Big Things on the Beach

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Imagine Portobello May 2015 - final programme

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Church Halls, Bellfield Street, Portobello.

Doors open 10.00 for 10.30 to 5.45.

All welcome. Free entry. Café open.



Big Welcome

Portobello Community Choir


Damian Killeen, Chair, Big things on the Beach



Whose culture is it anyway?


Lesley Riddoch, author and journalist.



Arts and Culture in Portobello

  • How would we describe our community?
  • How would we like it to be?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges?


Round table creative conversations introduced by Bill Jameson



Mapping our cultural assets? Introduction to lunchtime activity.

Graham Acheson, Big Things on the Beach, Architect and Associate, Smith Scott Mullan Associates



Lunch Break

Exhibition and information displays


Café open or bring a picnic



Welcome and introduction to the afternoon. Fun Fiddle (Junior)

Damian Killeen








Imagine Portobello

  • Activities
  • Aspirations
  • Challenges

Chair: Sophia Marriage, Minister, St. Mark’s Church.


Local arts and culture groups panel and discussion.



Cultural development, place making and the local economy

Andrew Dixon, Director of Creativity Place Ltd.



Tea and cakes

Main Hall




Portobello’s creative future? Opportunities, resources, organisation. What needs to happen?

Damian Killeen




3. 25

What are the City’s aspirations for Portobello?





What can we do together?

Chair: Andrew Eaton-Lewis, freelance cultural journalist.


Cllr. Maureen Child

Cllr. Richard Lewis, Chair, Culture and Leisure Committee, City of Edinburgh Council.

Jane Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland


Closing comments and thanks

Damian Killeen


4.30 – 5.45

Grand Musical Finale in

Main auditorium, (former church)


Fun Fiddle (senior)

Rosie and Tommy Nimmo

Emily Elver

Eileen Penman

Guitar Ensemble Portobello Music School

Rachel Amey

Portobello Community Choir

MC. Max Scratchmann Portobello Poetry Circus.

Programme may be subject to change


Supported by City of Edinburgh Council &



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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