Discover the Magic of Artobotic: A Unique Art Experience in Edinburgh

3 min readDec 31, 2022
Photo Credit be Jessie Macour – Machine Sculpted by Alex Hunter

The Artobotic art project is a must-see for art lovers visiting Edinburgh. Located in the lobby of the Edinburgh City Art Centre, the vintage ‘art vending machine’ invites visitors to discover and own original, affordable artwork by local artists. With its unique concept and element of surprise, Artobotic is a fun and accessible way for visitors to experience the city’s vibrant art scene.

But Artobotic is more than just a novelty – it’s a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work and reach a wider audience. Many famous artists, including Peter Randall-Page, David Mach RA, and John Byrne, have contributed artwork to the mystery boxes in the past, giving local artists the opportunity to stand alongside these distinguished artists and take their art to the next level.

Artwork By David Mach

In addition to supporting local artists, Artobotic also provides a small income for participating artists. Currently, 70% of the sale price goes to the artist, and 10% goes to the Art Centre. This helps to provide a sustainable income for artists and allows them to continue creating and sharing their work with the community.

Artobotic is a self-funded initiative that does not take any funding from the arts funding body Creative Scotland or any other funding bodies. Instead, it relies on the support of the community to continue providing the city with a means to access affordable art and lead people on a voyage of discovery of art and artists.

Don’t miss the chance to visit Artobotic and experience the unique, original artwork that it holds. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t find anywhere else, and a testament to Edinburgh’s commitment to supporting and promoting its artistic community.


Edinburgh City Art Centre,

2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

10am – 5pm/ Monday – Sunday

Price- £10. (Coins available from reception)