We invite proposals for consideration to the 'Art in Shops' strand of the 2020 Art Walk Porty with applications that respond to our theme 'Groundwork'.

Applications are invited from 1st Feb to 15th March 2020.


work on the land
work of the land
working the land

Groundwork will bring together an intersection of artworks, interventions, conversations, specialisms and events, that engage with our local habitats, and consider the physicalness of work, from industrial labour to the work of art.

For the 'Art in Shops' strand we invite proposals that engage with concepts/ideas around:
- ground: eco-arts, cultural geography, living or edible landscapes, urban ecology, sustainability or mapping;
- work: industrial traces, unseen labour, the labour of art, the working artist.

The programme will compliment the second year of our ‘Land Mark’ Residencies supported by Creative Scotland which will continue to look at the work & working land in and around Western Portobello, such as at the kilns, Baileyfield’s new site, and at Telferton Allotments, with a range of work involving the working land and the changing public spaces this area presents.

We welcome proposals across all medias from emerging artists, artist collectives, collaborations, recent graduates, artists outside of the local area, as well as from other related specialisms (landscape architecture, design, ecology, cultural geography, gardening, food etc).


We have worked with a number of shops, cafes, local businesses and other spaces in recent years. The spaces each offer very different environments in which to display work, with a great variety in the amount of space available.

Below is a list of spaces we will be working with this year. We ask you to mention on your application form those places you would most like to show your work:

Shops most suited to wall based work:
Portobello Beach Cafe, Boathouse, Miros Bistro (Prom), Miros Pantry (High Street), Twelve Triangles, Two Sisters, HiFi Corner, Annan, Friday Street, Malvarosa.

Shops most suited to window displays:
COVE, The Wild Flower Shop, Salvation Army, Marie Curie, St Columba's Hospice, Barnados, Cancer Research.

Other Venues:
If you are interested in proposing work for other sites incl:
St Marks Church, Bellfield Celebration Hall, or Porty Light Box
We welcome your proposals for installation based work, please contact Rosy Naylor to discuss initially: rosy@artwalkporty.co.uk

Please note exhibitions at The Skylark, and other outdoor public spaces are part of our invited artist programme, and therefore not part of this open call.



We hope to have a small budget for the cost of materials for the creation of new work. Please detail your requirements on the application form.

For exhibition based works for sale, commissions will be liable at 15%. Artists showing work in shops are not required to invigilate their work.

Artworks shown are to be original work from the person submitting the form. All those participating will be listed in our event map and have a page on our website.

Participants will be responsible for the installing and uninstalling of their own work, liaising directly with venues after the initial introduction has been made. It is important to understand when applying to show work in shops + cafes, the flexibility needed to work with often quite small, differing places for the exhibiting of work.

How to Apply

Please download the application form using the link below, complete and return by email to:


along with 3 images of your recent work
including 1 'at work/studio' image
by the deadline of Sunday 15th March.

See last year's Art in Shops


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If you have any enquiries

Please email Rosy Naylor






Leanne Dewar, Cancer Research
Rosie Walters, Wild Flower Shop