The core focus since establishing the Art Walk in 2015 has been in delivering a place centred programme that fuses the subject of community with contemporary culture, forging links with viewers, residents, visitors and artists. Initially set up around an annual weekend event, the Art Walk has since grown into a range of individual projects taking place at a number of sites in and around Edinburgh. Often working with lost or undervisited spaces we strive to engage communities that connect people, place and partnership, exploring new terrains, that have social and local relevance.
Our main activity is oriented around the production and delivery of the Art Walk Porty Festival each September, a two week event of contemporary art that celebrates the local community and creative spirit of Portobello, Edinburgh’s seaside. Each year the creative programme of public-realm work is developed around a different unifying theme, interwoven into a programme of participatory arts, art in local shops, walking activity, and local artists opening up their houses to the public.
Some of the artists we've worked with:
Nicky Bird (Musselburgh), Jill Boualaxai (Edinburgh), Greig Burgoyne (Hastings), Juliana Capes (Portobello), Jacqueline Donachie (Glasgow), Chris Dooks (Portobello), Alec Finlay (Edinburgh), Here+Now (Edinburgh), Fiona Hermse (Edinburgh), Annie Lord (Edinburgh), Deirdre Macleod (Portobello), Emma Macleod (Portobello), Holger Mohaupt (North Berwick), Oi Musica (Portobello), Kiera O'Toole (Ireland), Suzanne Parry (Edinburgh), Jenny Pope (Portobello), Daniele Sambo (Glasgow), Eleanor Thom (Portobello), Ross Whyte (Glasgow), David Williams (Portobello), Wilson+Bristow (Edinburgh/Scottish Borders), Claudia Zeiske (Huntly).
WHO WE ARE
Rosy Naylor [producer + founder],
Alison Chisholm, Jenny Martin & Jude Nixon
Jon Davey, Jenny Pope, Karl Stern
top image l-r: Tommy Sheppard MSP with Rosy Naylor, Jenny Pope, Karl Stern, Jude Nixon, Alison Chisholm, Jon Davey
Art Walk Projects CIC no 525677