8 Feb 2016
Press for Portfolio Oomph

We recently wrote about the benefits of the new train line that we have running to our village from Edinburgh. 2 papers picked up on this, great news; the Edinburgh Evening News and the Midlothian Advertiser. See below for the full press release:

Midlothian Advertiser Rail link boost for business New railway gives art service added Oomph


Newtongrange based art and education business reaps benefits of the Borders Railway.


It's not just local tourist businesses that are seeing the benefits of the long awaited new Borders Railway.

Portfolio Oomph owner Julie Read says business is good and has been made even better by this new transport mechanism. Students come from as far afield as Stirling and Perth to use Portfolio Oomph's private art and design tutoring service, one of a kind in Scotland. January is a busy time of year for prospective art students and Portfolio Oomph as deadlines for digital portfolios are at the end of January.

"What we  offer is a niche service supporting students in their application to art college and predominately it's students who are aged 17/18 who are either relying on public transport or the taxi of Mum and Dad! We've had a number of students from Portbello, Musselburgh also the Borders and this once posed a long bus journey into Edinburgh and out again."

Students who've used Portfolio Oomph's services have gone on to study at Heriot Watt School of Fashion and Textiles and Edinburgh College of Art amongst other places. The train line opens up possibilities to access Edinburgh for galleries and other cultural events from the Borders towns and villages like Newtongrange but easing the access to these services is paramount for economical development outwith Edinburgh.

"Preparing to go to university or art college is just the start of a life a little more independent and by opening up the travel possibilities to our studio and services this is a good start. Jumping on the train at Brunstane to Newtongrange addresses the problems sometimes experienced of travelling across the Lothians and it's increased our accessibility substantially."

Julie was also a winner of one of the Golden Ticket winners back in September, nominated for her work in keeping the Newtongrange library open in 2014.

Notes for the editor:

Portfolio Oomph's founder is artist and lecturer Julie Read and the online hub and has already achieved great success during its first year generating sales of eBooks and eCourses from across the UK also Canada, Finland and the United States. Students that have been mentored and taken part in face to face workshops have also seen success whilst studying with Portfolio Oomph.  Places have been offered to students at the country's leading courses at Central St. Martins, Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Goldsmiths, Manchester School of Art (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Wimbledon.

Julie Read is an artist based in Midlothian, 8 miles south of Edinburgh. She received her BA (Hon) in Fine Art Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (Dundee) and a teaching qualification from the University of Strathclyde. Julie has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally and undertaken residencies in Switzerland and Austria.

Her work is included in a number of collections, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Archive Centre for Artists Books at Dundee Contemporary Arts, National Library of Scotland, International Portrait Gallery in Tuzla, Bosnia, Karelian State Museum Permanent Collection, Russia.

She has received 4 awards from the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) also the British Council, Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, Hope Scott Trust, City of Edinburgh Council and the Arts Trust of Scotland.

Julie has extensive experience of supporting and interviewing students at entrance level, creating course materials and tutoring students in an online environment.

For further information please contact:

Julie Read: 07815 810797


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