KMAdotcom the artist studio in Midlothian, have continued to produce artwork throughout lockdown. A collective of artists with and without learning disabilities – united by their creative perspectives about the world, though their latest work might be enjoyed by anyone who like them, struggled (and continues to struggle!) with these incredibly strange times.

The colouring book can be bought in the Artlink shop.

Over the last few years, the studio has been open on Mondays and Fridays where work has been created for galleries, local businesses and museums – so being kept apart from each other was incredibly foreign. The KMA studio is a place of collaboration and ideas flow from spontaneous conversation. Lockdown forced the artists to find a new ways of working by sharing ideas through video calls and posting materials to each other.

The colouring in book is only one small part of what they achieved. Other highlights are:

  • Leanne Ross was commissioned by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to make work for the staff’s Rest and Recover Hubs.
  • Our wordsmith Marc Smith had his poetry about lockdown published alongside the likes of Margaret Atwood and Moira Jeffrey on the Konch Poetry Podcast.
  • A brand new collection of artworks commissioned by the Collective Gallery for their retail space, Collective Matter is due to launch late Autumn.
  • We hosted a disco for over 40 people to dress up on a Wednesday afternoon and dance online with Glasgow DJ’s Fallope and the Tubes!

Leanne Ross’ work in situ at the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Rest and Recovery Hubs.

You can read more about us on the KMA website or see behind the scenes action on the Instagram page.