Collective is a contemporary visual arts organisation that brings people together around the production and presentation of new work.

About Collective

Established in 1984, Collective has been fundamental to the cultural vitality of Scotland by supporting new work by artists who are at a pivotal stage in their development. We provide artists with the opportunity to make new work and audiences the chance to see it here first.

Our programme of exhibitions, walks, events and off-site projects presents contemporary art in all its diversity. We create opportunities for participation, mutual learning and dialogue by opening out processes of art production, connecting with other fields and encouraging new developments.

Collective is currently redeveloping the City Observatory complex on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, due to open fully to the public in early 2018. Working closely with artists and engaging with our locality, through the acts of looking, thinking and producing, we are developing a new kind of City Observatory.


Kate Gray, Director
Lori Anderson, Head of Development & Enterprise
Ben Callaghan, Operations Assistant
Siobhan Carroll, Head of Programme
Emily Chandler, Operations Assistant
Eric Hildrew, Head of Marketing & Communications
Georgia Horgan, Operations Assistant
Lara MacLeod, Retail Manager
Emmie McLuskey, Associate Producer
Sophie Orton, Learning Assistant
Frances Stacey, Producer
Alison Thorburn, Bookkeeper


Anne Bonnar, Chair
Susanna Beaumont
Nicola Catterall
Maria Fusco
Alex Hinton
Akiko Kobayashi
Colin Murray
Scott Rogers
Tom O’Sullivan
Lillian Wylie

MILK Open-Air Café

Collective has an open-air café run by MILK. The seasonally changing menu is freshly prepared using only natural ingredients.

MILK serve food that is quick, nutritious, tasty and environmentally sound. Sandwiches, wraps, barrista coffee, specialist teas and home baking are served up straight away in 100% compostable packaging.

Tour Meal Deal

Every Wednesday alongside a tour of the current exhibition get a sandwich, toastie or soup and hot or cold drink for £5. Click here to find out more about exhibition tours.

MILK is open Monday – Sunday, 10am—4pm.

Click here to see the menu.