We have a new website Investigate Create  – Opening up the arts in Edinburgh for people with sight loss, people with hearing loss, people who are Deafblind and sign language users. On the new website you’ll find information on Artlink’s projects, selected events and related features. 


Word Games and Choreography

14 May 10.30am – 2pm

Our last word games workshop with Anthony Schrag was lots of fun so we’ve invited him back for more.  Dancer and choreographer Lucy Boyes will be working with Anthony, picking up where we left  by adding some playful movement to the games.

a participant enjoys the word games with hand written signs: fire! and dance!

For more info or to join the workshop, contact Susan:


Some Bat-squeak Echo of Other Time – a tour guided by fiction

black and white photo of the library stairs a blurred figure on the landing

Saturday 26 April 2.30pm – 4.00pm
National Library of Scotland

Some Bat-squeak Echo of Other Time: a tour guided by fiction. Created by Ken Cockburn as the culmination of an Artlink project with the National Library of Scotland. The project considered the library as both a building and a collection. Within the collection are descriptions of fictional buildings, which have only ever existed in the imagination.

This performance will lead you on a journey through the National Library of Scotland weaving together fictions, description and music. Ken Cockburn’s explorations of the building together with staff and Artlink participants, has resulted in this rich and unexpected way to experience the library and its spaces.

This is a free event as part of Artlink’s Opening Lines which mixes description, history and storytelling in response to locations across Edinburgh, creating events for sighted and non sighted audiences.

For more info or to join the event, please contact: Susan Humble or call 0131 229 3555.

Dunbar’s Close Garden


a photo of the formal gardens with box hedges

Some great feedback for Ken Cockburn’s Let Loose workshop:

“I must say that I loathed poetry at school. I DETESTED it and this has been completely different. They should have done something like this in school. It would have saved me. Brilliant. I loved this.”

“I really enjoyed today with the excellent introduction to poetry which we were encouraged to play with. You have inspired me to go back and read more poetry.”


Poetry Workshop

In Dunbar’s Close

Ken Cockburn gave some examples of poetry in different forms before we spent the morning musing in Dunbar’s Close, off the Royal Mile – very pleasant and a bit addictive as we didn’t want to stop writing! This Haiku suited the day:

a hill without a name
veiled in morning mist
– Basho

Read the poems we created in the LET LOOSE POEMS BOOKLET

Read more about Ken and some of his work on the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Instruction Scores

Greg Sinclair led this workshop and immediately sparked lots of discussion by showing us  Nam June Paik’s Solo for Violin ( see below).  We started to think if instructions can be artworks, not everyone was convinced but it was a good discussion.  Our next workshop is outdoors, away from the electronic notetaker so we’ll be relying on written instructions.  I wonder if this workshop will make us think differently about them?

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