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Damsel Fly - Dedridge Grassroots Project
Damsel Fly - Dedridge Grassroots Project
West Lothian is the home of internationally recognised pieces of Public Art, with over 80 artworks dotted around the region. 

Keep up to date with news about current projects, public art walks and strategic plans on this page.

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West Lothian Council requires the delivery of a dynamic, original, engaging and creative public art project for a new partnership centre currently being constructed in the village of Blackburn and due to be opened at the end of 2017.  The full brief is also available for download at: pdf icon Artist Brief - Blackburn NHS Lothian Partnership Centre [562kb]


What's Up with Public Art?  Public Art Conference
Public Art Engagement Practices

Public Art
Public Art
Join us for an in-depth look at the many facets of public art engagement practices.  From the large spectacle to hands-on sessional activities, artists work in a range of different contexts to stimulate and encourage and creativity.

The inception and development of many of these projects are years in the making and this conference highlights some of the complexities of working with communities over the longer term.  During the conference you will have a chance to speak to planners, artists, local authority arts officers and private commissioners to gain some insight into how public art as a sector functions in different parts of Scotland today.

The day will include presentations by Lesley O'Hare - Culture and Libraries Manager, Falkirk Community Trust and Andy Scott - Artist, who will discuss 'The Kelpies' project. Other contributions from Jupiter Artland will detail working with temporary art commissions and the educational outreach programme and David Pierce, Director of Dallas Pierce Quintero, will talk about the 12 year public art strategy for the Winchburgh development and the community engagement that led to the creation of the strategy.  There will also be an opportunity to join in a guided public art walk of Livingston.

The conference would be useful to art professionals in the industry, artists looking to gain more information about public art open competition processes, new graduates in art, urban planning or landscape architecture as well as the general public.

Please download the full conference programme here pdf icon Public Arts Conference 12 October 2016 [4Mb] and purchase your tickets via Event Brite website.


The BIG W - Winchburgh Public Art

The sleepy town of Winchburgh is about to skyrocket and transform.  Can an entire town get the ultimate makeover?  One of the largest housing developments happening in Scotland today is making Public Art an integral part of its new wonderland.  Over 3500 houses and more than 12 years in the making, this project will create a demographic and artistic revolution for West Lothian and beyond.

Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland
Dallas, Pierce and Quintero, a group of artists and architects, have been commissioned to deliver the first phase of 'THE BIG W'.  

They will carry out community engagement activities, produce a 3-4 year strategy for public art in the Winchburgh core development area and create 1 piece of bespoke public art as a 'Trail Blazer' to the beginning of this ambitious project. 

This project is funded by Creative Scotland and Winchburgh Development Limited.


Life is for Livingston - Discover local public art with the new phone app

Life is for Livingston - Public Art
Life is for Livingston
Livingston in West Lothian has a fantastic collection of outdoor art.  Out in the open, all along its streets, from quiet cul-de-sacs to main boulevards, from roundabouts to parks, there are many public artworks to be seen and explored.  'Life is for Livingston - Discovering Public Art' is a new mobile app that will show you the location of all 35 pieces of public art situated around Livingston, informing you of the artist, when the piece was created and an explanation about the piece.  Created as part of Livingston's 50th anniversary celebrations, the project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with West Lothian Council.

Download it for free!  Available on iTunes and Android


West Lothian Public Art book - 'Out in the Open'

Out In the Open - Norgate
Out in the Open - Public Art Book (Norgate by David Wilson featured on the cover)
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


'Reveal' by Barry Grove for GlenmorangieReveal by Barry Grove for Glenmorangie 2013

Barry Grove was commissioned by Glenmorangie to create a bespoke public art work for their new bottling factory site in Livingston.  The commission took over 2 years to be completed, hand carved using traditional tools of mallet and chisel.  (Installation May 2013).  

To see more of Barry's art work please see Barry Grove Website


'In Full Bloom' - Wester InchRose - Wester Inch
Rose - 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
Rolling River Natural Pebble Mosaic
'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 


Grassroots Public Art Grant Scheme

Grassroots - Heart of Boghall - Under the Sky TV by Robin Wood
Grassroots - Heart of Boghall - Under the Sky TV by Robin Wood
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.