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Imagine Portobello 2

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ImageImagine Portobello 2 - Public Art in Portobello… What next? Join us to explore what public art can contribute to the life of Portobello. Saturday, November 17th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Beach Lane Social Club, Portobello (behind the Police Station). Free but admission by ticket only from:

Since 2003 Big Things on the Beach – a group of local residents - has invited artists to create new work in Portobello. We want to know what you think about this community activity, what it contributes to the quality of life in Portobello and how you think it might develop in future. Your views will be important in demonstrating to funders and others that Portobello is a community committed to creative sustainable development.

For this event we are creating an exhibition of photographs and other images captured by people inspired by the works we have commissioned over the past four years. If you have any images of the Blue Moon (pink dots), Progressions (windsocks) or Wonder (pyramids) that you would like to be considered for the display, send them to:

Imagine Portobello 2 will be a mixture of lively presentations and discussions. The outline programme for the day is

10:00 Registration and Exhibition

Imagine Portobello 1 and what has happened since
Damian Killeen, Chairperson Big Things on the Beach

11:00 Public Art and Public Places
Keynote Speaker: Pete McCaughey, Glasgow University
11:45 Discussions: What do we think about public art; what is good public art?
12:30 Buffet lunch (suggested donation £2.00)
13:30 Edinburgh's Waterfront and Public Art
Keynote Speaker Riccardo Marini, Design Leader, City of Edinburgh Council
14:15 Discussions: What next for public art in Portobello?
15:00 Feedback and panel of "Resourceful People" – How might our vision be achieved?
15:45 Closing comments
16:00 End of Day

Imagine Portobello 2 is organised by Big Things on the Beach a local charity SC 035107

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 23:16  

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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