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. What Makes Art Public? is a Public Art Fest in Portobello, Edinburgh taking place from 27 August to 3 September. The Public Art Fest presents the UK and Scottish premiere of ToxMe by Italian public video artist Federico Calo’ in cooperation with Freakfoundation.
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.
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.
Image: Miles Thurlow. Black Swan, 2010. Big Things on the Beach.