Alicia Bruce & Jenny Bell



We showcase work from a number of artists from Portobello and further afield in our local shops, cafes and charity shop windows, many of who have made new work relating to our 'Land Mark' theme.




Gemma Hare





The Boat House, Kings Place (Venue 17)

'A Northern Journey'
Mary Walters is inspired by the landscapes of the North. The works she presents here at the Boathouse result from travels and residencies in Iceland, Finland, Norway (including Svalbard), and Northern Scotland. There are also a couple of prints of Portobello scenes.





Portobello Beach Cafe (Venue 18)

Working in a variety of media such as wax, sand and collage, Jacqui's paintings explore the urban seascape, in particular around Seafield.


Portobello Beach Cafe (Venue 18)

A series of photographs of football stadiums exploring their status as landmarks within the environment and accompanied by personal recollections associated with the different grounds.

Morag Edward


Miros, Promenade (Venue 19)

In Morag’s paintings we view distant shores in ever-changing light; the boats, seabirds and swimmers set against glimpses of familiar rock formations and urban landmarks.





Baptist Church Cafe (Venue 20)

Scott is passionate about big skies, seascapes and landscapes that take a person to a place of escape. He frequently travels to the western isles to capture the atmosphere.

Fb @scottbrennancreativity





Baptist Church Cafe (Venue 20)

Catherine finds inspiration for her drawings, prints and paintings during wanders around Portobello and Musselburgh: in the wonderful beachfronts, the architecture and the varied green spaces and gardens. She also loves a good rummage round the charity shops and is always on the look out for decorative ceramics and ugly jugs (a particular weakness!). Her favourite medium is using pen and ink which gives her drawings a unique, distinctive and quirky quality. She studied textile design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and this is reflected in her passion for line, colour, decoration and pattern.



Jacqui Higgs




Miros, Portobello High Street (Venue 21)

‘Uncanny Portobello’
Blind artist Rosita McKenzie uses photography to search for and gather images that reinforce her mental perception of the world around her. For the last 13 years she has been collecting her impressions of Portobello using her sense of hearing, smell, touch and her keen interest in people and the differences on the day to day environment. Inspired by ‘Fault Lines’, written by local author Doug Johnstone, Rosita has now created ‘Uncanny Portobello’, a collection of abstract images that chime with the surreal aspects of the novel. The photographs suggest a sense of mystery and otherness surrounding the fictitious volcanic island that dominates the story.


Two Sisters, Portobello High Street (Venue 22)

Gemma Hare is a visual artist based in Aberdeen.
Exploring the use and application of paint and other media, her colourful work focuses on British insects, particularly bees. This body of work considers the scent markings left on flowers by bees and how these industrious insects invisibly mark our landscape.



10-12 noon: Birch and Bloom Autumn Wreath Workshop
Host: Louise Bassett, Birch and Bloom,

The seasons are shifting and the nights are drawing in already, Autumn is just around the corner...
Join Birch & Bloom and learn the art of making a contemporary, reusable wreath using foraged goodies and autumnal blooms.

Tickets £40 each - All materials included in ticket price but feel free to bring some of your own foraged bits to make your creation stand out from the others!


2-4pm: Macrame Wall Hanging workshop
Host: Lisa McWatt, Knotty Knotty,

Join me for a macramé wall hanging workshop where you will learn a variety of knots whilst creating your very own wall hanging.
As well as leaving with your own wall hanging you’ll take away a useful guide and the knowledge and confidence to create your own pieces when you get home.
This is a 2 hour class delivered to a small group in a relaxed style. All materials will be provided along with refreshments.
Level: Beginners


5.30-7.30pm: Arm Knit a Blanket Workshop
Host: Emma Gilvear, MOO+BOO,

Using only your arms as tools you will knit your very own chunky knit blanket using super soft chunky yarn. This gorgeous yarn is vegan friendly super soft acrylic "Mammoth" yarn from Woollymahoosive, available in over 20 colours.
The workshop is suitable for beginners of age 10 +
I will guide you through the simple art of arm knitting to create this beautiful handmade accessory. You will be amazed at what you will head home with!
The size of blanket you will be making is approximately 70cm x 145cm which is perfect as a beautiful decorative throw or as a stunning chunky soft design feature in any room. Perfect accessory.
A choice of colours are available so please select when booking.
* please book 7 days prior to event to secure colour choice.
Cost includes all materials and refreshments






Annan, Portobello High Street (Venue 24)

I have always been fascinated by how memory is so often a distortion of actual events and how, in the act of recalling, we use our imagination to fill in the blanks and fictionalise our past. I explore the childlike nature of Instagram, how social media encourages a childish need for attention and approval, encapsulated in the desire for more'likes' and 'follows', Inspired at first by childrens' colouring books, my work examines the more sinister qualities of memory while playfully touching on the performative aspects of social media so prevalent in today's culture. Maggie went to Grays School of Art, now living in Edinburgh.





Mary Walters




Skylark, Portobello High Street (Venue 25)

A photography exhibition allowing you to scratch the surface and have a wee gander into the lives of Porty dwellers that make up Portobello’s diverse community.



COVE, Portobello High Street (Venue 26)

‘Ground up’ - The marks made on the ground by elements and creatures are the starting point for this collection of jewellery in silver and copper.


Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello High Street (Venue 27)

‘The Stars Go Waltzing’ Group show showing a range of work from local as well as Scotland based artists.



Jenny Bell


COVE, Portobello High Street (Venue 26)
PLEASE NOTE This is a change of venue to the published programme, previously at FRIDAY ST.

‘Glasshouse’ The windows and interior will be transformed into an evolving botanical installation full of local flowers and foliage, to create an immersive portrait of place and a curious intervention on the High Street. Get involved! Please bring any donations of flowers and foilage to COVE prior and during exhibition.

Alicia & Jenny (Portobello Photography School) are also running a day workshop 'The Still Life' at St Marks Church (venue 29)
on Sat 7th Sept 10am-4.30pm

A day making still life photographs. From simple product shots, to Dutch painting inspired masterpieces to contemporary photographs. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to exhibit their best still life photographs from the day at an exhibition as part of Edinburgh Open Doors day at St Marks on Saturday 28th. Exhibition curated by Alicia Bruce.

To see full details and to book click here.


Joppa Community Tennis Club, Joppa Grove (Venue 30)

Paintings by club members. Also a chance to design a T-Shirt for Joppa Community Tennis Club, materials provided.



Greg Holstead Architects, Joppa Road (Venue 31)

Recent oil paintings by Architect / Artist Greg Holstead, including a painting demonstration on the second weekend only.




Souvenir: Wish You Were Here?

Cancer Research, 208 Portobello High Street (Venue 32)

‘typochondriacs’ is the print name for Gen Harrison. Her work has its foundations in, but is not exclusive to, the medium of letterpress. She is interested in language, history, ‘ephemory’, place and people. These inspire the conversations she has with herself and that she seeks to have with others. Her practice incorporates book arts, posters, prints and postcards.

‘Souvenir’ began as a growing community-making project involving the postcard form, papermaking and memories of visiting and living in Portobello. Starting points came from the research into the Portobello Paper Mill which once operated from Bridge Street and the tradition of 'sending home a postcard' when on your holidays. Within the 2018 theme of 'Pleasure Ground' the project sought to explore individual responses to begin to build a collective memory of the heritage of this seaside town. This was achieved via a series of drop-in workshops at Bellfield and on the Prom over the weekends of last year's Art Walk. This is an evolving body of work and the results, thus far, will be exhibited as part of this year's Art in Shops programme at the Cancer Research Shop, 208 Portobello High Street.

Participatory postcard printing
Sun 8th Sept, 11am-4pm
Near to kilns/harbour flats


British Heart Foundation, 202 Portobello High Street (Venue 33)

A window display to anticipate and celebrate the ‘Drawn to Dance - Landmarks’ Workshop with Jenny Smith & Sarena Wolfaard at Bellfield Community Centre EH15 2BP on Sat 7th September 10-2pm. Read more about their workshop HERE



Salvation Army, 167 Portobello High Street (Venue 34)

Collaborating for the first time, Jek McAllister and Dulcie McConville have responded to their local neighbourhood of Portobello. Having both returned to the area after spending 3 years studying in Dundee; the artists have used a period of research and thinking to re-examine the places that they frequented when they were younger. Now, looking through a nostalgic lens they have crafted these homages to their favourite places using found and upcycled objects.

Instagram: @maradulcia | @jekmcallister