers include:
Emily Gray (Civic Room project manager and curator), Fraser Gray (fine/street artist) and Morvern Cunningham (LeithLate).

2pm – The Value of Art and Artists

Guest panel speakers include:
Laura Doherty (Cultural Benefits project), Alistair Gentry (artist and writer) and Sorcha Carey (Edinburgh Art Festival).

4pm – Gentrification in Leith

Guest panel speakers include:
Tim Brinkhurst (Young Fathers manager) and Stacey Hunter (creative producer).

Event chaired by Yasmin Sulaiman. Please register for the panel talk(s) you wish to attend. Tickets are free and each panel talk is likely to not take longer than 60-90mins to allow for breaks. Talks will take place in the rehearsal studio of Out of the Blue Drill Hall. The final session will finish at 5pm and be followed by a drinks reception in the main hall at Out of the Blue.

LeithLate16: Art Mart

26 June 2016
Out of the Blue Drill Hall

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36 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RG

LeithLate16 and the Drill Hall Cafe are pleased to present The Art Mart on the Sunday of this year’s festival. A cross between a cabinet of artistic curiosities and an art show, the Art Mart features The Department of Lost and Found, The Thermos Museum and Penniless & Obscure zine. Live music acts, cafe open all day, free to attend.

The Art Mart is a single day event that seeks to transform the Drill Hall into an Unholy House of Art and Commerce. The basis of this curation is founded in such historical forerunners as the lost worlds of Wunderkammers, with the express intention of extending the continuum from those cabinets of curiosities of yore.

Stall holders are invited to exhibit, swap or sell and are actively encouraged to present eccentric ways of showcasing their wares, with casting favours shown to those given of provocative orientation and a marked predilection for the exotic, left-field and marginal. Saleable commodities may include unique trophies, bonny bits of dubious scientific merit, latter day reliquaries, second hand emotions, intangible services, arte povera of a Musée Imaginaire: a piece of crystal that was knocked off a chandelier by Napoleon’s coffin that was passing underneath it, etc.

There will be no fixed charge for punters, though applied charm will attempt to eek out ‘suggestible donations’ from said, swinish multitudes.

LeithLate16: The Grind + Amnesty International present – Imprisoned Writers

26 June 2016
Pilrig St Paul's Church

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1B Pilrig Street, EH6 5AH

The Grind is delighted to be organising a fundraiser for Amnesty International as the closing show of the LeithLate16. This event marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and we would like to invite you to attend the show and enjoy an evening of spoken word and music from some of Scotland’s most exciting performers.

The lineup includes Sam Small Poetry, Vicki Jarrett, MacGillivray, John Kennedy, and Martin John Henry of De Rosa, with more line-up announcements to come!

There will be a licenced bar on the premises and profits from the show will be donated to Amnesty International to support their vital work. Event supported by Edinburgh Beer Factory and Thistly Cross Cider.

WRONGER RITES – Kirsty Whiten

Opening: 12 June.
Continues: 13–24 June.

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11 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3NT

LeithLate15 opens with new solo exhibition WRONGER RITES: The Quing of the Now Peoples by celebrated Scottish artist Kirsty Whiten. In addition to her exhibition, Kirsty will also be installing a series of public artworks around Leith in the run-up to the exhibition opening, including a hand-painted mural on Dalmeny Street, numerous paste-ups, and a poster tower on Leith Walk exhibiting her work. + Read More

Elvis Shakespeare 10th Birthday

4 July. Instore and after party with Broken Records, My Two Dads and The Fnords.

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This July LeithLate15 teams up with renowned second-hand book and record dealer Elvis Shakespeare to celebrate their 10th birthday! On the day, there will be a series of in-store appearances by musicians and performers that have supported the shop over the years, with an afterparty in the evening across the road at Pilrig Church.

Music starts in the shop on Leith Walk from 2pm with music from Little Pebble, Blueflint and Dominic Waxing Lyrical, alongside spoken word from Rodney Relax and more tbc. Continuing the revelry in the evening is an eclectic bill of bands who have played the shop over the years, including garage punk band The Fnords, My Two Dads (Drew from Wounded Knee and Dylan from PET), plus our fabulous headliners Broken Records.

Tickets are only a fiver, available in advance here.

There will only be a limited amount of tickets on the door, so best book ahead!

There will also be a licensed bar on the night, with all profits from the event going to both Elvis Shakespeare and LeithLate. This event is supported by local brewery Pilot Beer and quality boozer Brass Monkey Leith.