Public Art on Leith Walk 10

LeithLate’s Morvern Cunningham was interviewed yesterday on BBC Radio Scotland by Janice Forsyth during the Culture Studio. If you missed it then you can listen again here at 43.45 mins into the programme.

LeithLate is a multi arts event which takes place each year on one night only. This year in June, Leith Late 13 took place for a mere three hours one evening in a variety of venues and with one big after party at Pilrig Church. The exhibitions form into one big art showcase, and are a celebration of the artists who live in the area.

On their website the organisers explain:-“Now in its third year, and after winning the Creative Edinburgh award for Outstanding Creative Contribution by a Creative Organisation, LeithLate continues to go from strength to strength, and has firmly established itself as a hotly-anticipated event on the Leith calendar.”

At other points during the year the project team do other things too. The Shutter Project is making Leith Walk a prettier place to visit at night when you can admire the art on the closed shutters.

The full list of artists and shutters in The Shutter Project are as follows:

  • Bernie Reid – Fair Trade Coffee Shop, 30 – 31 Albert Place
  • Fraser Gray – Word of Mouth Cafe, 3A Albert Street
  • Jamie Johnson – Gamesmaster, 287 Leith Walk
  • Skint Richie – Origano, 277 Leith Walk
  • David Lemm – Paradigm Shift, 267b Leith Walk
  • Liana Moran – Inner (City) Sanctum, 240 Leith Walk

This summer they have also arranged for a mural to be painted on one of the buildings in Halmyre Street in the Mural Project funded by the City of Edinburgh Council, Leith Neighbourhood Partnership, Port of Leith Housing Association and Scotmid.

This video will give you a flavour of what it looks like, and the people involved:-

We were down Leith Walk last week when Guido Van Helten signed off his large scale mural on 234 Leith Walk and you can see that interview here:-