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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:

Jo ChandlerSheila Chapman | Siri France | Anupa Gardner |

Suzanne Gibson | Tess Glen Helen Jackson | Suzanne Kemplay 

Sam Spence | 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 pay and display parking on the main road and 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



There is a bike rack available 2 doors up Ashley Terrace and the neighbouring area is now part of a Controlled Parking Zone and you will have to pay to park if not a permit or blue badge holder.   It is

 free to park after 5.30pm.  Please check ticket machines or the

council website for up to date information.


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

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


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.


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 the toilet is not wheelchair accessible.

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