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East Market Street Moon

Up in town to see a new retail space which may soon be stocking my merchandise, and I spotted the moon still high in the sky.

I used to have work in a gallery which has unfortunately since closed, it was one of the East Market Street Arches which were reopened up as retail spaces in 2016. Here is a sketch I made at the time:

I was back this time to see a new shop within the Waverley Market which will hopefully soon be stocking ES merchandise but of of that in due course.

This sketch was drawn from my car looking to the currently covered in scaffolding) North Bridge. Did you spot the bus crossing the bridge?

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New Waverley Arches open on a sunny evening in May

TheArches_bannerMudoThe 19 newly renovated Victorian arches on East Market Street are now open and ready to serve, so I went for a stroll along Edinburgh’s newest shopping district.

TheArches_fromNorthBridgePart of the £150 million New Waverley development which is transforming part of the Old Town, the Arches have been opened up and filled with some fantastic independent businesses, each of which deserve to be discovered.

TheArches_fromJeffreyStreetI was invited to come along and sketch the launch party last week and these are my sketches from the evening. As you can see from the sketch above the lights from each arch can be seen from high up on North Bridge. If there descend the Scotsman Hotel steps onto Market Street and then head under the bridge to find the first of 19 Arches which increase in height the further down the cobbled street you venture.

The arches date back to 1875 and were traditionally used for storage areas and have never before been accessible to the public.

The retail outlets combine fashion, beauty, eating and drinking, as well as an art gallery where you can find some of my work. See my sketch below of some of the items I gathered on a walk about!


For more information follow @archesnw on twitter and visit East Market Street this weekend to meet the traders!


Sketches all drawn on location in ink and watercolour.