A resource for online arts and culture events, virtual tours, drawing classes and much more.

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Theatre/Dance/Opera/Musicals  |  Opera and Classical Music  |  Other Music  |  Theatre  |  Dance  |  Musicals  |  Cabaret  |  Comedy  |  Film  |  Arts and Culture Virtual Tours  |  Scottish Art Gallery and Museum Tours  |  Life Drawing  |  Live Art  |  Literature  |  Across the Arts  |  Scottish History and Culture  |  UK History and Culture
Theatre, Dance, Opera and Classic Music

Performing arts on demand – offers on-demand access to critically acclaimed dance, opera and theatre performances from across the globe. Marquee.TV  (free 30 days)

Daily updated list of free theatre, musicals and operas streaming around the world. Filmed on Stage  (free)

Keep Going – Together is a resource from Perth Concert Hall + Theatre that brings together theatre, music and comedy.

Opera and Classical Music

Concerts from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra   (Free)

Concerts, archive footage and live-streams from The Vienna State Opera  (Free, paid or 30 day free trial)

Welcome the Berliner Philharmoniker into your home – on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Live or on-demand from our archive. Digital Concert Hall  (Use code BERLINPHIL for free access)

On demand concerts and opera from Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Teatro Massimo  (Free)

OperaVision brings you the finest European operatic productions free, live and on-demand. Operavision.eu  (Free)

Watch Opera North’s acclaimed staging of Wagner’s epic masterpiece online, in full, for free. Opera North – The Ring Cycle  (Free)

Concerts from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.  (Free)

Watch Maxim Vengerov’s exclusive at-home concert for Classic FM. Classic FM  (Free)

Met launches Nightly Met Opera Streams, a free series of encore Live in HD presentations.  (Free)

The world’s leading classical music channel, medici.tv has offered access to the best of classical music to viewers worldwide since 2008. Medici.tv  (paid – 35% discount available)

Other Music Listings

Noisy Nights are going digital! We are planning not just one but four nights of brand new music with Red Note musicians that you can enjoy from your own home. Red Note Ensemble  (Free)

Tolbooth Projections is a series of live session videos produced by the Tolbooth arts venue in Stirling, Scotland.  (Free)

Stingray Qello is the world’s leading streaming service for full-length concerts and music documentaries on-demand.  (Free and paid)

Theatre Listings

Digital Theatre brings the live theatre experience to your screen by instantly streaming the best theatre productions from around the world anytime, anywhere.   (Paid)

Archive of streamed productions from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre  (Free and paid)

Scenes for Survival – a crisis responsive artistic online project launched in association with BBC Scotland and BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project.  (Free)

Political Theatre for Everyone Everywhere.  (Free)

A new digital series by Irish Rep and Michael Mellamphy featuring Irish Rep company members. Irish Rep will release a series of homemade videos on our social media channels from our incredible actors performing their favorite songs, poems and monologues from Irish & Irish American playwrights, poets, and musicians. Irish Rep – The Show Must Go On.  (Free)

Join us every Thursday for much-loved National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days. National Theatre Live  (Free)

The home of theatre in virtual reality. Experience great live performances on-demand, in stunning 360° virtual reality. Livr.co.uk  (Paid – free trial)

Continuously updated online theatre performances from across the UK. What’s On Stage  (Free)

Dance Listings

Sadler’s Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance ?wherever you are in the world while our live stages are dark.  (Free)

Musicals Listings

The Wind in the Willows the Musical available to stream online. (Free)

Cabaret Listings

Quarantine Cabaret presents the first Scottish cabaret to take place on Instagram. Join comedians, poets and musicians online and enjoy the 20-minute-long sketches from your couch. (Free – instagram account required)


Live-stream Saturday night comedy show from comedy’s finest venue, The Stand.  (Free)

Visit The Guilded Balloon for a live-stream show with a difference, where big names, newcomers and all those in between from the worlds of comedy, music, cabaret, spoken word and more perform from their homes.  (Free)

Film Listings

MUBI features hand-picked films to watch or download. From forgotten gems to festival-fresh cinema. From cult classics to award-winning masterpieces. Changes daily. MUBI.com  (Paid – 3 months £1)

Rent the latest releases, subscribe to classics and explore the best from the BFI, national and regional archives. British Film Institute  (Paid and free)

Learn film in 40 days with Mark Cousins’s virtual course on Indiewire.  (Free)

Arts and Culture Virtual Tours

4D tour of Weymss Caves, Scotland  (Free)

Virtual tour of the National Gallery, London  (Free)

Virtual tours of the Louvre, Paris  (Free, requires plugin)

Virtual tour of Windsor Castle  (Free)

Virtual tour of the Vatican Museum  (Free)

360 tour of Tate Modern. Follow Nick Grimshaw and Frances Morris on a whistlestop tour around Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building  (Free)

This virtual tour uses a new photographic technique to show The Courtauld Gallery in exceptional close-up quality.  (Free)

Immerse yourself online using your computer, laptop or mobile and explore a selection of rooms at the National Portrait Gallery, London  (Free)

The British Museum virtual tour – many more available through the Google Arts and Culture App.  (Free)

A one-take journey through Russia’s iconic Hermitage Museum.  (Free)

The Thyseen Museum, Madrid, Rembrandt Tour  (Free)

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy exhibition tour.  (Free)

Covid-19 closed this widow’s exhibition of her husband’s art after just one day, so Time Out put it online. Alfred Cohen: An American Artist in Europe  (Free)

Scottish Art Gallery and Museum Collections

Explore the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland online.  (Free)

Explore the collections of the National Museums of Scotland online.  (Free)

Scottish Natural Gallery Sculpture Park virtual tour. (Free)

All are welcome to join The ATYN weekly drawing club from anywhere in the world. We can all sketch together, taking 2 hours to relax and create.  (Paid)

Live Art Listings

Video clips from the archive of The National Review of Live Art, the UK’s foremost festival of performance, installation and video art.  (Free)

Explore the collections of the National Library of Scotland Online  (Free)

My Virtual Literary Festival, the online literary festival. Connecting readers and authors. 

BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine – Bringing arts and culture into your home.  (Free)

A selection of talks from The Sarabande Foundation which looks at some of the creative arts that Sarabande supports: art, fashion, film and jewellery.  (Free)

Live streaming some of the top podcasts from Cosmic Shambles like Book Shambles and Science Shambles, presenting mixed bill comedy nights and conversations all without anyone leaving their home.  (Free)

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media.  (Free)

The Internet Archive is building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.  

Luminate@Home is a series of films designed to inspire and guide you through a creative activity that can be done at home or in a care home.  (Free)

Explore around 100 years of Scotland’s history captured by amateur and professional filmmakers. The National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive (formerly the Scottish Screen Archive) has something for everyone.   (Free)

Cultural heritage learning blog from SCRAN which offers digital access to over half a million photographs, moving images and sounds from museums, galleries, libraries, archives and the media.  (Free)

Acting as an online, interactive archive, Lost Edinburgh allows its followers to share, discuss and learn from the city’s colourful past through like minded individuals and even the city’s own residents.  (Free)

Explore the collections of Historic Environment Scotland – archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage.  (Free)

Dig deep into the history of places in Scotland and beyond at Pastmap.org to discover fascinating insights into hidden stories and histories of buildings, towns and cities.  

Tobar an Dualchais contains a wealth of Gaelic and Scots recordings such as folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories and other information.  (Free)

Explore Historic Environment Scotland’s object collection online.

Explore an online collection of traditional music from the Shetland Isles at School of Scottish Studies Archives.

The Britain from Above website features images from the Aerofilms collection, a unique aerial photographic archive.  (Free)

NCAP is the National Collection of Aerial Photography. One of the largest collections of aerial imagery in the world, containing tens of millions of aerial images featuring historic events and places around the world.  (Free)

Please note: Artlink is not responsible for the content of external links, and some sites may require registration and/or payment to view content.

Cherry Road - Colouring in Book

Cherry Road Colouring in Book

We’ve come up with a fun bit of art that you can do at home. We turned portraits of the staff at Cherry Road into a colouring book for one of the residents and want you to join in. Download the book here or the individual sheets below by right-clicking and saving to your computer – they’re A4 sized – and print them off at home if you can. If you look on the cover you’ll see loads of objects you can cut out and add to your picture if you want, or get creative with your own!

We want to see your wonderful creations; you can send us a picture via email here or tag us on Instagram @artlinkedin

Click on each image below to download each individual sheet, or right-click and save to your computer; they will download as pdfs and are sized at A4. You may need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

PUBLICATION: Gail's 'Paper and Pens'

Gail's Paper and Pens

Artlink has supported Gail Keating, a retired teacher to publish two new books about what her autistic pupils taught her. 

Gail Keating, a retired teacher of students with multiple and complex needs has distilled over 30 years learning from people with autism into two volumes. Gail’s books ‘Paper and Pens’ are two illustrated volumes, one of stories and one of tools, intended as friendly supports for parents or support staff working with anyone who has autism related anxiety or requires creative communication.

“This book aims to help all of us who share the lives of those with what is called autism to learn to think differently ourselves so that they can understand us better.” 

Gail Keating

Readers will discover Gail’s stories in Volume 1 – through anonymous characters or vignettes of those she’s taught (or as she’d describe it, what they’ve taught her), and how they helped her see a different vision of the world. In Volume 2, she shares some of the tools or practical ways which helped mutual communication.

The book is for anyone who supports someone with autism or a learning disability who wants to understand more about another’s perspective.

Gail’s book is available free of charge through Midlothian libraries and is available to buy or download from the Artlink Shop. 

This work has been supported by the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust Fund and Midlothian Council Autism Strategy.

Discovery – finding meaningful activity through the senses

Discovery is a new project to design a digital resource for people with complex needs of any age to find activity to appeal to particular sensory interests. So many of the requests we receive are from parents or carers looking for personal, meaningful opportunities that allow people to connect with something that reflects who they are, and have freedom to enjoy that.

With the expertise of a software engineering team from JP Morgan’s Force for Good programme,  Artlink will create a unique directory to browse experiences from the perspective of people with particular sensory interests in Midlothian by collating knowledge suggested by parents and support teams. Working in collaboration with park rangers, community organisations and heritage facilities we will share opportunities with sensory appeal.

We aim to create a responsive web page (for phone, iPad or desktop) by Summer 2019 to allow parents or carers of people with profound and multiple learning disability to find specific experiences for those they care for.

Watch this short film – it does a better job of describing this project than words!

Discovery will to use unique local knowledge to share meaningful activity.

Where can I watch owls fly?

Where are there interesting places for someone who loves to listen? 

My daughter loves reflection – where can I find lots of mirrors?

I support someone who loves the movement of trains – where can we go? 

Supported by JP Morgan Chase, National Lottery Year of the Young Person and Midlothian Council

Report: The Ripple Effect

ripple effect

Join us at the launch of The Ripple Effect – a research project that explored new forms of collaborative arts practice that positively impact on the lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their care-workers.


We would like to invite you to hear about some of the innovative ideas and concepts presented in this report.


Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.




0131 229 355


The Ripple Effect report presents the findings of a 12 month project funded by Health Improvement Scotland to explore the work of Artlink within the Cherry Road Learning Centre, and the impact of integrating art into social care in the lives of people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

The research partnership involved the expertise of Dundee University academics in conducting a qualitative study and the development of recommendations for use in transforming social care. 

Lottery award celebrating young people with creative skills

Young Midlothian People with complex needs awarded Year of the Young Person National Lottery Funding.


£9800 from the National Lottery Year of the Young Person awards will celebrate the creative talents of young people with autism and complex needs. The project entitled Creative Directors, supported by Artlink Edinburgh, will offer one to one support for young people to direct their own community projects focused on their unique skills like acting, drumming, animation and even listening.


The funding will involve six amazing young people from Bilston, Penicuik, Gorebridge and Loanhead, whose untapped talents will be the focus of community activity to benefit other young people in Midlothian;

  • Lewis loves acting but there’s no local group that suited his needs and interests – he will set one up for him and his friends.
  • Jordan has recently showed huge ability for drumming and will organize a music concert for friends and family.
  • Chris has amazing listening skills but needs quiet spaces he can really tune into the sounds around him – he will work with community venues to involve him and many others with complex needs.


Artlink Midlothian Coordinator Kara Christine said “The project focuses on young people who have evident, but untapped talent because the youth groups or activities that exist locally aren’t always set up for people with anxieties or complex support needs. This project will put them in charge in contributing their skills to make a difference for others in Midlothian.”

Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Seona Reid, said “ This funding will help young people to make a positive change in their lives and I wish Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians every success as it works to improve young people’s health and wellbeing in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People.”

Common Play: Making Things Happen

As a society we no longer create social spaces naturally. Within mental health the increasing reality is isolation and the lack of opportunity for people to find meaningful and engaging ways to belong to their immediate communities.

Over the past years Artlink projects at the Glasshouses in the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh hospital, Leylines across West Lothian and Curious Routes within Edinburgh have at the heart of their studio practice the motivation to bring people together.

‘We as a group of people meet up, chat, eat, share and listen together. It allows us to creatively explore our realities of isolation, support each other and challenge the lack of meaningful opportunities that people face on a daily basis’ 

These projects become social spaces, a chance to engage and share in conversation. ‘Everyone recognises themselves in how the ideas emerge and the way we make them happen.’ Ideas develop naturally inspired by something as simple as a favourite tune, a movie that inspires a time and place, a shared memory. Common ground emerges and the inspiration to involve others is the next step.

In West Lothian’s Leylines project, Peter Johnstone brought his passion for up and coming Scottish music talent to his local community of Bathgate. ’I want people to experience music locally that they might otherwise have to travel to city centres to experience.’

Edinburgh’s Curious Routes project has been developing conversations around communal play through music and games. ‘Getting together and sharing is on our own terms, we inform our ideas from personal and lived experiences’

The Glasshouses studio is a collective group of artists who create unique projects and events that encourages participation and celebration, as one member of the collective puts it: ‘As a group we have created a safe and supportive environment to explore our ideas. We bounce ideas off one another, it encourages us to be bolder, more ambitious about how we involve others and have fun in what we create’

Over the course of this exhibition at the Tent gallery, Glasshouses, Leylines and Curious Routes will be inviting groups and the public to actively take part in workshops or just enjoy the artworks on display.

A portable ping-pong table will be open for anyone to use. No points, no rules just play. Alongside this listen to music, chat about what motivates us and how we begin to create and be in charge of our own spaces.

Music for Mental Health

Glasgow’s Life Model, Adullboy, Idkid and Mad Rodents and their unique gig for Mental Health on September 30th in Boghall, Bathgate, West Lothian. 

We held a one-off gig bringing the best of Scotland’s songwriting talent under one humble roof in West Lothian as part of our project Leylines which hosts creative connections for mental health in West Lothian.

Local resident Peter Johnstone was the power behind this grassroots event – inspired by his passion for the current vibrant Scottish music scene. ‘I wanted to bring fresh Scottish talent to a small town in West Lothian where I come from. I wanted to give others incredible live music without the need to get to the city centres. Music is helpful in so many ways, it brings us out of ourselves and is a connection with others. Creativity is a joy and an escapism’

Chris Smith from Life Model said ‘It’s important to take any opportunity to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health and get more people to talk about it”

Visit the Leylines website.