a free art club for young people in dalkeith

Art Club exists because young people asked for it.  They campaigned to have more creative activities and now they do! Art Club is a youth-led project hosted by local charity, the Bill Russell Woodburn Youth Project. The club is for anyone aged 8-14 who lives in Dalkeith. We are able to offer free art activities and business skills because we receive grants and have the wonderful support of the community and local businesses behind us. Art Club has received money from Awards for All, Dalkeith Common Good Fund (administered by Midlothian Council), the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Basically Tool Hire, Dalkeith Singers, Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council, Cousland Village Hall Association and individuals from the local community and from across the world. Thanks everyone! 

Want to learn more about what we do? Here's some information about the groups and projects we run.


Monday Night Enterprise Group

On Monday nights young people are busy producing art, designing products, editing in Photoshop and getting art tuition. Visiting artists deliver workshops giving young people a chance to learn a variety of mediums and giving local artists paid opportunities. Local organisations come to teach business skills and we team up with a bunch of different community groups on various projects. Young people get to learn about their community, make connections in it and are able to work as an equal partners.

We invest in young people, giving them a start up budget which they learn to manage. They get real retail experience at various pop-up shops and are delighted to be in charge of sales. They love their new cash register, bought with donations from the community.  Thank you sponsors! By showing young people how to manage cash flow, account for their sales and work out profit, we can help them to build an understanding of how money works and develop an entrepreneurial outlook on life.

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Thursday Night Art Drop-In

Because the enterprise group was so popular, we decided to run a less formal art drop-in and offer creative activities to more young people. At the drop-in young people have access to the art supplies and new projects emerge from this group. The club is funded partly by The Common Good Fund, which is managed by Midlothian Council, and is partly funded by our Art Club Sponsors. Anyone who lives in Dalkeith aged between 8-14 years old can drop in on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30pm at the Marc Building, 10 Woodburn Road, Dalkeith. It's also free!

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Young people have been organising and putting on a series of events for the whole community to enjoy. They attend planning meetings, make decisions and and come together to set up and run them. It's a chance to interact with the local community, build skills and show the community what they can do. Keep your eye on our Facebook Page for new events.


Because the community have been so generous and kind to art club, we have been able to put on additional projects.

Yarn Bombing

Young people learned to knit, designed a fish pattern, and released it on Facebook. We then started receiving lots of lovely knitted fish. Art Club joined forces with the Friday Knitting Project at Crystal Mount to provide more fish, octopus and seaweed.  This was exhibited as part of the 'Art Street' Event on the 3rd of February outside the Marc Building. We would just love to do it every year.

Graffiti Project

With donations from the surrounding community, we were able to run a graffiti project. Young people designed and painted the shipping container next to the Marc Building in Woodburn, which helped to advertise the bike workshop that runs from it and brightens up the streets. At the 'Art Street' event the whole community joined in and painted the other sides! So nice to see art spilling out onto the street.

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Receiving donations and sponsorship from the community is amazing and shows how much the community support young people and want the best for them. We use the money we receive to fund the ideas of young people. This can't always be planned in a funding bid so it's our way of keeping the club flexible and youth-led. If you like what we do, would you consider becoming a sponsor? You can sponsor Art Club by clicking on the links below. Just choose an amount that is right for you and you will be directed to GoCardless, a secure payment system. With the support of people like you we can keep Art Club free and directed by young people. We appreciate any support you can give. Thank-you!


Would you like to become one of our business sponsors?

Starting at just £20 a month  we will:

  • Interview you and make a short promotional video which we will share online
  • Give you a sponsorship certificate
  • Give you some lovely Art Club gifts

To become a business sponsor get in touch with Donna Strachan at Ingingerness@gmail.com or phone 07988419086.

Individual sponsorship

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