Nearly twenty years ago, Edinburgh’s property market was characterised by very high rents and fierce competition for available buildings. A breakthrough came in 2003 when the building owners agreed to sell the building to Wasps at market value. Wasps set out to raise £1.3million to buy and refurbish the building within a very short timescale. In response, the tenants led a powerful campaign to ‘Save the Studios’, lobbying local politicians and gaining support from the local community. This led to Edinburgh City Council granting £500,000 which helped to secure additional partnership funding from the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian and loan finance.
Patriothall was purchased and refurbished in 2004, securing the future of these studios. The gallery space is managed by Wasps for the benefit of its creative community and wider audience.
Patriothall Gallery is in the heart of Edinburgh, and has provided professional exhibition opportunities for hundreds of artists. The gallery is managed by Wasps for the benefit of its creative community and wider audience. For more information about exhibitions and events coming up at Patriothall Gallery and other Wasps venues visit our arts page here.
The gallery space is located at the main entrance of the building, with a main exhibiting space at the front and a smaller gallery at the back which is used for both exhibiting and life drawing. If you would be interested in holding an exhibition, event or workshop at Patriothall, click the yellow tab below for the gallery pack or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about availability.
Tenants of the Wasps community receive the following benefits:
The building is fully accessible.
Patriothall is a 15-20 minute walk from Princes Street. Once you are on Hamilton Place, walk through the vennel next to the Scotmid Co-op (opposite Stockbridge Library) to locate the building entrance.