Public Art

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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Concrete Jungle - Public Art at Almondvale ParkGrassroots - 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 2020/21 
The deadline for Grassroots 4 is yet to be confirmed, information regarding future opportunities will be posted on this webpage.


Whirlpool - Almondvale Park ProjectAlmondvale 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 Icon for pdf Almondvale Park Public Art Map [1.29MB]

 

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 LogoDallas, 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.

 

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

Book Cover Out in the Open - NorgateThe 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 2 - 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 Public Art Project'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

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