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Celebrating International Women's Day

Our new heritage home gives us reason to celebrate both the amazing women who have worked at Castle Mills over the course of its rich history - and the women creatives and artists we are now able to support and champion through our work. 

Therefore in association with International Women's Day on 8 March, we are presenting a stunning collection of original prints by over 50 women artists, including work by Sam Ainslie, Victoria Crowe, Kate Davis, Kate Downie, Ruth Ewan, Louise Hopkins, Moyna Flannigan, Elspeth Lamb, Rachel Maclean, Mary Newcomb, and Carol Rhodes. 

Women at Castle Mills

International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

By 1900, Castle Mills was the headquarters for the North British Rubber Company, once the city’s largest industrial operation and the major rubber goods producer within the British Empire. During both world wars, women were employed in the building to produce everything from hot water bottles to air balloon fabric. 


Image credit: The Scotsman


In 1955, under the Hunter brand, two new boots were launched, the Green Hunter and the Royal Hunter, becoming a firm fixture in fashion for the next 50 years. Princess Diana famously wore a pair in her engagement photos in 1981, and the boots surged in popularity again after Kate Moss was seen in a pair at Glastonbury in 2005. 

In spring 2019, Castle Mills was launched as the new home for Edinburgh Printmakers and several Creative Industry creatives - becoming a new creative hub for artists of all kinds to thrive in. We are proud to be joining the Each for Equal campaign in association with the International Women's Day, celebrating the day with a stunning exhibition of work from over 50 women artists, many of whom have worked in our studio. 

Image credits: Anupa Gardner, 'Under the Canopy'

Join the Each for Equal campaign 

"An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. Let's all be #EachforEqual."  - IWM

Join us at our cafe and shop to see work straight from our collection that highlights a diverse range of styles, subjects, and printmaking techniques spanning a period of three decades.

Each for Equal: Prints from the Collection | 8 March - 3 May

Shop, cafe


For more information about the exhibition, click here

If you'd like to join the Each for Equal campaign or learn more about International Women's Day, click here. 

Image credits: Kirsty Whiten, 'Hostage Readied for Transit'