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Friday, June 2 • 8:45am - 10:45am
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QMU has arranged for AAAE delegates to meeting with cultural leaders at some of Edinburgh's premier arts venues. Sign up at the conference registration table when you arrive!

All site visit groups will meet at the Motel One and proceed to their location together with a local guide.

Summerhall: https://www.summerhall.co.uk/

Summerhall, located in the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, is open to the public all year round and hosts events in all the City’s major festivals, including the Science and Fringe festivals. 

Visitors to Edinburgh’s newest and biggest arts venue will find theatre and gallery spaces, libraries and small museums, educational and research programmes, studios and workshops, as well as creative industries offices on site. 

It’s a new kind of community: a cross-cultural village where arts and sciences talk to each other, where high-tech rubs shoulders with all the arts including film and television, and a craft brewer has revived a three hundred year old tradition of brewing on the site.

For your visit, you will meet Sam Gough - General Manager, and Tom Forster - Festival Programme Co-ordinator. You will be introduced to the building, how it was set up, why and then taken on a tour of all of the wonderful and unique spaces.


Stills is a centre for photography based in the heart of Edinburgh. Founded in 1977, we are a registered charity with the mission to provide support and opportunity for the  advancement, discovery, enjoyment, exploration and understanding of photography. Our work is the delivery of exhibitions and creative learning activities and the provision of courses and photography production facilities. Stills is the only photography gallery in Edinburgh and we play a key strategic role within the visual arts sector in the UK. Each year we  present a balanced programme of 4 gallery exhibitions to celebrate photography’s history, showcase the best practice from around the world and support exciting and innovative new  talent.  We provide courses on subjects such as darkroom photography, Digital SLR photography and Photoshop, for public audiences of all abilities and our darkrooms and digital  production facilities are open 7 days per week.

For your visit, Ben Harman, Director and Curator of exhibitions at Stills, will introduce the organisation and provide a short tour of the current exhibition: Ambit: Photographies from Scotland.

Creative Scotlandhttp://www.creativescotland.com/ 

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the artsscreen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. Join us for this visit to the Creative Scotland HQ to hear about the challenges and aspirations for Scotland’s creative industries – about partnerships and alignments across the public and private sectors, the development of evidence for effective policy, and how we try and help good stuff happen.

For your visit,  with Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries, will give a presentation on how Creative Scotland is supporting the growth of Scotland’s Creative Industries.

Kings and Festival Theatres: http://www.edtheatres.com/about

Festival City Theatres Trust is the largest not-for-profit independent theatre management in Scotland.  It manages three touring venues: the King’s Theatre, the Festival Theatre and The Studio (an extension to the Festival Theatre).  The King’s (1,300 seats) is a traditional proscenium arch theatre built in 1906 and stages mostly number 1 touring drama, as well as hosting some local amateur dramatic organisations and the hugely successful annual Pantomime.  The Festival Theatre (1,900 seats) underwent a major refurbishment in 1994; it stages predominantly lyric work, opera, ballet, dance and musicals, but is also the largest cinema in the UK.  All of our stages host work from a number of Edinburgh’s festivals, including our Studio (160 seats), a recent addition to the portfolio built in 2013, which also acts as a rehearsal and learning space.

There are two options for your trip to Festival City Theatre Trust:

You can choose to visit the Festival Theatre  which will include a short tour of the theatre and where you will meet Cerin Richardson, Head of Creativity and Diversity, who will talk about how we programme our venues according to which product will best fit which stage and, in the context of other venues in the city, how we compete for the market in a small conurbation.  

You can choose to visit the King’s Theatre which will include a short tour if the theatre and where you will meet Duncan Hendry, Chief Executive, who will talk about how we are achieving our aim to become dementia friendly venues and how we stage relaxed performances for children with sometimes challenging multiple-disabilities.


Edinburgh Art Festival: https://edinburghartfestival.com/

Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) is the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, and a leading international platform for supporting the development, production and presentation of ambitious new work by Scottish artists. Each year, we work in partnership with Scotland’s visual arts sector, to present a rich and varied programme of exhibitions, publicly-sited commissions and events, the vast majority of which is free at the point of access. We are committed to sharing the very best visual art with audiences, locally, nationally and internationally; and to finding ways to present ambitious and challenging programme in a manner which appealing and accessible to general audiences. Partnership is at the core of our festival model, and critical to the development and delivery of our ambitions.

Your visit to their offices will provided an opportunity to hear from the director of EAF, Sorcha Carey.  Her talk will focus on festival programming in a UNESCO World Heritage site and will explore the unique challenges and opportunities presented by programming contemporary art in a city renowned for its historical significance. Her talk will also look at how EAF commission invite artists to explore and transform the city, offering a very special backdrop for artists to experiment and develop ambitious new projects.


Friday June 2, 2017 8:45am - 10:45am PDT
Motel One Royal 18 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1BL, UK