DOK Artist Space is an artist run organisation in Edinburgh that is founded by three Edinburgh College of Art graduates: Karen Fleming, Daryl McKee and Olivia Turner. We discovered that Ocean Terminal were keen to make use of a semi-derelict former paint store known as The Tin Shed situated on the waterfront, behind the multi-storey car park and next to the rickety jetty that hosts one of Anthony Gormley’s series of striking sculpted figures.
Its generous space, sturdy design and location right in the heart of the capital’s once bustling port make it a unique space. We are already well advanced with our plans to renovate the building to transform it into an artist space. However in order to fulfil our plans to make it an exciting artist hub, we desperately need extra funds to be up and running as soon as possible to accommodate the high demand. We were extremely fortunate to obtain a 40ft shipping container and have received positive feedback and interest from a range of artist who would benefit from the space. We are really passionate about moving forward with this venture and want to create something unique and exciting to help emerging and established artists as well as regenerating an area of Leith.
The plan for the container is to convert it into an affordable exhibition space with the potential for it becoming studio spaces in the future. The long term plan is to obtain several containers creating an artist village in the heart of Leith Docks which will benefit the wider community. We are going to create an extensive network of Scottish based artists in a unique setting which we would hope will help further there career.
After the renovations have been concluded, we will begin filling our studios, embarking on the key aspect of our plan to promote art and giving artists from all walks of life an opportunity to join a community of likeminded individuals, as well as encouraging the wider Leith community to participate in projects.