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Will Porty be "Inspired"?

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Big Things on the Beach has made a proposal to the Scottish Arts Council for a share of its £8M Inspire Fund which is intended to encourage more people to become involved in the arts.

Our proposal, "Resort", is for a year long programme of activity in 2009-10 to enable artists and local people to explore what the idea of resort means in the 21st century and the role of art in making it a reality.

Resort will provide opportunities for people to become involved in a major, artist lead, challenge project; for artists to change the ways in which we perceive Portobello and for the creation of a major artwork by the artist Richard Wilson whose work "Turning the Place Over" is a highlight of Liverpool’s European City of Culture 2008 celebrations (see the report from this years commissioning group). Local people will play a central role in commissioning artists for the project and young people will be fully involved in making the year a vibrant and exciting experience.

We will know in July if Big Things on the Beach will get an opportunity to enter a full scale bid for the Inspire Fund's millions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 23:15  

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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