OUR GALLERY AND FRAMERS
Colinton Arts, established in 1981, is an Edinburgh-based, family run Gallery and Framer serving Edinburgh and the central belt of Scotland. Our aim is to provide an outstanding art experience, offering the best service to our clients and the brightest talent to our customers.
A FRESH APPROACH
We shake things up.
But we also do boring and predictable. That’s very reassuring. We do exactly what we say we will.
We don’t overpromise or over price, we keep on doing what we said we would. If boring and predictable is what our customers want, that’s what we’ll do. Or intense and exciting.
Because having more happy customers means we get to do even bigger things.
But we don’t just want customers, we want advocates. We want people to be so happy with their art that they can’t wait to tell their friends and family about us.
And we don’t think or act like most galleries. We’re taking a fresh approach.
SHOWCASING THE VERY BEST
It all starts with the artist. It’s amazing what you find out when you just listen. We ask questions and get inside their heads. We learn what it’s like to walk in their shoes.
We don’t rest until we’ve found artworks you’ll be proud to call your own. It’s only if we’re happy that we’ll work successfully with our artists to get their work in front of you.
Our shows present the very best of local and regional talent, often sharing exclusive paintings, prints or sculptures you won’t find in galleries elsewhere. Plus, did you know we’re also a well-established professional framer? We’ve been framing some of Scotland’s top artists for over 20 years now. You name it, we frame it!
Colinton Arts has been a fixture of the Colinton High Street for over 40 years now. Our small and friendly team are led by Lindsey Alexander, a South African born entrepreneur with a passion for beautiful spaces. He’s aided and abetted by his creative and supportive wife Catherine; Gallery Manager, Lesley Briggs; Framer Mhairi Green and Framing and Restoration Technician, Yotan Sivan.
LINDSEY ALEXANDER, OWNER
Lindsey took over Colinton Arts when his father, Bill Alexander, retired in 2018. A successful South African businessman, he’s shifted his life and family to return to his Scottish roots. When an opportunity presented itself to radically revamp the Gallery, Lindsey set out to build on its framing reputation by transforming a much-loved local framers and gift shop into a fully-fledged fine art gallery and respected framing business.
CATHERINE ALEXANDER, CO-OWNER
Catherine, a successful South African author, co-owns Colinton Arts with her husband, Lindsey. In recent years, Catherine has been integral in sourcing and purchasing art for the gallery. Together with Gallery Manager Lesley Briggs, she’ll continue to search for new and exciting trends and talent both in Scotland and internationally.
LESLEY BRIGGS, GALLERY MANAGER
Lesley joined Colinton Arts in May 2021, learning the business and sourcing the artists for our exhilarating new exhibitions. After spending much of her career in fashion, Lesley took her passion and knowledge of fine art to new levels with an MA in History of Art, membership of the Association of Women Art Dealers and a series of Art Business courses at Christie’s. She’s proud to be bringing some of the finest national and regional artists to our customers and community.
MHAIRI GREEN, FRAMER
Mhairi joined Colinton Arts in 2017 after completing her degree in Design. Finding inspiration in art she will work with the customer to find the ideal frame for them. Whether it’s art, tapestries, shirts, medals, watches, jigsaws,… well pretty much anything, she loves to find ways to frame all the objects that come into our workshop and show them at their best so they can be enjoyed by our customers.
YOTAN SIVAN, FRAMING AND RESTORATION TECHNICIAN
Hailing from Haifa, Yotam originally arrived in Edinburgh with his girlfriend at the end of 2019. In 2020, he started his Master’s degree in Art with Glasgow School of Art and has been putting his technical skills to good use helping to fix and restore lightly damaged artworks to their former glories.