|George at work in Aberdour in 2004|
(Picture by Ken Reynolds)
Returning to the River:
An exhibition celebrating the work of leading Scottish sculptor George Wyllie MBE and his links to Aberdour.
The Aberdour Festival is delighted to host a very special public exhibition of George Wyllie’s work in advance of his 90th birthday later this year. For three days, work by this leading Scottish sculptor will be on show at the Boathouse by Silversands, Hawkcraig Point in Aberdour.
George is a well-known, highly regarded artist (his work encompasses sculpture, installation and performance) and his public art is some of the best known in Scotland, including the running clock at Buchanan Bus station and the giant safety pin in Townhead (in case of emergencies: “you never know when you might need one ...”).
Many people will remember George’s involvement with Aberdour in the past, when he brought his energy and enthusiasm to the 2004 Festival with his tribute to the famous Leith to Aberdour paddle steamer. His sculpture, “The Log of the Lord Aberdour”, and its creation were captured in striking photographs taken by North Queensferry photographer Ken Reynolds.
Those photographs, alongside a selection of George’s work from across the years, will be on display, as well as work featuring George by other local artists including sculptor Kenny Munro and filmmaker Murray Grigor. The show has been made possible by George and his family and friends, as well as by local people who are keen to see George’s work in the village once again and have willingly donated time, space, energy and artworks to make this happen.
If you are already a fan, you will enjoy the show and if you are new to George’s work, then come and experience something from one of Scotland’s best – you won’t be disappointed!
The exhibition opens on the evening of Friday 29th July at 6pm and continues on Saturday (11am – 6pm) and Sunday (12noon – 5pm).