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whiteout descending…

It is indeed white out for most of us, on Thursday, in the midst of sporadic whiteouts the lure of Arthurs Seat was too strong to resist…for me and a lot of other intrepid Edinburgers it seems.


I decided to walk around the base of Arthurs Seat and the Crags, a walk that normally takes a leisurely 40 mins or so. Took me a good 2 hours or more, as once round the first “bend” exposure whips drifting snow into my face and blizzardy white outs occur every 5 minutes or so. The snow is dry, powdery and soft under foot, reaches my ankles, but is much deeper in parts.

IMG_20180301_144940_resized_20180301_063637621Whiteout descends.

Am delighted that again once around the first “bend” there are almost no people at all so i kind of get the place to myself.

IMG_20180301_150830_resized_20180301_063607852Dunsapie Loch deserted, no people and no birds, a thick porridgy sludge of ice forming on the surface.

Worth every frosty minute though, as it is so beautiful trudging through pristine snow with the occasional cross country skier passing for company and the world briefly muffled as only snow can.


Round the base heading back southwards again, people and all the birds in the park seem to be congregating on St Margarets Loch. An over enthusiastic bird feeder (in my opinion), chanced his luck on the slippery banks and thankfully does not fall in!



So here is a film i made to be shown at the STARTING TO SEE THE END exhibition described in my previous post.

This was filmed on location at the very lovely 15th-century St Triduana’s Aisle, Restalrig, Edinburgh. The call and response singing was done on site by myself and Yvonne and the fancy choral singing towards the end is by the Penicuik Vault Singers. Thanks to Nik Paget-Tomlinson for the excellent sound design and editing.

The following 2 photographs and captions are taken from Yvonne Buskie’s web site:

Wall painting evolved during the gallery residency. Made by the all the named artists and visitors to the exhibition. Section 4m x 3m

Christine Devaney and Yvonne Buskie during the closing performance 23rd August 2017 (with Luke Sutherland.) Photo Margarita Vazquez Ponte

ThinkArts films….

Here are a couple of films i made about the ThinkArts residency i recently participated in (see previous few posts).

island life…

Island: A multi sensorial experience for small children 

So our joint installation Island, came and went, the fruit of three weeks of talks, discussion, sharing, videos, music, walking, theatre, building, a lot of crawling about under things on hands and knees and…er donuts, a lot of donuts.

Anyway here is a glimpse of some of the things we made:


Most importantly it was the culmination of all these things finally tried and tested by the young audience for whom it was bespokely (is that a word?) created. It lasted for a couple of hours max as opposed to the week it took to conceive, assemble and install but then is that not one of the joys of art? an ephemeral moment that lives on in the memory rather than lingering on in the place.


For myself as an artist and practitioner it was a highly rewarding experience, working on a common goal and collaborating with people from other disciplines and backgrounds is as good as it gets for me and for sure i developed work i would not or could not have done on my own.


ThinkArts residency – artists from Kolkata and Edinburgh. Participants: Ruchira DasDana RoyMargarita Vazquez PonteYvonne BuskieNik Paget-TomlinsonThis Residency was funded by Imaginate and the British Council with partnership support from the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University.



work in progress…



So we have a beautiful large gallery space at the City Arts Centre to work in for the second half of our residency. See above how it was when we entered it. Inspired by all that space and all our discussions we decided to make a multi sensory installation for small children, based a somewhat on all the things we have discussed and shared over the past 2 weeks but also in a collaborative, cross disciplinary way which hopefully pulls us in directions we might not be able to manage on our own.. See below for apparent chaos but actually its just work very much in progress, will post more as our cunning plan develops…and hopefully will develop further and beyond the residency:

img_1258img_1262img_1267img_1268img_1279img_1282img_1285photos 2,5,6,7,8 by Nik PT