THE VISITED PLACE: occupying the local in art biennials | ENGAGE JOURNAL44
'Biennials and beyond' APRIL 2020

Art Walk's curator, Rosy Naylor, discusses the relationship of the visiting and local audience when programming for the art biennale, including a look at participatory art, and the pairing of place. Artists featured: Greig Burgoyne, Deirdre Macleod, Nicky Bird, & Ruangrupa.

"Biennials present opportunities for curators and producers to consider the way in which a visitor (predominantly a tourist) engages with a place, how the structure of their visit informs that engagement, and subsequent experience...

To me, as a public arts curator, a methodology around place and community is an important one. One in which there can be a joining together: of the visitor visiting a place with the sole purpose of viewing art; and of the resident, viewing commissioned work that responds to and has relevancy for their own familiar neighbourhood or surroundings. Such an interweaving is treated as the destination for discourse, rather than two opposing parts that need ‘bringing together’.

For the visiting art audience, the city becomes the backdrop providing the context through which the programmed art is viewed, assessed, and interpreted. Visitors might get to navigate a city in a specific, directed way, view locations of works in a particular order, in particular regions or outskirts of a city, chosen in order to narrate a certain discourse. These viewers come away having had an experience, having learned about the city, its people, its communities, part and parcel with the art they have seen, one which is interwoven into the fabric of the city; its alleyways, its histories, its localities. Such engagement means the visitor comes away having experienced a sense of place, within which the art has shaped, ordered, and redefined that place.

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COVID19 | UPDATE
We are continuing to work towards the planning of some kind of festival event for September 2020 but await to hear future Scottish Government announcements in terms of the relaxing of any lockdown measures. We hope to be able to make a clearer decision at the end of May/early June. We are in continued communication with all participating artists. All aspects of community engagement planned as part of our Landmark Residencies have been put on hold for the time being.

mar 2020
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NICKY BIRD RESIDENCY | INTERVIEWS, AUDIO, PROJECT IMAGES
Full details of our recent 'Landmark' residency 'The Decorators' with artist Nicky Bird are now available here and at Nicky's website. You can hear extract of conversations which formed part of the sound installation inside one of the two remaining kilns in Portobello, along with project images, and interviews.

mar 2020 | visit webpage | #TheDecorators
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FUNDING AWARDED | GROUNDWORK 2020
We are delighted to have been awarded funding for our 2020/21 'Groundwork' programme from National Lottery Awards for All, and Paths for All's Smarter Places Smarter Choices fund. Over the coming months we will be developing a number of artist projects involving local landscapes, gifting of apple trees, a walking course with young people in Craigmillar, and a walking App for Spring 2021.

feb 2020 | #groundwork
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ONGOING PROJECTS

PLOT55b Residency artists, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson, are currently exploring how they continue working @plot55b and have paused practical work for the moment. Keep your eyes peeled for a new development in their @artwalkporty residency as they #collaborate during #lockdown and #abide at home.

apr 2020 | follow @plot_55b at instagram | #abideathome
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RECENT EVENTS

SUN 8TH MARCH Wassailing event @plot55b
Craigentinny & Telferton Allotments
marking the planting of two new apple trees on their working plot, with apple themed verse, song and a toast to the new trees.

apr 2020 | see project
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29TH FEB/ 1ST/ 7TH/ 8TH MARCH
Kiln open as part of 'The Decorators' project with Nicky Bird
with sound installation of Decorators recorded interview.

29TH FEB
'The Decorators' Tea Party - an opportunity to share pots, stories and other memorabilia, with introduction from Margaret Munro, Portobello Heritage Trust.

feb/mar 2020 | see project
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Judith Lamb foraging walk 2019
Next up:
Art Walk Porty Festival
5-13 September 2020

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