The writing is on the wall - Book Week Scotland public art installation revealed in Castlemilk, Glasgow

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Today (Monday 25 November) as part of Book Week Scotland 2013, a permanent art installation was revealed at Castlemilk Library in Glasgow.

Created by artist David Galletly the art mural forest of colourful talking trees whisper the inspiring statement Reading is liberation, language is power.  Free your mind!” It is hoped that the mural will encourage the local community to visit the library and to begin or continue their reading journey.

David Galletly commented: “I'm thrilled to be working on a mural for Book Week Scotland. As an illustrator who generally deals with very small pieces of paper, the opportunity to work on such a scale has been a welcome (if scary) challenge. My artwork draws inspiration from the feeling of exploration and adventure that reading gave me as a child. Books encourage imagination and create pictures in the mind that are yours and yours alone.”

The statement was collectively written by authors Angus Peter Campbell, Alan Bissett, Liz Lochhead, James Robertson and Vivian French, who were commissioned by Scottish Book Trust to create a message that captured the value of reading, to be incorporated into the mural.

Throughout Book Week Scotland 2013 five public art installations by different artists will be unveiled daily in five communities across the country. Each art installation will carry a different statement from the authors which has been creatively interpreted by the artist and local community.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, the organisation delivering Book Week Scotland, said: These murals were commissioned in celebration of Book Week Scotland and are intended to reflect the importance and vibrancy of the role that reading, writing and books play in Scottish life and culture. They give a strong message about the value of libraries in local communities, a message which we hope will be heeded by those who seek to close down these hubs of culture, wisdom and imagination.”

The artworks have been developed in consultation with their communities to ensure that the lasting legacy to inspire more reading will be a welcome addition to the area.

Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life which operates Castlemilk Library, stated: “I hope that the unveiling of this stunning mural at Castlemilk Library as part of Book Week Scotland will inspire people to read more, learn more - and visit their local library.  We are delighted to be part of Book Week Scotland and supporting this strong reading message that has inspired the mural that ‘Reading is liberation, language is power.  Free your mind!’ There’s a fantastic programme across Glasgow Libraries during Book Week Scotland and there’s something for everyone! ”

During Book Week Scotland over 300,000 books will be given away, there are 450 events for people to enjoy and following a public vote, Scottish Book Trust will announce the Top Ten Favourite Scottish Novels.

Initiated by the Scottish Government and supported, along with a Readers in Residence programme in libraries, by £250,000 from Creative Scotland, Book Week Scotland will be delivered by Scottish Book Trust. Book Week Scotland in libraries is funded by The Scottish Library and Information Council.

Moira Methven, interim Chief Executive, Scottish Library and Information Council, said: "The art murals are an illustration of the world of enjoyment that is opened up by libraries, books and reading.  We hope they attract attention and draw people into their local library to have a look around.  Some people may not have been to their local library for a while and Book Week Scotland is an ideal time to make a visit, when there will be events and activities for children and adults. Libraries are at the heart of communities and are a welcoming, sociable and inspiring place to be.  Libraries hold a world of imagination and enjoyment for people of all ages.  I would encourage everyone to visit their local library during Book Week Scotland, pick out a new book and get excited about reading."


Notes to Editors:

  • Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write, supports professional writers with a range of projects including skills development and awards, funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to people worldwide.
  • Scottish Book Trust worked in collaboration with Pidgin Perfect to create five public art installations for Book Week Scotland 2013. Pidgin Perfect is a creative studio based in Glasgow which works to help build better communities for everyone through a unique approach combining research, participation and design.

Marc Cairns of Pidgin Perfect, said: “For Pidgin Perfect this has been a great opportunity to work with Scottish Book Trust to deliver these 5 new artworks, which aim to creatively engage people in communities with libraries, and highlight their importance as a community asset. We also want to challenge perceptions of what libraries can be through the live events that will celebrate the new artworks.”


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