Big Things on the Beach

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Imagine Porty pier concept

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Our Imagine portobello day was well attended with lots of interesting conversations and ideas as well as lively participative and watchable music at points in the day. Stimulating talks from Lesley Riddoch, broadcaster and journalist with a clear hold on all that is Nordic, and Andrew Dixon who led Hull to achieve Cultural City award this year. Many useful ideas and views from participants about culture in Portobello, and we will produce a report on the event which will be posted here and open for futher comment. We hope to have some sort of follow up in the Autumn (after summer demands and to give time to consider the report).

The following article was published in the Scotsman  and focusses on dynamic ideas about what would help to put Portobello on the visitor map as well as offer local rsidents further facilities.

Karl Stern, BTOTB Trustee


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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