Porty Art Walk – Creative Consequences : Jon Davey and Jen Russell

This month as part of the Porty Art Walk the light box is hosting “Creative Consequences” a joint installation by Jon Davey and Jen Russell.

Jon Davey and Jen Russell met briefly at a flat party in Glasgow in 1987 and a week or so later met again in Edinburgh when they talked at length about art and poetry. The two have not met in person since that day in 1987, nearly 30 years ago, but have corresponded sporadically over the years, never completely losing touch.

This work is a small selection from a much larger body of work that Jon and Jen have produced during the past year. Each week Jen would send Jon a poem and he would send her a photograph, creating two creative ‘strands’, each poem inspiring a photograph, each photograph inspiring a poem.

Jon Davey is a freelance photographer, now living in Portobello. Although his professional work mostly consists of conferences and events, his personal work is frequently more local and personal.

Jen Russell was born and raised in Cambuslang in Glasgow and now lives in Buckinghamshire. She works as a copywriter. She has written books for children and teenagers under the pen names Jenny Smith and J L Smith.

Hamiltons Sweets

There were succulent sherbets
Liquorice treats
And caramel toffees
At Hamilton’s Sweets

Chocolate Fondants
Turkish Delight
Wine gums and rainbow drops
Glistening bright

White mice and jelly tots
Strawberry laces
Catherine wheel lollies
As big as our faces

Sugared almonds, marshmallows
Flying saucers and bubblegum
Creamy vanilla

Now the windows are boarded
The shop has closed down
Empty shelves, dusty sweet jars
Shutters rusted dark brown

Poor old Mr Hamilton
No longer sells sweeties
Now that most of the town
Has Type 2 diabetes

Hamiltons Sweets photo by Jon Davey

Hamiltons Sweets photo by Jon Davey © 2016


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Fostering + Adoption

St. Andrews Children’s Society is a voluntary Fostering and Adoption Agency, based in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. We have been placing children with families for over 90 years.
If you are interested in adoption, please contact us on: info@standrews-children.org.uk Have a look at our website and face book page for more information.

We hope you enjoy some of the pictures children connected to our agency, have drawn/painted about being in their family, or just simply enjoying life.


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For International Women’s Day Wifie members have collectively produced this installation as a means to help raise awareness of the on-going situation surrounding trafficking. Women and children across the world are exploited and suffer at the hands of others, where they are trafficked into servitude and exploitation, a form of modern day slavery.  Trafficking isn’t only going on in other places it happens here in Scotland and Edinburgh and we believe that our government and politicians must work to end this now.

Further information about Wifie and this photographic project will be made available on the Wifie website http://www.wifie.org.uk/ over the coming weeks.
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St Valentines Day Special – Update

A brief update to say many thanks to all you budding Romeos and Juliets.   It was short notice to get your message to us, but together you raised a total of £150 for the Help Refugees charity.   A big thank you to Tim Warren for organising this display and for Peter Ross for setting out the graphics in such a short space of time.

Watch this space for the next installation in March and as always, all suggestions for new installations are very welcome.

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St Valentine’s Day Special

It’s almost St Valentine’s day.  Do you want to do something special for the loved one in your life and help refugees?  Do you want to send out a message to someone special?   Then the Porty Light Box is  here for you!

Post an original image in one of its 23 available  window panes for the bargain price of £10 – and share the love!  All profits after printing costs to http://www.helprefugees.org.uk/


  • First come first served.
  • Email your ‘copy’ – text, poem, photo, or scanned drawing to Peter Ross chiaroscuro@talk21.com who will arrange the artwork and Tim Warren timo.warren@gmail.com who will confirm availability.
  • Pay for your pane by cash by dropping £10 in an envelope to 26 Bellfield Street
  • ‘Copy’ needs to fit within a large window pane 36cm by 17cm. (That’s a bit narrower and wider than a sheet of A4).
  • ‘Copy’ will be displayed as landscape
  • Please keep all images and poems etc. suitable for public display!
  • The final total amount raised for Help Refugees will be confirmed as soon as possible after the 14th.


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Desire Line

desire line n. An informal path that pedestrians prefer to take to get from one location to another rather than using a sidewalk or other official route.

Passion is the theme for the 2015  Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (SMHAFF) which takes place in venues across Scotland from 10th – 31st October.

One of the world’s largest social justice festivals, with annual attendances of over 20,000, this year’s SMHAFF will see over 300 events staged throughout the country, including film, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts.  The Festival aims to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

This exhibition displays the work created by a group of students who attended Outlook’s adult education program during the summer. The digital media workshops, ‘DeCode’ offered the opportunity to learn skills and explore the concept of ‘Desire Lines’ …what are the paths we take to help maintain our health & wellbeing.

Margaret Drysdale, from The Outlook Project helped organise these artworks and this Porty Light Box installation.  Outlook wishes to thank all participants involved in creating the ideas for this installation as well as the Outlook tutor who supported those who were involved.

This piece of work is made of three individuals and their chosen route taken, a comfort or an adventure, their desire line. 

Wordplay by Sherlockbell

A to Z of life…A live performance by CelB

Hope by Tameeza L

Desire Line

Desire Line

Desire Line

Desire Line


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Art Walk Porty – “Osaka Reflections”

“Osaka Reflections” is part of “Art Walk Porty” and is a collection of photographs taken earlier this year in Osaka, Japan, by the photographer, Mark Timmins.

There is a river which runs through Osaka and at night it becomes inky black and reflects the neon cacophony that goes on either bank of the river. The reflective surface of this inky black river ripples and fractures the reflections and creates an amazing collection of abstract colours and patterns.

To see more of Mark’s photography, please feel free to follow him on Instagram:


For more information on “Art Walk Porty 2015” please go to www.artwalkporty.co.uk which has details of the festival, which runs in various venues in Portobello, from the 3rd to the 6th of September 2015

Osaka Reflections

Osaka Reflections

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