Creative Potential

Curious Routes welcomes people who have an interest in collaborating with others and have existing interests and skills they would like to share, or are keen to learn new ones in a supportive, social, creative and light-hearted environment.




Our Basic Mountain Studio base gives us a chance to try out new ideas. We have a very collaborative approach; we work together to explore ideas, investigate common interests and skills that we want to share with others. Our inspiration comes from our conversations that explore a particular interest or skill. Creative ideas develop into something more concrete when we find like minded folk to collaborate with.




Over the years collaborations have brought us together with many different folk. With The Scottish Bee Keepers Association we designed and hand crafted furniture, ceramics and textiles for their annual exhibitions at The Royal Highland show and The Dundee Flower and Food Festival. With Edinburgh College of Art we created an exhibition and interactive programme of activity inspired by play, students participated in film screenings, discussions, screen printing and music making. With Broxburn United Sports Club we worked with an over 50’s group to explore common interests in birdwatching, sports, cooking, drawing, craft and music. 

The opportunity to expand out horizons and use our skills in different ways keeps our ideas fresh and our motivation high.

Endless Possibilites

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Taking our ping-pong table on tour to Seacliff Beach, Edinburgh College of Art and Broxburn United Sports Club invited unexpected, unusual and interesting conversations with other curious folk!

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Making and taking our hand crafted Ping-pong table on tour

Lee’s ping-pong design was used to screen print onto our hand crafted wooden portable ping-pong table created in collaboration with furniture designer Susan Harper.

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We benefit from the expertise of contemporary makers and visual artists to create quality products

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Working with artist Bernie Reid, we sketched, designed and created a series of screen printed posters inspired by our interests in birdwatching, cycling, fishing, films and playing ping-pong.  The posters will advertise our future events!


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Collaborating with Edinburgh College of Art students who share an interest in common play

The Common Play exhibition and programme of events was inspired by the idea of play. We invited the art college students and members of the public to actively take part in some of the experiences that have inspired us. Film screenings, discussions, screen printing and music making were some of the things we explored together.

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Gardening has always played an important part of what we do. We meet, eat and talk.

We have a gardening plot at Bridgend Growing Communities allotments. Although our main focus over the past couple of years has been working towards the Royal Highland Show we still grow the basics there. It allows us the chance to have a bit of lunch together, catch up and utilise the small bit of garden space we have at our disposal. We have also supplied organically grown fruit and vegetables for the local restaurant Blackfriars. 

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One of the participants grandfather worked as a beehive maker in the 1930’s which sparked off a conversation about beekeeping.

We invited David Wright from Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers Association to help answer some of our beekeeping questions. This led to making a top bar beehive with David and finding out more about the different skills required to keep bees. Interested folk completed the Introduction to Beekeeping Course run by EMBA in 2014 and 2015. We are now searching for adequate sites to start our own apiary.

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Our initial ideas are explored and developed at our visual art studio.

Coming together in Basic Mountain studio gives us a chance to chat together and develop our ideas. At the studio we explore design ideas and research different techniques. To help us work through our ideas professional visual artists, such as Francesca Nobilucci and Frances Priest, are invited in from time to time to deliver a block of specific workshops. We use specialist facilities such as Process Studios and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop to learn new skills to create high quality artwork.


A field trip to the graduate show at Chippendale School of Furniture in Gifford started off a whole new direction.

We visit many touring and one off exhibitions in and around Edinburgh at any given time of the year. We also look to develop specific skills and invite an artist or maker to give us a specific demonstration. Not so long ago we visited Jenny Smith at the Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio to find out about various laser cutting and etching techniques.

Making Connections

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Aidan Stephen

“What I needed was something with an uncommitted length of time that I could ease myself into and use to start making decisions again.” Aiden an all rounder and talented artist first got in touch through Andy Bowman at Veteran First Point.



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Lynn Ferry

“I personally still like the tool of handing someone something and saying I know what Artlink does and this is why I think it could benefit you.” Lynn a Community OT based at Clermiston Health Clinic regularly refers folk to Artlink.

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Douglas C Hall

“My real passion is river fishing. It’s about knowing your environment. Being out there and doing it. As well as mixing with other anglers who are only too eager to share their knowledge and tips on catching fish.” Douglas regularly volunteers to shares his skills with others.


Irene Kernan

“Having the chance to chat about projects and what groups are up to builds that community studio we are aiming for.” Irene, Director at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop wants to make sure that everyone can benefit from the practical knowledge ESW has to offer.