Art Buds Wins Creative Scotland Award

In February 2021, Art Buds founder, Sara Gough, received a Youth Access Fund award to further our work promoting access to the Arts for young people. The award has allowed us to develop and deliver our community outreach project, Art Buds in Muirhouse.

This project will enable an estimated 100 children to explore art-making in nature with our experienced Artist Educators. A Mentorship programme, offering paid mentorship opportunities to four young people in the Muirhouse area, will run alongside our free programme of creative facilitation for children.

Art Buds would like to thank Creative Scotland and our partner North Edinburgh Arts for their support.  


Start-It! Award for Social Entrepreneurs

We are delighted to announce that in January 2021 Art Buds Collective became the proud recipient of a Start-It! award from Firstport. This award provides start-up funding for business ideas that address a social, environmental, and/or community issue.

Firstport funding means we can transform the lives of more young people through art making in nature and remove many of the barriers to participation that exist for so many children. A huge thank you to Firstport for having faith in us and trusting us to ‘start something good’!


Art Buds In Muirhouse

Art Buds in Muirhouse is a fun, free programme of outdoor creative learning for early years and school-aged children in the Muirhouse of Edinburgh.

3-5 Years:

Mondays - 4-5.30pm

Tuesdays - 10.30am-12pm

6-9 Years:

Mondays - 4-5.30pm

Thursdays 4-5.30pm

For more information please email us at:

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The Future We See

We know from experience that exploration of artistic process has a positive effect on the development and wellbeing of humans, young and old. That’s why we are so committed to removing barriers to creative engagement and providing artistic education for all.

Our dream is of an Earth where resources are no longer squandered, and our actions in the present do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are working hard to  secure a greener future and reduce our environmental impact by sourcing sustainable, planet safe materials and looking after the environments in which we work. 

Spending time in natural spaces helps develop empathy and deepens our connections to ourselves, each other and nature. When we explore freely in the outdoors, we build resilience, spark joy and engage our natural curiosity: Art making becomes the catalyst for positive change in us and in the world.