Press Release — 05 Aug 2015

Historic Scotland Announces Support For Edinburgh Printmakers’ Development Of Former Rubber Mill

Edinburgh Printmakers will receive £500,000 toward development of Castle Mill Works, the former North British Rubber Factory in Edinburgh, to create a new arts hub, community resource and center for excellence in fine art printmaking opening to the public in 2018. 

The award announcement made today by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop at Castle Mill Works, detailed eight projects across the country to benefit from a total of £1.6 million worth of funding to restore buildings of significant architectural and historical value. 

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “This scheme helps to protect and promote, as well as transform and bring back into use, some of Scotland’s most historically and architecturally significant buildings. 

“Across the country, historic buildings which played an important role in our past also have an important role to play in our future, with schemes such as these helping to tell a new chapter in the building and its surrounding community’s future.” 

The building development project proposed by Edinburgh Printmakers, one of Scotland’s leading arts charities, will repair and restore the 19th century building that is now the only remaining physical reminder of what was once a world-renowned rubber mill which, for many years, was integral to the expansion of the city and the livelihood of many of its inhabitants. 

Chair of Edinburgh Printmakers, Alastair Snow, said of the Castle Mill Works development: “We are delighted with this award from Historic Scotland and recognition of the heritage value of this building. This award is a significant boost to Edinburgh Printmakers’ fundraising efforts and means our vision to bring creativity and community back to Castle Mill Works is now well on the way to becoming a reality.” 

The repurposed building will be a significant addition Scotland’s creative landscape and will house create state-of-the-art production facilities, an open access printmaking workshop, galleries, education spaces, an attractive café and bar with terrace and art retail area. 

The project has already attracted widespread support and endorsement, with local community groups keen to save the building for future use as a cultural venue. 

The announcement of this award coincided with the launch of the charities “text donate” campaign, where the public can show their support for the creation of the new arts center by texting CMWS001 to 70970 to give £5. 

Now, with £8m raised, the charity is confident, with the support from the public, they will reach their £10m target. 

Project Development Manager for Edinburgh Printmakers, Bekki Churcher said:
“We are asking people to help us save this listed industrial heritage building that was at risk of demolition and create a fantastic art centre and vibrant community resource. With significant support achieved to date from funders and ongoing support from the public we will achieve our target and Castle Mill Works will be restored and re-defined as the creative heart of Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge community.” 

 

Notes to Editors: 

The public can support Edinburgh Printmakers capital project by texting CMWS001 to 70970 to give £5. Or by visiting www.easydonate.org/CMWS001 to give any selected amount.

Donations can be also be made at or sent to: 

Edinburgh Printmakers. 
23 Union St, Edinburgh EH1 3LR
0131 557 2479 Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk 

Edinburgh Printmakers is a leading visual arts organisation and registered charity established in 1967 as a specialist centre for fine art printmaking offering open access printmaking facilities, running year-round exhibitions and events and by offering learning opportunities for all.

Proposals for a new Creative Hub housed in the Category C listed Castle Mill Works building in Fountainbridge have been developed for Edinburgh Printmakers by a design team led by Page/Park Architects. The redevelopment proposals have recently been submitted for Planning and Listed Building Consent with an anticipated site start in autumn 2016.

The project has been awarded funding by Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Historic Scotland, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Garfield Weston, Robertson Trust, PF Charitable Trust, Turtleton Charitable Trust, Dunard Fund, Binks Trust and other trusts and foundations as well as already attracting valuable individual and corporate donations.

2015-2018, Edinburgh Printmakers will showcase series of temporary artwork commissions that respond to the unique heritage and legacy of this grand industrial building and its rich cultural environs.

Over the next three years Edinburgh Printmakers will collaborate with neighbouring schools, community organisations and residents on a range of exciting creative projects, using the area's fascinating history as inspiration.

For more information visit: http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk Images available on request.