New book featuring Rothesay pupil to be launched

Rothesay Primary pupil Beth Swan (front row, second right) is among the children whose work features in a new book about the See Us project, run as part fo the Year of Creative Scotland in 2012.
Rothesay Primary pupil Beth Swan (front row, second right) is among the children whose work features in a new book about the See Us project, run as part fo the Year of Creative Scotland in 2012.

A book celebrating Scottish creativity and including a contribution from pupils at Rothesay Primary School will be officially launched in Glasgow this Monday, June 10.

The book - titled ‘See Us’ - features everyday acts of creativity by many different people across the nation, including a group of school children from the west of Scotland who took part in the George Wyllie Education Initiative.

Pupils from 15 different schools, including Beth Swan from Rothesay Primary, will be on hand to receive a copy of the book when it’s launched by education secretary and Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell.

See Us was a project run by online daily photo journal Blipfoto which helped tell the story of the country’s creativity as part of the Year of Creative Scotland.

It encouraged everyone - whether they were a smartphone snapper or a professional photographer - to grab their cameras in a quest to capture something creative.

Around 4,000 photos and stories were submitted to Blipfoto over a five month period to help create a permanent record of our creative Scotland in 2012.

A selection of these entries, including the Wyllie initiative, were curated by famous Scottish creatives - including world-renowned musician Nicola Benedetti and celebrated author Ian Rankin - to form a touring exhibition and book.

The book will be launched and presented to the participating schoolchildren at Glasgow’s Street Level Photoworks, where an exhibition of the See Us project is currently on display.

The exhibition will remain on show until June 23 at Street Level Photoworks, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, and members of the public can pop in at any time during the gallery’s opening hours to view the works on show and pick up a copy of the new book.

The George Wyllie Education Initiative saw young people aged 4-18 study the life and legacy of internationally renowned Scots artist, George Wyllie, who died in May 2012 - just as a year-long celebration of his life, The Whysman Festival, funded jointly by Creative Scotland and the Wyllie family, was getting under way.

A 78-foot paper boat, made in 1989 as a tribute to the River Clyde’s shipbuilding heritage, was among the most famous of Mr Wyllie’s creations, and pupils at Rothesay Primary created small paper boats of their own as part of their study of his work and life.