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Imagine Porty 2015 Facebook Page

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This is the link to our Facebook page for Imagine Porty 2015. Please explore.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 09:39

Imagine Portobello 3

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Big Things on the Beach invites you to ‘Imagine Portobello’ on Saturday 30 May 2015, 10.30 a.m. at the Church Hall,(former Old Parish Church), Bellfield Street.  The day will celebrate both the 10th anniversary of the organisation and Portobello’s cultural life and aspirations.


We are delighted to have as our key contributor, Lesley Riddoch, who will speak on the topic 'Whose Culture Is It Anyway?'

There will be contributions from local groups,Councilor Maureen Child and other guest speakers, with discussions over tea and cakes, interlaced with live music, songs and poems from local performers, plus a film and photographic exhibition featuring public art in Portobello.


Experience shows that the Portobello Book Festival, Village Show, Pedal Market and artistic commissions of Big Things on the Beach, amongst other cultural activities, enrich our lives and have the potential to attract visitors to Portobello, benefiting the local economy.

The day will identify current challenges and explore ‘big ideas’ for developing arts and culture in the area and for raising the profile of Portobello as a visitor destination.

Big Things on the Beach is grateful to the Portobello and Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership for funding this event. Entry is free, just come and join in – no booking required. A full programme available at Portobello Public Library and local cafes from late April.

For further information contact: Damian Killeen, Big Things on the Beach, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 21:13

Take to the Beach

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People of Edinburgh – Take to the Beach

A Manifesto for Portobello Promenade

Big Things on the Beach calls on Edinburgh’s next City Council to value and invest in its City Promenade and Beach at Portobello

We want you to make sure that the Councilors we elect on May 3rd make a real difference to Edinburgh and deliver what the people have said they want, a City Promenade worthy of Scotland’s capital in the 21st century.


We believe that Portobello Promenade should be the pride of Edinburgh:

  •  a unique and creative place where artists and public meet
  • a vibrant place that attracts cultural activities
  • a place of recreation for the mind, body and spirit
  • a ‘must see’ attraction for locals and visitors
  • a democratic public space, shared and enjoyed by people of  all ages, races, abilities, classes and cultures.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:13

Sculpture by the Sea

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Aarhus in Denmark, Bondi Beach and Cottosloe in Australia all manage large displays of Public Art on thier coastlines. Could we equal that here in Portobello? Big Things on the Beach wants to explore the cultural possibilities in a one day event on 30th May 2015. Details to follow.

Meantime you might want to explore ideas from Denmark et al on


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:12

Public Art Festival 2011

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Highlights of 2011
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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