Collective

Collective brings people together to look at, think about and produce contemporary art in a new kind of city observatory.

Established in 1984, Collective has long supported new work by artists who are at a pivotal stage in their development. In November 2018, we opened our new home on Calton Hill, featuring the restored City Observatory, City Dome, and a purpose-built exhibition space. Our programme of exhibitions, walks, and events presents contemporary art in all its diversity. We provide artists with the opportunity to make new work and audiences the chance to see it here first. By inspiring, engaging with, and learning from the people and groups around us, we aim to contribute to local, national, and international conversations.

Calton Hill disabled access
A gated access road leading from Regent Road, next to the Royal High School entrance, is available for use by blue badge holders during opening hours. Parking is available on top of Calton Hill during opening hours for blue badge holders only.

Taxis
Taxi drop-off and pick up (no parking) is available using the access road.

Buggies
The easiest approach to Collective on foot if bringing a buggy up is via the access road leading from Regent Road, next to the Royal High School entrance.

Getting around Collective
The paths around Collective are wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible.

All of our new buildings are fully wheelchair accessible, however a number of buildings at Collective are hundreds of years old and there are limitations to their accessibility. The City Observatory has a 10cm step at the entrance which currently requires assistance from our team or a friend/carer to push a wheelchair over.

Collective is in an exposed location on top of Calton Hill and exploring the site does involve being outdoors, so please check the forecast and dress accordingly.

Accessible toilets
Disabled toilets are available at the City Observatory and The Hillside. Please check signage for details.

Seating
There is seating throughout the grounds of Collective for you to enjoy the views from and limited seating available inside the City Observatory.

Assistance dogs
Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas (all dogs are welcome inside the grounds only).