ART WALK PORTY
7-15 September 2019
'Land Mark' - working the land; marking the land
presents a programme of residencies & commissions over two years that considers Portobello’s industrial past, and the relationship of land to community, particularly in the context of the changing landscape of Western Portobello; of a land marked by its industrial heritage.
ART WALK PORTY RETURNS 7-15 SEPTEMBER 2019
Unfolding over the next 18 months will be a series of residencies that relate to the working of land, and material land. Jenny Pope and Bristow+Wilson have recently started their residencies looking at the industries of Portobello and the working of land at Telferton Allotments, looking at the way communities often grow through the forming of their own landmarks.
Annie Lord develops a smaller residency researching the sites of orchards since the early 1800s across Craigentinny & Portobello culminating in an event at Donkeyfield Orchard.
Office of Public Wonder (artist & research, Kiera O'Toole) is this year's invited artist (Ireland) developing an ecology related work over the first weekend drawing attention to the familiar beach groyne warning structures.
The satellite programme brings together an exciting collection of smaller commissions that respond to 'LAND MARK' with installations inside many often hidden and unusual locations such as the Police Box on Morton St, and the Light Box on Bellfield Street. Interwoven across some of the arthouse spaces and allotment shed are sound pieces, there is an invitation to walk the sea line, to watch film drawing attention to the previous cinema at 26 Bath Street, and there are some fantastic workshops & participatory events on offer.
'FOOTPRINT MAP PROJECT'
Commissioned Artists: Chris Dooks, Alec Finlay, Deirdre Macleod, Holger Mohaupt, Suzanne Parry
We are delighted to also be working this year on a community mapping project links the areas of Leith, Portobello & Musselburgh with a number of alternative routes that encourage everyday activity.
Five commissioned artists will be developing a range of walking and cycling routes through the different areas, culminating in a series of artist-led walks or cycles for the summer and during Art Walk Porty 2019 festival.
A printed map illustrating all five routes will be produced by December 2019, designed by psychogeography artist, David Lemm.
FOOTPRINT is funded by Paths for All ‘Smarter Places, Smarter Journeys’ fund, and Scotrail Arts & Culture Fund, managed by Foundation Scotland.
'DAY OF ACCESS' & 'THE MINOR WALK MANIFESTO'
Alec Finlay's 'Day of Access' Travelling Gallery exhibition will also be at the Art Walk on Fri 13th (1-7PM) & Sat 14th September (11AM-5PM)
Travelling Gallery will act as the campaign bus touring Day of Access across Scotland; presenting information and artworks and allowing a space for discussions. Themes of disability, access and ecological remediation are explored in Finlay’s poems and artwork.
Alec Finlay believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience wild nature. Himself a disabled artist and poet, Finlay takes on the role of activist to work with adiverse audience to overcome limitations on access to wild nature, which can be physically and emotionally hostile to the disabled.
Alec will be running an event on Friday 13th 5.30-7.30pm linking with his FootPrint commission: 'The Minor Walk Manifesto'
involving a short walk around Portobello, followed by a talk in-conversation with Claudia Zeiske (Deveron Projects) at Portobello Independent Bookshop
Alec's 'Minor Walk Manifesto' will also be published in the 'LAND MARK' Art Newspaper available from Bellfield & Portobello Independent Bookshop.
'PLOT 55B' Telferton Allotments
Residency artists, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson begin their year long working of their plot at Telferton Allotments with this year a number of participatory events taking place. Come and make a seedling pot, or hand printed seed packet, add to their ’Tilth & Tillage' Journal, and see the start of their 'Seed Library'.
OPEN BOTH WEEKENDS - 7/8/14/15 SEPT
11AM TO 4PM
38 ART HOUSES
This year the Art Houses are arranged around 3 walks of Portobello: East Walk, Central Walk, West Walk.
OPEN BOTH WEEKENDS - 7/8/14/15 SEPT - check individual entries
38 ART HOUSES
Continuing with our 'LAND MARK' theme, many of our artists showing work in local shops, cafes and venues, have made new work this year. We continue also to work with a number of charity shops with displays in their windows.
'BECOME AN ART WALK FRIEND'
We'd love it if you were able to support the Art Walk.
All 'Art Walk Friends' will recieve a 10% discount on sales in our 2019 Art Houses this year, as part of the Art Walk.
The annual cost to become a friend is £25.00
All monies received will be put into the future programming of our events. You will also receive a free tote bag to help us to promote the Art Walk, as well as be invited to all Art Walk events and previews.
Art Walk Projects produces and curates projects working with local communities and public spaces. We nurture emergent artists working within contemporary practice and commission perceptive and imaginative works that draw upon the local environment, local history, and local communities, presented within a contemporary context. Audiences are encouraged to engage with the artists works through a process of learning, informing and participation.