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Porty Travel Survey

The way we travel is just one thing that needs to change over the next 5 to 10 years if we are to do our bit for climate change and to make Portobello a better place. It is important to find out what our community needs and how it feels. So ideally we want to bring this to the attention of everyone in Porty!

The survey is online (from the links below) and takes only 5 to 10 minutes. We should be delighted if you would complete this! Please pass on to any family and friends in Portobello asking them also to complete it.

Residents Survey: https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/0ffzygnw

Local Business Survey: https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/SMElgcMI

Closing Date: 1st October 2021

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Our Precious and Precarious World Open Call for Art

Climate change is an issue that effects everyone, so it’s important that it represents the voices of everyone in the Edinburgh community. We’re encouraging any kind of submission, from any kind of artist, experienced or not. All ages are welcome too. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, digital art, collages, calligraphy or photographs would all be gratefully accepted, as well as anything else that you might like to create. We would love to exhibit artworks from as many different people as possible to represent our wonderfully diverse community in Edinburgh and their opinions on climate change. Your contributions would be enthusiastically appreciated.

Drawings, paintings, photographs, collage, textiles, fibre arts, recycled material, digital images, sculpture, all are welcome. EVERYONE, experienced or not, is invited to submit work.

You might think about: Climate change, Pollution, Recycling and The beauty and fragility of nature.

The exhibition is organised by the Together Trust Eco Group
Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th October, 12 – 5pm

St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EP

Guidelines:

  • Up to three (3) works per artist
  • Unframed work: maximum size A3 (landscape or portrait)
  • Framed work: maximum size 45cm x 35 cm (landscape or portrait)
  • Sculpture: maximum size of base 50cm x 50cm (free standing)

All works should be handed in to St Cuthbert’s, Lothian Road, between October 14th and October 23th from 11 am to 2 pm

Please plan to collect your work on Sunday 31st Oct 12 noon to 3 pm or Monday 1st Nov from 11 am to 2 pm

Please attach the following information to identify your work: title of work, name of artist, medium, a description (max 30 words) that will go on the label and contact details.

Please register this information
by 1st October at www.togetheredinburgh.org.uk/art or contact: Martin Pearce, martin.j.pearce@blueyonder.co.uk phone 07913 625 394

No work will be for sale at the exhibition, but artists may include the address of their web-site or similar on the label if desired.

We will endeavour to take care of your work, but please be aware that exhibits are loaned at owner’s risk and will not be insured.

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You’re invited to the All Aboard Boat Launch

People Know How and Polwarth Church are delighted to invite you to the launch of the All Aboard canal boat at 2-4pm on 25 September! The launch event invites you on board the new boat and offers many opportunities to get involved – from volunteering as a crew member or helmsman, to providing support through art, music, culture, meditation or any other ideas you might have!

Register to come along to the launch at https://all-aboard-boat-launch.eventbrite.co.uk

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Vote for People Know How in the Scottish Charity Awards

People Know How has been selected as a finalist in the Scottish Charity Awards and are now collecting votes for the People’s Choice Award. The charity are finalists in the Digital Citizens category, in recognition of the work they’ve done over the last year to provide devices, digital skills and connectivity to thousands of people across Edinburgh and East Lothian during the pandemic. While a judging panel will determine the winners under the nine distinct categories, members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award!

Vote for People Know How here: https://scvo.scot/scottish-charity-awards/finalists-2021/digital-citizens/people-know-how

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Untutored Life Drawings

Drawing the figure with a mix short, long and some sustained poses.

For those with some experience experience who are looking to practice and experiment.

Bring your own materials (easels provided).

Drop in classes but booking is essential.

Mondays (week commencing 20th September) from 2pm – 4:30pm.

£10 per session.

To book, email: makinggathering@gmail.com

Scenes of nudity, suitable for 16+

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Leith School of Art’s Online Auction

From Thursday 3rd June – Friday 18th June.

Artworks and experiences by more than 30 artists will be up for auction on Leith School of Art’s website, include work by Angie Lewin, Toby Patterson, Jonny Hannah, Catharine Davidson, Peter White, Jenny Martin and Damian Callan.

To view the work and place your bid, please visit: www.leithschoolofart.co.uk

Funds raised by the auction will go directly to Leith School of Art’s Resilience Fund, helping our community to stay resilient and emerge thriving from the pandemic.

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The Bridge Pottery Collective Sample Sale

The Bridge Pottery collective has set up a ‘seconds’ display in the drawing room on the third floor. All items for sale by donation (box on shelf), with proceeds going towards maintenance and equipment for the studio. We hope to open this up to the public in future but for now any tenants wanting to snap up a bargain piece of handmade pottery please come and take a look. We’ll be refreshing the shelves regularly in our efforts to reduce our environmental impact and waste.

Any enquiries to Ania : ania.grajek@hotmail.com, or come knock on studio 2.32

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Connectivity Now

People Know How have launched a new nationwide campaign, Connectivity Now, calling for accessible and affordable connectivity in homes across Scotland to facilitate an end to data poverty. Coronavirus highlighted digital exclusion across demographics, postcodes and sectors throughout Scotland. Organisations across sectors have now joined the battle against digital exclusion to continue offering their services, products or support. Our Connectivity Now manifesto is a call-to-action consisting of 3 actions: 1. Regulate connectivity, 2. Link connectivity to shared spaces, 3. Zero-rate essential service websites. Read our full manifesto and pledge your support to #ConnectivityNow on our website. Let’s unite our experiences from this pandemic and do something about data poverty!

www.peopleknowhow.org/connectivity-now

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Featured Artist: Constantine

Constantine is a self taught artist and author, originally from Athens, Greece. His first memory is that of drawing, which he carried on doing in his teen years, as well as exploring various others artistic and creative disciplines and routes such as music, which he still does to this day too.

Constantine first moved to Scotland as a young man, in order to study Geology. Throughout his University career though, he realized that Geology was really not for him and that life is simply too short to be wasted on things that have no appeal to us. He then made the decision to just follow his true calling, ignoring other peoples’ opinions and go after what HE wants in life.

Constantine has collaborated with many different artists’ from different artistic disciplines such as, visual artists, musicians and videographers/directors. He has provided his services for major Brands in the Alcohol and Hospitality industry, as well as developing and applying concepts in regards to interior design and “costume/uniform” design. Constantine has also experience in curating numerous exhibitions as well as co-curating 3 international art groups shows, and booking and organizing music concerts. His commissions include, tattoo designing, music vinyl covers and labels as well as numerous private commissions. He has exhibited numerous solo projects, worldwide, as well as participated in several group shows. Constantine is also the Author and Publisher of the Book Art “Jazz Mafia Project”.

 

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Featured Artist: Marcin Krupa

Marcin is a visual artist from Poland specialising in figurative sculpture, painting and drawing. He started his art education at the age of 15 when he entered the Kenar Artistic High School, Zakopane. There he developed and mastered the techniques of woodcarving, casting, bronze and ceramics. In that period, the young artist took part in various residencies and workshops in Poland and abroad including France and Germany.

After completing his Diploma, Marcin went on to study Art and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. He graduated in 2009 with a MA degree in Sculpture. In Gdansk, Marcin acquired the skills and the expertise needed to master human anatomy and drawing. He worked with a wide range of materials: stone, resins, faux stones, plaster and concrete. During the course of his studies the artist created multiple large-scale figures many of which were commissioned to be showcased internationally. Since moving to Scotland in 2012 Marcin has continued to expand his artistic repertoire. In Edinburgh he underwent a 6 months long course of drawing at The Academy of Realist Art.

From 2014 to the present day Marcin has run untutored life drawing classes at Leith School of Art where he also works as a tutor support on many courses including LSA Figure Course. He runs Figure Drawing workshops for various art organisations. Marcin is a co funder of a “Naked Aye Art Collective” and “NakEd Art Collective”. Both collectives gather figurative artists.

In his artwork Marcin shows great admiration to the human body, its shapes, colours and variety of forms.

Marcin said the following about his future plans: “My plans for this year is to do a photography course and learn new language, Spanish/Italian or both. I would also like to learn about growing organic food, practicing mindfulness and wellbeing. In the field of art I took up an online course in art history which I’ll be continuing through out the year. By the late spring I should finish a sculpture, self-portrait in plaster, for Scottish Portrait Award. Meanwhile I’m working on a big project for Edinburgh Palette to create a Sculpture Garden in Stanley Street. Moreover with our amazing EP team we are creating an outdoor space for theatres, performers and art exhibitions, which I am very excited about. Relatively soon  physical exhibition will be allowed. I would like to create a program for the EP galleries with a focus on art exploring themes of mental health, natural environment, social justice, local communities.

Regardless the horrifying and traumatic year in lockdowns and pandemic I look with an optimism and hope for rebirth of health and culture. Good things are coming.”

https://www.instagram.com/marcikrup/

https:// www.marcinkrupa.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/MarcinKrupaSculptor/

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