In June 2016 Edinburgh based artists Karen Fleming and Olivia Turner opened DOK Artist Space at Ocean Terminal. A non profit artist led project that offers affordable studio and exhibition space to Scottish based artists as well as working with senior pupils from local high schools that want to advance into employment or further education in the creative industries.
DOK works with visual artists from various backgrounds and nationalities on an ongoing basis. In their first year they have worked with various artists, theatre groups, the Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh College.
“The Steel Shed” can accommodate anything between 10 and 60 persons a week depending on what they are working on at the time, providing facilities for everything from exhibitions of visual art to film shows in a totally unique environment. Currently DOK provides affordable studio space to six artists, as well as rentable exhibition space in the main building.
One of the key driving factors behind the project is the lack of affordable and unique artist studio space in Edinburgh. Refurbishing The Steel Shed was the first step towards creating a vibrant artistic hub and 2017 will see a second space completed in the form of a 40ft shipping container that was donated by Forth Ports transformed into more studio and exhibition provision.
Another core aspiration is enabling the wider community to engage with DOK projects, as well as giving people the opportunity to buy artwork directly from artists at reduced cost. This process will be beneficial to the artists, allowing them to continue developing ideas and projects that will engage with the community.
DOK Artist Space is located outside of Ocean Terminal next to the blue carpark.