Jenny Pope
'Sea Masks'
5+6 Sept
Jenny Pope
'Sea Masks'
5+6 Sept
Jenny Pope
'Sea Masks'
5+6 Sept
Jenny Pope
'Sea Masks'
5+6 Sept
Jenny Pope
'Sea Masks'
5+6 Sept
Geri Loup Nolan
'Present in this Place'
5+6 Sept
Geri Loup Nolan
'Present in this Place'
5+6 Sept
Geri Loup Nolan
'Present in this Place'
5+6 Sept
Geri Loup Nolan
'Present in this Place'
5+6 Sept
Geri Loup Nolan
'Present in this Place'
5+6 Sept
Iman Tajik
'The Mirror'
Freedom of Movement II
Pipe St Toilet outdoor walls
Until 31 Oct
Deirdre Macleod
'Flow Lines'
Portobello Prom
Until 31 Oct
Jenny Martin
'Fired Earth'
Porty Light Box
Until 31 Oct
Two Places By the Sea
Portobello, Edinburgh
& Akureyri, Iceland
Portobello Prom, by boatclub
Until 31 Oct
'The Seed Library'
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'All At Sea'
Film Night
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10 outdoor, socially distanced artists' projects centred around 3 weekends


Please note owing to recent changes in Covid-19 social distancing restrictions limiting outdoor gatherings to 2 households, we request all visitors remain respectful of others' spaces and ensure a 2m distance from other members of the public whilst visiting all Art Walk events. All outdoor film evenings are now ticketed. We recommend all audience members to wear a face covering while attending.


'All At Sea' draws upon the collective, working together mood that this turbulent Covid-19 period has come to evoke. Out of the bewilderment, and confusion, a growing sense of resolve can hopefully emerge, and no more so than within the arts.

We at the Art Walk have felt it important to keep going, to adapt and change, during this uncertain period, enabling artists to continue their residencies & projects working with us. To that end a small and distanced programme quite different to our usual festival, has been devised over 3 separate weekends, all outdoors, with newly produced work much of which responds to our recent times, taking place in and around Portobello Beach & Promenade.

The works involving beach installation, live art, conversation & projection are centred on subjects critical to these times: of freedoms of movement; of food value; of personal protection; of a sense of ownership about public space; and to times for change; the pairing of place, and shared neighbourhoods, near and far.

Scroll down to see the full programme & to book events


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5+6 SEPT


JENNY POPE (Beach installation & workshop)
Location: Groyne by Swim Centre, Portobello Prom

Following on from Jenny's research last year relating to her 'LandMark' residency about Portobello’s historic bottle kilns and industrial working conditions, Jenny creates a series of masked forms relating to the precautions workers took to protect themselves from the heat as they unloaded the ceramics. The masks now have additional meaning as we navigate the new uncertainties around the Covid-19 virus, personal responsibility and public health. From the ubiquitous blue clinical mask to the homemade, designer or impromptu. Unfortunately dumped, along with gloves, as an increasing problem in the sea. Jenny is also mindful of the strategies people use to protect themselves during demonstrations protesting their freedom and rights against police and repressive authorities around the world.

Sun 6 Sept, 2-4pm ‘Make & Talk’ (socially distanced) event, Portobello Beach, by Swim Centre. Join Jenny to hear about her making and constructing processes creating work from found or recycled materials. Come along to listen or bring your own found/natural materials if you'd like to experiment with making something temporary for the beach. There will also be opportunities to make using sand. All ages welcome, children to be accompanied by adults. All materials to be taken away afterwards.

Booking required, please email to express interest.
Numbers currently limited to 15.

Details may change depending on social distancing restrictions at the time of this event.

Read more about Jenny Pope's residency


5+6 SEPT

GERI LOUP NOLAN (Beach installation)
Beach near to John Street, Portobello Prom

“Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.”
Derek Walcott

This collection started with one small triangular ceramic fragment with the letter A on it, right at the beginning of lockdown. From then on the permitted ‘exercise walks’ became the opportunity to find more. During many reflective walks on the beach thinking about the implicit issues of isolation, wellness, containment, creativity, travel, purpose… Geri has collected 2,020 fragments and will install on the sand close to where she lives. This will be one representation of how they might be exhibited or worked with in the future.

to seek among fragments something unbroken” Virginia Woolf

Artist Bio:
Geri works across painting, installation, books, film and sometimes audience participation. Often exploring local histories and local materials, she has taken residencies in Scotland, Ireland, Germany and China. Making connections with ‘a poetic archeology’ that become contemporary transformations.



BRISTOW+WILSON - Growing in Isolation | Virtual Potluck (Grow Your Own) Dinner | By Zoom

By Zoom Link: Weds, 9th Sept 6.30pm – 8pm

Join Susie Wilson & Felicity Bristow for a relaxed virtual potluck meal, bring your home grown dinner/ flowers or not, share what you are growing & eating this year. If you have received seeds from the artists at Plot 55b this year you are particularly welcome to join them to tell them what grew and what didn't!

Dress: Casual or plant themed!

This event was going to be hosted as a potluck dinner on Portobello Prom sharing produce grown in the allotment and foraged locally, but in view of current Covid-19 restrictions we are now going to host it around a socially distant online ‘table’, we hope you will enjoy sharing your experience of growing for eating and sharing this year with others in the growing community.

Booking required, please email to express interest

Read more about Bristow+Wilson's residency



26+27 SEPT

IMAN TAJIK (Beach installation & live art)
Beach near to Dalriada, Portobello Prom
Durational performance: 12-4pm each day


“Your discovery was my land. My discovery is your borders” Iman Tajik

Using his artwork as a tool to weld together trauma and awareness, Iman Tajik brings his frustration to the fore with jarring silence in his performance piece entitled ‘ Where the Body Meets the Land ’. In an almost unwavering manner, Tajik will create an indented space as he paces hundreds of thousands of times from a flag pole, buried in the sand, hoisting up a shimmering gold emergency blanket, to the seashore and back. This act of line making refers to the thousands of refugees and migrants that have disembarked, including those that did not survive, onto UK shores.

In his research, Tajik explores the notion of the emergency blanket as an allegory for both the past and the future, not only for those who have experienced forced displacement, but also those to be displaced due to imminent climate change. The emergency blanket as a flag is additionally used as a tool to critique nationalism and comment on people’s incessant attachment to this coloured item of fabric.

The durational performance, which will take place on 26th and 27th September (12-4pm), will be accompanied by posters and text, which will also be sitespecific (at Pipe Street Toilet outdoor walls). Together these elements aim to create a dialogue to reflect on privilege and the restlessness between land and sea.

We ask that everyone attending is respectful of others' spaces during this time and ensures a 2m distance from other members of the public. If you have any questions during the performance, please speak to one of the Art Walk volunteers. We recommend all audience members to wear a face covering while attending.

Artist Bio:
Iman Tajik is an Iranian artist based in Glasgow. Tajik’s work is anchored in a strong social interest connected to international movements for social change. Tajik’s work addresses issues of contemporary conditions of life with a particular focus on migration and globalisation – thereby bridging the gap between art and activism, to create work as a form of socio-political currency, addressing power structures. He works across video, photography, installations and performance through which he ’performs the border’ and that speak to personal experiences of crossing geographical borders. All insist on the right to freedom of movement.


Iman Tajik

26+27 SEPT

RHONA TAYLOR - Installation at Joppa Bandstand


An installation looking at the role of the Firth of Forth as a shelter for the ships that have gathered here during the global pandemic. During the lockdown, four cruise ships and two English Channel ferries were given refuge in the Forth, becoming a visual reminder that the world had come to a standstill.

Gatherings invites visitors to the Joppa bandstand to view the work, which also references the site itself as a meeting or stopping point. It also considers some of the language that has changed or been given new significance during 2020, as gatherings first became illegal, and then subject to new rules and laws.


DAVID WILLIAMS (Projection, Sat 26th Sept, 8.30-10pm, 12-minute loop)
Location: Harbour Wall, Pipe Street
Oscar's opening serving fish n chips

This event is free but ticketed, due to current Covid-19 restrictions.
15 minute slots are available to book. We recommend all audience members to wear a face covering while attending.


A large-scale video projection of a selection of work made by photographer David Williams on / from Portobello Promenade. Realised in collaboration with Andy McGregor with textual contribution by Edinburgh Makar, Alan Spence.

David Williams is an Edinburgh (Portobello) based photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and published. He was Head of Photography / Reader at Edinburgh College of Art and retired from higher education in 2017. His practice is wide-ranging, but in recent years has been increasingly informed by the notion of non-duality. This is particularly evident in a variety of projects undertaken in Japan. He is the recipient of several awards and in 2018 was nominated for the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy – the Japanese equivalent of the Nobel Prize. | (Instagram)



(Projection, Sun 27th Sept, 8.30-9.30pm)
Location: Harbour Wall, Pipe Street
Oscar's open serving fish n chips

This event is free but ticketed, due to current Covid-19 restrictions.
20 minute slots are available to book. We recommend all audience members to wear a face covering while attending.


A series of images + texts collected from participants around the globe taking part in our three ongoing residency projects during the recent lockdown. Shared making, combine with home growing, walking by water's edges, and more; alone and together; near and far.

Jenny Pope’s ‘Making Stuff, Feel Good’
Bristow+Wilson ‘Abide: growing together, apart’
Deirdre Macleod ‘Flow Lines’



17+18 OCT

ANNIE LORD (Installation & Popup Meet}
Location: Figgate Lane Residents Garden, Portobello


Join artist Annie Lord for an exhibition exploring her project ‘The Neighbouring Orchard’ at the wonderful Figgate Lane Residents Garden which has been taking shape during the lockdown.

'The Neighbouring Orchard' will see a network of apple trees planted this winter in local front and shared gardens across Portobello and beyond, linking together different neighbourhoods and communities. The pop-up gallery will showcase Annie’s research and drawings, plus provide the chance to meet with her and chat about the project. Find out about William Creelman's orchard that used to occupy this part of Portobello in the 1800s.

Read more about 'The Neighbouring Orchard'


17+18 OCT


By Appointment each day: 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
To book: email

In March 2020 during lockdown due to travel restrictions allotment Artists in Residence, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson, made the difficult decision not to visit their Plot 55b in the Craigentinny & Telferton Allotments. Having dug the ground, weeded, planted the broad beans, made new raised beds and planned the plot out having seen the first signs of the daffodils planted it was quite a wrench for them to step away.

As a result of being separated from the plot they were keen to continue the project somehow and working in isolation started to cultivate parts of their own gardens using the seeds that would have been planted in Portobello. The decision was made to share out the seeds they had planned on planting started in a postal exchange, each artist gardener sending the other shares of their seeds with information on planting and growing alongside a series of artist book works while ‘Growing in Isolation’. Touching the earth, planting the seeds and tending the growing plants was something positive and hopeful for many people in the ‘growing community, in such an uncertain and anxious time. The seeds became the focus to their work and made them realise the importance of ‘the seed’ to this commission. A small number of the visitors from AWP 2019 also accepted the offer of seeds from the project to try and grow at home also. Felicity & Susie are now setting up ‘The Seed Library’ in the allotment shed, which comes out of the generous exchange, or growing tips from plot holders and visitors and connections made sending out seeds. The delight and quiet of spending time growing something and protecting it as it matures was felt to be very rewarding by many people growing in isolation, as well as also mirroring the frustrations of lockdown restrictions when a plant was unsuccessful or a cornucopia of slugs had ransacked the seedlings planted out! It is hoped that when the Seed Library is established it can support the plot holders as a communal place for sharing seeds and seedlings when the plot also becomes a community foraging plot.

Over the weekend of the 17th & 18th October artists in residence Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson are inviting people to join them at Plot 55b, to sit a while (by appointment only, socially distanced) and record the conversations with them at ‘The Seed Library’; sharing experiences of ‘growing in isolation’ during and after lockdown. In exchange the artists will be giving out packets of seeds for planting in the coming months. This will also be an opportunity for donations to the library if anyone has surplus seeds themselves, they will be catalogued and added to the Seed Library.

Download Seed Library Zine - with printable seed packet
for collecting any spare seed

Read more about Bristow+Wilson's residency


17 OCT

Location: Harbour Wall, Pipe Street
& artworks Portobello Prom & Kilns
Available to book from here shortly

'play | relay | replay' is a public performance piece which links two cities, Edinburgh and New York, through walking, gesture and play.

Artists Christopher Kaczmarek (New York) and Deirdre Macleod (Edinburgh) invite members of the public in both of their cities to join together in a project that combines whimsy and play with deeper themes of connection, separation and place. Gestures observed in one city will be performed in the other, captured on video and played back in the spaces in the city from which they were originally gathered.

This performance forms part of Deirdre’s ongoing ‘Flow Lines’ residency which explores how gesture-based performance might create new relationships with urban space. Two artworks are situated on Portobello Promenade and at the Kilns (until 31 Oct). They include six sets of performance instructions for anyone to perform.

Read more about Deirdre Macleod and her residency

Christopher Kaczmarek is a New York based artist whose work spans both experimental and traditional practices, including sculpture, site specific installations, performance, video, built circuits and solar-powered objects. His work is often interactive and designed to guide the viewer towards a deeper contemplation about the inhabited environment. Recent interests have been concerned with the act of walking as a praxis for artistic production, and the shapes in which collective and collaborative environments can be formed to become spaces where imagination and creativity are used in the service of hopeful outcomes.

He has had the opportunity to present work at many national and international galleries and festivals such as Art Souterrain in Montreal, Canada; the Trinity College Science Gallery, Dublin Ireland; the Byzantine Museum of Agios Germanos, Prespes Greece; the New York Hall of Science, Queens New York; Real Art Ways, Hartford Connecticut; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Ohio; and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do South Korea. 

Christopher Kaczmarek received an MFA in Visual Art and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from Purchase College, State University of New York, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art, and Program Coordinator of the Visual Arts Program, at Montclair State University, New Jersey USA.

18 OCT

FILM NIGHT (Projection, Sun 18th Oct, 8-9.30pm)
Location: Harbour Wall, Pipe Street
Available to book from here shortly


Sailors are good at connecting fast and helping each other because (they) know what it is to be in trouble at sea.
Susan Smillie, living alone on a boat for 3 years ‘Living alone in the wild’
The Guardian, 4 Apr 2020

A visual portrayal celebrating our seas, oceans and waters, with a collection of silent film shorts & archive material, taking the wild sea as a metaphor for recent uncertain times, and exploring ideas for environmental change.

Come & join us in marking the end of this small series of works alongside some fish n chips (Oscar’s Kiosk open)- bring a chair.

Full programme at website from 3rd Oct.


We are currently inviting filmmakers, artists working with film, or animation artists to submit film shorts for this programme, deadline 20th Sept.
Read full info here



TWO PLACES BY THE SEA (Installation)
Location: Row Porty fence, nr to Bath Street

Pairing place between Portobello, Edinburgh and Akureyri, Iceland, ‘Two Places By The Sea’ involves two groups of photographers, one from each location, who have worked together in pairs to produce images in response to a range of themes. Some examine the landscape and setting while others are more personal and intimate.

The work is also simultaneously being shown in Akureyri, at their seaside promenade.

Below photographs from 'In My Neighbourhood': l-r
Vicki Watson 'You Alright Hen?'
Agnes Heiða Skúladóttir 'Minus Ten'

View more:
Fb: @TwoPlacesByTheSea | Project website


JENNY MARTIN (Installation)
Location: Porty Light Box, Bellfield Street


Small enough to hold in one hand, strong enough to hold up a building. Durable enough to last many lifetimes, cheap enough to be available to all. The brick is a lesson in simplicity and efficiency. It also shows us what is possible when a collection of simple individual elements work together.

This installation in Porty Light Box of photographed bricks, collected by Jenny Martin and Stephen Long, records the working history of the land, specific to Portobello and beyond.



This programme has been carefully constructed with a view to social distancing. However it is important everyone observes the current restrictions allowing no more than two households to meet outdoors when visiting the various artworks.

We request all visitors remain respectful of others' spaces and ensure a 2m distance from other members of the public whilst visiting all Art Walk events. We recommend all audience members to wear a face covering while attending.

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Portobello Sailing & Kayaking Club
Figgate Lane Residents Garden
Andy McGregor
Print Vision
Oscars Restaurant


Liam Rudden, Edinburgh Evening News | view pdf
Phyllis Stephen, The Edinburgh Reporter (Two Places by the Sea) | view pdf
Guðný Hrönn, Mannlif, Iceland (Two Places by the Sea) | view pdf
Porty Podcast - David Calder in conversation with Rosy Naylor, Deirdre Macleod & Jon Davey | listen here