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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

Grennan & Sperandio awarded Commission 2

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Artist duo Grennan & Sperandio have recently been awarded the second of the Imagine Porty Prom art commissions!
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Well-known for their artworks in comic book form and more recently through television and community action projects (their work can be seen at, for the past nineteen years Grennan & Sperandio have transformed and presented the narratives of friends’, relatives’ and strangers’ lives into oddly familiar objects and events.
Since 1995, they have developed comic book, animation and community projects in conjunction with museums and broadcast, web and publishing companies in New York, Boston, London and Gateshead. The pair are perhaps best known for working with Chicago chocolate factory workers to design and produce their own chocolate bar as part of the influential 'Culture in Action' exhibition organised by Mary Jane Jacob in Chicago in 1993.
Simon Grennan has been engaging local people to help them to create a temporary sculpture that captures the spirit of Portobello:
“We’re out and about in Portobello in October and November getting to know what it’s really like. We’re asking people we meet to answer a simple question – If Portobello was a character, what character would it be? Along with our own visits, historical research and conversations with Portobello people, the answers to this question will add up to a feeling of the character and soul of Portobello. We’ll channel all this information when we get around to making our Giant Psychic Avatar of Portobello, which will appear as a big inflatable in a number of Portobello locations next year."
The commission will be launched 1,2,3 May 2010...
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 13:34

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 from 3pm to 7pm.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 21:01

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 Wednesday, 24 August 2011 21:05

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

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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