22 Nov 2022
- Edinburgh and Lothians
Edinburgh Printmakers (EPM) is a centre for printmaking and the visual arts headquartered in Edinburgh.
Having moved to its new £11m Castle Mills home in Spring 2019, this leading arts charity was able to offer a range of activities, including open access to world-class printmaking; two galleries; a shop selling original prints and handmade products; hire spaces for meetings, events and learning activities; as well as a café and community garden. In its first six months, it welcomed 46,000 visitors – then the global pandemic hit, and it was forced to close its doors.
In late 2020, EPM approached SIS for support in increasing its social and cultural impact. SIS was able to provide a loan of £959,000, enabling the enterprise to expand the variety and scale of services offered to communities, both locally and across Scotland.
The funding came at a critical time for EPM as the organisation prepares for what is likely to be further growth in visitor numbers and demand for its services as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease
“After a hugely uncertain year, we are delighted to have secured this investment from SIS to help us reopen, rebuild and reimagine our programmes. As we look to the future, we are focused on how we can support artists and communities that have been badly impacted. An expansion of our education programmes, along with subsidised facilities and new residencies for artists, are just some of the projects that we will deliver over the next 18-months, and we are grateful for SIS support to help us achieve these ambitions.”
Chair of EPM