2017

Wow, what a whirlwind of a year..

So much to reflect on. Here’s some images from some projects that I undertook.

Clyde,  a sculpture created for a charity auction and public art trail. Clyde raised over £6000 for Glasgow Children’s hospital.

 

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Clyde, 2017

And on a leisurely note, I undertook a residency at Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary. Thanks so much to the organisers of the festival and Art Zones for letting me be part of such a lively event. Thank you to all the festival visitors who took time out of their day to make creative contributions to the Szig-Egg!

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Best Wishes to all for 2018!

New sculpture unveiled

 

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The Guardian of the bridges sculpture was unveiled today at South Queensferry. Very happy to see it installed after a 3 year journey! A mosaic sculpture designed and created in collaboration with local primary school children. Their designs informed the shape and their tesselated creations form the scales of this shiny dragon.

Over 700 participants were involved in its creation, along with the abundant help and support of project staff, structural engineers, metal fabricators, landscapers and installation engineers.Thank you to everyone that was involved and who offered support in getting this creation realised.

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The project was commissioned by Queensferry Ambition and funded by Creative Scotland originally in 2014.

 

Discovery.. Oor Wullie Sculpture

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Here’s a recent sculpture I made for the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail, which is in Dundee. ‘Discovery’ is sited at Camperdown County Park until the 27th August 2016.

About Discovery

This mosaic design is based on the ship the RRS Discovery, which was built in Dundee and designed for Antarctic research, its first mission was the British National Antarctic Expedition, carrying Robert Falcon Scott and Ernst Shackleton on their first, successful journey to the Antarctic, known as the Discovery Expedition.

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The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail is a huge public art event running from 27 June to 27 August. Imagine fifty five 5ft tall sculptures of Oor Wullie sitting on his bucket, all individually sponsored and decorated by artists/designers to be located around the city for the public to view, share and adore. Trail maps and a digital app are available to enable the folks of Dundee and visitors to the city to go out and find all 55 sculptures and to strike them off their ‘bucket’ list. At the end of the summer on the 13thSeptember the statues will all be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Archie Foundation’s appeal for a new twin operating theatre pediatric surgical suite for Tayside Children’s Hospital.

While the trail is underway in Dundee, 10 additional Oor Wullies will set off on an eight week national tour around Scotland. They will start in Aberdeen on 4th June and travel to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, & Inverness, returning eight weeks later to Dundee in time to join the rest of the Bucket Trail at the grand auction of all the sculptures. You may remember the Wild Dolphins in Aberdeen or the Cows in Edinburgh – this summer come & join in Oor Wullie’s 80th Anniversary as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Be inspired, get imaginative, celebrate the character and creativity of Scotland and have fun in the biggest mass participation public art event ever to take place in the city.

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Bervie Sculptures on the BBC

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Debbie was recently featured alongside her artwork on the BBC2 programme Beechgrove Garden. Debbie was briefly interviewed about her involvement with the Brighter Bervie ‘Voyage of Life’ community garden project. Debbie created 3 sculptures for Bervie:

Beachfront crown seating sculptures

A Bervie cost of Arms mosaic shield

A mosaic lighthouse

The lighthouse sculpture was commissioned as part of the design for the garden, which twists and turns and reflects on the stages of life.