Tag Archives: Summerhall

Cinema sketch

Today I had a sneak preview into Summerhall’s newly refurbished cinema, CineHall.

Summerhall, in the south side of the city, has been a favourite place of mine for years and years, a vibrant inspiring place filled with visual and performance art. A hive of activity free to visit and always changing.

The kind of place I would of loved to visit whilst skiving off from art college back in the day.

This week I was asked along to a preview of their newly refurbished cinema, the Cinehall. Unfortunately I couldn’t make the screening so popped in beforehand to sketch this.

I needed to add a ghost audience for my sketch but when fully open (from Friday 1st October) then the intimate cinema should hold 70 people.

Showing a unique programme of new releases, big blockbusters, underrated indies and engaging world cinema gems, check out the full list of upcoming films on the Summerhall website below.

Summerhall Cinema website

Volunteers create thousands of PPE facemasks from Summerhall

I recently found out about an extraordinary group of engineers who have given their time to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

The Edinburgh Shield Force are a grass roots volunteer initiative running out of their Summerhall premises, in Edinburgh’s Southside.

Whilst perfecting their initial design of one using foam to one using a 3d printer the group raised funds through a crowdfunding website receiving hundreds of donations and over £30,000.

They now use injection moulding to create the shield frames which enables mass production, creating 2,000 masks per day.

The group have grown to over 75 volunteers working 7 days a week to produce vital equipment that is distributed to ICU’s, GP surgeries, Care Homes, Direct Nurses and Hospitals.

The initial group of engineering product designers had an idea and made it happen, going from initial ideas scribbled on a napkin to a fully operational mass producing pop up factory in one month.

I find that so inspirational and wish them all the best as they continue to help those on the front line.

To find out more and see how you can help visit their website below:
Edinburgh Emergency Medical Supplies

Double strength lattes

latte on wood sketch

I am trying to give up sweet treats during the day but seem to of replaced them with extra shot lattes!

This delicious coffee was made for me at Summerhall, the fantastic creative hub in the South of the city. Home to theatre, concerts, talks, workshops & more, there’s always something on and I love just soaking up the atmosphere there.

It’s like being back at art college.

I was there to pick up some prints from the in house printer, GicleeUK and also meet Mrs Sketcher for a bite to eat in the cafe.

No sweet treats though, just plenty of caffine!

Summerhall website

A farmers market with a scientific twist

SCIMART_SummerhallToday the family and I visited Summerhall. The former Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, now a creative hub for the arts played host to SciMart, a farmers market with a difference.


Along with the usual cooking demonstrations and local food maker stalls tempting us with wee treats there was also a few rarer sights. Food producers, chefs and researchers demonstrated and explained the science behind some of our common and not so common food items, from beehives and honey, to insects and worm canapés!


There were also some great science projects and experiments in the Summerhall courtyard which had the kids crowding around. For our two wee toddlers though I think the favourite had to be the IQ Superfood Chocolate stall and their yummy tasters 🙂


Don’t worry if you missed today’s event, there are similar goings on throughout the Edinburgh Science Festival until 20th April, and in two weeks time there is the Mini Maker Faire at SummerHall, see the links below for more information.