Craigmillar and Niddrie Community Festival 2021

14th & 15th August, 10am - 4pm

(Photo: Laurance Darwish)

Craigmillar Now are delighted to present Daily Myths, an exhibition of new works by the internationally renowned, local Syrian artist Nihad Al Turk, launching as part of the Craigmillar and Niddrie Community Festival.

The exhibition is free and no booking is required. Visitor numbers will be monitored and you may have a short wait during busy periods.

Philip Higham Live at Craigmillar Now

14th August, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

On Saturday 14th August the exhibition Daily Myths will be accompanied with performances by Scottish Chamber Orchestra Principal Cellist, Philip Higham. These responsive, live performances will launch a 5-year collaboration between Craigmillar Now and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Performances are free but booking is essential.  

Visitors to the exhibition on Saturday afternoon can also enjoy homemade Dhal made with ingredients grown in Craigmillar Now’s garden. Dhal will be prepared by Asha, following her recipe in the Greater Craigmillar community cookbook Edible Stories which the local organisation Craigmillar Community Grows are launching at this event. Edible Stories includes illustrations by Nihad and will be available to purchase (by donation) throughout the weekend.

Find out what else is happening as part of the Craigmillar and Niddrie Festival here.

Nihad Al Turk: Daily Myths

16th August - 28th September, Mondays and Tuesdays or by appointment, 10am-4pm 
No booking required

(Photo Laurance Darwish)

Nihad has been in residence at Craigmillar Now since November 2020. During this time, he has produced a series of captivating, large scale paintings depicting haunting figures and imaginary creatures, inspired by Kurdish myths and the Christian iconography of the former church space where they were made.

This project has been made possible thanks to the support of the City of Edinburgh Council and The Hope Scott Trust.

Craigmillar Now & Then: 
Creating a Community Archive

Craigmillar Now is currently working with local volunteers to create the first publicly-accessible, community-led Craigmillar archives. The archives group currently meets every Monday at the Art Centre at 10am. Archivist training is led by photographer Zoe Hamill and covers cataloguing, scanning, file management and photography. 

Would you like to get involved? No experience is necessary - just a passion for Craigmillar’s history. To volunteer please contact info@craigmillarnow.com.

Collecting Stories

We started to collect stories about Craigmillar’s past at the start of 2021, in a new project developed in collaboration with Connecting Craigmillar. 
The project is part of the development of Craigmillar’s archives and is designed to improve knowledge of the area, by capturing oral histories from people who have lived in the community for many years. 
Before we started the project there were no oral histories in the archive. Thanks to the support of a team of volunteer callers and local people who have generously shared their stories we are building this resource

*Due to demand, we will be organising another training session with the Living Memory Association, if you would like to become a volunteer caller please send us a message at info@craigmillarnow.com

Celebrating Craigmillar’s Women of Achievement

 (Image courtesy of Andrew Crummy)

When Craigmillar Now moved into the Arts Centre we realised the Helen Crummy Women of Achievement plaque was missing. The plaque was part of an Edinburgh-wide trail dedicated some of the city’s pioneering women and is a really important part of Craigmillar’s heritage.

We are excited to announce that we have commissioned the artist Shauna McMullan to develop a new artwork celebrating Craigmillar’s women of achievement to replace the missing the plaque. Shauna worked with Helen Crummy on her installation ‘Travelling the Distance’ at the Scottish Parliament.

Over the next few months Shauna will be visiting Craigmillar for further research.

Hire Our Space

Craigmillar Now is based in an impressive 19th Century church next to Fort Kinnaird Retail Park in East Edinburgh. It was recently renovated by Groves + Raines Architects, creating a stylish and contemporary venue suited to a range of events and activities.

We are now taking bookings for our Main Hall space from August 2020, which includes a large stage area perfect for performances and events.
Rates start from £30 p/h. 
For more information or to make a booking please contact Rachael Cloughton at info@craigmillarnow.com.

The Main Hall is completely accessible. There is disabled access via a ramp at the back of the church, entered through the car park, there is also a disabled toilet. Please note there is no disabled access to the mezzanine level or kitchen space.

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The Team -

Rachael Cloughton
  (Project Lead)

Maureen Child

Andrew Crummy

Sophia Marriage

Kim Beasley

Lucy Wood

Billy McKirdy

Get In Touch

You can contact us on

58 Newcraighall Road
EH15 3HS

How to get there:

Car Parking is available on site.
Bus: Lothian Buses 30, 400, 106 and 49
Train: Newcraighall Train Station

Scottish Charity SC050027

Images of the Art Centre courtesy of Murdo McDermid/Groves-Raines Architects Studios Ltd