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Portobello Public Art Talks - #2

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In the run up to next year's activities Big Things is organizing a series of artists talks. The second talk is by Juliet Dean and is titled "Public Art and the Community - different approaches to engagement". It focusses on the work of PACE (Public Art Commissions and Exhibitions) by Juliet Dean, director of PACE and a local resident. Big Things are keen to engage local people in the development of plans for public art along the Promenade and on the beach. We hope this talk will help us all learn about different way to achieve this, generate interestand get people talk so we can move toward this aim.

Date: Thursday 29 January 2009, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Venue: Indoor Bowling and Leisure Centre – upstairs café/bar (accessible; bar available) - Promenade @ the bottom of Westbank Street (map)

Speaker: Juliet Dean, director of PACE

Topic: Public Art and the Community - different approaches to engagement

All welcome to this free event – please pass this invitation on to friends and neighbours and help to make it a success. We look forward to seeing you.


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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