Coinciding with The Scottish Maritime Museum’s George Wyllie: The Paper Boat Exhibition, the artist’s eldest daughter, Louise Wyllie returns to the Museum for a discussion with arts journalist Jan Patience about their recent collaboration on the book, Arrivals & Sailings: The Making of George Wyllie.
This new book that tells the extraordinary story of one of Scotland’s most celebrated and inspirational artists, George Wyllie (1921-2012). Athough George spent time drawing, sketching and taking photographs at sea as a young man, he was also an engineer, customs officer, husband and father before he boldly became an artist at the age of 58.
As an artist George had the ability to reach out beyond the confines of the art gallery and connected with people. In 1989 his 80ft Paper Boat, a memorial to the city’s shipbuilding industry first sailed the Clyde and was seen by millions as it travelled around the world to New York before returning to Scotland.
The Scottish Maritime Museum has acquired two works from George Wyllie’s internationally celebrated sculptural memorial to Glasgow’s faded shipbuilding industry, The Paper Boat. The acquisitions – the QM Tender Boat and the intriguing ‘QM’ insignia - are two of the few remaining elements of Wyllie’s remarkable but temporary giant installation, which made waves at home and abroad in the nineties.
This event is also part of the increasingly popular Tidelines Book Festival, which is this year centrally located in venues around Irvine’s Heritage Harboursde area. Organised by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, the festivals aim is to attract visitors to the splendid Firth of Clyde by offering events that appeal to a wide range of reading tastes.
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Ticket price includes enterance to the The Museum galleries and morning tour of the 1920's Ship Workers Flat
Puffers Cafe with fabulous views of the esterary, serves a wide range of meals, snacks and beverages and is open from 10am with last orders taken at 4pm.