About MADE in East Lothian
MADE in East Lothian is a community interest company (CIC) which supports artists, makers and the wider creative community in East Lothian.
We are based at the Arts Hub in Haddington. In this multi-purpose space, we offer a range of creative services. These include art and craft activities for young people and disadvantaged groups who enjoy the social interaction and learning creative skills.
There are three key areas of work for the organisation: MADE Arts Hub a creative space for the community in Haddington, MADE Markets promoting local artists and makers and MADE Community groups and projects to engage local people in creative collaborations and learning.
ARTS HUB: creative space
The Arts Hub in Haddington is a mixed-use space and includes a gallery shop and a meeting space for groups. We host creative workshops and daily drop-in groups as well as sessions for adults with additional support needs. There’s a small textile scrap store and a recently revamped wood workshop.
MAKERS’ MARKETS: promoting local
Our monthly makers’ markets at Tyninghame Wee Hall – last Sunday of each month – showcases the work of local artists and craftmakers. It’s a special community of creative people in a beautiful East Lothian village.
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Since re-opening in June 2021, the MADE in East Lothian team has grown with the appointment of three new arts professionals, a Community Engagement Officer, Ecommerce Co-ordinator, and Funding/Development Officer.
An award from Adapt & Thrive earlier this year funded two of the new roles along with a programme of tutored workshops for local people who may have struggled during the Covid pandemic. The grant has also enabled the development of an ecommerce platform launched in August 2021.
Looking forward, MADE in East Lothian is now investigating the feasibility of a community purchase of their current Hardgate premises. The development of the Haddington Hub would provide a permanent base for the Arts Hub along with other local creative organisations looking for work and activity space.
Fiona Lambert, founding director of MADE in East Lothian said,
“This is a busy and exciting time for MADE in East Lothian. Bringing new staff into team will create new initiatives and bring us to a wider audience. We couldn’t have got here without the support of our wonderful volunteers who continue to give the organisation its heart and soul. Thank you to them all. By pursuing a feasibility study to develop our Hub site, we’re committed to creating a legacy for culture and community arts in East Lothian.”
With events not possible at the Arts Hub, MADE in East Lothian secured funding for a community collaborative project. With plenty goaty puns and colourful design, 12 fun fibreglass goats were decorated by local artists, families, school and community groups and displayed shops, library and cafes around town.