Portobello, Edinburgh
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Various venues

The event which opens on Saturday, brings life to many previously inaccessible spaces, with installations in public spaces, local shops, at allotment sites, orchards and more. Central is a focus on participatory art, and work that responds to the local community setting at Edinburgh’s seaside.

Curated by Rosy Naylor, the festival is a culmination of work over 1 year which explores ‘Land Mark’: the working of the land; the marking of the land, connecting people to place, of marking those places that have significance locally, whilst delivering a coherent, responsive programme.

2019 Festival Highlights:

-Our first ever International artist, Kiera O’toole (Office of Public Wonder) is our invited artist from Ireland, with ‘Warning’, a site specific drawing installation on Portobello Beach.

-Residency artist, Jenny Pope, creates a colourful portrayal of Portobello’s once noxious substances that were once produced here with a series of windforms installed on Portobello Prom.

-Our ‘Working the Land’ project commences at Craigentinny Telferton Allotments, where artists Felicity Bristow & Susie Wilson will be working the land for one year. Visitors can add to their ‘Tilth & Tillage’ Journal and make seed packets working with recycled materials.

-‘Tracing the Tide’ screens onto Portobello Prom a series of artist film shorts over two evenings, Sat 7th& Thurs 12thSept, 2pm, along with plenty of seaside fish n chips.

-Our ‘FootPrint’ project includes sound and foraging walks, cycle journeys, walks through the outskirts, a ‘Minor Walk’ from Alec Finlay, and Claudia Zeiske (Founder of Deveron Projects) retracing the 17th century ‘Brewster Wives Walk’.

-Closing Event: A kiln + brick stack, firing and cooking event on Portobello Beach on Sun 15th Sept. Artist, Jenny Pope & Chef+Forager, Judith Lamb work together to create a magical, creative celebration to mark the end of this year’s Art Walk.

This year’s programme is centred around ‘Land Mark’ an evolving two year project of residencies, commissions and walking practice work that considers the changing post-industrial landscape of Portobello, exploring the working land.

The ‘Land Mark’ project being developed over 12 months is supported by Creative Scotland, Robertson Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council.

The Art Walk Festival runs from 7 to 15 September 2019.

Full programme details at: