‘LAND MARK’ presents a programme of residencies & commissions over two years that considers Portobello’s industrial past, exploring the relationship of land to community, particularly in the context of the changing landscape of Western Portobello; of a land marked by its industrial heritage.
Artists will develop a range of works in and around the areas of Portobello’s pottery kilns, Portobello beach, and Telferton allotments, relating to 'Material Land', 'Working Land' and 'Walking Land'.
The project is funded by Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Robertson Trust & Culture & Fund Business Scotland.
Artist, Jenny Pope, begins her residency with a sculptural installation around the old site of Portobello’s industries. The industries around the Figgate Burn contain an infamous past, the Prussian blue works were involved in a court case about pollution in 1800. Jenny will construct sculptures reflecting the rich but deadly local colours: Prussian blue, blood red, mustard and white lead, and highlighting continued human environmental impact.
Lamposts around the Figgate Burn, Westbank and the Prom.
Sat 7th, 3pm, Artist talk, Portobello Kilns
A rare chance to see inside one of Portobello's remaining kilns, to hear about the processes of working the kilns, and to find out more about Jenny's residency.
The kiln will be open to the public: Sat 7th Sept 1-4pm & Sun 8th Sept 11am-4pm.
Sun 15th, 4-7pm, Brick stacking, firing & community cooking event, Portobello Beach by Pipe Street/Harbour flats.
Jenny also hosts a community gathering & closing event for this year’s Art Walk involving locally collected bricks, and playful kiln making on the beach, culminating in firing and cooking of foraged ingredients. Please bring along any bricks to be a part of this event.
FELICITY BRISTOW & SUSIE WILSON
'WORKING THE LAND'
Starting their commission at this year's AWP2019, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson will be artists in residence ‘Working the Land' for 12 months from their garden shed at Plot 55b at Craigentinny Telferton Allotments.
Each weekend during AWP2019 (Sat 7th + Sun 8th Sept and Sat 14th + Sun 15th Sept 2019, 11am to 4pm) they will welcome visitors to their plot [55b] to make seedling pots and seed packets that can be used to get organised for the coming year of planning and growing. Using various printing techniques simple designs will be printed onto brown paper, newspaper and recycled papers and then folded into origami envelopes to house seeds for the seed library the artists are establishing in the shed, or made into pots for growing seedlings.
All visitors will also be able to add to the ’Tilth & Tillage' journal where Bristow and Wilson will begin to record the weather and wildlife they see during the year, note tips from visitors about working the allotments and record the health of the soil on the plot and growing conditions in the surrounding area.
You can also follow the AWP residency on instagram at: @Plot_55b
#Plot55b #CTAllotments #AWP2019
Annie Lord has been researching historic and contemporary orchards in the areas surrounding Portobello and Leith. For the Art Walk Porty newspaper she will be creating an artwork detailing the stories and hidden histories of the area and exploring sites which have previously been used for growing and agriculture. The project will culminate with an outdoor performance of 'Graft' in the beautiful surroundings of Donkeyfield Community Orchard.
'Graft' is a solo storytelling piece, written and performed by Annie Lord, exploring the art of grafting: “the act of inserting a piece of plant or animal in another individual so as to come into organic union.” 'Graft' considers the human desire to gain control over nature and its reproduction. Using hand drawn illustrations, 'Graft' weaves together several story lines including the birth and regeneration of Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens, the cultivation of the Bramley apple and the formation of symbiotic and parasitic relationships.
Storytelling Event: 'Graft'
Places limited. Bookings will soon be available from this page.
This fifteen minute story will be performed outside with the audience gathered under apple trees. Afterwards there will be time to enjoy the surroundings and gather together for apple-based drinks and food as well as to explore further artworks by Annie, which will be installed in and around the fruit trees.
OFFICE OF PUBLIC WONDER
(Visting artist, Kiera O'Toole, Ireland)
Office of Public Wonder (Kiera O’Toole, Ireland) is developing an installation for the first weekend of the Art Walk that aims to reveal what is visible to call attention to what is not. Connecting with the natural landscape and Portobello’s post-industrial site, the work uses naturally found materials that centre on the local fragile ecology and environmental conditions.
The three-part work focusses on the all familiar groin warning structures, with site specific drawings at the beach side of the pumping station, public warning signs and “Wonder Shells” displayed at an undisclosed site.
Sat 7th & Sun 8th Sept, area of Joppa pumping station (beach side) Artist talk: Sun 8th Sept, 2pm at Bellfield
Chris Dooks | Alec Finlay | Holger Mohaupt | Deidre Macleod |Suzanne Parry
Exploring the familiar and unfamiliar around Portobello, Craigentinny and Musselburgh, a series of walks and cycles journeys are being devised working with these 5 selected artists. During the Art Walk you can take part in a number of events:
SUN 8TH SEPT, 4PM - DEIRDRE MACLEOD 'CUL DE SAC'
MON 9TH SEPT, 6PM - SUZANNE PARRY 'IN MY SHOES'
FRI 13TH SEPT, 5.30PM - ALEC FINLAY 'THE MINOR WALK MANIFESTO'
SAT 14TH SEPT, 3PM - HOLGER MOHAUPT
'THE ART OF GETTING LOST IN MUSSELBURGH'
SUN 15TH SEPT, 11AM & 2PM - CHRIS DOOKS 'AUTOPATHS'
Claudia Zeiske (Founder of Deveron Projects, Huntly) is leading a 'Brewster Wives Walk' from Portobello Beach to the top of Arthur's Seat. Claudia has made a name for her personal pilgrimages that link places special to ourselves with political, historic or anecdotal sites. In the past she walked from Home to Home, linking her home town of Huntly in Aberdeenshire with her childhood place near Munich where her mother still lives. Recently she undertook a three-country peace walk in the Balkan and creates annual thematic Slow Marathons linked to such topics as transport, energy or land use.
With a bottle of homebrew in her rucksack - for the ART WALK PORTY festival she will recreate the 17th Century Brewster Wives Walk, leading from Portobello beach to the top of Arthur’s Seat. Picnic with discussion about all things personal path making at the end.
SAT 14TH SEPTEMBER, MEET AT BELLFIELD 10am
imaginative responses to disability,
landscape and wounded nature
A Travelling Gallery exhibition by Alec Finlay
OPEN: BY PORTOBELLO TOWN HALL
Fri 13th Sept 1-7pm
Sat 14th Sept 11am-5pm
RELATED EVENT: FRI 13TH SEPT, 5.30-7.30PM
Starting from Travelling Gallery,
followed by walk as part of 'FootPrint' Project
and in-conversation talk with Claudia Zeiske, Deveron Projects at Portobello Independent Bookshop
'Tracing the Tide'
A collection of artist silent film shorts from across the UK & Europe, shown alongside archive footage reflecting upon the changing post-industrial
landscape, working land & movement across lands & seas
- curated by Rosy Naylor:
‘Altered Landscapes’ Juan Del Gado
‘Plane Window’ Lynn Dennison
‘The Last Miner’ Luke Brabazon
‘Echo Tides’ Tomoko Freeman
‘Urban Fox’ Flora Bradwell
‘Progress’ Hayley Harrison
‘Earnest Camoflage’ Timothea Armour & Alima Askew
‘The Glasgow Leopard’ Leonie Mhari
‘Boy and the Sea’ S J Swan
SAT 7TH & THURS 12TH SEPT, 9-10.15PM