The Scottish Design Exchange has been working closely with Whale Arts, helping their artists and designers establish a customer base. 

WHALE Arts’ mission is to be the creative heart of a vibrant, thriving community.

We currently have three product makers sharing the Whale Art stand in the Scottish Design Exchange store, in Ocean Terminal.



Ivy Okereke creates bespoke bags and purses from African print fabric and vegan-friendly leather for All Things Bags by Ivy-El designs.



For personalised bags you can contact Ivy by email or by telephone, or visit her Scottish Design Exchange page.


Busy Bee Handicrafts

Julia Davies is the brains behind Busy Bee Handicrafts,creating a range of textile gifts tailored towards your hobbies or things you love to do. Gift ideas are inspired by a love of sewing and working with beautiful fabrics.



WHALE Arts - Who We Are


Since being set up by local people in 1992 WHALE Arts has established itself as the cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes. As a community-led arts charity and social enterprise, WHALE Arts’ mission is to be the creative heart of a vibrant, thriving community.

WHALE acts as a conduit between our community and creative opportunities through the direct delivery of projects, programmes and events and by connecting our community with city and national cultural partners.

We are based in the purpose built WHALE Arts Centre – ‘The WHALE’ – a unique community asset that provides a range of high quality creative spaces including an Arts Workshop, Performance Space, Darkroom and Digital Media facilities for our community.

‘The WHALE’ operates as a social enterprise allowing us to generate income that supports our charitable work. Our social enterprises include the WHALE Pod creative business incubator, craft fairs, office, training and conference facilities – to find out more about the great spaces and services we can offer please check out Hire the WHALE.