Power to Communicate

This month sees the launch of the 8th Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (1st – 19th October) .  This October is all about power.  The power to create change.  Within Edinburgh and Lothian, there are many exhibitions and short films planned, with “Power to Communicate” being one of them.  “Power to Communicate” is an exploration of the power of communication through creative writing, photography, paper folding and digital art.  The series of exhibitions are the culmination of various workshops held throughout Edinburgh for socially isolated people and those with lived experience of mental ill health.  Here in Portobello,  two students of the Outlook Adult Education Project have produced an outdoor exhibition of digital artwork exploring the power of communicate. This is currently on display in the Porty Light Box now. IMG_1533 IMG_1538

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Old news…

It’s been a long time since I posted anything.  The phone box is still there at the corner of the street, but slowly reverting to being a simple item of street furniture, seen but not seen.  The rainbow images were created back in March.  I arranged to go into Towerbank Nursery and asked the children to help hand paint the rainbow.  That was fun and I think the simple charm of the children’s artwork really works.

Still, plans are in the pipeline for a new installation.  This time by the Edinburgh Outlook project as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, now in its 6th year. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Power’ and Outlook will be creating work on the theme of ‘Power to Communicate’ – very fitting for the Lightbox.   Watch this space.

Rainbow by children from Towerbank Nursery

Rainbow by children from Towerbank Nursery


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Cheltenham’s red phone boxes to be turned into art galleries

Good luck Cheltenham not one but ten city centre phone boxes to be converted to art installations!   I always wondered if the phone boxes on the Edinburgh Royal Mile could have a similar treatment.  Any suggestions on who to contact at the local council?  I doubt they’ll have any spare cash what with the tram project though….



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Beach Delights and Postcards

Beach Delights

Beach Delights by Marion Preez, Photo by Max Blinkhorn

A Belated Happy New Year.   It’s been over a month since the successful unveiling of Beach Delights by Marion Preez, our first official installation.    Many thanks for everyone who attended.   The evening was an opportunity to celebrate the transition of moving from the technical part of the project – the restoration and the installation of the lights – to the display of artwork by local artists.  I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to write this but what with work, family and Christmas I just didn’t have the time to write anything.

On the evening, Marion gave a short explanation about her work, the following is taken from her blog www.myselfforyou.com

A few years ago I started creating self-portraits using a scanner. The scanner being designed for processing and translating data at high speed, whereas when taking these images I had to do the opposite: slow down and hold still.

Creating ‘Beach Delights’ I scanned my own and my kids feet and hands, a toy boot and ice cream and a stick; all referring to the different senses, materials and textures you experience when being on the beach as well as bringing playfulness into it.

Showing the images in bigger than real size invites to look at the hands, feet and objects more closely, to explore ourselves as well as the things and spaces around us.

I’ve just ordered some postcards which will be on sale in local shops, including COVE and Friday Street.   All proceeds will go towards the Porty Light Box project and also The Toddler Hut Rebuild Fund.   Many thanks for Max Blinkhorn for letting us use his photo.

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Beach Delights

Beach Delights

Announcing the official unveiling Beach Delights by Marion Preez

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Remembrance Sunday

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time.  The artwork currently on display in the phone box was created last year by the children at St Philip’s Church, Joppa, to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.  I’m so pleased to finally be able to display them as I think they are beautiful.  Created by the hands of children, they commemorate a solemn event – using the Poppy and other flowers – yet their bright colours and joyfulness are a welcome sight in these short days and long nights, with the depths of winter still to arrive.  I think they work really well within the phone box and I hope all the people who pass by the phone box will pause and enjoy them as much as I do.

On a different note, this marks the transition of the Porty Light Box project into a new stage.  We’ve completed the renovation of the phone box  and installed the acrylic panels and lights.   We’ve had a bit of fun with the Hallowe’en Special and now we’ve commemorated Remembrance Sunday.  The Porty Light Box is now an established part of the Portobello street scene and to celebrate this, we intend to have an unveiling event for the next display, to coincide with the Portobello Christmas Crawl on the 28th November. Watch this space for more details.

If you have an idea for a display, please do get in touch.  Many thanks to John Craik at Printvision for his assistance in printing these images.

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Hallowe’en Special

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