Life sized Leithers take over The Walk

An outdoor exhibition of life-sized black and white photographs of Leithers is being installed by the City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with LeithLate.

Leith Walkers
Leith Walkers

The exhibition, along Edinburgh's thoroughfare Leith Walk, includes 21 portraits, taken by Leith photographer John Harfield, who set up leithwalkers.com, a website dedicated to photographs of local people. The portraits will be placed on advertising hoardings and seven will also be displayed as vinyl stickers in the windows of local businesses; St Columbus Hospice, Laundrette, Carpet Shop, Leith Athletics, Taste of Poland, Leith Walk Café and All Together Charity shop. There will also be a board added on the side of Leith Grocers on Iona St. Hoardings sites will include Haddington Place, Shrubhill, Duke St and Swanfield.

Frank Ross, Convener of the Economy Committee, said: “We are supporting this project as part of our commitment and ongoing activities to building stronger town centres across Edinburgh. The exhibition builds on the tremendously successful website John created and I am sure the portraits will attract a lot of interest and increase footfall as they draw in people to visit the great variety of shops, restaurants and other businesses Leith has to offer.”

Morvern Cunningham, Event Co-ordinator and Festival Producer, LeithLate, said: "We are delighted to be collaborating with Leith Walkers to produce our latest public art initiative in Leith, the Leith Walkers Outdoor Exhibition, in association with the City of Edinburgh Council. The Leith Walkers portraits are a fantastic snapshot of a great variety of Leithers and we're delighted to be bringing the Leith Walkers back onto Leith Walk for this exhibition."

John Harfield, photographer, said: “With so many diverse characters along Leith Walk, this is a fantastic opportunity for people to see some familiar faces. An outdoor exhibition is fantastic because it brings it all back to where it all began, on the streets of Leith Walk. It’s a pleasure to be working with Morven and I hope to contribute to making this the best LeithLate yet!”

The exhibition is part of LeithLate’s annual multi-arts event, now in its fourth year. LeithLate takes place across multiple Leith venues in the space of one weekend and showcases a variety of visual art, music, spoken word and film, in sometimes surprising and unusual spaces. The LeithLate14 event takes place on 21st/22nd June.

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