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Mapping Memories

The George Wyllie Art Trail

Launching 2021

Our crowdfunding page for this project is now closed but you can still contribute by clicking this button.

Help create a freely-accessible digital map of George Wyllie’s artworks to coincide with his centenary year in 2021

When George began his career as an artist at the age of 52, when most people are contemplating retirement, he became enormously prolific. 

His ‘out and about’ approach to art took him across Scotland and beyond. Even today people frequently contact us with stories of works we don’t know about. 

There are hundreds of sculptures, installations and artworks that could feature on this art trail and we expect, with the help of the public, to find many more.

Your donation will help us undertake the huge challenge of investigating, mapping and publishing an extensive catalogue of information – ensuring George’s work won’t be lost to history.

A Legacy List
In 2011 George’s family created a ‘wish list’ of things they could do to secure the artist’s legacy and ensure his work is available to future generations.

With a lot of sweat and some tears, we’ve humphed George’s incredibly heavy sculptures to galleries and museums across Scotland and steadily ticked items off the family’s legacy list. 

2021 is the centenary year of the artist’s birth and we ask you to help mark the occasion by supporting this project.

Mapping Memories – YOUR contribution will bring this project to life.

As well as mapping permanent public sculptures and works in collections, the project will feature temporary works that now only exist in archive photos and as memories, including his best-known works, The Straw Locomotive and The Paper Boat.  

We’ll ask communities, artists, curators, critics, welders, ship builders, school pupils – everyone who worked with George and experienced his art to contribute to this project by sharing their stories.

An art trail with locations and details of works, including shared memories and stories, will then be freely available online allowing more people to discover and enjoy George’s accessible art-for-all.