WHALE’s regular projects connect our community with creative opportunities and offer something for all ages and abilities. Check out what we can offer from early years to adults, for individuals, and the whole community.
Mondays and Fridays, 10:30am – 2:30pm
3 July – 22 December
Drop in for our exciting community garden project. Learn new skills and grow tasty food. Tools, training and a free lunch will be provided for all participants. Look out for our new community meal project!
Mondays, 1 – 3pm
7 August – 9 October
£2 per session
A weekly visual arts and crafts group for adults with complex or additional support needs. The group explores creativity and expression with varied art materials, and is run by a professional artist and support worker.
Wester Hailes: Who Do You Think You Are?
Tuesdays, 22 August – 19 December (no session 19 September)
10am – 12pm – Beginners
12:30 – 2:30pm – Advanced
Discover your family history with genealogist Alex Wood. Join our beginners group if you are starting your family tree from scratch or our advanced group if you have prior research experience. Spaces are limited, so please ring WHALE Arts to register.
Stitch ‘n’ Time
Tuesdays, 1 – 3pm
8 August – 19 December
This sociable sewing and crafting class focuses on learning new skills and projects which help the local community. Come and share a cuppa!
*Spaces are limited, so please call to register for this group.
Introduction to Digital Photography
Wednesdays, 2:45 – 4:45pm
30 August – 15 November (no session 18 October)
New for WHALE Arts! Join photographer Paul Cowan for an eleven week digital photography course for beginners.
*Spaces are limited, so please call to book your place.
One Thursday a month, 6 – 8pm
Next session: 10 August
£3 per session
Anyone with an interest in taking photos, learning about film cameras and printing in a traditional darkroom is welcome to join our evening sessions once a month. All levels of experience from novice to expert are welcome.
Repair & Reuse
Thursdays, 6 – 8pm
6 July – 10 August
Style your home while saving cash! Learn to create your perfect stylish home from upcycled materials. Create unique furnishings and accessories to adorn your home under the guidance of a professional designer.
Drama @ WHALE
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
6 April – 29 June (no session 15 June)
Bring out your dramatic side and get on stage with our group WHALEs Without a Cause. For beginners as well as those with some drama experience.
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30pm
From 21 September
£4 per session
Social dancing for ages 40+. Relaxed and fun with expert dance tuition. This term the group will cover Ceilidh, Country, Old Time, and more.
Cooking class Fridays, 11am – 1pm
Community meal 1 – 3pm
21 July – 25 August (no session 11 August)
Cooking classes and community meal. Learn to cook inexpensive healthy meals using food harvested from the garden. Enjoy a meal with your friends and neighbours, meet new people and learn new skills.
WHALE Community Cinema
Help us develop a community cinema at WHALE Arts! We’re looking for volunteers with a love of film to take part in training and run public screenings. WHALE Community Cinema is a member of Film Hub Scotland.
We are looking forward to a great summer! To view our programme of free events for early years, children and young people from 10 July – 12 August please click here.
In addition these regular projects will be taking place:
Westburn CAN Natural Play
Mondays and Saturdays, 1 – 3pm
10 July – 5 August
Ages 5-12, FREE
Creative outdoor play for kids! Den building, land art, woodland games and more. Wear old clothes and bring a sense of adventure!
Monday 7 August and Saturday 12 August, 1 -3pm
Ages 0-5, FREE
Creative outdoor play for babies and their adults. Messy, sensory play with nature. Wear old clothes and bring a sense of adventure!
Thursdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm
13 July – 10 August
Ages 0-2, FREE
For parents aged 25 and under who have babies up to 2 years old.
Come along and meet other mums, babies and bumps, and try some fun artist-led creative activities with Starcatchers! Free lunch is provided.
Thursdays, 4 – 5:30pm
24 August – 14 December (no session 19 October)
Multi –arts project for young people with Additional Support Needs and their families. Featuring dance, music, art and drama! Please get in touch to find out more.
Thursdays, 5 – 7pm
3 August – 14 December (no session 19 October)
Ages 7-16, FREE
Come and find the Street Arts team out on the streets! Art, music, drama, dance, photography and more. Like our ‘Street Arts WHALE’ Facebook page to find out where we are and what we are doing this week.
Fridays, 1 – 3pm
14 July – 11 August
Ages 5-12, FREE
Create original art pieces from scrap materials, artworks, jewellery, crafts and gifts made from things you would usually throw away.
smARTies Art Club
Fridays, 2:15 – 4pm
25 August – 15 December (no session 20 October)
Ages 6-10, FREE
Come along and get creative at art club! Drop-in session but you need to register to take part.
Digital Sentinel Job Search and Online Benefit Applications Drop-In
The Digital Sentinel has launched a new drop-in offering support for online job search website and online benefit applications. Please note these drop-ins are not Welfare advice sessions but rather offer a place and helping hand for people currently needing help to complete online forms. For more information contact Craig on email@example.com or 0131 458 3267.
Digital Sentinel Hubs
Ring 0131 458 3267 for dates
Free IT drop-in sessions at WHALE Arts Centre. Learn basic IT skills and support your local news website, Digitalsentinel.net. If you would like to share a story, email our community reporter on firstname.lastname@example.org.
10am – 12pm
£2.50 per session
Working in watercolour and oils, this sociable art group meets every Wednesday. Members pay a small weekly fee which includes tea and biscuits. New members are currently sought. Please contact this group via WHALE on email@example.com or 0131 458 3267, or pop by Wednesday morning.
10:30am – 1:30pm
£4 per session, tea/coffee and biscuits 50p
NuStart are an enthusiastic group of amateur artists who meet to enjoy each other’s company, create works of art, and critique paintings. The group is looking for new members who enjoy working independently on projects. The group is very friendly and happy to lend a helping hand. Please contact this group via WHALE on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 458 3267.
The Arty Party was established as a registered charity in 1997 to promote and raise appreciation of all forms of the arts for the benefit of the adult population of Wester Hailes and the surrounding districts, and in particular to older people and those who are traditionally excluded from the arts through the barriers of income or physical inaccessibility. Please contact this group via WHALE on email@example.com or 0131 458 3267.