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The Big Welcome

OmbraMalombra, by Ezia Mitolo

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OmbraMalombra by Ezia MitoloOmbraMalombra by Ezia Mitolo is an interactive project which challenges visual and digital art by imitating morphing animation. Flexible lycra stands allow the participants and the audience to perform and be creative without having being trained in visual art – a one to one exploration of empathy between performer and public.

  • Ezia and her interactive piece will be based in Mum’s Café which is upstairs at The Indoor Bowling Centre in Portobello from Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September 2011 from 3pm to 7pm. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:24

ChristinMe, by Magda Milano

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ChristinMe by Magda MilanoThe work of Italian artist Magda Milano is an emotional engagement with public spirituality and will be on show in St Philips Church, Portobello from Sunday 28th August to Friday 2nd September. The video animation installation is accompanied by spheres made from real flowers, collected from the people of Portobello, waiting for the moment in which all the flowers will die.

  • Bring Magda some flowers from your garden to become part of the artwork! 2.30pm onwards at St Philips on Saturday 27th August.
  • Join Magda and Big Things on the Beach for a discussion about her work on Sunday 28th August from 5.30pm to 7pm in the sanctuary at St Philips Church.
  • Come and view the artwork - Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September from 3pm to 7pm. Everyone welcome!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:18

Public Art Fest Programme (updated 29/08)

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Public Art Fest Programme (note: subject to change). Events are free unless indicated.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 August 2011 07:36

ToxMe, by Federico Calo

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ToxMeBig Things on the Beach invites all concerned citizens of Portobello to join us on September 3rd in an artistic expression of concern for the quality of life.

We are proud to present the UK and Scottish premiere of ToxMe by Federico Calo’ in cooperation with Freakfoundation. The Italian artist Federico Calo’ is one of the most controversial and public video artists in Europe.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:18

Public Art Fest - What Makes Art Public?

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Public Art Fest – 27 August to 3 September – Portobello, Edinburgh: What Makes Art Public?

A week long festival of public art projects, workshops and discussions. Take part in an exciting mass participation human installation or sign up for one of our free workshops.

Big Things on the Beach, Portobello’s community based public art trust, presents a week long, free programme of participatory public art projects, workshops and discussions. The Public Art Fest has been developed in collaboration with the Edinburgh College of Art and with GeoArte, an international cultural exchange organisation based in Puglia, southern Italy.

The Public Art Fest will create opportunities for exchange and learning between artists and the public about their roles in the production of public art. The purpose of the event is to provoke creative thinking about the future possibilities of public art practice and to lay the ground for the development of an ongoing programme of learning about public art – a “Public Art School’ - in the coming years. We intend this to be the first of a series of similar events that will include an increasing range of international partners and participants.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 August 2011 20:23

Big Thanks!

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Big Thanks!

Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2011 21:44

Join the Big Welcome

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big-welcome-300x79Join the Big Welcome picnic from 3.00 pm to 6.00pm on Portobello Promenade on Sunday, July 24th as part of the 2012 Olympic Open Weekend and Cultural Olympiad.

We invite everyone to decorate a tablecloth to show your international connections with people and places around the world that you love.

Bring your tablecloths, your cakes and picnic to Portobello Prom to help set out a tea table along one kilometre of the Portobello sea wall. Bring your sport, your performance, your music and your dance to entertain each other and our overseas visitors, to show the world that Edinburgh’s Seaside is a great place to visit.

We would like your tablecloth ideas to be as creative as possible. Join one of our artist led workshops to stimulate your imagination. Workshops will be held on Saturdays at:

Place Date
Portobello Community Centre, Adelphi Place June 25th; 1.00pm – 5.00pm
St. Phillips Church Hall, Brunstane Road North July 2nd; 1.00pm – 5.00pm
St. Phillips Church Hall
July 9th; 1.00pm – 5.00pm
St. Phillips Church Hall
July 16th; 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Register your tablecloth on our website and support the work of Amnesty International. The Big Welcome is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 June 2011 23:07
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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