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City daily makes front page bid to save creative arts charity

A city daily is campaigning to save a “unique” creative arts space from closure after its base was sold to developers.

The Edinburgh Evening News is calling for Edinburgh Palette to be spared from closure, after The Drum Property Group paid £15m for to turn its headquarters into student flats and affordable homes.

The building, St Margaret’s House, is run by Palette, a charity has offered affordable studio, exhibition and event spaces to artists over the past 10 years.

The Evening News splashed on the subject earlier this month.

Edinburgh Palette

In a comment piece, deputy editor Euan McGrory wrote: “You may not have heard of Edinburgh Palette – but it is a place we should cherish. For the last 10 years this unique charity has been beavering away quietly behind the unassuming facade of St Margaret’s House in Meadowbank.

“Many of you will know it as the red brick building with the big Art sign on its wall. Inside, a string of community groups and charities work alongside artists and craftspeople.

“It is a community in its own right where everyone helps out each other, building networks that benefit thousands of people.”

He added: “It would be wrong to expect the new owners to subsidise the charity indefinitely. But it would be worse for the charity to be turfed out without finding suitable alternative accommodation, whether at Meadowbank or elsewhere. Today we appeal to The Drum Group to help make that happen.”