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
4 August – 18 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 – 4 December
£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.
Wednesdays, 1 – 3pm
20 September – 6 December
Learn to up-cycle textiles creatively in a relaxed and sociable group. Create exciting textile projects using traditional sewing, crochet and knitting techniques, meet new people and share ideas.
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 sessions: 21 September, 26 October, 16 November
£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.
Drama @ WHALE
Thursdays, 6 – 8pm
21 September – 5 October, 19 October – 14 December (extra session 20 December)
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. This term the group will be preparing for the Christmas Showcase on 21 December.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8pm
21 September – 14 December (no session 12 October)
£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.
Fridays, 11am – 1pm
25 August – 15 December (no session 17 November)
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.
Westburn Community Meal
Fridays, 1 – 2pm
18 August – 15 December (no session 17 November)
Join us for a delicious meal using fresh produce grown, harvested and cooked by the local community. All ages welcome.
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.
Lyceum Youth Theatre: Discover
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5pm
27 September – 13 December (no session 18 October)
Ages 10-13, FREE
Explore your dramatic skills with theatre professionals from the Lyceum Theatre.
Thursdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm
24 August – 21 September, 12 October – 21 December
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, 2 – 4pm
29 September – 15 December
Ages 6-12, FREE
Get crafty and creative using recycled materials!
CAN Family Days
Saturdays, 1 – 3pm
9 September – 9 December
All ages, FREE
Meet new friends and neighbours; try creative activities, eco arts, natural play and gardening. Enjoy the WHALE garden, have a natter and a cuppa.
Digital Sentinel Job Search and Online Benefit Applications Drop-In
Wednesdays, 12:45 – 2:45pm
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
Thursdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm
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.
Room For Art
Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30pm
10 August – 12 October
Room For Art is a project run in partnership by Art in Healthcare, WHALE Arts and Wester Hailes Health Agency that offers free art workshops with artist Heather Lucchesi to improve health and wellbeing. The sessions are by referral only. For more information please contact Iona McCann on 0131 555 7638 or email@example.com.
Fridays, 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.