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The Big Welcome

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Big Thanks!

Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2011 21:44

Join the Big Welcome

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big-welcome-300x79Join the Big Welcome picnic from 3.00 pm to 6.00pm on Portobello Promenade on Sunday, July 24th as part of the 2012 Olympic Open Weekend and Cultural Olympiad.

We invite everyone to decorate a tablecloth to show your international connections with people and places around the world that you love.

Bring your tablecloths, your cakes and picnic to Portobello Prom to help set out a tea table along one kilometre of the Portobello sea wall. Bring your sport, your performance, your music and your dance to entertain each other and our overseas visitors, to show the world that Edinburgh’s Seaside is a great place to visit.

We would like your tablecloth ideas to be as creative as possible. Join one of our artist led workshops to stimulate your imagination. Workshops will be held on Saturdays at:

Place Date
Portobello Community Centre, Adelphi Place June 25th; 1.00pm – 5.00pm
St. Phillips Church Hall, Brunstane Road North July 2nd; 1.00pm – 5.00pm
St. Phillips Church Hall
July 9th; 1.00pm – 5.00pm
St. Phillips Church Hall
July 16th; 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Register your tablecloth on our website and support the work of Amnesty International. The Big Welcome is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 June 2011 23:07

The Italian Job

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GrottaglieOver the past year Big Things on the Beach has been connecting with community groups, local authorities, artists and arts educators in the Puglia region of southern Italy. These are people who share our interest in making it possible for the general public to become more involved in the creation of public art. We are supporting public art developments in Puglia and working towards inviting Apulian artists to work with us here in Portobello. Do you live in Portobello and have a connection with Puglia? Would you like to support us to build stronger cultural connections between Puglia and Portobello - please contact us!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 22:04

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Big Things on the Beach is a public art trust in Portobello, a seaside suburb close to the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was formed by a group of residents in 2003 to explore the potential of the seafront as a site for engagement with public artworks by both emerging and established artists.

Since 2004 we have commissioned artists to create substantial temporary artworks, trained ourselves and others in the process of commissioning public artworks through international site visits and guest lectures and successfully raised funding to these ends.

Our current project - The Big Welcome - is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries