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Join our Board

Deadline: 1 December 2017

Collective is seeking up to four new board members to join us at this exciting time, as we move towards opening the redeveloped City Observatory on Calton Hill as a world-class contemporary visual arts space in early 2018. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to an ambitious charity seeking to create a new kind of city observatory for Edinburgh and Scotland.


Satellites Programme 2018 Announcement

3 October 2017

We are delighted to announce the participants selected for our 2018 Satellites Programme are Sophie Collins, Helen McCrorie, Emmie McLuskey, Kimberley O’Neill and Katie Shannon.


Clara Ursitti Limited Edition Fragrance

Clara Ursitti works with fragrance and performance, creating installations and interventions that delve into the social and psychological aspects of scent.


Patrick Staff Print Edition

To coincide with the launch of new Observers’ Walk To Those In Search of Immunity, Patrick Staff has created a scented print edition, drawing upon research into the wild plants of Northern Europe and their effects on the body when ingested.


New Publication: Towards a City Observatory

If the institution is, then, a machine that produces specific subjects, what can be asked of transforming, not the factory into a gallery, nor the gallery into a space of immaterial labour, but the historical observatory into a contemporary gallery?
—Simon Sheikh


Satellites Programme 2016 Publication

Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland. In 2016, the practitioners were: Katie Schwab, Mark Bleakley, Jennifer Bailey, Hamish Young and Anastasia Philimonos.


New gallery and restaurant walls in place

3 May 2017

The first new buildings on the top of Calton Hill in over a century are fast taking shape. With the foundations complete, concrete walls have now been created for Collective’s new gallery, offices, and restaurant. These walls will be faced with tooled sandstone and will complement the original finish of the City Observatory.


Collective's new home takes shape

13 March 2017

Building and restoration work is now well underway on Calton Hill, as our plans to save the City Observatory and build a new gallery become a reality.


Satellites Programme 2017 Announcement

17 October 2016

Collective is delighted to announce its Satellites Programme 2017 selected participants are Timothea Armour, Alex Impey, Adam Lewis Jacob, Grace Johnston and Ross Little.


Ground breaking moment at the City Observatory

26 October 2016

It’s all change here on Calton Hill next week as building contractors arrive to begin the transformation of the City Observatory into a new home for contemporary art. To celebrate the start of the work we invited pupils from our partner schools Abbeyhill and Leith Walk to start the digging on site, with a little help from Collective Director Kate Gray, artist Mark Bleakley, and Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture Convenor for the City of Edinburgh Council.


30 days to go

3 October 2016

It is 30 days to go until we begin we begin work to transform the City Observatory complex on Edinburgh's Calton Hill, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council. Collective's vision is to be a new kind of City Observatory. We will restore the outstanding site and provide a meeting place for research, science, heritage and contemporary art. Collective will create a space in which artists, producers and audiences can meet, debate and explore both the historic and the contemporary.


Donate to Support the City Observatory Redevelopment

Collective is in the final stage of fundraising for the £4m City Observatory redevelopment project and has so far secured the support of key funders including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh World Heritage as well as other trusts and foundations.View our supporters here.


Satellites Programme 2015 Publication

Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland. This publication documents the year's exhibitions and essays. Satellites Programme 2015 practitioners were: Thomas Aitchison, France-Lise McGurn, Hardeep Pandhal, Scott Rogers and Georgia Horgan.


Anne Bonnar appointed Chair of Collective

18 March 2016

Collective is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Bonnar as Chair of the Board. With wide ranging experience in private, public and voluntary sectors Anne has led and collaborated on projects with a wide range of artists and creative enterprises at local, national and international level.


Plans Approved for City Observatory Redevelopment

Edinburgh planners have approved Collective’s proposals to create a new contemporary visual arts space at the City Observatory complex on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill. The project will see one of Edinburgh’s most iconic sites saved for future generations, creating a new-build gallery and restaurant and opening this historic site to the public for the first time in its history.


City Observatory Redevelopment Project

City Observatory Plans Revealed

Exciting plans for the redevelopment of the City Observatory complex on Calton Hill have been revealed. Download the Press Release here.


Collective secures first round support for City Observatory restoration

Read a recent article from The Herald highlighting Collective's first round support for the restoration of the City Observatory from the Heritage Lottery Fund here.


Creative Scotland Regular Funding Announcement

Collective is proud to announce that it is a Regularly Funded Organisation as part of Creative Scotland's recent review. Collective has also been awarded an increase in funding, acknowledging the incredible opportunities which the new site opens up to artists and audiences. We look forward to delivering an exciting and ambitious programme over the next three years while delivering a new City Observatory complex for Edinburgh.


Ruth Ewan Print Editions

Collective is pleased to present three new woodblock print editions by Ruth Ewan. The prints have been informed and developed from the research undertaken for Memorialmania, an audio guide for Calton Hill produced in collaboration with Astrid Johnston.