2016 Art Walk

Applications now open.
Deadline 5th June.


We are now inviting artists to apply to participate in this year's Art Walk taking place 2-4 September 2016.

Some small artist funds are available for site specific works to cover material costs. Proposals are invited that respond to the local coastal environment of Portobello.

Artists wishing to open up their local studios, homes or gardens are welcome to apply, as are artists wanting to show their work in a local shop or venue.

Our Maker's Market this year will be taking place at the Dalriada on the Promenade, and we invite contemporary designer-makers to apply.


Find out more using the links below...

site specific art.
artist open studios.
popups in local shops.
maker's market at Dalriada.

Art Walk Porty is a 3-day festival of new visual art taking place each September that celebrates the public space and artistic activity of Portobello, Edinburgh's seaside.

The event builds on Portobello's diverse creative community and its unique coastline with site specific art, artist open studios, popup art in local shops and venues, arranged around a local walk of Portobello. We showcase quality contemporary art, supporting emergent artists as well as having an invited artists programme, and working with local shops and venues, and other public sites. The event engages the local community and wider audiences to a rich and diverse programme.

'Journey Lines'

1st August to 30th September 2016

We are delighted to announce 'Journey Lines' - Art Rail commissions funded by ScotRail's new Arts and Cultural Fund.

We are working with artists Dr Chris Dooks, Felicity Bristow & Mark Timmins, Deirdre Macleod and Andrew Pringle to create site engaged work around place and journeying to the seaside from the past to the present. We're looking forward to researching our local railways and disused stations of Portobello and Joppa, as well as increasing connections with the Scottish Borders through Brunstane Station.

Read more here...


The first art walk included more than 40 participating artists, at 33 different locations and venues.

Start the walk
See 2015 site specific artists

See 2015 open studios
See 2015 local shop popups



'art houses'

Have a house, space or windowsill in Portobello you'd like to open up as an artist space, hosting a local artist during the 2016 Art Walk? We'll match you up with an appropriate artist.

Please complete the form below and we'll be in touch...


If you are an artist interested in participating in 2016, or a local venue wanting to be involved, please complete the form below so we can keep you informed.

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Art Rail commissions
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art walk porty was setup in 2015 by locally based artist and designer, rosy naylor.


all enquiries contact:

tel. 07941 710304