About us

2 old pals, one last hoolie before we crumble. Clare’s the pragmatist, Sam’s the dreamer.  Together they share 40 years of creative and business experience, a dog, 4 children, 2 helpful husbands

and a love of getting lost in art. 

Both are here for all, keen to spread arty love and learning across the local community and beyond.

P.S. the studio is called Birchwood after Sam’s childhood home – beloved cottage of Jim Proudfoot, illustrator and general good guy.  You can find his work in our shop.

Our Tutors

We are delighted to have such a talented and

enthusiastic bunch of artists working for us.  

 

Find out more about them:

Ruth Armstrong | Jo ChandlerSam Spence | Suzanne Gibson 

Sheila Chapman | Suzanne Kemplay 

Ursula Bevan Hunter | Ryo Tamura Hayley Whittingham

Finding us

Birchwood Art Studio is very well served by public transport, is close to the Union Canal for safe walking and cycling and has free

parking in the side streets.

 

LRT buses

Stopping in Polwarth Terrace or Colinton Road south of Ashley Terrace – 10, 27, 45

Ashley Terrace – 38

Stopping in Slateford Road north of Ashley Terrace – 4, 34, 35, 44, 300

 

Parking

There is a bike rack available 2 doors up and some free parking available in Ashley Terrace itself during the day and the side streets west of Harrison Road have no restrictions.  However there is no doubt that the parking situation is very difficult for residents and we would encourage customers to walk or cycle if possible or perhaps park on Colinton Road where there is less of an issue and walk along the canal from Meggetland (less than 10 minutes).

Environment

Our aim is recycle, re-use and re-purpose when possible.  We will also

try to use environmentally friendly products where available and offer these in our materials packs.  Many paints are bad for the environment as they contain plastics so we will put in place measures to avoid wastage and paint being washed into the drainage system.  

 

Commmunity

We're all for it. Bring us your ideas for classes and workshops for collaborations and arty get-togethers. We are always looking for new ways to support and encourage people into art no matter what their age or ability. From near or far we are keen to make connections with community groups and charities who could benefit from the power of art and making.

Access 

Our main studio, shop, kitchen and loo are all on ground floor level with step free access, so are suitable for people with mobility issues.  There is one step down into the smaller studio at the rear of the building. Unfortunately at present there is no wheelchair - accessible toilet.