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June 2019

Leith Festival’s Primary Schools Poster Competition

June 5 - June 21
Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Road
Edinburgh, EH6 4AE United Kingdom
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Children from local primary schools submit entries for this annual creative competition, it's a Leith Festival tradition. Opening Time: As per library opening hours. Prizes will be awarded at Gala day, after the Country dancing.  

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Lapidary Demonstration and Displays

June 8 - June 15
The Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club, 20 Maritime Lane (off Constitution Street), Leith
Edinburgh, EH6 6RZ United Kingdom
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Lapidary is the art and craft of cutting, shaping and polishing rough stones or minerals and turning them into beautiful creations that can be used as jewellery or ornaments. Our primary aim is to 'encourage an interest in natural minerals and the craftsmanship related to them, on a non-commercial basis'. Visitors can view these skills as members prepare stones, facet gemstones or do silverwork during the normal working week or may try gold panning (Saturdays / Sundays). Display areas also…

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4 Doors Down

June 8 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 10:00 pm
Maritime Lane, 16 Maritime Ln EH6 6RZ United Kingdom + Google Map

'4 Doors down' is a new public art initiative in the old town of Leith. Four humble doors in Maritime Lane and Maritime Street will showcase how new street art on these unloved and unused doorways can entertain, inspire and brighten a small corner of Leith for residents, workers and visiting tourists during June 2019 and beyond. Under the guidance of the Leith Festival and Leith Late experienced talented street artists will be given the opportunity to create urban artworks…

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‘Queens for a Day’ Pop-Up

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Griffen Fitness, 3 Balfour Street
Edinburgh, EH6 5BY United Kingdom
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Pop by the pop-up exhibition on the history of the Pageant on Gala day. Watch the Parade as it makes it way past at midday.

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A Window to Leith

June 8 @ 10:00 am - June 15 @ 1:00 pm
Roseleaf Bar and Cafe, 23/24 Sandport EH6 6EW + Google Map

Exhibition of papercuts exploring some well-known views of Leith. Emma Westwater creates multi layered papercuts in a bold, graphic style. This exhibition celebrates her favourite vistas of Leith. Emma lived and worked in Leith for many years and is now based at The Makery in Dunbar, East Lothian.

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Exposed 19 – Edinburgh College Photography

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street
Edinburgh, EH6 8RG United Kingdom
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Showcasing award winning work from both the HND and BA student photographers, Exposed is one of Scotland's largest and much talked about photographic exhibitions, portraying a wide variety of different photographic styles and genres. Date & Time: 10am - 5pm 8th, 10th to 15th June

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Trinity House Open Day

June 8 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Trinity House, 99 Kirkgate
Edinburgh, EH6 6BJ United Kingdom
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On June 8th we'll be throwing open our doors to the public. Visitors to the house can take a self-guided tour of the house, watch a video about Leith's maritime history and see our new temporary exhibition about Leith's sporting past. For younger visitors, why not take our bug trail and find out all about museum pests? New for 2019 - come find us on Leith Links for object handling and local history.

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Open Studios at Quality Yard Art Space

June 8 @ 11:00 am - June 9 @ 4:00 pm
Quality Yard, 20 Maritime Lane
Edinburgh, EH6 6RZ United Kingdom
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For the first time at Quality Yard Art Studios 6 local artists will be opening their new studios and exhibition area, to Leith Festival visitors, offering a glimpse behind the scenes and the opportunity to meet the artists. Following Andy Cumming's successful month long Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 Pop Up exhibition the Quality Yard studios have now been fully reconfigured with 6 studios and 150 square foot stand alone exhibition area. The six artists are Zoe Atherford, Olivia Turner, Andy…

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The Cube Project

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Quality Yard, 20 Maritime Lane
Edinburgh, EH6 6RZ United Kingdom
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The Cube is an inclusive platform that anyone can take part in. It is sparky creativity and collaboration. Come along to Quality Yard on 8th June and have a doodle on a cube. Great for kids and family's or friends and for people who want to make friends and feel a part of the community. All ages welcomed. The Cube is an on-going participatory artwork that helps support social and community benefits and values as well as health and well-being…

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“Caps Aff” All-Female Grafitti Jam

June 8 @ 11:00 am - June 9 @ 4:00 pm
Quality Yard Art Studios, 20 Maritime Ln EH6 6RZ + Google Map

Following the success of Quality Yard's 2018 Leith Festival debut come along and see the yard transformed once again by Scotland's finest female street artists and their collaborators. 360° of original street art in this unique location tucked away in the historical courtyard. A great opportunity to discover one of Leith's hidden treasures. Part of the LeithLate19 weekend. Opening Times: 8th June: 11:00am - 18:00pm 9th June: 11:00am - 16:00pm

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Meet the Artists

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Scottish Design Exchange, 1st floor, Ocean Terminal EH6 6JJ + Google Map

Meet local artists and designers at the Scottish Design Exchange

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Open Studio Weekend

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - June 9 @ 5:00 pm
Studio 52, 52 Albion Rd EH7 5QZ + Google Map

Artist's studio open weekend exhibiting a large selection of affordable original art. Come, browse the art, chat with the artist and pick up a unique bargain. Oils on canvas, clay & stone sculpture, and traditional hand-cut photomontage. Limited edition signed prints available. Watch the work in progress in the studio as Alan demonstrates his skills. Date & Time: 8 June 12pm - 5pm 9 June 12pm - 5pm

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Exposed 19 – Edinburgh College Photography

June 10 @ 10:00 am - June 15 @ 5:00 pm
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street
Edinburgh, EH6 8RG United Kingdom
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Showcasing award winning work from both the HND and BA student photographers, Exposed is one of Scotland's largest and much talked about photographic exhibitions, portraying a wide variety of different photographic styles and genres. Date & Time: 10am - 5pm 8th, 10th to 15th June

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“Emotes” ESW Schools Programme Exhibition

June 11 @ 10:00 am - June 15 @ 4:00 pm
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornwale EH6 4JT + Google Map

Emotes will take over the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop gallery spaces, showcasing the installations, ceramics, performances and prints made as part of the unique Schools Programme. Now in its seventh year, this initiative has brought 150 P5s and P6/7s from Trinity and Victoria Primary Schools to make artwork at ESW for one hour a week throughout the school year. Based on experimental and avant-garde educational practices, each workshop is devised by some of the most exciting established and emerging Scotland-based artists,…

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Trinity House Packs A Punch

June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Trinity House, 99 Kirkgate
Edinburgh, EH6 6BJ United Kingdom
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On June 12th Trinity House Packs a Punch - come inside from midday to view a new exhibition about Leith's legendary boxers like Ken Buchanan and Jackie Brown. You can explore local sports heritage by looking at archive photography. Perhaps you used to spar? If so, there'll be opportunity to grab a ringside seat and tell us your tales from the ropes. You're sure to come out fighting! At 2pm visitors can also enjoy a tour of Trinity House with…

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Layers of Leith – ‘My Leith. Your Leith. Our Leith?’

June 14 @ 10:00 am - June 15 @ 5:00 pm
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street
Edinburgh, EH6 8RG United Kingdom
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Layers of Leith explores the changing face of Leith through the waves of regeneration and gentrification that it has witnessed. The exhibition aims to celebrate, inform and empower through its multimedia exhibits. Taking you on a journey of Leith's rich historical past to the present day where the current wave of gentrification has been met with resistance and solidarity from the people who live here. The Layers of Leith exhibition is a culmination of the work and research of a…

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Custom House Open Day

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Custom House, Custom House, 65-67 Commercial St
Edinburgh, EH6 6LH United Kingdom
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Scottish Historic Buildings Trust are pleased to open the doors of Custom House to visitors as part of the Leith Festival. Come and join us for family fun: workshops, circus entertainment, children's activities and various stalls. There will also be an exhibition of photos of Leith by fine art photographer Daniel Dabrowski. For more information, please look at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/customhouseleith

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Meet the Artists

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Scottish Design Exchange, 1st floor, Ocean Terminal EH6 6JJ + Google Map

Meet local artists and designers at the Scottish Design Exchange

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“Not a Slave” exhibition

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Leith Depot, 140 Leith Walk
Edinburgh, EH6 5DT United Kingdom
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Andy McKay, a local Leith based artist, presents an exhibition of contemporary acrylic paintings on canvas. His work is well known to many in the area as it bedecks The Leith Depot's main bar walls in the form of two quite uniquely different murals. The exhibition will be on display in the upstairs venue of The Leith Depot for the duration of the festival and on Saturday 15th June there will be a 'Meet The Artist' event incorporating music, some…

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“Emotes” ESW Schools Programme Exhibition

June 17 @ 10:00 am - June 18 @ 4:00 pm
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornwale EH6 4JT + Google Map

Emotes will take over the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop gallery spaces, showcasing the installations, ceramics, performances and prints made as part of the unique Schools Programme. Now in its seventh year, this initiative has brought 150 P5s and P6/7s from Trinity and Victoria Primary Schools to make artwork at ESW for one hour a week throughout the school year. Based on experimental and avant-garde educational practices, each workshop is devised by some of the most exciting established and emerging Scotland-based artists,…

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