Curated Programme






The Vessel programme centres on ten interweaving artist projects alongside a
series of additional events and exhibitions, that frame ways to consider water and our unpredictable environmental futures. The vessel, as a form, as a channel, as a flow, as a journey, as a nutrient, as a means for care are many of the artistic responses visible within this series of multifaceted projects.

Additionally we develop further our Deluge project with two dedicated days of walkshops, talks and discussions. Our Art Walk Extended programme (from 16 September to 5 October) also brings a series of exhibitions and events that extends our geographical reach to areas of Leith, Craigentinny and Craigmillar.
View Events Diary for full details.


Writings

ROSY NAYLOR curator, Vessel an introduction
TOM JEFFREYS writer, A vessel kind of place

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Art Walk Hub is located at:
189 Portobello High Street
Edinburgh EH15 1EA
Open: Fri 10am-5pm, Sat/Sun 10am-6pm
1-3 and 8-10 September




Commissions

Measuring time through the fall of water

HUNITI GOLDOX

2023

Location: mote102 Ferry Road, Leith

Artist collective HUNITI GOLDOX presents Measuring Time through the Fall of Water an immersive video installation that features contemporary reenactments of a water clock – a time-kee…

Braid Walk

Jonathan Baxter

2023

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street and Porty Light Box, Bellfield Street

What can we learn from walking a watercourse? Between April and August 2023, Jonathan Baxter has been leading a series of monthly group walks in collaboration with poet Helen Boden, ar…

Quota

Christina Riley

2023 Ecology

Location: Portobello Beach, by Groyne 1 (Sun 3 September) and Toilet outdoor walls, Pipe Street (until end September)

Scallop dredges are hugely damaging to underwater ecologies. In a single tow, they can destroy roughly 70% of living seabed habitats – including maerl beds which can take millennia to…

Tired Water

Vira Putri

2023

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

Vira Putri’s work draws upon jamu, the Indonesian traditional healing practice which the artist likens to cooking.

The School of Pedestrian Culture

Lucas Priest

2023

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

During The School of Pedestrian Culture’s residency with Art Walk Projects, the School has become an expanded walking forum featuring contributions from artists Iman Tajik and Johanna…

Jenny Pope

Buoyancy in unprecedented times

Jenny Pope

2023

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

Jenny Pope is linking early innovations in maritime travel with today’s climate crisis in order to address questions of collective anxiety and resilience.

Stool to Stool

Murray Morrant

2023

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

Murray’s ongoing exploration of the built environment and subterranean infrastructure landscapes examines the intricate relationship between the individual and the collective, and its…

Wing Cradle

Henna Asikainen

2023

Location: Portobello Kiln, Bridge Street (Open Sat/Sun 11am-4pm)

Weaving together myths and politics with ecological concerns, Wing Cradle connects the migration of birds with testimonies relating to lived experiences of human migration.

September 2nd ’23 to September 10th ’23

Repel and attract

Tonya McMullan

2023 Ecology Waste

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

Inspired by the unexpected presence of tomato seedlings thriving in the water treatment plant at Seafield, Tonya McMullan is currently developing connections between waste, water, ecolo…

Slow Coast 500

Claudia Zeiske

2023

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

Claudia Zeiske’s Slow Coast 500 is a long-distance walk from Dunnet Head to Berwick-upon-Tweed along the entire coast of the North Sea in Scotland.

Deluge project

Linde Ex, Dana Olărescu, Oscar Van Heek

2023

Location: Aberlady Bay, Seafield and Portobello

A two-day focus of talks, walks and discussions takes place during this year’s Art Walk Porty Festival.

September 8th ’23 to September 9th ’23

Events

Vessel Exhibition

Exhibition

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

Friday 1 September to Sunday 10 September

Our central festival exhibition showing the work of artists: Jonathan Baxter, Tonya McMullan, Murray Morrant, Jenny Pope, Lucas Priest, Vira Putri, Claudia Zeiske.

Claudia Zeiske

Slow Coast 500 Walk & Discussion

Walk

Location: Cramond Causeway to Portobello

Fri 1 September 9.30am arrival for 10am start to Fri 1 September 5pm

Join Claudia Zeiske to walk from Cramond Causeway to Portobello as part of Slow Coast 500

Artist Talk with Henna Asikainen

Talk

Location: Portobello Kiln, Bridge Street

Sat 2 September 12pm to Sat 2 September 1pm

Come and hear more about Henna Asikainen’s installation Wing Cradle located inside one of Portobello’s two remaining bottle kilns, which she has created in collaboration with Zainah Adn…

Portobello – Cultivating Connections Walk with Annie Lord

Walk

Location: Art Walk Hub

Sat 2 September 2pm to Sat 2 September 4pm

We’ll take a leisurely walk to visit some of the apple trees, with readings by Annie along the way. We’ll consider the impact of community growing in Portobello and its connection t…

From mouth to source

Talk

Location: Art Walk Hub

Sat 2 September 4.30pm to Sat 2 September 5.30pm

Poetry and conversation inspired by walking the Braid Burn Watercourse, with readings by Helen Boden, James Spence, and other walkers.

Jamu-making workshop with Vira Putri

Workshop

Location: Portobello Promenade (near to Morton Street)

Sun 3 September 11am to Sun 3 September 12pm

Vira Putri will be showing how to make kunyit asem, a general tonic comprised of turmeric, tamarind, and palm sugar used to ease inflammation and increase overall immunity.

Artist Talk with Christina Riley

Talk

Location: Portobello Beach, Groyne 1

Sun 3 September 1pm to Sun 3 September 2pm

Artist Christina Riley discusses the damaging impact of scallop dredges, with particular reference to Lamlash Bay, Isle of Arran and concerted
opposition to the practice by dedic…

Sand Making Vessel Workshop & Pop up Exhibition

Workshop

Location: Portobello Beach, by Swim Centre

Sunday 3 September 3pm to Sunday 3 September 6pm

The workshop will involve making objects in the style of sandcastles, encouraging learning and creative thinking through play.

Seaside sketching and mindfulness workshop

Workshop

Location: Portobello Beach – bottom of John Street Lane

Mon 4 September 7pm to Mon 4 September 9pm

Join Anna Neubert-Wood of WanderWomen and artist Peter Jones for a session of mindfully slowing down, letting nature inspire your creativity and connecting by the seaside. This collabor…

Seagrass Talk with Lyle Boyle from the Ecology Centre

Talk

Location: Beach in front of Portobello Swim Centre

Thurs 7 September 2pm to Thurs 7 September 3pm

Join us to learn about seagrass – an ‘ecosystem engineer’ – and the ways you can help contribute to its rejuvenation.

Rainwater collection devices workshop and talk

Workshop

Location: Craigentinny Community Garden

Thurs 7 September 6pm to Thurs 7 September 8pm

In this workshop Linda Furley from Craigentinny Community Garden will talk about their watering collection device at the garden, and artist Tonya McMullan will involve participants in m…

Deluge Walkshop I with Dana Olarescu and Camille Aboudaram

Walk

Location: Aberlady Nature Reserve

Fri 8 September 2.15pm to Fri 8 September 5pm

Join socially engaged artist Dana Olărescu and visual artist and activist Camille Aboudaram for the first part of two workshops which will link up salt marshes, the climate crisis and…

Seaside sketching and mindfulness workshop

Workshop

Location: Portobello Beach – bottom of John Street Lane

Sat 9 September 10am to Sat 9 September 12pm

Join Anna Neubert-Wood of WanderWomen and artist Peter Jones for a session of mindfully slowing down, letting nature inspire your creativity and connecting by the seaside. This collabor…

Deluge talk: Land-shapes with artist Linde Ex (Netherlands)

Talk

Location: Art Walk Hub

Sat 9 September 11am to Sat 9 September 12pm

This talk is an opportunity for the artist to present updates on her research as part of the DELUGE project, sharing experiences about visiting the three coastal salt marsh locations an…

Deluge Walkshop II with Dana Olarescu and Camille Aboudaram

Walk

Location: Seafield Prom, by Kings Road

Sat 9 September 1pm to Sat 9 September 3pm

Following on from the first workshop in Aberlady Bay, we will go on an urban walk in the Seafield/Leith area looking at how our public spaces are managed and what we can do about it, sp…

Deluge Project Talk with Anna-Rosja Haveman and Maddi Nicholson

Talk

Location: Art Walk Hub

Sat 9 September 4pm to Sat 9 September 5.30pm

A talk with researcher and curator Anna-Rosja Haveman; Maddi Nicholson, director of Art Gene, Cumbria; and artists Linde Ex, Dana Olărescu, and Oscar van Heek.

Afloat Film Night

Film

Location: Portobello Prom, by Oscar’s Fish Kiosk (Pipe Street)

Sat 9 September 8.30pm to Sat 9 September 9.45pm

A series of artist shorts screened at Portobello Promenade, curated by Rosy Naylor, that explore our relationships to local landscapes, near and far, from Portobello, to the Solway Firt…

Tablecloth Embroidery Workshop

Workshop

Location: Art Walk Hub

Sun 10 September 10.30am to Sun 10 September 12pm

Claudia Zeiske leads a workshop based on the orange tablecloth that she has carried with her throughout her coastal walk from Thurso and embroidered daily as a record of the journey.

Jenny Pope

Coracle launch and watery event

Live Art

Location: Portobello Beach, by Morton Street

Sun 10 September 12pm to Sun 10 September 2pm

Join artist Jenny Pope for the launch of a coracle boat constructed with recycled fabric collected from Portobello residents.

Jamu-making workshop with Vira Putri

Workshop

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

Sun 10 September 2.30pm to Sun 10 September 3.30pm

Vira Putri will be showing how to make kunyit asem, a general tonic comprised of turmeric, tamarind, and palm sugar used to ease inflammation and increase overall immunity.

School of Pedestrian Culture led walk with Lucas Priest

Walk

Location: Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street

Sun 10 September 4pm to Sun 10 September 5pm

Artist Lucas Priest leads a collective walking engagement with a series of written scores to inform ways of moving through Portobello

Vessel Beach Cooking event with wild chef Judith Lamb

Live Art

Location: Portobello Beach, by Morton Street

Sun 10 September 6pm to Sun 10 September 8pm

Come and join us to celebrate with an end festival event on the beach, to include beach cooking and wonderful seasonal foraged ingredients from wild chef, Judith Lamb, inspired by our V…

Art Walk Extended

Artist-led tour at Seafield Water Treatment Plant

Walk

Location: Seafield Water Treatment Plant, Marine Esplanade

Sat 16 September 10am to Sat 16 September 1pm

Vessel Exhibition at mote102

Exhibition

Location: mote102, 102 Ferry Road, Leith EH6 4PG

Thurs 21 September 11am to Wed 27 September 4pm

The second part to our VESSEL project with installations from artists HUNITI GOLDOX, Tonya McMullan, Jenny Pope and Claudia Zeiske.

Conversing with Tomatoes

Live Art

Location: Beach at Seafield, back of Bus Depot (near to Kings Rd)

Thu 21 September 6pm to Thu 21 September 8pm

Tonya McMullan teams up with chef and wild foods forager Judith Lamb to host an evening of conversation and tomato-based foods to share.


Bingham-Craigmillar – Pollinating Populations Walk with Annie Lord

Walk

Location: Starting from Bingham Sensory Garden

Sat 30 September 2pm to Sat 30 September 4pm

We’ll take a leisurely walk to visit some of the apple trees, with readings by Annie along the way. We’ll consider the role of pollinators: solitary bees, wasps and moths. In an ar…

Plot to Plate Cook Book Launch

Talk

Location: Portobello Bookshop

Thu 5 October 7pm to Thu 5 October 8pm

Book launch of Plot to Plate Cook Book recently published by Art Walk Press with Craigentinny Telferton Allotments, to mark the start of the Portobello Book Festival

Writing Partnerships

Art Walk Projects is delighted to commission three writers to respond to the ideas explored throughout the VESSEL programme. With outlets for art writing becoming increasingly scarce, we believe it is important – for artists and writers alike – to create spaces for the development of new critical and creative thinking. With a deliberately open framework, these texts will develop slowly through conversations over the coming months, drawing together some of the threads running through the VESSEL programme and bringing fresh insights and points of connection. These three commissions will form the basis of issue two of Art Walk Journal, to be published in early 2024.

In addition to the printed publication, we are delighted to continue our collaboration with MAP Magazine as our editorial partner,working together to support contemporary art writing through experimental approaches to commissioning and publishing.

Texts growing out of these commissions are appearing on mapmagazine.co.uk from
September. The three commissioned writers are:

Dr Isabel Pérez-Ramos is a research fellow in English Studies at the University of Oviedo, Spain. Her research interests include decolonial solidarities, waste and narrative representations of environmental injustices, mainly in Chicanx and US Southwestern literature, as well as in climate and dystopian fiction. She is currently visiting research fellow at IASH, Edinburgh.

Dr Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in Scotland. She is the author of Another Way to Split Water, pamphlets Hinge and Faces that Fled the Wind, and collaborative essay, Second Memory, co-authored with Pratyusha. She is the co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network, and co-organiser of the Ledbury Poetry Critics Program.

Dr Maria Sledmere is a writer and artist living in Glasgow. Her most recent book is An Aura of Plasma Around the Sun (Hem Press, 2023), and a poetry collection, Cinders, is forthcoming from KRUPSKAYA books in 2024. She was recently named by the Saltire Society as one of ‘40 under 40’ outstanding Scottish creatives.