Big W gets creative... with £45,000 salary!

Public art on display in Cumbernauld
Public art on display in Cumbernauld

A public art project in Winchburgh, the Big W, is definitely on the near horizon as West Lothian Council has advertised for applicants for the job of creative advisor.

The £45,000 a year post will involve researching and delivering a plan to outline a three to four year public art strategy for the village.

This might result in permanent or semi-permanent art installations between new developments and the historic town centre.

But the council will not be responsible for paying the salary as it is funded by developer contributions from those building new homes in Winchburgh and a grant from Creative Scotland.

The successful applicant will be expected to hold a series of community events as well as finding art to site around the village.

Winchburgh was first identified as a place which would resolve urgent housing needs in the area back in the 1990s. Now, West Lothian has the fastest growing population in Scotland.

And Winchburgh is firmly at the centre of that as it has attracted substantial development plans as one of the county’s Core Development Areas.

In 2005 artist Peter McCaughey researched and consulted with the local community to establish connections with the masterplan for 3,500 new homes and community interests.

Interviews were carried out with local people and a report was produced on what locals thought public art might achieve. The aim was to inspire locals to embrace the changes proposed for the area.