It has been a busy few weeks at the Pirate and Bluebelle! We have been really chuffed to have worked with Fife art teacher Kathryn Brown to help bring the This Little Boat exhibition to Gourock
This Little Boat
This Little Boat was started by Kathryn in memory of the late great artist George Wylie. It seeks to bring together 2018 little wooden boats decorated by artists, celebrities and the general public from across the globe in the name of peace. She hopes to have reached her goal of 2018 dazzled boats by November and have a special place to exhibit the whole fleet!
Making it Happen.
We had heard about the project through Kathryn’s Instagram and thought it was the perfect fit to coincide with the beautiful new George Wylie Garden on Shore Street, Gourock being opened! Lots of messages back and forth between the P and B and This Little Boat HQ and we realised that with support with transportation from Riverside Inverclyde, it could come to the town that George made his home for over 60 years.
On Sunday 19th August, armed with a huge bag of boats and buckets of paints, papers and Blue Peter type sticky stuff we opened the doors to the Gourock Heritage and Arts Centre (who very kindly allowed us to use their fantastic space!) to over 200 people who came along to decorate their own boats to add to the exhibition! We were over the moon with the response and even more over the moon with the calibre of boats being produced, there are certainly a lot of very creative people in Inverclyde!
Continuing the legacy.
It was an exhausting but amazing day and we loved not only hearing loads of stories about George Wyllie from those who knew him but also sharing information about him and his work with the next generation and helping to continue his legacy. One family had strong links with his work and had helped to create the (in)famous Paper Boat with him, bringing along their photos from the launch in Glasgow and in London. The day had a lovely community feel and we want to thank everyone who came along, you are all stars!
The following weekend saw the opening of the Garden, so Kathryn very kindly gave up her time to come through and set up the full exhibition back in the Heritage Centre. It just blew us away when we saw it! Hundreds of you visited over the weekend and made it a huge success. We hope that this will be just the first of more community events that the P and B are involved in. Is there something you would like to see? Why not message us and tell us your ideas!