creativity : spirituality : community

Welcome to Elcho Artspace, an online gallery created by Longniddry Parish Church and based in Elcho Road, Longniddry. We are a village in the county of East Lothian on the beautiful east coast of Scotland. Over the years Longniddry has shown a strong commitment to visual arts, principally through its fondly-remembered Christian Aid charity art exhibition.

Launched in July 2020, this website actively encourages people of all ages to explore and share both creativity and spiritual insight through art. Our contributors can be from anywhere, whether nearby or around the world.

Growing Upwards 2021
Take part in Longniddry Parish Church’s exciting series of gardening projects. See our “GROWING UPWARDS“ page for full details (scroll to the foot of this page or click the tab from the menu options above).

Gallery instructions:
Instructions on how to enter and move around the gallery are found in the "HOW TO ..." page.

You are warmly invited to submit your pictures to Elcho Artspace for many of our exhibitions. Look for the * NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! * label below. Your pictures should be scanned and saved in JPEG or TIFF format, then sent via e-mail to the address below (rectangular or square only please).

Shows are staged periodically to reflect the unfolding seasons. Our gallery is something of a changing room, so even in the course of an exhibition it's never too late to submit your artwork.

Would you like to get involved? No matter how old or how young* you may be, send your JPEGs to Elcho Artspace at:
* Our youngest exhibitor so far is 13 months old!


Growing Upwards 2021 (from 20th August 2021)
An exhibition of photographs of sunflowers, pumpkin plants and wooden signs from the gardens of Longniddry and beyond. This is a rolling exhibition to please do continue to email your photographs as your plants grow and flower.

Further exhibitions tied in with "Growing Upwards". More soon!

This website is owned and operated by Longniddry Parish Church (Church of Scotland): SC016556, presenting curated exhibitions staged by the congregation and our community friends.

In submitting your artworks to the site you are giving permission for Longniddry Parish Church to exhibit these images on www.elchoartspace.art . This community facility is offered free of charge and with no payment to participants.

Submissions must be contributors' own original works, with no copyright conditions attached to their use on www.elchoartspace.art .

Please note that www.elchoartspace.art is an open website allowing unrestricted access to internet browsers from around the world. With this in mind, photographs portraying people will not be displayed and so should not be submitted.

Longniddry Parish Church will not sell any submitted images to third parties, though such images may be distributed for publicity or other gallery-related purposes. If in doubt, please use the contact facility to raise any issues of usage.

Elcho Artspace is delighted to acknowledge the outstanding personal service provided by Peter and Lily Worrall of the New Zealand-based virtual gallery designer, Exhibbit (www.exhibbit.com).
  • Longniddry Parish Church, Elcho Rd, Longniddry, EH32 0LB United Kingdom
... see the pictures:
You can visit Elcho Artspace on your computer, smartphone or tablet (e.g. iPad). In our experience this is easiest and best on a computer, whether a laptop or desktop. Simply click on the “Gallery” section of www.elchoartspace.art to enter the gallery.
When you first enter the gallery, you will be met with a box on the screen with information about the exhibition. A percentage dial or bar will load and in a minute it will reach 100% changing to “Enter”. Click here to enter!
(If you are using a smartphone or tablet, you will need to download the "Exhibbit" app to your device. See below for details.)

... get around the gallery on a laptop or desktop computer:
The simplest way to view the art in the gallery is to use the catalogue tool. Along the bottom of the gallery screen you will see a banner containing small images of each of the artworks, with arrows at each end to allow you to scroll through the catalogue. Simply click on the tiny image of any artwork in this banner and the gallery will take you to that piece in its position on the wall. When you have finished viewing it, click on the next one in the catalogue banner, and so on. This will seamlessly move you through the entire collection one by one.
If you wish to explore the more advanced modes of navigation, click the white arrow button in the top left-hand corner of the gallery. Among the options there, you will find “How to move.” The advanced options, which involve your mouse and keyboard, allow you to go around the gallery as if walking through it. Two particularly handy ones to try out are the ‘up’ and ‘down’ arrows on your keyboard. These act to zoom in and out and are very simple to use.

... get around the gallery on a smartphone or tablet:
As noted above, a desktop or laptop computer offers the best way in to the gallery, but other devices can also be used.
If you are using a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Exhibbit app from your device’s app store. Links to the Apple and Android app stores can be found at https://exhibbit.com/home/ where you can scroll down to the very foot of the screen to find the Apple and Android symbols in the bottom right-hand corner with the words “GET THE EXHIBBIT APP”.
After downloading the app onto your smartphone or tablet, return to www.elchoartspace.art . Go to the “Gallery” section and press (for Android) or press and hold (for Apple) the blue and white icon which says “OPEN WITH THE EXHIBBIT APP”. Your device may open the app direct from this, or you may find a menu of options may appear on your screen. If so, select “Open in “Exhibbit””. This will open the Elcho Artspace gallery in the app that you have just downloaded.
Each time you visit the gallery, you will need to do so through www.elchoartspace.art , and not through the Exhibbit app. If you go straight into the app, you will be taken to a randomly-selected gallery from one of the many artists who show their work with Exhibbit. The website www.elchoartspace.art is the only way to visit Elcho Artspace.
Growing Upwards
Take part in Longniddry Parish Church’s exciting series of gardening projects for 2021.

Currently, Longniddry Primary and Preston Lodge High School are busy raising sunflowers from seeds. Others have joined them and already are enjoying seeing the plants grow taller every day!

Get involved, get close to nature and have fun welcoming summer to your garden and home!

You have your wooden sign, now what? 
We would like you to decorate your sign for your own garden/home or to give to someone else. There are holes for you to either screw the sign into place or use the twine to hang it. If you like, how about putting it somewhere in your garden/window where your neighbours could see it and enjoy it?

You can decorate it with pens, paint, craft items, found natural objects, whatever you like. Once you have decorated it, it will need at least two coats of clear varnish to withstand the weather outdoors.

You can write the message of your choice. For example, it could be about nature or summer, or it could be a bright, inspirational message. See the examples in the picture for some ideas.

We would like you to take a photo of your creation and email it to us at elchoartspace@btinternet.com by Sunday 11th July and we will display them in our online art gallery.

Pumpkin Growing:
With thanks to Balgone Estate and Kilduff Farm for their donations of seeds and plants, and to Redhouse Nurseries for the plant pots.

Visit Kilduff Farm’s website and social media platforms to find helpful instructions and advice for growing your pumpkin, especially their Pumpkin Grow Along videos on Facebook: