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About Us

Hi, we’re Art Buds!


We are passionate about creativity, process art and protecting our planet. We offer fun artistic education for children, young people and adults that centres around sustainability and celebrates the creative journey. 

Our team of experienced artist educators are facilitating classes in three beautiful natural outdoor spaces across Edinburgh. Whether you are drawn to explore art on the beach, in the forest or atop an ancient volcano, our mission is to inspire you to create and enhance your understanding of the natural world and what we can all do to protect it.  

 
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Our Values

  • We believe every human has the right to create, and that we must work to remove the barriers that exist to creative engagement.

  • We actively promote exploration of artistic process as a means to improve wellbeing and increase understanding the world.

  • We are committed to celebrating multiple points of view and strive for inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience.

  • We are committed to protecting the natural environment and putting sustainability at the heart of our art-making.

  • We believe in nurturing and respecting individuals on their creative journey through a person led approach.

  • We believe in celebrating kindness and engaging curiosity every day.

Photo by Alyssa Parker 

 

What do we mean by Sustainability?

Sustainability is a complex idea. The UN World Commission on Environment and Development defines it like this: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 

Art Buds Collective takes a holistic approach to the complex and interconnected issues surrounding sustainability. Our efforts to build a greener, fairer future must support environmental, social and economic health. We understand that resources are finite, and we must conserve their use, but we must also share access to experiences and learning - sustainable practices should support human as well as ecological needs. Our creativity in the present must stay true to the world we want future generations to inherit.

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Our Philosophy

Process vs Product

Process Art is child-led, explorative, and full of surprises...

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Create Sustainably

Working for a sustainable future means building a better world for all of us...

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Engage Curiosity

Curiosity is the beating heart of Art Buds Collective...

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What Do We Mean By Sustainability?

Working for a sustainable future means building a better world for all of us. A world in which a few individuals don't take more than their fair share and resources are spread equally. When we dream of a sustainable future, we think about breathing cleaner air, enjoying healthier oceans and living in a more balanced society, in which the rights of all are respected and the environment is protected. A sustainable future is not just what we need, it's what we want.

Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, sustainability is not just abut natural resources - we also need to protect social and economic resources.

Art Buds Collective takes a holistic approach to the complex and interconnected issues surrounding sustainability. We know that our efforts to build a greener, fairer future must promote environmental, social and economic health. We understand that resources are finite and we must conserve their use, and that's why we have transformed the way we work with materials and created our green classroom manifesto. Our creativity in the present must stay true to the world we want future generations to inherit.