Big Things on the Beach

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The Big Idea & Future Plans

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6  After a busy year of public art commissioning and community engagement, the Public Art House has closed as planned. Thanks to the 3000 people who have Imagined Porty Prom with us this year and have shared their ideas! Please keep continuing to do so by adding new comments here on the website, or on our Facebook page.

Watch this space - in the coming month we'll be publishing the Public Art Strategy for Portobello Promenade as well as additional outcomes about this year's project. In the meantime, an outline of the resulting Big Idea and overview of future plans for the trust is available for download here

The local people involved in Big Things on the Beach are continuing to create new public art activities, already planning an international Garden Gallery project for the Olympic year 2012. If you would like to get involved in Big Things on the Beach or want to contact us, email us at or write to: Big Things on the Beach, c/o 21 Bedford Terrace, EH15 2EJ. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 13:51  

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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