Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, Dundee’s largest mass participation art event, is making its last stop on a national Tour, as 11 uniquely designed Oor Wullie sculptures get set to pop up in St Andrews, with 10 sculptures visiting the Byre Theatre and one, Where’s Wullie, making a special visit to his sponsors at The Westport Bar & Kitchen, from Monday 15th – Sunday 21st August.
Wullamyn, a Marilyn Munroe inspired Oor Wullie sculpture will also be dropping in to Jannettas Gelateria for a milkshake upon arriving in the seaside town.
The week-long visit to St Andrews is the final leg of a National Tour, which has seen the adventurous Oor Wullie sculptures, including Wullie Wallace, inspired by the legendary Scot, William Wallace, Sudger Wullie, an army inspired Wullie and a very special Tunnocks Tea-Cake Oor Wullie sculpture, visit cities across Scotland throughout the summer.
Thousands of people have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the sculptures in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Inverness, with the sculptures arriving back in Dundee after their week in St Andrews for the final week of the Bucket Trail, which finishes on 27th August.
Launching in the City of Discovery at the end of June, this one-of-a-kind project has introduced 55 sculptures, all individually designed and painted by an array of local and international artists, to the streets of Dundee and will be in place for ten weeks to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.
Charity organisers The ARCHIE Foundation, along with partners Wild In Art, DC Thomson, and some help from sponsors John Clark Motor Group with the use of their vans, have been transporting this special group of sculptures around the country. With just one week in each location, the organisers are advising people to get along The Byre Theatre before the end of the weekend, so they don’t miss out on their chance to capture a selfie with the touring wee scamps.
Cassie Thompson, Head of Fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, commented:
“As organisers, we have been delighted to be able to take Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail on a tour across Scotland and we can’t wait to head to the final stop – St Andrews. It’s been lovely to see people enjoying the sculptures in all the wonderful locations across the country and we’re sure they’ll be met with a fantastic reception at The Byre Theatre.
“An incredible amount of work has gone into this project, which is all to help raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal and, with not long left until the end of the Bucket Trail, we urge those who haven’t got involved yet not to miss out as there’s only a few weeks left!”
As sponsors of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, Signature Pub Group, owners of The Westport Bar & Kitchen, are delighted to be hosting their sculpture, Where’s Wullie, and expect many visitors to enjoy meeting the cheeky character.
Nic Wood, from Signature Pub Group, commented:
“We are really proud and it is great to be able to support local charities, especially to be able to support and make a difference in such a fun and unique way. All of our team Signature are excited about this little venture and it has certainly created interest – we wish it every success!”
At the end of the trail, on 13th September, all the sculptures will be sold at a special auction in Dundee, where businesses, individuals, enthusiastic Oor Wullie fans and even those overseas can bid for the chance to call their favourite sculpture their own. All proceeds from the auction will go to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.
To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com
For further information about the work of The ARCHIE Foundation, visit www.archiefoundationhome.org.uk