Art Walk Porty arts festival



Visitors are invited to take a seat, gaze from the window and embark on a selection of sound journeys. Seek out the different sites to explore a night walk in the Amazon Jungle, a sad farewell in Antwerp, Reminiscing farmers, a lonely world trip and selected fragments of Magnetic Migration Music.

Zoë Irvine is an artist and sound designer who lives in Edinburgh. The pieces shown sit between radio documentary and filmic soundtrack.

Art Houses 40, 49, 67
Bellfield & Plot 55b, Telferton Allotments

(please note there is no longer a soundwork at Art House 36 - instead visit Bellfield)





An audio work that pairs the coastline of Portobello with that of North Norfolk. The audio invites you to take a 30-min walk of the sea line, reflecting on the incomer crossing lands and the journey from one place to another.

Collect MP3 player and booklet from Bellfield.
Walk takes 30 minutes.




Artist Lindsay Perth re-edits the last film to be shown at the Victory Cinema at 26 Bath Street when it closed in 1956. The film, ‘John and Julie’ is a story of two children who run off from home to watch the Coronation in London. This road movie format is full of innocence and nostalgia for more simpler times. Perth reshapes the film into something much more unsettling, creating a version that becomes more damaged as it unfolds, with visual patterns, glitches and loops. From tampering with the characters, script and narrative, the film’s innocence is dismantled and deformed.

26 Bath Street. Both weekends 11am-4pm.




Dan’s photograph looking inside one of the kilns captures the start of our two year project, with our plans to open up one of the kilns to public access in 2020.

Near to kilns/ public space at back of harbour flats




Eponymous is a site-specific, outdoor painting installation that connects Portobello in Scotland with the port in Panama from which it takes its name. The work references some of the shipping routes and navigational paths in the Firth of Forth as well as those close to the Caribbean coastal town of Portobelo (formerly Puerto Bello), which is situated close to the Panama Canal, and was once an important strategic post for defence and trade.

End walls of Pipe Street toilets/ Portobello Prom




Fi Bailey considers the ways in which we communicate, and how Porty’s telephone box has served in the past as a safe, private yet public space; whilst working within the empty 9 foot x 3 foot container in July & August she will observe a little of the daily interactions, from the kiosk’s perspective. | @fi_bailey | #portylightbox

Porty Light Box, Bellfield Street





Portobello based visual artist, Geri Loup Nolan, creates ‘Museum of Humble Treasures’ a thought-provoking intimate museum experience, drawing on far away places as well as landmarks much closer to home.

Morton Street Police Box. Both weekends 11am-4pm.





Screenings of two interrelated films by local artist Juliana Capes and film maker Ruth Barrie.

These films have grown from Juliana's passion for equal access to the arts and her experience of working for 15 years as a Visual Describer in Scottish galleries. She considers Visual Description a creative practise akin to the making a painting and of equal benefit to visually impaired and sighted audiences alike.

“Sunset Reports” (2018) is a film that describes 52 minutes of sunset in a live monologue. This film speaks about the difficulties and responsibility of describing for others and the brokering of experience through language. Slowing down the process of looking, Sunset Report reaches for a vocabulary to describe the indescribable (such as colour, such as beauty, such as love, such as grief) and makes access inherent in the work from the outset. It operates on the cusp of personal and universal, a place Capes strives to occupy.

"Be Different Today" (2019) was filmed over seven visually described sunrises on Portobello beach in February 2019 in collaboration with filmmaker Ruth Barrie. It was made in response to a commission from LUX Scotland and BBC Scotland

Sun 8th & Sat 14th Sept
Screenings: 11am and 12noon (duration 60mins)


Participatory Postcard Letterpress Printing

‘typochondriacs’ is the print name for Gen Harrison. Her work has its foundations in, but is not exclusive to, the medium of letterpress. She is interested in language, history, ‘ephemory’, place and people. These inspire the conversations she has with herself and that she seeks to have with others. Her practice incorporates book arts, posters, prints and postcards.

During the Art Walk this year, Gen will be printing postcards with the public from her own artcart responding to the them of 'Land Mark' and Portobello's industry history, particularly related to the Paper Mill which once operated in Bridge Street, as well as the tradition of  'sending home a postcard' when on your holidays.

Sunday 8th Sept, 11am to 4pm
In public space area at side of Figgate Burn/back of flats, Bridge Street



Typewriter stories while you wait

Find a writer behind an old typewriter on the promenade and suggest a subject, a theme or an object to them. Twenty(ish) minutes later, return and pick-up your own custom story, written about your theme!

Using an old Olivetti typewriter, manufactured in Glasgow, Luke will write your story on the spot, with no room for revisions. The typewriter, from the Olivetti Queenslie factory in Glasgow's East End, is equipped with a rainbow ink ribbon that changes colour as it is typed on. Stories are one side of A5 paper and come packaged in golden envelopes. On request, they can be read to you by the author.

Luke Winter has been writing stories for strangers around the world, on request for six years. He opens his office on park benches, at book festivals and at private events. He has published three collections of stories he's written for strangers.

Come along with memories or stories of Portobello and Luke will try to build them into your story!

Sat/Sun 14th & 15th Sept, 11am to 4pm
Prom area, by John Street



Workshop Sat 7th Sept

Join us for a unique collaboration between artist Jenny Smith and conscious dance teacher Sarena Wolfaard that wil explore the relationship between embodied drawing and dance.

Meeting at Bellfield Community Centre, the workshop will start with a walk on Portobello beach, to collect natural landmarks, exploring ways to use these as a starting point to create individual and collective drawings, in dance, charcoal and chalks. Where 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 will be explored.

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. This is Jenny and Sarena's third collaboration and has been specially devised for Art Walk Porty.

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

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


Saturday 7th Sept, 10am to 2pm
Bellfield, Bellfield Street, Portobello
Cost: £35



'A Still Life' Photography Workshop With photographer Alicia Bruce, in collaboration with artist And florist, Jenny Harman
Workshop Sat 7th Sept

A day 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. We will explore what makes a thoughtful, meaningful and eye-catching still life photograph. Our 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.

Exhibition Opportunity: Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to exhibit their best still life photographs from the day at an exhibition as part of Edinburgh Open Doors day at St Marks on Saturday 28th. Exhibition curated by Alicia Bruce.


Saturday 7th Sept, 10am to 4.3pm
St Marks Church, 287 Portobello High Street
Cost: £75