Art Walk Porty arts festival

 


SERIES OF EVENTS

The Art Walk Porty 2018 festival is based on the ‘PLEASURE GROUND’ with an events centred programme of live music, live art, participatory performance, writing, walks, installation and film screenings. We reflect upon our history of seaside entertainment, of an era of music halls, bandstands, and the faiground, showing archive material of community activity, alongside newly commissioned work relating to our public grounds of the seaside and promenade.

 

 

 

 

'PIER TO PIER'
Greig Burgoyne

LIVE-ART PERFORMANCE - FRI 31ST AUG FROM 12 NOON
PUBLIC PARTICIPATORY WALKS - SAT 1ST SEPT + SUN 2ND SEPT 1PM
PORTOBELLO BEACH

ARTIST TALK - SUN 2ND SEPT 3PM - BELLFIELD

Greig is our invited artist from Hastings. He will be creating three commissioned works for the Art Walk, that wrestle with our awareness of lost spaces whilst in the midst of other sites that are not. He pairs up the lost space of Portobello Pier with that of Hastings Pier with a number of walking based participatory projects.

On August 31st Burgoyne will make a day long drawing performance on Portobello Beach. Through walking and digging; an intense logic verging on the absurd will emerge.

This will be followed by 2 Public Walks - as much participatory performances - walking the space of the pier - to sign up to the Public Walks please register here by email. You will then be sent a link to download a small video needed to participate in the walk.

Burgoyne was born in Glasgow, studied at HAK Vienna & MA Painting, Royal College of Art London. He engages in a broad site specific drawing practice that embraces film, live performance and drawing.

 

Bandstand Project

 



'PROM PARADE'

SAT 1ST SEPT 3-6PM

A musical parade along Portobello Parade to include
Brass Blast - Porty’s own youth street band;
DJ Dynamite - is the moniker of 13-yr old music enthusiast Rory Dixon who is resident DJ at The Sunday Get-Down, the Jaffle Joint’s monthly Sunday session;
The Shunpike Social Club - Porty’s newest and funkiest street band;
Reel Brass - bringing ceilidh music to the streets with an exciting mix of traditional ceilidh tunes with pumping n’orleans brass arrangements.

Massed Band Finale: Marcus Britton from Oi Musica will bring together players from all the bands involved and more, to create a huge street band finale for the event.
Anyone interested in taking part
email marcus@oimusica.co.uk

Supported by funding from The Robertson Trust.

above image - local brassband pre 1914 - credit Portobello Heritage Trust



 

'Séance'
Chris Dooks + Eleanor Thom

LAUNCH EVENT + READINGS
FRI 7TH SEPT, 7-8.30PM
BEACH LANE SOCIAL CLUB

The vengeful ghost of a Donkey
A woman who studies fish faces
A Buddhist deity as fairground ride
And eleven more…

Séance is a suite of fourteen short stories that commune with pleasure, sorrow and the fairground. It is the first collaborative suite of texts by Chris Dooks and Eleanor Thom, written in part to remember Edinburgh Marine Gardens and the changing states in our neighbourhood.

 

 

'PROMENDADE'
David Williams, in collaboration with Lee Patterson

SAT 2ND + SUN 8TH, 11AM-1.30PM
BELLFIELD CELEBRATION HALL

A sound and image piece that innovatively captures the mood of the Portobello Big Busk in all its diversity. Myriad busking performances and snippets of conversation naturally blend into each other, recorded during evenly paced walking from one end of the promenade to the other. Slow-dissolve photographic images also play their part in this atmospheric, immersive celebration of what has become one the most eagerly anticipated events in Portobello’s summer calendar.

 

 



'SOUVENIR'
Typochondriacs

FRI 31ST AUG 2-4PM - PAPERMAKING WORKSHOP, BELLFIELD
SAT 1ST + SUN 2ND SEPT - PAPERMAKING ON THE PROM
FRI 7TH SEPT 2-4PM - POSTCARD PRINTING WORKSHOP, BELLFIELD
SAT 8TH + SUN 9TH SEPT - ADANA ON AN ART CART, POSTCARD PRINTING ON PROM

Souvenir’ is a growing community-making exhibition at Bellfield involving the postcard form, paper making and memories of visiting and living in Porty.

typochondriacs is the print name for Gen Harrison. She is currently undertaking an MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of West England. This mini-residency builds on an interest in language, history, ‘ephemory’ and place. Through the residency, she will explore the individual to build a collective memory of the particular heritage of this seaside town under an evolving body of work called ‘Wish You Were Here?’. There is the intriguing duality to Portobello, the ‘Pleasure Grounds’ in which to holiday, relax and breathe juxtaposed with a place, once full of industry but now lost spaces, where people live and work.

The making workshops take inspiration from the Paper Mill that was established here in 1836 and the holiday tradition of sending postcards back home. Come and share your particular memory and experience whilst making paper and/or postcard to a (lost) or (found) Portobello. These stories that connect people and place will record the language we use, explore the things we keep and the memories we make and will become part of a growing exhibition of souvenirs for Portobello.

DROP-IN TO TAKE PART IN THE WORKSHOPS
OR FOR ENQUIRIES:
EMAIL typochondriacs@hotmail.com


Supported by funding from Edinburgh Shoreline Project.

 



'AT THE FAIR'
FILM NIGHTS

SAT 1ST SEPT
THURS 6TH SEPT
SUN 9TH SEPT
9-10PM


A collection of artist silent film shorts alongside rarely seen archive footage, curated by Emma Macleod+Rosy Naylor.

‘Fun City’ (1966) STV 09:20
‘Play Ball’ Craig Murray 03:31
‘Unfairground 2’ Chris Dooks 04:36
‘Initial Prospect - Dungeness’ Ben Barton 04:03
‘The Wheels on the Bus’ Bill Millett 04:06
‘Letta’s High Class Entertainers’ (1923) 03:00
‘/string’ PNEUMA (2018) 04:40
‘Accretion’ Chris Dooks 02:21
‘False Pleasure’ Ad Howells (2018) 12:00
‘Flyers’ Lynn Dennison 01:47
‘Teign Spirit’ Kayla Parker & Stuart Moore 02:50 (2009)

See the full programme here 




Supported by funding from Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership.

 

'FESTOON'
Deirdre Macleod

WALKS - FRI 31ST AUG + FRI 7TH SEPT - 9-10PM

‘Festoon’ is a walk inspired by historical fairground illuminations and explores our experience of urban darkness. It will take place after dark in and around Porty.

Walking slowly in a line, 12 participants will carry portable, lighted frames around the darker spaces in Portobello - spaces that can be ‘lost’ after dark - creating a walking illumination. As the walk progresses, we will stop to create our own illuminations in some of these dark spaces.

‘Festoon’ is a walk, a performance and a participatory artwork. The walks will be documented and participants will be credited for their involvement.

Walk 1:
Portobello town centre to Telferton Allotments via Fishwives Causeway
Friday 31 August 2018, 9-10pm
Meeting point: Promenade, at the end of Bath Street, opposite the Rowing Club.
End point: Western end of Promenade at King’s Road

Walk 2:
Portobello town centre circuit + beach
Friday 7 September 2018, 9-10pm
Meeting point: Promenade, at the end of Bath Street, opposite the Rowing Club.
End point: Western end of Promenade at King’s Road

There are 12 places for participants, each of whom will carry a lightweight frame with festoon lights. However, everyone is welcome to join our procession and to take part in the walk.

If you would like to be one of the participants (who will carry a lighted frame) please e-mail here to receive further information.

 

 

 

 

'PERIMETER'
Rosy Naylor

SUN 9TH SEPT, 11AM TO 4PM BELLFIELD CELEBRATION HALL

Art Walk founder+curator, Rosy Naylor, develops an installation around the marking of one’s territorial space, in relation to the defining of a stage for performance. (music/sound/word)

 

 

 

 

'STRAWBERRY OR VANILLA'
Tracey Fearnehough & Holger Mohaupt

FILM SCREENING AND Q+A
SUN 2ND SEPT, 2PM, BELLFIELD

Sunburned necks, tight superman T-shirts and queues of wooly hats. Seasonal observations in the life of an ice-cream seller in North Berwick.

Produced by Room 8 Studio, a small visual art collective based in North Berwick, making films, often based around local communities, with a strong research interest in place, landscape, memory and creative storytelling.

 

 

'WILD ONES COLLECTIVE'

WEEKENDS 1ST/2ND AND 8TH/9TH SEPT
UPSTAIRS AT THE SWIM CENTRE
OPEN 10-4 SAT | 10-5 SUN

Arts and crafts inspired by wild swimming. Knitted and crocheted swimwear sit alongside embroidery, knitted textile art, zines, lino prints, poems and photos that reflect our external and internal experiences of swimming in the sea at Portobello and further afield, and in rivers, lochs and reservoirs.

Do you remember swimming in Portobello open air pool? You are invited to share your memories in a hand-made book; and to add your memories of wild swimming throughout Scotland in a hand-made book of maps. And why not have a go at designing your own dream swimming costume?!

 

 

HELEN MURRAY

TWO INSTALLATIONS:
'TIMELINE' PORTY LIGHT BOX
'BESIDE THE SILVER SEA' SEAFIELD PROM, BY OLD MARINE GARDENS

'Timeline' explores local photographer, Helen Murray's own family history of salt carters around Portobello & Joppa.

"Each image is a discrete timeline. A glimpse of a family experience linked through time and space, change and continuity, from the solid architecture of the past to the now, to the new, to the ephemeral. A celebration of lives lived and living."

'Beside the Silver Sea' exhibits a series of archive images, photographs, and postcards along Seafield Prom by the old site of Marine Gardens, each image exploring the performers, activities & entertainments that took place in this area; from the Concert Hall, Ballroom, Skating Rink, Zoo, Speedway track and more.

Thanks to Archie Foley & Portobello Heritage Trust with the help of sourcing imagery.

 

 

 

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About

The Art Walk Porty event builds on Portobello's diverse creative community and its unique coastline with site specific art, art houses, popup art in local shops and venues, and a maker's market, each year arranged around a different local walk of Portobello. We showcase quality contemporary art, supporting emergent artists as well as having an invited artists programme, forging links with local shops and related organisations with a collaborative approach. The event engages the local community and wider audiences to a rich and diverse programme.

 

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