Outer Spaces

Past Projects and Partnerships

Engaging audiences:

Outer Spaces took part in Doors Open Days 2023.
Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival and invites visitors to explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across the country. Our resident artists opened their doors, offering a rare opportunity to see what they do and how they have transformed empty commercial spaces into studios, performance spaces and creative community hubs.


Holborn House

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 September
See how artist Emily Weaver’s new installation, combining large scale textile work and papier mache sculpture, has transformed office space at Holburn House. There will also be an opportunity to meet the artist and find out more about their work.

Image: Emily Weaver, Fish Folk, 2022


Outer Spaces, Sauchiehall Street

'please pay for your shopping before taking it into the toilet’

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September

An exciting and unique opportunity to explore the former M&S building on Sauchiehall Street, which is currently occupied by 80+ Outer Spaces artists.
Visit open studios, exhibitions, and performances and find out how artists are utilising and reanimating empty buildings on the High Street.

Image credit: Beth Shapiro


80-84 High Street

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September

Take part in a range of workshops to celebrate Perth Unesco City of Craft, where traditional crafts meet the new digital world. Workshops will be hosted by jewellery designer, Roberta Pederzoli (Quinta Essenza Jewellery) and creative computer programmer, Kerry Kidd (RaspiKidd).


57 Henderson Row

Saturday 23 September

An exciting and unique opportunity to take a behind the scenes peek inside the former Royal London building on Henderson Row, which is currently being occupied by over 50 multi-disciplinary artists.
This open studio event is an opportunity to see artists at work and find out how they utilise and reanimate empty buildings in the city of Edinburgh.

Outer Spaces is exploring the role art can have in the changes to public spaces by transforming disused shops into new exhibition spaces.
In partnership with Sculpture Placement Group (SPG), we are showing sculpture in some of Scotland's busiest high streets and shopping centres to engage new audiences. SPG is an artist-led action research organisation based in Glasgow and together we are bringing more work out of storage and into the heart of town centres and city neighbourhoods.
Information about the open call is here: https://www.sculptureplacementgroup.org.uk/sculpture-open-call/

With the support of Creative Informatics, Outer Spaces is working with Ben Schogler and his team at Playable Tech to develop the ‘Banter Bandit’ – an interactive screen based system which uses gaming technology to collect feedback from casual or accidental audiences on what they see or encounter at Outer Spaces sites. Creative Informatics is an ambitious research and development programme, which aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together through a partnership of four organisations: the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase and Creative Edinburgh.

Artist Development: MORE THAN SPACE

MORE THAN SPACE is an Outer Spaces pilot project supported by Creative Scotland and Aberdeen City Council exploring new models and directions for curating and commissioning in empty commercial property.

DISSENTING SPACES: Laura Aldridge, Nick Evans

& James Rigler of Sculpture House Collective

and Lisette May Monroe of Rosie’s Disobedient Press

Saturday 1 April, 5pm to 7pm

Free, please book online here: 


In-Situ was a one day public event at Weatherford House in Dyce, Aberdeen, showcasing the work of commissioned artists Samm Anga, Caitlin Dick, Sorour Fattahi, Leopard Arts and Emily Weaver

Claire Feeley has been selected as Curator in Residence for the pilot MORE THAN SPACE project supported by Creative Scotland. She is known for her approach in supporting artists to realise major artworks, ambitious either in scale, duration or through collaborative models of community co-commissioning.

A VERY HEAVENLY SOCIAL: an evening of odes, ballads, songs, poems, and toasts that reflect on the experience of being a creative practitioner in Scotland and the communal care necessary to cope during a time of political, economic and climate crisis.

Rachel Grant was selected as Curator in Residence in Aberdeen for the pilot MORE THAN SPACE project supported by Creative Scotland and Aberdeen City Council.

An open call for 20 artists in 2022 to make use of space in empty commercial property with a bursary, and curatorial & logistical support from the MORE THAN SPACE team in Aberdeen, Glenrothes, Greenock, Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy, Motherwell, Newton Mearns, Paisley, Stirling as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow.

THE DISSENTER FOR SPACE STUDIES seeks to empower studio-holders to collaborate, experiment and explore the possibilities of artists occupying vacant commercial properties.

Outer Spaces has received an Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding 2022/23 award to offer five micro-commissions to artists based in the city and work with a Curator in Residence as part of the MORE THAN SPACE Aberdeen project.