granton:hub // ECA

IMG_2907We worked with Edinburgh College of Art earlier on this year, where students were invited to submit proposals to enhance five specific areas of Madelvic House: the reception, the café, the heritage archive, the Edinburgh Scrap Store container and the wider surroundings.

The results were really impressive, including this proposal for a decorative stencil for the Scrap Store container.

You can read more about the project in a newly published article on the University of Edinburgh website.


Madelvic Electric Car Rally

Madelvic Rally Eventbrite

Did you know that one of the world’s first electric cars was built right here in Granton over 100 years ago? To celebrate Granton’s historic connection with electric vehicles, come along to Madelvic House for the Madelvic Electric Car Rally on 22 October.

Electric vehicles from Western Nissan, Edinburgh College and others will be on display in the car park next to Madelvic House and United Wire from 11am – 12:30pm, before setting off as a convoy to the Electric Bus Museum in Fife.

You’ll be able to find out more about the vehicles themselves as well as visiting Madelvic House and the history:hub archive, which includes the ‘From The Past to the Future’ exhibition.

Edinburgh Tool Library Open Workshop – 18 October

Granton Poster

Edinburgh Tool Library will be hosting a free open workshop at Madelvic House on 18 October! Come along and talk tools, and learn basic woodworking skills. You can find out more about the work of the Edinburgh Tool Library on their website.

granton:hub Annual General Meeting


granton:hub’s first ever AGM was held on 25 September, and we were delighted to see both new and familiar faces! 27 people attended altogether; and 10 new members signed up on the night (with more joining as members in the days following the meeting).

Huge thanks to Martin Avila for his entertaining and informative presentation about the work of he and his team at Kinning Park Complex in Glasgow, and also to Karl Macrae for kindly providing live music at the social event following the meeting.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the work of granton:hub and would like to join as a member, you can find guidance and the application form on the Membership page of our website.

Volunteering Opportunities

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Are you interested in working as a volunteer within the Granton area? We have two new volunteer opportunities available at granton:hub. Details on the Events Coordinator and Trustee vacancies can be found on our Opportunities page.

Edinburgh Scrap Store – Now Open!

Thanks so much to everyone that came to the re-opening of the Edinburgh Scrap Store and our wildflower plant sale on 24 September!

Sweet fresh juice, tunes, Disco Soup, creative hands and wild plant abundance… it was great to see both new and familiar faces!

Upcoming opening hours for the Scrap Store are now available on its Facebook page – we hope to see you in the garden at Madelvic House soon!

Painting for pleasure weekend


granton:hub will be hosting an enjoyable and inspirational painting weekend designed to help beginners & enthusiasts gain experience in painting with Oils or Acrylics, whilst also supporting more advanced painters to develop their skills and techniques. No previous experience necessary. The Painting for Pleasure workshop organised by Gareth Hutchison is designed for adults of all ages and abilities. From beginners to art enthusiasts interested to learn new or practice existing skills in your preferred painting medium.

Dates: Sat, 14 Oct 2017, 10:00 – Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 16:30 BS

More information and book tickets

Tuesday art club


Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting within a variety of art materials of your choice, from pencils, pastels/charcoal, watercolour or acrylics.

Try out new painting and drawing methods, alternative techniques or styles at your own pace, leisure and enjoyment, with helpful constructive feedback and positive encouragement.

Tuesday Art Club is for adults of all ages and abilities, no experience is necessary. There’ll be free tea and coffee, and you can attend individual classes as well as making a block four-week booking.

About the tutor: Gareth Hutchison is fully qualified and practising artist, with over 10 years of experience successfully teaching both adult education art courses and private classes. The new Granton:Hub Art Club has been developed as a self-directed art program, working at your own pace to build confidence, deciding on your own themes and art materials

Classes throughout October and November

Check the classes and book


Wild Plant Adventure – 22 September


Another free creative workshop is on the way to Madelvic House!

Participants in the Wild Plant Adventure workshop (on 22 September) will explore wild plants from the seashore and around the granton:hub garden, and then be guided to produce their own illustrations with botanical artists Sarah, Sharon and Janis.

This event is being organised by members of the Scottish Botanical Art Collective (  – and more information and tickets can be found on our Eventbrite page.

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