‘LAND MARK’ presents a programme of residencies & commissions over 2019+2020 that considers Portobello’s industrial past, exploring the relationship of land to community, particularly in the context of the changing landscape of Western Portobello; of a land marked by its industrial heritage.
The project is funded by Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, & Robertson Trust.
This residency focused on a group of women who worked as decorators for Buchan & Co potteries in the late 1960s. Mostly in their teens, the women painted thistles, among other motifs, in workshops near the present-day site of the kilns in Portobello. By paying attention to voice, image, pattern on pottery including the marker on its base, the residency produced a series of events and site-specific related artwork that teased out the significance of the stories for the decorators, and how in their own subtle way, they continue to leave a mark on the Portobello landscape.
WORKING THE LAND 'PLOT 55b'
Residency artists, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson continue their year long residency working their plot of working land at Telferton Allotments. A number of events will be held culminating in the 2020 Art Walk Porty festival, including the developing of their ’Tilth & Tillage' Journal, and 'Seed Library'.
Artist, Jenny Pope, began her residency in 2019 with a sculptural installation around the old site of Portobello’s industries. The industries around the Figgate Burn contain an infamous past, the Prussian blue works were involved in a court case about pollution in 1800. Jenny created sculptures reflecting the rich but deadly local colours: Prussian blue, blood red, mustard and white lead, and highlighting continued human environmental impact.
For 2020 she is working on developing an installation for inside one of Portobello's kilns which again will be made open to the public.