MAKERS MARKETS: Promoting local artists/makers

Our monthly makers markets at Tyninghame Wee Hall are a showcase for artists and local makers and a regular income stream for the organisation. We promote our programme and facility at these regular events.

THE HUB: A Community Facility

Our premises on the Hardgate is a mixed use venue. We have a sales outlet for artists/makers, community group meeting space and a dialy programme of workshops and drop-in groups at affordable prices. We host a Men’s Shed project and provide regular sessions for adults with additional support needs and mental health issues. A hot cuppa and friendly welcome are always available.

OUTREACH WORK: Out and about

We work with various partners to deliver arts and crafts based workshops. These included – Fringe by the Sea, East Lothian Council Arts Service, Schools, Haddington 700, Hadstock, Blooming Haddington and more. This allows us to develop a wider network and deliver work that is not building specific.

THE FUTURE: Maintaining and developing what we do

We aim to develop what we do further, increase our income and secure our future in the town. This will include applying for core funding for a permanent base, and recruiting the management and support staff needed for the next stage of our development. We plan to become a registered centre to deliver The Arts Award for young people which will fill a gap in East Lothian.

We have been successful in securing funding from Awards for All Haddington Area Partnership and East Lothian Council to support some of our projects and their associated costs.

Our facilities are currently run on volunteer effort which includes the two directors and a team of regular volunteers.

ADVISORY GROUP: Our organisation needs you

2019 will be our third year in the premises at The Hardgate and a year in which we hope to build and develop our organisation and firmly establish ourselves as a valuable resource and support for artists/makers and the wider community of Haddington and East Lothian.
Setting up an advisory group is a key part of that process.