Rhubaba

Rhubaba Rhubaba is an artist-run organisation with a group studio and curatorial project based in Edinburgh. Rhubaba is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
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Rhubaba Gallery and Studios is an artist-run organisation in Edinburgh that provides studio space for currently nineteen artists across fifteen studios alongside an annual programme of exhibitions and events. Established in 2009 in response to a gap in appropriate studio provision for recent graduates and through the desire to create a space dedicated to both the production and presentation of con

temporary art, Rhubaba initially housed ten recent graduates from Edinburgh College of Art. During our first year we organised a series of exhibitions in temporary spaces around the city as well as with host venues further afield.Rhubaba has continued to develop our approach to public programming and moved to Leith in 2010 to accommodate more studios and a permanent gallery space. We are committed to generating a supportive workspace and a dynamic platform for local and international artists.Rhubaba aims to give early-career artists the opportunity to produce new work in a discursive environment, work collaboratively with other artist-led initiatives and explore wider debates in contemporary art, bringing exciting and challenging works to Scotland.Rhubaba’s programme has included solo-shows by Ed Atkins, Benedict Drew, Alan Currall, Serena Korda, Lucy Pawlak, James Clarkson and Hannah James; groups shows and events with works by Patrick Keiller, Julius Koller, Nathalie De-Briey, John Smith, Patrick Graf, Alex Gross and partnerships with Camden Art Centre, London; Tranzit.sk, Slovakia; David Dale Gallery and Studios, Glasgow; Central Reservation, Bristol; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Duchy Gallery, Glasgow; Intercity Mainline, London; Lombard Method, Birmingham and Outpost Gallery, Norwich. Rhubaba is run by voluntary committee members: Freya Yeates, Natasha Ruwona, Khadea Kuchenmeister and Laura Tully. Past committee members: Past committee members: Reba Martin, Lindsay Boyd, Camilla Irvine-Fortescue, Siobhan Scott, Anastasia Philimonos, Ben Callaghan, Katie Strachan, Elsbeth King, Timothea Armour, Mark Haddon, Faith Limbrick, Jenny Salmean, Anna Danielewicz, Lara MacLeod, Francesca Hawker, Tom Nolan, Peter Amoore, Siân Robinson-Davies, Catherine Payton, James Bell, Frances Stacey, Claire Davies, Hazel France and Rachel Adams. Charity no. SC043963

Lassies! It's that time again. We’re cold. We’re wet. We’re exhausted. We’re spiritually drained AND bypassed. We’re try...
18/12/2023

Lassies! It's that time again. We’re cold. We’re wet. We’re exhausted. We’re spiritually drained AND bypassed. We’re tryin to go home but we don’t know where that is. We’re heartbroken. We’re miserable. And you know what? We’re ready to rise up anyway!!!

Rhubaba is collaborating with the babes at misery () to bring you one of their sweet special s*xy sober parties ‧₊˚✩ ALCHEMISE ✩˚₊‧ their first party in Scotland!!

Join us on Friday 12th January from 8pm - 1am at The Wee Red Bar for a night of dance, food, chai & non-alcoholic drinks, sculpture making, communal grief space, mystical forest installation, and more! 

ALCHEMISE is a party to gather community resources, build solidarity and transform our grief to challenge oppressive social norms after the winter solstice. We’re calling all Q***r, Trans POC, marginalised babes and their community to gather and decompress, grieve, move and breathe together after a particularly harrowing year. 

misery was created as a place for QTBPOC to come as you are. bring your sadness, your neurodivergence, your queerness, your kind of weird outfit, your transness, your melanin with you and celebrate them as one. you can cry if you want to.

This is a sober space led by QTBPOC. sliding scale tickets available in our bio - FREE tickets for QTBPOC folx :) tell ur pals!

The Wee Red Bar is a wheelchair accessible venue but please do not hesitate to contact us with any other access questions or requirements.

🦋Poster by the amazing

Rhubaba choir is back tomorrow! 26/09/23 We’ll be meeting at  from 6.30 - 8.30pm, where we’ll continue to work with  on ...
25/09/2023

Rhubaba choir is back tomorrow! 26/09/23 We’ll be meeting at from 6.30 - 8.30pm, where we’ll continue to work with on some SONGS including a lil something by . All voices welcome!!

On Thursday last week we hosted a Reading Event  with participants of our recent Writing Salon which was facilitated by ...
26/08/2023

On Thursday last week we hosted a Reading Event with participants of our recent Writing Salon which was facilitated by Lola Olufemi as part of their residency with Rhubaba.

It was a joyous evening, celebrating the work of our writers, who were able to share some of the work they have been developing.

We were also joined by Lavender Menace Q***r Books Archive, who gave a touching introduction to their work and history.

Nat Raha also gave a beautiful performance as part of the readings.

Rhubaba invites you to join us on Thursday 17th of August for an evening of reading and conversation in collaboration wi...
01/08/2023

Rhubaba invites you to join us on Thursday 17th of August for an evening of reading and conversation in collaboration with Lavender Menace Q***r Books Archive.

The event will feature contributions from members of our recent Writing Salon with author Lola Olufemi, and special guests to be announced.

As part of the residency, we have collaborated with Lavender Menace Q***r Books Archive, who will be in conversation with Lola Olufemi about their work and history.

Join us for an informal evening of sharing and conversation. Refreshments will be provided.

Free tickets are available on Eventbrite, follow the link in our linktree



Information for applicants:Deadline: Monday 26th June at midnightFor writers applying to participate in the writing salo...
16/06/2023

Information for applicants:

Deadline: Monday 26th June at midnight

For writers applying to participate in the writing salon with Lola Olufemi , the dates for the salon are as follows:

Week 1 will take place between on Wednesday 12th of July and Tuesday 18th of July in Edinburgh. There will be sessions each day lasting around 2 hours, these sessions are designed to be open spaces for sharing and developing work.

Week 2 will take place between Monday 14th and Friday 18th of August and will be based between two locations in Edinburgh.

Participants would need to be available on each of the days for a couple of hours.

For any queries around the structure of the salon and availability or for any access requirements please email [email protected]

Rhubaba is excited to announce our upcoming Writer’s Residency with Lola Olufemi.Lola will be joining us in July to host...
07/06/2023

Rhubaba is excited to announce our upcoming Writer’s Residency with Lola Olufemi.

Lola will be joining us in July to host a writing salon for 10 unpublished writers of colour. This project will take shape over two weeks (non-consecutively).

This opportunity is for writers who are working on a long term project and feel they would benefit from being in community with others.

For more information about the residency and for details on how to apply to participate in the writing salon see link below.

Deadline for applications is Monday 26th of June at midnight

https://www.rhubaba.org/programme/lola-olufemi-writers-residency

Rhubaba is pleased to announce that the audio and transcript for Grief Offerings: (End of) Life Wishes is now available ...
26/04/2023

Rhubaba is pleased to announce that the audio and transcript for Grief Offerings: (End of) Life Wishes is now available to access on our website (https://www.rhubaba.org/programme/grief-offerings-end-of-life-wishes).

Commissioned for our Care, Resistance...Joy! programme, Grief Offerings: (End of) Life Wishes is an audio and transcribed conversation between Emilia Beatriz, Etzali Hernández and Sandra Alland.

The artists use the theme of 'end of life wishes' as a starting point to share ways we want to care, mourn, live and resist in the current climate, with a focus on mental health and disability justice.

The chat is interspersed with poems as ‘grief offerings’ by Scotland-based artists Nat Raha, Jeda Pearl and Andrés N. Ordorica.

Mixed and mastered by Claude Nouk.

Photo by Emilia Beatriz.

Content notes for this conversation include death, dying, eugenics, su***de, assisted su***de, racism, ableism, classism and institutionalisation.

Image Description: “grief tea brewing” a close-up colour photograph of soft magenta rose petals and crunchy green hawthorn leaves soaking.

Rhubaba are pleased to announce that the audio and transcript for Grief Offerings: (End of) Life Wishes is now available...
26/04/2023

Rhubaba are pleased to announce that the audio and transcript for Grief Offerings: (End of) Life Wishes is now available to access on our website (link in bio).

Grief Offerings: (End of) Life Wishes is an audio transmission and transcript from Emilia Beatriz, Sandra Alland & Etzali Hernández. With guest readings from Andrés N. Ordorica, Jeda Pearl and Nat Raha.
Mixed and mastered by Claude Nouk.

Commissioned for Care, Resistance...Joy! (Rhubaba Gallery & Studios), 2022.

Content notes include: death, dying, eugenics, su***de,
assisted su***de, racism, ableism, classism and institutionalisation.

💥📢new Rhubaba Choir project! If you fancy some spring singing, join us as we start to work with Hannan Jones on an excit...
20/04/2023

💥📢new Rhubaba Choir project! If you fancy some spring singing, join us as we start to work with Hannan Jones on an exciting new project. Mixed Signals: Collective Tuning is a workshop led in collaboration with the Rhuababa Choir and artist Hannan Jones over SS223, offering an opportunity to delve into graphic notations and engage in group exercises focused on visual scoring, dissonance, polyrhythms and singing with enthusiasm. As a culmination of the workshops, a collective summer performance will be created that fosters a sense of joy and a shared language. You don't need any prior experience to participate.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights 6.30 - 8.30. Full details at https://www.rhubaba.org/choir Image: A fragment with Yellowcolour_Perpetual overlay on 'Celestial Spheres Fantasy for Improvisation' by Martin Sebastian Loyato

What might the notion of place and our bodies as co-constitutive allow us to think – beyond the seemingly fixed markers,...
10/04/2023

What might the notion of place and our bodies as co-constitutive allow us to think – beyond the seemingly fixed markers, bounds and contracts of our environments? How might we then perform a re-writing of place, as a subversive and embodied act?

As part of their research residency with Rhubaba, Civic Soup invite you to “Mutual Feelings – A Reading Circle on Body and Place”. This will take place over the course of three workshops over three different locations within Edinburgh, during w/c 1st May.

Session 1
Everyday Entanglements
Tuesday 02.05.2023, 18:00-21:00
Fruitmarket, City Centre

Session 2
Material Cultures & Migrations
Wednesday 03.05.2023, 18:00-21:00
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Newhaven

Session 3
Another Place
Saturday 06.03.2023, 12:00-17:00
Outdoor location TBC, North Edinburgh

Travel costs to each location will be covered, along with a meal on the final day.

Register here: https://civicsoup.co.uk/RC-Mutual-feelings

Open Call: Treasurer of the Board of TrusteesRhubaba Gallery and Studios are looking for a committed individual with fin...
15/12/2022

Open Call: Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

Rhubaba Gallery and Studios are looking for a committed individual with financial experience to take on the voluntary role of Treasurer to expand our expertise in that area and build upon the range of current skills within the Board of Trustees.

We require a dynamic and motivated person who is sympathetic to the aims and objectives of Rhubaba Gallery and Studios, and we expect Trustees to contribute actively to the Board by giving strategic direction; setting overall policy; defining goals and setting targets; evaluating performance; and ensuring the charity's effective and efficient administration and financial stability.

More information here: https://www.rhubaba.org/programme/treasurer-call-out?token=061cb6151a375d72f452b2b614e5800d1d0689ba

Deadline for applications: Midnight Monday 30th January 2023. Informal interviews will be conducted via Zoom w/c February 6th 2023.

We are so excited to announce Hydro Futures / Memory Ecologies, a new seminar series in collaboration with the Institute...
29/09/2022

We are so excited to announce Hydro Futures / Memory Ecologies, a new seminar series in collaboration with the Institute for Postnatural Studies.

How can water ground our lives, from our beginnings in liquid, to our bodies as its containers? Hydro Futures / Memory Ecologies holds a space for research and investigation into our relationships with water through the frameworks of Afrofuturism and Black Geographies. (Re)thinking with water requires a fluid reimagining of time, as it serves as an archive of memory and of history - water is its own storyteller. In using Afrofuturism as a lens to creatively and critically view water with, its ecological position is expanded upon to consider its role in the past, present, and possible future(s).

https://rhubaba.org/programme/hydro-futures-memory-ecologies

5 ONLINE SESSIONS
Every Tuesday from November 29th
17:30 - 19:30 (GMT)
150€ registration *
130€ for student
(sending a proof of enrolment)

*IPS is do not receive regular funding and as such the seminar series is charged to support with organisational costs. We are able to offer 10 scholarships available for BPOC to attend the sessions.

The deadline for our Committee open call is approaching (Monday 19th)!We’re interested in how you imagine using Rhubaba ...
14/09/2022

The deadline for our Committee open call is approaching (Monday 19th)!

We’re interested in how you imagine using Rhubaba as a platform for ideas and what your motivations are for being part of the committee. If you are interested in joining us, please complete our google form available on our website https://www.rhubaba.org/programme/open-call-for-committee-members or email us a statement and CV outlining your interest in the role: [email protected].

We will also accept applications via video (max 2 mins), or voice note. For more information or to arrange a call with one of us please emails us at [email protected].

June 1st ONLINE: A symposium in celebration of Scots-Ghanaian artist, photographer, writer, educator and feminist Maud Sulter (1960-2008).

Embodied-Knowledge.org is live. Both desktop and mobile! This summer we launched a website Embodied Knowledge, committed...
12/09/2022

Embodied-Knowledge.org is live. Both desktop and mobile!

This summer we launched a website Embodied Knowledge, committed to long-term research and publishing new commissions.

The site presents a commissioned ceramic sculpture by artist Zoë Zo, Zoë Tumika & Zoë Guthrie. A vessel unglazed, with the energy of growing outwardly, using finger pinching as the presence of the past and future and using sgraffito, covering the preliminary surface with another and scratching the superficial layer to reveal and create patterns. On the belly of the sculpture Zo, Tumika & Guthrie uses lettering in a distinctive style to them, writing “AM HELD” becoming an emblem for holding space for the waywardness of the project.

New writing by committee member Khadea Santi considering Rhubaba’s future after the closure of the studios in 2021, through the becoming of the Embodied Knowledge project is available to read to ground the project. Photography Matthew Arthur Williams . Visual identity & site design: Des Lloyd Behari .

We are seeking new freelance committee members to join us.Deadline to apply is 19th September 2022.We’re interested in h...
30/08/2022

We are seeking new freelance committee members to join us.

Deadline to apply is 19th September 2022.

We’re interested in how you imagine using Rhubaba as a platform for ideas and what your motivations are for being part of the committee. If you are interested in joining us, please complete our google form (link in bio) or email us a statement and CV outlining your interest in the role: [email protected].

We will also accept applications via video (max 2 mins), or voice note. For more information or to arrange a call with one of us please emails us at [email protected].

Rhubaba encourages all applications, particularly from those who are currently underrepresented within visual arts organisations in the UK. Rhubaba welcomes all people no matter their age, race, gender, s*x, s*xual orientation, religion or belief, class, cultural background, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity status.

We're delighted to be part of Art Late 2 for an in conversation with Committee Member Khadea Kuchenmeister, Dr Sequoia B...
22/08/2022

We're delighted to be part of Art Late 2 for an in conversation with Committee Member Khadea Kuchenmeister, Dr Sequoia Barnes and Zoë Zo, Zoë Tumika, Zoë Guthrie. Featuring a new ceramic sculpture commissioned this year as part of our new online project Embodied Knowledge, and our selected reading material in Palm House at Johnstone Terrace Wildlife Garden . Thank you to and .

Tune in from Thurs 25 Aug - 6.30pm - 7.45pm - streaming live via YouTube. Link in bio! Image Credit

Rhubaba Podcast episode  #7 Joy within The Trouble, a conversation with Gabriel Alonso and Yuri Tuma. Available through ...
25/07/2022

Rhubaba Podcast episode #7 Joy within The Trouble, a conversation with Gabriel Alonso and Yuri Tuma.

Available through link in bio or via our Spotify.

In our latest episode, committee members Freya Yeates and Khadea Santi speak with artists and co-founders of The Institute for Postnatural Studies.

Gabriel and Yuri were invited to reflect upon ideas which informed their workshop sessions Desirable Futures, Hybrid Bodies, produced for Rhubaba’s Care, Resistance…Joy! programme.

The discussion explores how acts of collective joy, listening and imagination can move us beyond staying within times of trouble in ecological crisis and toward actively disrupting the structures of power that maintain it. By positioning collective joy, and speculative-fiction as forms of pleasure activism (Adrienne Maree Brown), we can work against the paralysis of survival and move towards something more like transformation, more like becoming with.

A reading list for this episode is also available on our website, via link in bio.

Image Credit: Rhubaba Gallery & Studios, Images from workshop Desirable Futures, Hybrid Bodies (13.05.22), 2022.

Special thanks to for the use of their space for this workshop session.

Don't miss the Rhubaba choir performance on Union Canal Sunday 31 July starting from 1 pm till late afternoon starting a...
19/07/2022

Don't miss the Rhubaba choir performance on Union Canal Sunday 31 July starting from 1 pm till late afternoon starting at Bridge 8 Hub.

Join Pester and Rossi and artist Sarah Kenchington for Setting Sail– a launch event, and a special performance on board the canal boat Panacea, devised in response to local people’s ideas and experiences of the Union Canal, including the unveiling of A Float for the Future – a community raft – and a celebration song penned by local people in collaboration with Rhubaba Choir.

Rachel McBrinn, on one of the research-led Rhubaba residencies, shared some stills of work in progress last week from fi...
07/07/2022

Rachel McBrinn, on one of the research-led Rhubaba residencies, shared some stills of work in progress last week from filming in April - May in Livingston. With thanks to Director of Photography Alex Hetherington professional and friend Alison Scott Dean Swift and Kerry-Louise McIntosh who appear in the film.

“The film is driven by the voice of Dean Swift, a former landscape architect in the LDC. Dean’s insights into the greenways and planting across the town tell us so much about how the project was initiated, resourced, and nurtured over time, or in many cases unfinished. Kerry appears at her home in Deans South, one of the first housing developments in Livingston new town. There are only a few blocks still standing, the last of which are due for demolition this year. Grateful to both Dean and Kerry for their time and generosity.”
Rachel McBrinn, 2022.

Find out more about her work and keep up to date with work in progress.

Rhubaba is pleased to launch a new website, Embodied Knowledge, a website committed to long-term research and publishing...
04/07/2022

Rhubaba is pleased to launch a new website, Embodied Knowledge, a website committed to long-term research and publishing new commissions across multiple formats including writing, workshops, sculpture and sound. The website encourages public study and new forms of collaborating and sharing. The launch will include new writing by the committee that considers Rhubaba’s future after the closure of the studios in 2021 and will showcase a commissioned ceramic sculpture by artist Zoë Zo, Zoë Tumika & Zoë Guthrie. Designed by Des Lloyd Behari. With thanks to Debi Banerjee early and continued support.

More information at Rhubaba.org.

Website launching on 10th August.

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