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Visit to Barcelona

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ImageTouching down at Girona Airport one thing was clear, the sky! Having left a dreary, damp and depressing Edinburgh at a very civilised 9am that morning, only a short bus ride separated us from the sun, sea and sand of Barcelona.

After much fun and adventure on the underground our little group was being checked in by the less than hospitable staff at the Hotel Barcelo. Before we knew it, it was time for dinner. A quick change and a debriefing by the only friendly person in the building, the barmaid and we were off to the Rambla del Poblenou, the local restaurant district. Completely at random we somehow manage to discover a delightful restaurant which quickly begins to fill up with locals, always a good sign. Wine, women, one man, no songs, a couple of shots of something strange on the house and bedtime was beckoning so we wobbled off back to the hotel for some zzzz’s.

Click below to read on for more of Rab Brown's trip report. This trip is part of the 2007-08 Public Art commissioning course.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 May 2008 18:49

Visit to Liverpool

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ImageOn Saturday 19th January our group got off to a very early start for our weekend visit to Liverpool. It was appropriate that our destination should be this year’s European City of Culture. There were nine of us in total, ably led and organised by Caroline Muirhead, our local Public Arts Development Worker. We were also accompanied by Damian Killeen, the chairman of Big Things on the Beach.

Click below to read on for more of Helen Standen's trip report. This trip is part of the 2007-08 Public Art commissioning course.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2008 11:34

Public Art Course - Course 2, term 1

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ImageBig Things on the Beach began it’s second Public Art course for the local residents of Portobello in September 2007. This year thirteen people enrolled on the Public Art course and last week participants successfully completed their first ten week term.

The Public Art course started with a basic introduction to Public Art. Participants have been shown a variety of different types, media and artists involved in contemporary Public Art. Slide shows have included good and bad examples of temporary & permanent Public Art in both a national and international context.

Read on for more information...

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 December 2007 15:48

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:
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 23:16

Exhibition of the Public Art Course 2006-2007

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Details of 2007/08 BTOTB Public Art course
Just to let you know that there is now an exhibition of images and text about the Public Art Course up in the library. The exhibition has images and text from the Public Art Course 2006-07. It is the first of two courses being run by Big Things on the Beach. We are currently enrolling people for the second course which starts at the end of August.
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Last Updated on Sunday, 09 December 2007 15:32
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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