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Plant a Place

… some photos from last weekend’s pop-up garden!

It was great to have lots of passers-by taking advantage of a little greenspace in the city centre. Stopping to pick up some of the free seeds we were giving away, sitting with a delicious pulled pork sandwich from our neighbouring stand… or just popping in for a quick gardening chat, it was great to meet you and hear about your urban gardening escapades!

But best of all was planting herbs in recycled tin cans with the kids that visited our garden. Its great to think they know now just how easy it is to make their own little greenspaces whether on a doorstep, window sill or patio space.

This pop-up project focused around the importance of urban greenspace, and showed that you don’t even need to lift the slabs to create a spot of nature and tranquility – the bees took about half an hour to find our flowers, which just goes to show – you bring the plants and the rest comes to you!

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Do It In Public… [cont’d] !

We really enjoyed talking to everyone who came along to the Do It In Public exhibition a month or so ago; it was inspiring to realise how much energy and interest there is for creating more living, vibrant, exiciting urban places here in Edinburgh.  As a result, we decided to take it further, out into the streets….

We are creating a pop-up garden at the St Mary’s Church Edinburgh Market! In collaboration with the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust and Edinburgh Markets, we are hosting a market stall which celebrates how simple, fun and easy it is to get growing in your urban places. You’ll find somewhere to sit and relax, can plant something to take away with you, and will find heaps of information about how you can plant a place yourself or with a small group. The project demonstrates that you don’t need a complicated community group set up, a bank balance with loads of funding, or even a particularly big space to get growing. We can help you see how you can get started now, and transform the urban realm around you.

Find us at the top of Leith Walk / Broughton Street this weekend, 24th and 25th August 2013, any time from 11am – 5pm. Look forward to seeing you then !

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Do it in public – come along!

Come along to our exhibition :

Do It In Public

In the Tent Gallery, Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE

We open on Friday 19th July from 5-7pm and will have refreshments provided by Brewdog!

The exhibition runs until Friday 26th July.

This exhibition contains work from various artists and designers that explores, illustrates and challenges what wastelands are and can be. The work aims to influence change in the urban environment and inspire better solutions for wasted, residual spaces. The exhibition space is set up to be used as a resource for rethinking and revealing what wasteland can be and to get the public contemplating what space is worth in the landscape of their city.

Hope to see you there!

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wasteland projects … coming soon!

We are keeping our fingers crossed here at the wasteland collective and hoping for sunny weather this weekend for our first intervention on a wasted space in Edinburgh. We are busy bees preparing for the wasteland project and hope we can make a small impact, for a short time on a high profile, lazy bit of urban land!! If all goes well weather wise we’ll update you all on the whereabouts and timings of our project near the end of the week. IMG_0399 IMG_0400

a wastelands exhibition

We are planning to hold a week long exhibition about urban wastelands beginning on the 19th July 2013.  We are hoping to confirm use of a city centre gallery or pop-up space in the next few days… we’ll keep you posted!

We are looking for contributors and collaborators: if you are interested in being part of the exhibition, check out the brief below and get in touch…


We are presenting an exhibition which contains a variety of work that represents, reveals and challenges wastelands.  The exhibition will include work which uses a variety of media to address the wasteland topic. These could be anything from sound pieces, projections, paintings, film to 1:1 built design ideas … the more creative the better!

We would like you to use one of two starter themes to influence the work you create for the exhibition…

1) What are wastelands? What are the signs of a wasted space / how can we challenge what constitutes a ‘wasteland’?

2) What can wastelands be? What is the potential of wasted / underused space and how can it be more creativity and imaginatively used?

The exhibition will have an equal focus on both themes.

If you are not available on July 19th we are still open to including your work in the exhibition but please inform us if this is the case.

How to take part

Please submit a short paragraph (150-200 word) outline of your idea and an indication of what you would like to exhibit to the email address below. The idea could be one that you have already been developing but which would fit in with the wasteland exhibition theme. Please email us with this information by Friday 21st June. After this date we will organise a time to meet with contributors, with the possibility of bringing different projects together to workshop proposals and form a number of project focuses.  We would also like to arrange for some of the people involved to contribute to our growing blog site.

Share this link with anyone who might be interested in taking part.

The Wasteland Collective

wasteland projects

After a successful project launch and open studio day on Friday (pictures to follow- thanks for coming!) we have developed a few ideas into small project proposals for various wastelands around the City of Edinburgh. We want to install some physical interventions around the city on a temporary basis and see if they encourage people to use and see these wasted spaces in new light. Our first project is still in the pipeline but see below for a sneaky peak!

Check here or on twitter for more updates soon … !



Proposed after!

Proposed after!