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Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab! It’s the home of Oor Wullie’s ‘dad’

A house owned by the creator of cartoon rascal Oor Wullie is up for sale in Perthshire. And it’s a far cry from the modest home portrayed in the famous Sunday Post comic strip.

The five-bedroom, 3 public room Georgian house in Blairgowrie was home to Oor Wullie creator Robert Low for more than 30 years. Low, formerly managing editor of children’s publications with Sunday Post publisher D.C. Thomson, was inspired to create the cartoon after watching the antics of his son and his friends. Artist Dudley Watkins then brought to life a set of characters still popular eight decades on.

Oor Wullie’s 80th birthday celebrations this year include Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, a huge public art celebration involving 55 sculptures of Oor Wullie. The Trail was launched in Dundee and has been touring Scottish cities this summer, with sculptures appearing at various landmarks to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal. The public is being asked to locate the sculptures, each of which is painted by an artist and sponsored by a business.

Low’s spacious former home, known then as Tulach House, is for sale for offers over £475,000. Now called Hillbank House, it still retains the period features he and his wife Irene enjoyed while living there in the 1950s to 1980s, with open fireplaces, fine cornicing, working shutters and etched glass doors.

Included in the sale, marketed by Clyde Property, is a set of outbuildings such as a former coach house turned garage, and a log store.

Gary Robertson, area director with Clyde Property, said:

“It’s a far cry from Wullie’s home in the fictional Auchenshoogle, but you can’t help thinking Robert Low’s cartoon ‘son’ would have loved it. There are extensive gardens, outbuildings, a tree house and a cellar – plenty for Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Souter and Wee Eck to have enjoyed and got up to mischief in.”

In an added twist, Gary Robertson’s wife Alison Robertson is one of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail artists. She designed Oor Wullie Noo, a sculpture in Broughty Ferry sponsored by Balhousie Care Group which depicts the loveable rogue as an old man of 80.

For the full property listing visit www.clydeproperty.co.uk

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

 

Army inspired Oor Wullie visits Weeping Window during national tour

An army inspired Oor Wullie has made a special visit to the Weeping Window at The Black Watch Castle & Museum at Balhousie Castle. Sudger Wullie is one of ten sculptures from Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, Dundee’s largest ever mass-participation public art event, who have been on a national tour of Scotland, spending this week in the City of Perth.

Sudger Wullie, designed by artist Lesley D McKenzie, dropped in to the museum today, Friday 5th August to see the cascade of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies to commemorate 100 years since the First World War. The dramatic sculptures, created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, are being specially presented at The Black Watch Castle & Museum until Sunday 25th September, 2016.

Oor Wullie already has a historic connection to the museum as the Black Watch was the wee scamp’s Uncle Wattie’s regiment in the comic stories.  Oor Wullie’s very own tartan, designed in 2010, took inspiration from the Black Watch with the red from the hackle on the regiment’s bonnets having been incorporated into the tartan. Tartan Wullie, another Oor Wullie sculpture which is sponsored by Visit Scotland, features the iconic character’s official tartan also.

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

Neil Cooney, Project Manager

“It has been incredible to see how popular the national tour has been during Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail. Every city the touring Oor Wullies have visited has offered a very warm welcome and many people have come to see our intrepid sculptures to enjoy a bit of the magic that is going on in Dundee. It is lovely to be able to link up with organisations such as The Black Watch Castle & Museum to celebrate Oor Wullie’s many connections to the area and people all over the world.”

The national tour has already visited Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling and, after leaving Perth, will travel to Inverness and St Andrews before finally arriving back in Dundee for the final few weeks of the Bucket Trail.

At the end of the trail, all the sculptures will be sold at an international auction in at the Dundee Rep Theatre on September 13th where people will be able to bid from anywhere in the world. All proceeds are 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.

Oor Wullie hitches a lift with Barnetts Volkswagen

Barnetts Volkswagen has celebrated its sponsorship of a sculpture on Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, the region’s largest mass participation public art event, by introducing a very special passenger to its fleet of courtesy cars over the summer months.
After adding some eye-catching Oor Wullie branding to their cars, the Dundee car dealership is asking members of the public to keep their eyes peeled for the mischievous wee boy beaming out from the cars’ paint work.

Barnetts Volkswagen is one of over 50 sponsors joining Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail this summer and organisers The ARCHIE Foundation, alongside DC Thomson and Wild in Art, are urging businesses not to miss out on the chance to be part of the one-of-a-kind project, with just over three weeks left to sponsor an Oor Wullie sculpture before the sculptures descend upon the area on June 27th.

Each Oor Wullie sculpture will be placed in and around Dundee for 10 weeks during the summer for people to seek out. At the end of the trail, in September, all the sculptures will be sold at a special auction in Dundee, with proceeds going to the ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre and paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

Jim Brown, Managing Director of Barnetts Volkswagen, commented:

“As sponsors of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, Barnetts Volkswagen is delighted to support The ARCHIE Foundation and be part of what is set to be an incredible event across Tayside throughout the summer. Our chosen design still remains a secret, but we have worked closely with former DC Thomson artist, John Barrie to create a design for our fleet of courtesy cars and they are looking really eye-catching. It is great to be able to offer some additional support to the project and we hope the public will keep their eyes peeled for Oor Wullie on the roads as well as on the Bucket Trail.”

Neil Cooney, Project Manager of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, added:

“With less than four weeks until Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail gets under way, there is still time for any final sponsors to be part of this very special public art event and we urge businesses to get involved and get in touch. By becoming a sponsor you will be helping us to create an unforgettable event for the City of Dundee and beyond, as well as help to raise crucial funds for the ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Appeal.”

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

To discuss sponsorship, contact Neil Cooney on 07960162223 or neil@archiefoundation.org.uk

For further information about Barnetts Volkswagen, visit http://www.barnettsmotorgroup.co.uk/volkswagen

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

Artist Francis Boag paints a contemporary Oor Wullie for Bucket Trail

Those looking for a sneaky peek of another Oor Wullie sculpture can catch one of Scotland’s most recognised contemporary artists, Francis Boag, as he puts the finishing golden touches to his Oor Wullie sculpture at Fraser Gallery St Andrews on Saturday 14th May.

Donning an abundance of vibrant colour and texture, the Oor Wullie sculpture is in the final stages of his transformation. On Saturday, Francis will add some extra special gold-leaf goldfish to complete his design of Scotland’s favourite son, who is one of over 50 Oor Wullie sculptures forming this summer’s Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, Tayside’s largest mass participation public art event, all to raise money for Tayside Children’s Hospital.

Born and raised in Dundee and studying at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone, the Tayside project is especially close to home for Francis, who spent many years as an Art Teacher in Dundee and Perth before going on to be Head of Art at Aberdeen Grammar School. He became a full-time Artist in 2001 and his paintings can now be found in an increasing number of private and public collections across the world.

Francis, along with Bucket Trail organisers The ARCHIE Foundation and partners Wild in Art and DC Thomson, are encouraging visitors to pop down to Fraser Gallery St Andrews to catch a glimpse of the Oor Wullie sculpture.

Speaking about his involvement in the Bucket Trail, Francis commented:

“Like most children of my generation, I was an avid reader of comics and was a ‘well-kent’ face at my local newsagents in Lochee, spending my pocket money on all the great comic books. The Oor Wullie strip was always the first page I’d turn to in The Sunday Post and, being someone who spent hours drawing, they were a big inspiration growing up – I just didn’t expect to be on quite as intimate terms with him!”

He continued:

“We’ve been spending a lot of time in each other’s company, as coat after coat has been carefully applied to every nook and cranny. I’ve treated him with the same care and attention I give all of my paintings and I hope people enjoy the same aesthetic qualities of colour and texture as they would if they were looking at a painting hanging on a gallery wall.

“I’ve got a few final touches to do and will be adding some 18-carat gold-leaf signature goldfish – only the best for Oor Wullie of course! I’d love to see people’s reaction, so look forward to welcoming people to the Fraser Gallery on Saturday.”

Suzanne Scott, Artist Coordinator for Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail also commented:

“It’s been fantastic to have Francis on board to take us on his artistic journey with this Oor Wullie sculpture. We have an incredible range of artists and designers taking part in this amazing project and the Bucket Trail promises to be full of eclectic and exciting sculptures. We can’t wait for people to get involved!”

The unique project aims to raise crucial funds for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside appeal to raise two million pounds to help create a brand new twin operating surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

Dundee businesses crowdfund to join Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail

With summer just around the corner, excitement is growing for Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail and a crowdfunding effort by Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce has encouraged 15 Dundee businesses to jointly sponsor their very own Oor Wullie sculpture.

With 50 Oor Wullie sculptures to be placed across Tayside for 10 weeks during the summer, Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, organised by The ARCHIE Foundation, Wild in Art and DC Thomson, provides a unique opportunity for local businesses, schools, charities, artists, cultural organisations, community groups and individuals to team up and take part in Dundee’s biggest ever mass-participation art event.

Businesses participating in the crowdfunding initiative and becoming part of the exciting project include AFM Accountants, Scottish Antique & Arts Centre, Viromotion, Ecosse Global, MacRoberts, MAJR Group, Malmaison, Hillcrest Group, BioTechnics, Brewin Dolphin, West Park, Caledonia House, Andrew Shepherd Construction and DPL Travel.

Neil Cooney, Project Manager of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, commented:

“This initiative facilitated by Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce is a really innovative way for some of the smaller local businesses to get involved in this exciting project. With momentum growing, we’re still looking for businesses to sponsor their own sculpture and, with lots of sponsorship options available, we urge businesses looking to get involved to get in touch.”

Alison Henderson, CEO, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce commented:

“Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce is delighted to support The ARCHIE Foundation and help drive support from our members for the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail. We have been able to pull together 15 organisations to jointly support one of the sculptures, which will be situated outside the Chamber at City Quay, during the trail. We are really pleased with the level of interest from the local community for what will be a real highlight of the summer in Dundee.

Alison continued:

“We do still have a few spaces available for anyone who’d like to join us and support the Chamber sculpture – we’re looking forward to seeing the design stage next.”

The project is part of The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside appeal to raise two million pounds to help create a brand new twin operating theatre surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.  It is set to capture the public’s imagination around Dundee and surrounding areas this summer, before each sculpture is auctioned off at a special auction in September.

Dr. Mhairi Towler, Founder and CEO of Vivomotion, one of the businesses jointly sponsoring a sculpture, commented:

“We are very pleased to be supporting the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail because, firstly, it is for a fantastic cause, The Archie Foundation. As a mum of twins I would want them to have the best care available if they ever needed treatment. The crowdfunding efforts of DACC allowed me, as a small business owner, to be able to contribute. It also supports local artists and, of course, it is a really fun way to do so.”

Elizabeth Frattaroli, Divisional Director, Brewin Dolphin, also commented:

“The Brewin Dolphin Dundee office is delighted to be involved with the DACC Oor Wullie Sculpture and to be supporting such a worthy cause.  It is a very exciting initiative that taps into the culture of our city, and we are proud to be a part of it and also to be working with the Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, who play such a vital role for our business community.”

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce have over 450 business members who employ around 35,000 people and work to help provide members with business connections and exciting opportunities they need to flourish.

Some of the 50 Oor Wullie sculptures are now in the process of being painted by artists, after representatives from each of the businesses taking part attended a special event last week to choose the design of their Oor Wullie from over 90 shortlisted submissions.

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

To discuss sponsorship, contact Neil Cooney on 07960162223 or neil@archiefoundation.org.uk

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

Renowned Scottish Artist joins Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail

One of Scotland’s most prolific and popular artists, John Lowrie Morrison OBE, is embarking on an art project with a playful twist, as he designs and paints one of the life-sized Oor Wullie sculptures that are set to descend on Dundee for ten weeks this summer to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside Appeal.

As the Bucket Trail gathers momentum, it is one of over 50 Oor Wullie sculptures waiting patiently to be uniquely decorated by an array of local and national artists. Organisers The ARCHIE Foundation, along with partners Wild in Art and DC Thomson, have been overwhelmed by the wealth of creative talent, with over 250 designs submitted.

Born and raised in Maryhill, Glasgow, and trained at Glasgow School of Art, John Lowrie Morrison, who also goes by the name Jolomo, worked as a teacher and education adviser in Argyll for 25 years before taking up painting full-time in 1997.

One of Scotland’s most successful and best loved contemporary artists, John is best known for his dramatic and colourful paintings of Argyll and The Hebrides, coasts and croftscapes, as well as capturing the light of the West of Scotland in all its magnificent glory.

John’s work is exhibited all over the UK every year. He was the subject of a retrospective at Clydebank Town Hall Museum & Art Gallery in summer 2013 and a major exhibition at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow in November 2015.He is also the founder of the Jolomo Awards, awarding grants to emerging artists painting the Scottish landscape.

Receiving his OBE for services to art and charity in Scotland in 2011, John has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dundee’s Abertay University in 2009 and The University of the West of Scotland in 2008 for his significant contribution to Arts and Scottish Culture.

Speaking about the project, John commented:

“I am extremely honoured to be asked to paint one of the Oor Wullie sculptures for The Bucket Trail. Like most folk of my age, Oor Wullie was part of my childhood and I never missed an issue of the Sunday Post or the Oor Wullie Annual! It’s also a privilege to be helping towards raising funds for The Archie Foundation, a wonderful charity which needs to be supported.”

The project is part of The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside appeal to raise two million pounds to help create a brand new twin operating theatre surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells and is set to capture the public’s imagination around Dundee and surrounding areas this summer, before each sculpture is auctioned off at a special auction in Dundee in September.

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

“We’re delighted that John has joined the Bucket Trail and is designing and painting one of our very special Oor Wullie sculptures. He’s one of Scotland’s greatest artists, creating beautifully unique and colourful paintings and we can’t wait to see what he has in store. This is a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase their creative talent in a new and exciting way and be part of this special project, raising money for a great cause.”

Dundee was recently recognised as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, joining cities such as Berlin, Beijing and Buenos Aries for their contribution to the creative arts.

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

The ARCHIE Foundation calls for local primary schools to join Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail

As word spreads of an Oor Wullie Dundee invasion for ten weeks this summer, primary schools across Tayside are being asked to play a special role in the rascal’s mission to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside Appeal.

Organisers of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, the largest mass participation public art event ever seen in the region, are appealing for local primary schools to join in the fun by designing and painting their own miniature Oor Wullie sculpture. The ARCHIE Foundation, along with partners Wild in Art and DC Thomson, are urging schools to engage with the Bucket Trail and seize the opportunity to be part of something very special and unique to the area.

Schools are also being asked to come up with ways to raise crucial funds for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside appeal to raise two million pounds to help create a brand new twin operating surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

With 25 miniature Oor Wullie sculptures available to primary schools within Tayside, each participating school will receive a blank miniature Oor Wullie sculpture accompanied by a full curriculum linked Education Resource Pack.

The pack also includes resources that will enable schools to speak to the students about being in hospital in a sensitive and age-appropriate way, helping both educators and students gain a better understanding of the benefits to the community from The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside Appeal and to highlight the importance of the project for children who might at some point need the facilities of Tayside Children’s Hospital.

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

“We’ve had a great response from schools in the Tayside area looking to get involved with the project and raise some money for The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside Appeal as well as get creative with their miniature sculptures. Our ARCHIE volunteers will be visiting schools across Tayside to help give fundraising ideas and show the children why Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is so important.

“We would urge any primary schools who haven’t joined the Bucket Trail yet to sign up as the whole project is a fantastic opportunity for children, their families, teachers and the wider public to be part of something really special. It’s all about raising money to help sick children across the region so we would love to get as many local children involved as possible. An added bonus, the project links in well to the curriculum too, mixing creativity with learning about Scottish culture and iconic characters like Oor Wullie!”

Oor Wullie is very well known by children across the city, with his famous phrases being used to teach youngsters all about traditional Scot’s language. The 25 miniature sculptures will form their own Bucket Trail across the city in libraries and visitor attractions, showcasing the creativity of the young people of Tayside, before being returned to schools for them to keep.

Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is set to descend on Dundee and the surrounding areas for ten weeks this summer and, as well as providing an opportunity to showcase the wealth of creative talent in the area, will capture the public’s imagination and create a buzz around the city for both locals and visitors to Tayside.

Dundee is the latest city to host the successful Wild in Art sculpture projects, which have previously included giant cartoon Gromits in Bristol, Dolphins in Aberdeen and GoGoGorillas in Norwich.

To find out more and to download an education packs visit http://oorwulliebuckettrail.com/education/

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

Oor Wullie is on the hunt for Bucket Trail sponsors

As 2016 gets into full swing, Dundee is preparing to be invaded by not one, not two, but dozens of giant Oor Wullie sculptures to wreak havoc and mischief as Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, the biggest mass participation public art event ever seen in the region, is set to arrive in the City of Discovery this summer.

As preparations for the Bucket Trail gather momentum, organisers are, with a little bit of Oor Wullie’s unique charm, continuing to appeal to businesses across Dundee, Perth and beyond, to help bring the art project to life and create a lasting legacy for the region by sponsoring an Oor Wullie sculpture.

Organisers, The ARCHIE Foundation, DC Thomson and Wild In Art, are hoping to see over 50 individually designed Oor Wullie sculptures beautifully decorated by an array of local and national artists. As well as providing an opportunity to showcase the wealth of creative talent in the area, organisers are appealing for businesses to be part of a project which will contribute to the economic, cultural and social life of the area.

After 10 weeks of posing for selfies and making thousands of new pals, each Oor Wullie sculpture will be sold at a special auction in Dundee. All the proceeds will go to the ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin theatre suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

There are many ways that businesses and organisations can get involved in Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail and organisers are keen to emphasise that no business is too big or too small to be part of the adventure. As well as giant Oor Wullie sculptures being available to sponsor, there are exciting educational opportunities for schools to receive ‘mini’ Oor Wullie’s for pupils to design, paint and then display too.

Cassie Thompson, Head of Fundraising at The ARCHIE Foundation, explained:

“This arts project offers a unique opportunity for businesses, community organisations and schools to be part of something incredibly special and engaging for people in Dundee and across Scotland. We hope our fleet of Oor Wullie’s will capture the public’s imagination and create a buzz around the city and surrounding areas.”

A range of local businesses have already signed up to sponsor an Oor Wullie statue including local motoring company, Barnetts Volkswagen, John Clark Motor Group, Avian and Dundee’s Apex hotel. As part of their sponsorship agreement, Barnetts Volkswagen’s fleet of courtesy cars will be branded with Oor Wullie and The ARCHIE Foundation branding to create visual awareness of the Bucket Trail. The Apex are providing use of their facilities for some of the art events during the project as part of their collaboration with the initiative.

Perth-based marketing and PR agency, Volpa, have also joined the Bucket Trail this month as a sponsor and PR partner for the project. Team Volpa will provide their services over the next ten months, helping Oor Wullie shout about his adventure as loudly as he can to help to raise money for the ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Appeal.

Cassie continued:
“We are not solely looking for financial sponsorship. We want to welcome as many organisations as we can to join in the project and there may be opportunities for businesses to contribute through their services as well. In any partnership there is a healthy balance of give and take and we want businesses of all shapes and sizes to be part of our summer to remember.”

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

To discuss sponsorship, contact Neil Cooney on 07960162223 or neil@archiefoundation.org.uk

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