Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
The Face of William Wallace
Exhibition and events programme
23 July - 2 October 2005
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ
Tel 01786 471917
Commemorating the 700th anniversary of the death of William Wallace
This exhibition will look at the dozens of different images of Wallace created in the centuries since his death. Wallace has been given many faces in 700 years, each of them different. The Stirling Smith has built up a special collection of the iconic images of Wallace, signifying different episodes in Scottish history.
A recent acquisition is the portrait of Wallace dating to 1661 from Niddrie Marschall House, which is set within a 1720s trophy of arms. The image was engraved and widely used in the 19th century. Thanks to a fund raising campaign headed by the Provost, 208 organisations, companies and individuals made donations to secure the portrait for the Stirling Smith. This will be the centrepiece of the exhibition.
The exhibition will also look at other heroes who were considered to be like William Wallace - Garibaldi, 'the Wallace of Italy', Kossuth, 'the Wallace of Hungary', Simon Bolivar, creator of Bolivia, Nat Turner, leader of the first black revolt in the USA, Toussant L'Overture, who led the uprising of the black slaves in Haiti, Ghandi, Ho Chi Min and Nelson Mandela.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an events programme to enable people to share information and contemplate the significance of Wallace. The programme will cover the Wallace story at length.
The programme in outline is as follows:
Opening Ceremony: Provost Colin O'Brien, Friday 22 July
Drama: Award-winning writer Gill Bastock will present a new drama piece – Oor Wallace – on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September to mark the end of the exhibition.
Music: An evening of Scottish music with the Twa Daves and Guests, 7.30 pm, Saturday 17 September
Book Launch: The Wallace Book. Essays edited by Professor Ted Cowan marking the Wallace 700 anniversary. (Tuckwell Press, East Linton)
Conference: Wallace and Scotland, Saturday 10 September
A day-long event looking at Wallace in local history and geography.
Convener: Dr Louise Yeoman, historian and broadcaster.
This is envisaged as a series of 20 minute papers covering all parts of Scotland with Wallace associations, with discussion breaks.
Aberdeen: John Mackay
Armadale: Audra McKee
Ayr: David Ross
Biggar and Lamington: Brian Lambie
Dryburgh and Lanark: Margaret Street
Dunfermline: Sheila Pitcairn
Elderslie and Paisley: David Ross
Falkirk: Ian Scott
Glasgow: Michael Donnelly
Robroyston: Duncan Fenton
Stirling: Willie More
Wallace on Wednesdays: a series of lunchtime lectures at 12 noon1. Wednesday 27 July
Walking for Wallace
3. Wednesday 10 August
The Wallace Oak of Torwood
Dr Ken Mackay
4. Wednesday 17 August
Wallace and other liberators
5. Wednesday 24 August
The Wallace Factor in Scottish History
Professor Ted Cowan
6. Wednesday 31 August
The Braveheart Phenomenon
John and Linda Anderson
7. Wednesday 7 September
Wallace and the Kirkhill Pillar Project
Dr Lorna Waite
Tickets, including a soup and sandwich lunch, are £5. Book all 7 lectures at the reduced price of £30. To make a booking call 01786 471917 or complete the form below and return to: Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ.
Wallace on Wednesdays
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