ABOUT THE LAND MARK RESIDENCIES
‘LAND MARK’ presents a programme of residencies over 2019+2020 that considers the relationship of community to placemaking and issues of land use. The projects focus around the material and working land specific to Portobello's industrial landscape, and growing spaces such as Telferton & Craigentinny Allotments.
The project is funded by Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, & Robertson Trust.
'FLOW LINES' | DEIRDRE MACLEOD We are delighted to launch Deirdre's residency from June 2020. Her longstanding interest in how cities work and how those who live in cities experience them creates the foundation for this residency. Her current research explores how gesture-based performance might help tell the story of cities. Over the next 5 months she will create a series of 'scores' as a set of performance instructions, for a series of six gesture-based pieces of work. Participants from across the globe, located by water's edges (seas, rivers, canals) are encouraged to take part.
'THE NEIGHBOURING ORCHARD' | ANNIE LORD Our recently announced apple tree growing project working with artist Annie Lord, will build a community of locally grown apple trees based on varieties of apple once grown historically in this part of Edinburgh, with planting from end 2020/early 2021. Supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.
'MATERIAL LAND' | JENNY POPE Jenny is currently researching the physical working conditions and materials used in many of Portobello's industries as part of her residency, which will culminate in an installation inside one of the kilns.
In addition, in response to the current crisis, promoting healthy mental wellbeing, Jenny as part of her ongoing 'Make Stuff, Feel Good' project is sending out two limited edition packs of collated art materials inspiring us to make at home during this time: 'Tool for Now' and 'Collage kit'. Supported by Art Walk Projects. Contact Jenny if you'd like to receive a pack (currently at subsidised £5 rate).
Follow the project at Instagram @makestuff_feelgood
RESIDENCY WITH NICKY BIRD
Nicky Bird's residency which ended in March 2020 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 stories of the decorators, and how in their own subtle way, they continue to leave a mark on the Portobello landscape.
'FOOTPRINT MAP PROJECT'
Commissioned Artists: Chris Dooks, Alec Finlay, Deirdre Macleod, Holger Mohaupt, Suzanne Parry
In 2019 we worked on developing a community mapping project that linked the areas of Leith, Portobello & Musselburgh with a number of alternative routes that encourage everyday activity.
Our printed map illustrating all five routes is now available, designed by artist, David Lemm.
FOOTPRINT is funded by Paths for All ‘Smarter Places, Smarter Journeys’ fund, and Scotrail Arts & Culture Fund, managed by Foundation Scotland.
ART WALK PORTY 2019
The 2019 Art Walk Festival saw a number of participatory events, works and installations relating to the 'Land Mark' theme taking place from 7-15 September.
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Land Mark | Satellite
Film Nights | Diary+Map | Newspaper
'All At Sea' 10 outdoor socially distanced artists' projects over 3 weekends
5+6 SEPT | 26+27 SEPT | 17+18 OCT