As there is so much to see, it might be tempting to miss things on the edges of the trail, but if completing either the Village Trail or the Markhouse and Leabridge Trail, try to include a trip towards the Bakers Arms to visit Pictorem Gallery, the Hornbeam Café and more.
Pictorem Gallery (150)
A number of different artists are showing their work at Pictorem. Veronica Lindsay Addy has produced a series of wood engravings on the zodiac and on the other side of the room are Katja Rosenberg’s woodcut series. It is interesting to compare the different results produced by these techniques.
Towards the rear of the gallery is Mark Halliley's portrait, Avtar. While Mark was photographing Avtar for this portrait, he was asking him about his life but his subject had no idea that a Dictaphone was on. Having Avtar drawn beautifully with details from his life written alongside makes this a compelling piece.
There are some striking paintings of Hollow ponds by Alison Brown. If you look closely you can make out faces of dryads in the trees and eyes in the forest as well as birds and dragonflies.
The Walthamstow Art Club’s “ Between Ingurgutate and Inhale” is also exhibited here which consists of some stunning pictures with a wide variety of styles and subjects. Next to this are some bright cartoon works from artist Adam Graff. There are also two sculptures. One a stone abstract work and one “The House of Lost Marbles” that artist Julia Spicer suggests is ‘a place one in four of us will inhabit at some point in our lives’.
Next stop is across the road at the Hornbeam Café. Here there is an exhibition of small works by local artists on the theme 'Small Habits', including the works below.
Visitors can also make their own art to add to the display of postcards hanging from string.
Forest Recycling Project (149)
Just next door is the Forest Recycling Project, which is an interesting find if you have not been there before. They sell reclaimed paint, organise Give or Take events and run up-cycling workshops. It is therefore a fitting venue for Gemma Sneddon's impressive sculpture Perturbation. Made from copper pipes, on a sunny day it reflects the rays beautifully and reveals the intrinsic beauty of this common-place discarded material.
Coming Here: Stories from around Queens Road (79)
If you do this trail on Saturday 14 June, there will then be the opportunity to end up this walk at Queens Road Cemetry for Edinburgh Primary School’s history project.