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Oor Wullie gets ready to ‘play’ at Perth gaming exhibition

Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is arriving in Perth next week as the mass-participation public art event continues its national tour by visiting the city’s Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.

A group of mischievous Oor Wullie sculptures, including Minecraft Wullie, will be ready to ‘play’ at Culture Perth & Kinross’ interactive gaming exhibition and open to the public from Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th August.

Launching in the City of Discovery at the end of June, Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail has introduced over 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 throughout the summer to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Minecraft Wullie, designed by 4J Studios and sponsored by UNESCO City of Design Dundee, will take pride of place at the interactive exhibition, which celebrates the latest trends in digital play and the evolution of videogames. Developed in conjunction with another Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail sponsor, the University of Abertay, the gaming exhibition was launched earlier this month by 4J Studios Chairman Chris van der Kuyl, who pioneered the creation of Minecraft for console use.

The exhibition encourages gamers of all ages to have a go on consoles through the ages, including the seminal Space Invaders, the Nintendo Gameboy and the Sega Megadrive. Visitors can take a trip back through time and explore iconic games from Duck Hunt, Sega Rally to the award-winning concept-game Line Wobbler.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, commented:

“We are incredibly excited to welcome a collection of Oor Wullie sculptures to Perth Museum and Art Gallery and are especially excited to be home to Minecraft Wullie over the next week, who we are sure will feel right at home at our interactive Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life exhibition. It is fantastic to be able to link a relatively modern form of play like gaming with a character like Oor Wullie, who has entertained people, young and old, for generations.”

A further three Oor Wullie sculptures will be placed around the Museum and Art Gallery and six more individually and uniquely designed Oor Wullie sculptures will be located in the City’s St John’s Shopping Centre from Monday 1st August and for the duration of the week, which has already seen them visit Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. After leaving Perth, the tour will travel to Inverness and St Andrews before finally arriving back in Dundee for the final few weeks of the trail.

Cassie Thompson, Head of Fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, commented:

“As organisers, we are very excited to be able to take Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail on a tour across Scotland and be able to bring the excitement to our next stop – Perth. 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.”

At the end of the trail, on Tuesday 13th September, all the sculptures will be sold at an auction at the Dundee Rep, with all proceeds going 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 take on Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

For further information about the work of The ARCHIE Foundation, visit www.archiefoundationhome.org.uk

To find out more about the exhibition visit www.playpk.co.uk – Entry to the exhibition is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and £10 for a family ticket (two adults, two children).