About Garvald Artists


The Art and Design Studio at Garvald Edinburgh enables artists with learning disabilities to develop and exhibit their work. The artists have access to high quality materials and support, giving them space to explore and express their creative voice. Each artist is facilitated to produce a body of work to exhibition standard and their work is shown in a variety of locations in Edinburgh and beyond.

Inspired by the ideas of the educator and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, Garvald Edinburgh has been providing supported day and living services to adults since 1969. The studio at Orwell Arts is situated in a converted Victorian primary school nestled amongst the tenements of Edinburgh, in the heart of the bustling Dalry area of the city. Since 2001 we have run an exciting exhibitions programme presenting the artists' work in contemporary mainstream settings.

Artists with learning disabilities face a number of barriers to the mainstream art world. We endeavour to break these down by focussing on their abilities and showcasing the quality, diversity and warmth of their work.

The artists can choose to be involved in the complete process of making, selecting and hanging of the artwork, gaining skills and confidence as a result. The Art and Design Studio and Garvald Edinburgh's exhibitions programme are both facilitated by Workshop Leader and Exhibitions Coordinator, Morven Macrae.

Proceeds raised from the sale of the artists' work go back into the organisation to sustain and supplement our quality facilities and allow the artists to continue creating and developing the unique work they are renowned for.