COVID19 | UPDATE
Owing to the ongoing situation in relation to social distancing and the future uncertainty in light of Covid19, we have recently taken the difficult decision to cancel this year's 'Art Walk Porty' Festival. In order to ensure ongoing public safety for participants and visitors, as well as the problems around planning for the event we feel this is a necessary step at this time. We hope to be able to still host a small number of one-off outdoor, socially distanced based works over the autumn involving our ongoing programme of invited artists. We will publicise full details of these during July 2020.

june 2020
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NEW RESIDENCY | 'Flow Lines'

We are delighted to launch Deirdre's residency from June 2020. Her longstanding interest in how cities work and how those who live in cities experience them creates the foundation for this residency. Her current research explores how gesture-based performance might help tell the story of cities. Over the next 5 months she will create a series of 'scores' as a set of performance instructions, for a series of six gesture-based pieces of work. One score will be published every month, which the public are invited to perform singularly, through a period of social distancing. Participants from across the globe, located by water's edges (seas, rivers, canals) will be encouraged to take part.

june 2020 | visit webpage to read more
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ARTIST INTERVIEW | 'Plot55b' & home growing

Residency artists, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson, recently caught up with Genevieve Fay about how they are continuing to work together, during their residency, whilst alone, working through the lockdown. Read about the new directions in their project from below.

june 2020 | read interview | follow @plot_55b at instagram
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NEW PROJECT | 'The Neighbouring Orchard'

Its great to be able to announce our apple tree growing project working with artist, Annie Lord, which will be working to construct an orchard across our collective neighbourhood. We are currently looking for local residents who live in Portobello, Craigentinny or Musselburgh to come forward who would like to plant a tree in their front garden or publicly viewable space.

may 2020 | visit webpage to read more
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LOCKDOWN PROJECT | 'Make Stuff, Feel Good'

Artist Jenny Pope is inviting participants to take part in a collective creativity and coping strategy project promoting mental wellbeing at this difficult time. She has created two art material packs to use at home: 'Tools for Now' and 'Collage Kit'. To receive a pack contact Jenny (priced £5 for limited number supported by Art Walk Projects). Images of artworks made will later by posted up onto social media.

may 2020 | follow @makestuff_feelgood | email jenny
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THE VISITED PLACE: occupying the local in art biennials | ENGAGE JOURNAL44
'Biennials and beyond' APRIL 2020

Art Walk's curator, Rosy Naylor, discusses the relationship of the visiting and local audience in her article for Engage's latest Journal looking at art biennales. Rosy takes a look at the different ways in which she considers place and community, expanding on the pairing of place, walking place, collective place and lost place. Artists/groups featured: Greig Burgoyne, Deirdre Macleod, Nicky Bird, & Ruangrupa.

"Biennials present opportunities for curators and producers to consider the way in which a visitor (predominantly a tourist) engages with a place, how the structure of their visit informs that engagement, and subsequent experience...

To me, as a public arts curator, a methodology around place and community is an important one. One in which there can be a joining together: of the visitor visiting a place with the sole purpose of viewing art; and of the resident, viewing commissioned work that responds to and has relevancy for their own familiar neighbourhood or surroundings. Such an interweaving is treated as the destination for discourse, rather than two opposing parts that need ‘bringing together’.

For the visiting art audience, the city becomes the backdrop providing the context through which the programmed art is viewed, assessed, and interpreted. Visitors might get to navigate a city in a specific, directed way, view locations of works in a particular order, in particular regions or outskirts of a city, chosen in order to narrate a certain discourse. These viewers come away having had an experience, having learned about the city, its people, its communities, part and parcel with the art they have seen, one which is interwoven into the fabric of the city; its alleyways, its histories, its localities. Such engagement means the visitor comes away having experienced a sense of place, within which the art has shaped, ordered, and redefined that place.

apr 2020 | read full article at engage website (requires login)
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NICKY BIRD RESIDENCY | INTERVIEWS, AUDIO, PROJECT IMAGES
Full details of our recent 'Landmark' residency 'The Decorators' with artist Nicky Bird are now available here and at Nicky's website. You can hear extracts of conversations which formed part of the sound installation inside one of the two remaining kilns in Portobello, along with full project images, and interviews.

mar 2020 | visit webpage | #TheDecorators
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FUNDING AWARDED | GROUNDWORK 2020
We are delighted to have been awarded funding for our 2020/21 'Groundwork' programme from National Lottery Awards for All, and Paths for All's Smarter Places Smarter Choices fund. Over the coming months we will be developing a number of artist projects involving local & edible landscapes, including the gifting of apple trees, a walking course with young people in Craigmillar, and a walking App for Spring 2021.

feb 2020 | #groundwork
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Next up:

'All At Sea' 10 outdoor socially distanced artists' projects over 3 weekends
5+6 SEPT | 26+27 SEPT | 17+18 OCT


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