Land Mark funded by Creative Scotland

ART WALK PORTY returns 7-15 September 2019

'Land Mark' - working the land; marking the land


2019 Public Realm invited artists: Jenny Pope | Felicity Bristow & Susie Wilson | Kiera O'Toole | Annie Lord

Art Walk Projects is delighted to announce a new project of research-based artist residencies, commissions and community engagement work involving 8 invited artists centred around Portobello, Edinburgh’s seaside, to take place over two years funded by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Land Mark’ presents a contemporary discourse around the relationship of land to community, in the context of the changing landscape that is Western Portobello; of a land marked by its industrial heritage, an area that is currently undergoing major redevelopment and renewal. Artists will develop a range of works in and around the areas of Portobello’s pottery kilns, Portobello beach, and Telferton allotments.

Residency Artists:
Jenny Pope (June to Sept 2019)
Felicity Bristow & Susie Wilson
(Aug/Sept 2019 and Feb to May 2020)
Nicky Bird (Oct 2019 to Jan 2020)
Deirdre Macleod (June to Sept 2020)

Our first residency is now underway with visual artist, Jenny Pope, developing an installation for inside one of the two remaining pottery kilns, the last two remaining from across the whole of Scotland’s pottery industry, opening up the site to public access for the Porty Art Walk. As part of her residency she will research the experience of kiln workers, their working conditions, and the elemental process of firing, air drafts and clay. Alongside her installation in the kiln, she will run some workshops at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, and create an event on Portobello Beach that celebrates the working kilns, building collected brick stacks for firing.

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We're busy finalising our 2019 programme, with more details being announced mid July.
The programme will include a rich diversity of work on show, including many 'Land Mark' themed works in shops, cafes and other public places. The regular 'Art Houses' programme will return with around 40 venues participating, and we have Fish n' Chip Film Nights on the Prom, and two maker's markets.


We're currently booking for a couple of events based around our 'Land Mark' theme that will form part of the programmme:

Drawn to Dance Workshop 'Landmarks' @ Bellfield
Sat 7th Sept - 10am-2pm
Jenny Smith & Sarena Wolfaard

Starting with a walk on Portobello beach, to collect natural landmarks, we will explore ways to use these as a starting point to create individual and collective dance-drawings, working in Bellfield Community Centre with dance, charcoal and chalks. We will explore ways the inner and outer landscape of the body meets the landscape of the natural world and how marks “land” when we draw in an embodied way.

Open to all. No previous drawing or dance experience required. Conscious dance has no steps. Through the dance we connect to an inner space of mystery and creativity. We will explore a process-based approach to drawing that is equally accessible to those with or without previous drawing experience.

Jenny Smith is a professional artist, with over 30 years experience of teaching and exhibiting in a wide variety of contexts.

Sarena Wolfaard has been facilitating conscious dance for 15 years. She is a Publisher and an advanced student of Process Work.

“It's inspiring, exciting and fun, a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Totally non-judgemental about anyone's individual "artistic talent" and fully focused on accessing, sharing and playing with the creativity in all of us. The teachers are experienced and professional and hold the group expertly.” Beth

“It has a much broader impact than just your dancing or drawing - in many ways it's one big metaphor for the creative process, or even for life itself.” Nick

Venue: Bellfield, Bellfield Street, Edinburgh, EH15 2BP
Cost: £35 Refreshments & Art Materials included.
Date: Sat 7 September 2019 Time: Sat: 10.00 – 2:00pm.
Numbers Limited. Early Booking advised
Book: via Eventbrite
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Still Life Photography workshop with photographer, Alicia Bruce, in collaboration with artist & florist, Jenny Harman
St Mark's Church - Sat 7th Sept, 10am-4.30pm


Portobello Photography School present a day of making still life photographs with the technical and creative support of professional photographer and experienced educator Alicia Bruce. From simple product shots, to Dutch painting inspired masterpieces to contemporary photographs. They will explore what makes a thoughtful, meaningful and eye-catching still life photograph.

Their base for the day with be St Marks Episcopal Church and Friday Street Antiques (just across the road) where Alicia is collaborating with florist Jenny Harman on a sensory floral 'portrait' of Portobello as never seen before in the form of a botanical installation which workshop participants will also be encouraged to document.

All participants have the opportunity to exhibit images made at the workshop at St Marks for Doors Open Day later that month.

More details and How to Book
Visit the Eventbrite page

The first 4 bookings using the promocode ArtWalk15 will receiving a £15 discount on the booking price.


Footprint Map Project



Commissioned Artists: Chris Dooks, Alec Finlay, Deirdre Macleod, Holger Mohaupt, Suzanne Parry

We are delighted to also be working this year on a community mapping project that will link the areas of Leith, Portobello & Musselburgh with a number of alternative routes that encourage everyday activity.

Five commissioned artists will be developing a range of walking and cycling routes through the different areas, culminating in a series of artist-led walks or cycles for the summer and during Art Walk Porty 2019 festival.

A printed map illustrating all five routes will be produced by December 2019, designed by psychogeography artist, David Lemm. 

FOOTPRINT is funded by Paths for All ‘Smarter Places, Smarter Journeys’ fund, and Scotrail Arts & Culture Fund, managed by Foundation Scotland.


Become an Art Walk Friend



We'd love it if you were able to support the Art Walk.

All 'Art Walk Friends' will recieve a 10% discount on sales in our 2019 Art Houses this year, as part of the Art Walk.

The annual cost to become a friend is £25.00

All monies received will be put into the future programming of our events. You will also receive a free tote bag to help us to promote the Art Walk, as well as be invited to all Art Walk events and previews.



Art Walk Projects produces and curates projects working with local communities and public spaces. We nurture emergent artists working within contemporary practice and commission perceptive and imaginative works that draw upon the local environment, local history, and local communities, presented within a contemporary context. Audiences are encouraged to engage with the artists works through a process of learning, informing and participation.


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