Art Walk Porty arts festival

Nicky Bird

'Show & Tell' Event

Portobello at play and work
call for your memories of seaside play in a working landscape

Portobello Library Thursday 19 September 2-4pm
Refreshments provided

During Portobello Heritage Trust’s exhibition of previously unseen photographs, we are delighted to invite participants to a special ‘Show and Tell’ social event. This is an opportunity to hear your stories, memories and also share photographs you might have in response to the exhibition.

The event also marks the beginning of artist Nicky Bird’s residency for Art Walk Porty on the theme of ‘Worked Land’ and she is interested in finding out more about Portobello at play and work, including those who might have family connections to Portobello’s pottery history.



Nicky’s work investigates the contemporary relevance of ‘found’ artefacts, their archives and specific sites through collaborative art processes with people who have significant connections to a hidden history. She is interested in how such artefacts, archives and sites carry both social and personal histories. This leads to a key question: what is our relationship to the past, and what is the value we ascribe to it? She has explored this through photography, bookworks, sound, the Internet and New Media. Dialogues with archivists, archaeologists, local community members, local history groups, and museum volunteers are instrumental in her practice. This means the collaborative process, and the physical site, shape the form of final artworks.

Special thanks to Portobello Heritage Trust with the help in delivering this project.