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Imagine Porty Prom

Stroke - What do you think?

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A few images from Stroke... (click to enlarge; "read more" for other photos)

Read a selection of the comments made by visitors to the artwork here.

Let us know your thoughts on the Talk Porty Forum here or add a comment below...



Last Updated on Sunday, 30 May 2010 22:20

Michael Pinsky's 'Stroke' launched

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Last Updated on Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:48

First commission 'Stroke' launches Saturday 27th March!

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ImageThe first Imagine Porty Prom art commission by Michael Pinsky launches next Saturday 27th March!
Come and experience the stunning Victorian Portobello Swim Centre transformed at nighttime by Stroke, an animated artwork projected across the darkened pool surface....
  • Saturday 27th March 7.30pm – 10pm
  • Sunday 28th March 9pm – 10pm
  • Wednesday 31st March 9pm – 11pm
    (Portobello Synchronised Swim Club Perform 9pm – 10pm!)
  • Friday 2nd April 10pm – 11pm
  • Saturday 3rd April 7.30pm – 10pm

Portobello Swim Centre, 57 Portobello Promenade, Edinburgh, EH15 2BS.

Event: Artist’s Talk: Sunday 28th March 2pm

Portobello Public Art House, 56 Kings Road, Edinburgh, EH15 1DX. On the prom; at the foot of Kings Rd.

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 March 2010 11:24

Miles Thurlow announced as third 2010 artist!

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Miles Thurlow has been awarded the third and final commission of 2010, launching late July.


Miles is a Newcastle-based artist who is Co-Director & Co-Founder of Workplace Gallery. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Sculpture at Northumbria University and has recently completed permanent commissions for Sunderland and Gateshead councils. See his work at

Last Updated on Friday, 19 March 2010 11:24

Michael Pinsky awarded Light-based Commission

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Michael Pinsky has just been awarded the 2010 light-based commission for Big Things on the Beach at Portobello.
Michael Pinsky uses the mediums of video, performance, mapping and programming to respond site-specifically to physical and sociological space. The context of a place is crucial, providing both the content and sites for his work. Michael will be in Portobello in mid August to meet the people and research the place of Portobello and develop ideas for his planned artwork, launching Sat 27th March 2010. 

See his work at:
Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 09:50

Public House opens its doors

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The Public Art House will be re-opening its doors to the public again this spring!
Come visit to see displays about the project and commissioned artists and get creative in adding your opinions about Porty Prom.
Watch this space for opening times from March 2010...
56 Kings Road, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1DX.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 05:40

Public Art Participation Worker & Consultants recruited

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Susan Grant was appointed Public Art Participation Worker in August 2009. She is based at the Public Art House on the prom, working with Big Things on the Beach to commission artists and engage the local community in 'Imagining Porty Prom'. Contact her with any queries here


Roberts Knight Leeds Metropolitan University (RKL) consultants have recently been appointed Public Art Consult


ants for Big Things on the Beach and will be working with the group, residents of Portobello and the City of Edinburgh Council to research and author a public art plan for Portobello prom. Their website can be seen here

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 23:52

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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