Today, Patriothall is home to over fifty artists and features a gallery space which supports an annual programme of exhibitions.

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.

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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 to enquire about availability.

being a wasps tenant

With over 40 years worth of expertise, we are the UK’s largest provider of studio space for artists and creative industries.

Tenants of the Wasps community receive the following benefits:

  • An inclusive rent for artists
  • Studio security – all our buildings are either owned or on long term rentals across the estate
  • 24/7 access all year round (excluding hot-desking memberships)
  • Being part of our community of almost 1,000 artists and creatives based in 20 buildings across Scotland
  • Ability to join the Own Art scheme through Wasps – Own Art allows for an artist’s clients to spread the cost of an artwork priced from £100 to £25,000 over 10 months with no interest. Using Own Art can help you close that extra sale – turning a £500 artwork into a more affordable proposition of £50 per month, for example
  • Support and expertise from Wasps’ staff
  • Promotion on the Wasps website (receiving tens of thousands of visitors per month) with an self-managed artist profile and shop through the community page
  • Access to the Wasps Tenant Portal – an exclusive online platform for tenants to find out about updates and opportunities from across the network
  • Exhibiting and selling opportunities through our arts programme including exhibitions across the network, discounted rates for market stalls, Open Studios events and inclusion in art fairs

accessibility & getting here


The building is fully accessible.


Wasps Patriothall

getting here

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.

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