September, 2022

01sep11:00 am11(sep 11)6:00 pmSALT exhibitionArt Walk ProjectsArt Walk Projects Hub, 189 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1EU11:00 am - 6:00 pm (11) Organiser: Art Walk Projects Event Type:Cultural, Arts & SocialTheme:Community Engagement

Event Details

Art Walk Projects is an organisation based in Portobello, Edinburgh, that curates and commissions environmental public art projects focusing on Edinburgh’s northeast coastline. SALT is its one-year programme of process-led art/science residencies and outdoor public art commissions connecting Edinburgh’s coastal ecologies with the global climate crisis.

PORT is its walking art project, which connects four different coastline localities across the UK (Portobello, Edinburgh; Tankerton, Kent; Holy Island, Northumberland; and Scapa Beach, Orkney) and considers the impact of climate change on each. Artists have been invited to develop place-specific responses to the ecologies of the coastline of Portobello, paying particular attention to coastal erosion, sea water salinity, local salt marsh habitats, the materiality of salt, and industrial histories of salt production.

With sea levels set to rise up to a foot by 2050, SALT connects global questions to specific local communities, histories and geographies. In Portobello, salt was manufactured from the 1600s until 1953 using coal to evaporate seawater, and the material traces of these saltpans can still be traced. Nearby, salt marshes provide dynamic and important ecosystems that dampen the impacts of coastal storms. Salt marshes are integral parts of tidal wetland systems, which sequester half of all global marine carbon. These are now being threatened due to rising sea levels, and the ensuing erosion of coastlines and coastal plant ecologies.

The SALT exhibition will feature work by SALT residency artists Joanne Matthews, Mahala le May, Tonya McMullan and Natasha Thembiso Ruwona and PORT project artists Henna Asikainen, Louise Barrington, Rosy Naylor, Elspeth Penfold and Stephanie Whitelaw. It will run from Thursday 1st to Sunday 11th September 2022, opening from 11am to 5pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 11am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays within this period. All are welcome.


1 (Thursday) 11:00 am - 11 (Sunday) 6:00 pm


Art Walk Projects Hub

189 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1EU


Art Walk Projects[email protected] 189 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1EU