West Lothian is the home of internationally recognised pieces of Public Art, with over 100 artworks dotted around the region.
Keep up to date with news about current projects, public art walks and strategic plans on this page. The map below highlights the many artworks, as well as walks you can enjoy.
Map Information - Mobile users can navigate within the Google Maps app (if installed), select the icon in the top right corner of the map to open. Numbered markers denote artworks featured on a walk, select a coloured route line for more info.
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Grassroots - Public Art Grants
Grassroots is a grant fund designed to support the creation of new public art in communities across West Lothian. Local groups can apply for a grant to create new public art for their local area which is based on community consultation and engagement and which demonstrates a lasting benefit to the community. The result should make people feel better about themselves and their community and artworks must be sited in communal spaces - especially undervalued, unappreciated, unexpected or under used places.
Grant applications for 2022/23
The deadline for Grassroots 4 is yet to be confirmed, information regarding future opportunities will be posted on this webpage.
Almondvale Park Restoration Project
Sustrans, NETs and Community Arts teamed up to transform Almondvale Park. There were four new public art works designed with the input of local people. The murals brightened up four underpasses and under bridges in the area. To see a map of the four locations and to learn a bit more about the imagery used in the murals please see the downloadable
The BIG W - Winchburgh Public Art
Building on the work of the BIG W Public Art Plan, produced by Dallas Pierce Quintero, and funded by Creative Scotland, Winchburgh Development Ltd. and West Lothian Council, there are new developments within the village of Winchburgh.
The new Artist Residency Project, which was outlined in the the 'BIG W' plan, is now underway and artist Gill White has been appointed in February 2022. This new project has been called 'Winchburgh Art Ways' by the artist and a series of community engagement workshops will be forthcoming.
Check back with us here to learn what's happening now in 2022.
West Lothian Public Art book - 'Out in the Open'
The first comprehensive and fully illustrated book about West Lothian's extensive Public Art collection has been produced. Entitled 'Out in the Open', the 100 page hard cover book traces the history of West Lothian through Art. Copies are now available at all local libraries in West Lothian and is downloadable on this page. We hope you enjoy reading about art in your local area!
Hardback copies of Out in the Open are available for purchase from Howden Park Centre, Linlithgow Burgh Halls, Waterstone's Livingston and National Galleries of Scotland shop on the mound in Edinburgh. Price: £20
'In Full Bloom' - Wester Inch
Artist Martin Heron has completed his inspiring sculptures which are now permanently installed in four locations around Wester Inch Village in Bathgate. Take a look at 'Art on the Edge' past community events at Facebook - Art on the Edge.
Download a copy of the commemorative booklet - see Related Links
'Rolling River' natural pebble mosaic - Livingston
The natural pebble mosaic by Maggy Howarth that is installed in Livingston Centre's outdoor civic space, is one of the largest in Scotland. The work depicts images of River Almond and the flora and fauna of Livingston. Maggy has been making natural pebble mosaics across the UK for over 25 years.
To see more of Maggy's mosaics elsewhere please visit Maggy Howarth Website
Completed Grassroots Projects 2010
A big thank you and congratulations to all of our participants in the Grassroots Public Art Grant Scheme. Four West Lothian communities - Boghall, Broxburn and Uphall, Armadale and Dedridge -were awarded Grassroots public art grants totalling £90,300. All four projects have now been successfully realised.
See the downloadable flyer on this page for information on all four projects.