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If you would like to make a donation toward the work Lyra do in the Greater Craigmillar community then you can do so on this page using the secure Paypal donate button. 

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As a small charity, we appreciate the kind support of volunteers.

Whether you are interested in supporting young people to attend a workshop or chaperoning a performance or volunteer your specialist skills, we would love to hear from you.

To register as a volunteer please email: 

Partners and Funders

The work Lyra does relies almost solely on funding, donations and support from our partner organisations.

Lyra recently become one of Creative Scotland's Regular Funded Organisations and is additionally currently supported with3 years funding from The Robertson Trust. We have been granted 3 years support from The National Lottery Community Fund Young Start Grant for Connections and is currently receiving support from BBC Children in Need towards our Young Artists programme. 

We have also received support from smaller trusts and foundations including: 

The Nancie Massey Charitable Trust; The Barcapel Foundation; The Corra Foundation; Education Institute Scotland; Garfield Weston Foundation; Cash for Kids and Foundation Scotland.

Our Partners


Imaginate is a key partner committed to the continued use of Lyra as a festival venue, for creative development programmes and to host artist residencies. Imaginate will also work with Lyra on connecting local children to the cultural city through The Other Side of the Hill project, providing access for Lyra participants to their festival and year-round programmes. Previous Imaginate activity for our young people includes: the recent PUSH EU lab exploring Gender and Sexual Identity and Wee Night Out, a special initiative that gave a group of 10 - 15 year old local children the opportunity to embark on a journey of cultural agency, selecting two productions for the 2017 Children’s Festival programme. 


“We highly value the work Lyra are doing at Artspace with young people, and the communities around them, in Greater Craigmillar and have been consistently impressed with the artistic quality of your productions and projects.  In terms of our creative development programme Lyra is a vital part of our ecology.  It would be costly and less effective for us to support the development of new work and artistic ideas with artists if we were not able to do so in partnership with Lyra and the two fantastic spaces you make available at Artspace."

Fiona Ferguson, Development Director, Imaginate​




Curious Seed

Curious Seed share resources with Lyra including theatre and studio space.   

​Award-winning performance company, Curious Seed, was formed in 2005 by Scottish choreographer, Christine Devaney.  Based in Edinburgh, we produce and present compelling, dance theatre work that questions the world we live in; work which touches and moves people, unlocking new ways of experiencing and feeling something different about the world. 
We collaborate with exceptional artists - musicians, actors, dancers, designers and video makers – to create emotionally charged performances that reach across ages and art forms, and to bring something unique to the dance landscape of Scotland. Our work has been presented across the globe from Milan to Macao, New Zealand to Norway; appearing at prestigious international festivals and venues from Sadler’s Wells to Sydney Opera House.

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