Assemble Exhibition @Art Walk Hub
(Project Room, 189 Portobello High Street)
2 to 12 September
Open: Thurs/Fri 11 to 4 | Sat/Sun 11 to 6
Alongside associated events as part of Art Walk Porty 2021
FUTURE VALUE (2019-21) Deirdre Macleod
Future Value is a semi-improvised site-specific performance which has been created specially for Portobello. Devised by Deirdre Macleod, as part of her ongoing Landmark residency, in collaboration with dance artist and movement educator Monica De Ioanni, it explores how we relate to, and are shaped by, the cityscape that surrounds us. For around an hour, performers will promenade through local public spaces, followed by the audience, creating collective responses to the environment. Portobello’s physical and social environment will be integral to the work, rather than simply a backdrop.
PERFORMANCES DURING ART WALK PORTY:
Sat 4th & Sun 5th Sept, 7-8pm @Kilns
WELCOME TO PORTOBELLO (2020-21) Iman Tajik
Iman’s own experience of crossing geographical borders fuels much of his practice, with a strong desire to activate debate around the impacts of barriers and boundaries, including those also socially constructed. This new series of work coming out of his recent residency with Art Walk Projects responds to the locality of Portobello with a series of three interventions, alongside conversations, walks, a public held dinner & exhibition at the Art Walk Hub.
PUBLIC REALM WORKS DURING ART WALK PORTY:
I Had a Dream (Prom/Morton Street) 4th/5th Sept
Welcome to the Border (Prom/Figgate Street) 4-12th Sept
Aliens Welcome Here? (Portobello Kiln) 11th/12th Sept
Welcome to Portobello (group exhibition @Art Walk Hub) 3-12th Sept
Promenade Border Walk with Iman Tajik - Sat 4th Sept, 3pm
(from Morton Street/Prom) BOOK HERE
Border Shared Dinner with Iman Tajik - Sat 11th Sept, 7pm or 8pm (two sittings) BOOK HERE
A performative dinner that will present the idea of sharing across a borderline (following one simple rule). To include Iranian poetry, and food prepared by artist/chef Judith Lamb.
PLOT 55B & THE SEED LIBRARY (2019-21) Felicity Bristow & Susie Wilson
Plot 55B’s two-year residency at Craigentinny & Telferton Allotments has developed into a flourishing sharing of seed. Bristow+Wilson’s installation shows the way the two artists have continued to work together, whilst apart, during the lockdown with a series of works mailed to each other recording this time. Touching the earth, planting the seeds and tending the growing plants was something positive and hopeful for many people in the growing community, in such an uncertain and anxious time. The seeds became the focus to their work and made them realise the importance of ‘the seed’ to this commission, from which their Seed Library has been formed. Sharing and collecting seed from growers across Scotland and the UK.
As part of the Assemble exhibition they present their physical Seed Library. Alongside they launch their book publication that marks the end of their residency, recording their observations, harvests, conversations and more with local growers.
EVENTS DURING ART WALK PORTY:
Book Launch 3-4pm, Sat 11th Sept @Art Walk Hub BOOK HERE
Seed Walk 2-3pm Sun 12th Sept @Meadows Yard, Fillyside Rd BOOK HERE
Also related exhibition @Portobello Library Window
THE DECORATORS OF PORTOBELLO (2020-21) Nicky Bird
‘The Decorators of Portobello’ is a multi-generational oral history project that explores the social histories of a group of women (many now in their 70s and 80s) who worked as decorators in Portobello’s Buchan potteries from the early 1950s to 1972, painting artwork on the various ceramics produced at the time. The project seeks to make visible previously unrecorded social histories for these women, using oral recording and archival photography, culminating in the publication of a book & related exhibition at the Project Room (Art Walk Hub) and four charity shops on Portobello High St (St Columba’s, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Salvation Army).
EVENTS DURING ART WALK PORTY:
Community Mapping Workshop with AOC Archaelogy Group & Nicky Bird,
Sat 4th Sept 11am-12.30 @Portobello kilns, Bridge St BOOK HERE
Walk+Talk with Nicky Bird, Sun 5th Sept 2pm from Art Walk Hub BOOK HERE
Book Launch at Portobello Bookshop, Fri 8th Oct, 7-8pm - AVAILABLE TO BOOK SOON
HEAT. WORK. DONE. (2019-21) Jenny Pope
During her artist residency which began in 2019, Jenny Pope has been focussing her research and artworks on the working conditions of the local industries around Portobello’s bottle kilns. For this Assemble exhibition she shows work from her installation inside one of the kilns from May 2021, which draws attention to the interior working space of the kiln, and to the skills and experience required by staff to produce consistent, high quality, saleable ceramic wares. Her ‘Heat-o-meter’ references the measuring of temperature through the changing colour of the internal space associated with the different stages of the firing cycle.
‘heat.work.done’ refers to the 1st Law of Thermodynamics as a way of understanding the energy transferred in a given system, in this case the relationship between the temperature reached and the amount of time in the kiln.
image credit: Jon Davey
THE NEIGHBOURING ORCHARD (2020- ) Annie Lord
‘The Neighbouring Orchard’ created by artist Annie Lord involves a network of apple trees planted in local front gardens, shared greens and community spaces across Portobello, Musselburgh & Craigmillar. At a time when we are physically distant from each other we look to planting trees as a way to forge links with people in neighbouring streets and suburbs.
For this exhibition, Annie has created limited edition prints featuring original illustrations and conversations with the local growers. The prints are wrapped around individual apples and visitors are welcome to take one home with them.
The first stage of The Neighbouring Orchard was planted out in Winter 2020/21 and more trees will be available in Winter 2021 - if you are interested in receiving a tree for planting in your local front garden or community space, please contact us to join the waiting list:
EVENTS DURING ART WALK PORTY:
Charcoal making workshop @Eastfield Shared Garden Sat 4th Sept, 3-5pmGather round the fire pit and learn the art of making your very own charcoal! During this workshop you will learn how to create one of the most ancient forms of drawing tools using prunings from apple trees within the amazing surroundings of this community growing space at Eastfield. You will also learn how to transform your charcoal into ink and experiment with different drawing techniques. Please note that this workshop will take place outdoors so wrap up warm! No previous experience necessary. Suitable for ages 14+.
Drawing workshop, @Bellfield Community Garden, Sun 5th Sept, 3-5pmJoin artist Annie Lord for an outdoor drawing class in the grounds of Bellfield Community Garden. No previous experience is needed and all materials will be provided. Annie will share some easy-to-master techniques, with a particular focus on drawing and sketching the apple trees found right here in Portobello. Suitable for ages 14+
LINE WALK MINDFUL DRAWING
Artist+curator, Jonathan Baxter, has been holding a series of monthly walks through Little France Park since Jan 2021 as part of his ongoing walking residency in Craigmillar. For the Assemble exhibition a series of photographs will be screened that show some participants interactions with the park, recording the changing nature through the year. Join him for his monthly walks taking place the first saturday of each month.
DURING ART WALK PORTY:
Screenings: 4th,5th,11th,12th Sept, 2-5pm @Art Walk Hub
Next event: Sat 4th Sept, 10am-12
Little France Park, starting from Thistle Foundation
'Assemble' Other Public Works & Related Events
IN HUMAN SPACES (2021) Deirdre Macleod & Anthony Schrag
This public walk explores the concepts of encounter and conviviality within built environments. Visiting a diversity of spaces - from those forgotten spaces to those newly constructed - we will explore how these environments both constrain and presuppose human interaction, but also provide potentials for new types of engagement, both with the physical spaces, but also with each other. Fundamentally, it aims to unravel the infrastructure of public space, and invite participants to join in a conversation between artist and researchers Deirdre Macleod and Anthony Schrag.
Walk: Sun 5th Sept 12-2pm
Starting from: Prom/Kings Road
PORT (2021) Henna Asikainen (Newcastle), Louise Barrington (Kirkwall, Orkney), Elspeth Penfold (Whitstable, Kent), Stephanie Whitelaw (Portobello)
A synchronised walk taking place over four UK coastlines (Tankerton, Kent; Kirkwall, Orkney; Holy Island, Northumberland; and Portobello).
Stephanie’s slow water walk will guide the walk from Portobello; an invitation to walk and spend time, with and within the sea; to immerse and take part in the sea’s daily rhythms. With low tide, we will explore the many forms the sea harbours and homes. You will be invited to touch, breathe, play and splash with the sea; sensing surfaces. Beginning in Portobello, the walk with explore the coastline towards Musselburgh.
Porty Light Box exhibits mappings that thread together the four coastline locations.
Walk: Sat 11th Sept
starting 10.30am Meet at Porty Light Box, Bellfield St
Along with installation at Porty Light Box, Bellfield Street until end September.
PORTY CONNECTS: PORTOBELLO AND THE WORLD (2021)
A mixed group of Portobello photographers - have been working with photographic partners all over the world to produce pairs of pictures connecting Portobello with the four corners of the globe. The closest is less than ten miles away across the Firth of Forth while the furthest is more than ten thousand miles away in New Zealand. (Images: The Rising Tide)
Portobello Prom (nr to Bath Street)
Installed 4-30 September
READING TOWARDS WALKING (2021)
Art Walk Projects in collaboration with A&E (Art & Ecology/Art & Emergency)
A series of six fortnightly sessions that consider walking as an art practice, walking as a metaphor, and walking as a way to sustain personal and political engagement through the climate and ecological crisis. Each session is introduced by a different speaker and a short walk to reflect upon the text.
7TH SEPT 7-9PM
Introduced by Elise Ashby & Stephanie Whitelaw
Theme: Care over Control
Meet at 7pm at Granton Breakwater
Read more for reading materials and further details
21st Sept, 7-9pm (location tbc)
5th Oct, 7-9pm (location tbc)
GUIDED WALKS (2021)
led by Alexander (Twig) Champion
Friendly, social walks around Portobello, guiding participants to points of interest and having informal conversations around what we see. Seeking to creat a calming, meditative experience poetic readings about the surrounding landscapes will also be read.
EVENTS: WALKS from Art Walk Hub
Sat 4th Sept, 4-5pm (including West & Central open studios)
Sat 4th Sept, 6.30-7pm (to Deirdre Macleod’s ‘Future Value’ performance at kilns)
Sun 5th Sept, 3-4pm (including Joppa open studios)
NO NEED TO BOOK
'Assemble' & 'Sea Change' Download Map & Guide for Curated Programme