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‘Brothers in Arms’ at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

June 16th – September 2nd ,2018
Admission Free
www.smithartgalleryandmuseum.co.uk


Brothers in Arms is an exhibition to illustrate proposed artwork design development, by internationally known artist Malcolm Robertson and to outline other Guardians of Scotland Trust activity, ongoing. The Trust continues meantime to fundraise to help realise ambitions to create a monumental sculpture in commemoration of Andrew de Moray and William Wallace at Stirling Bridge, 1297, and to help raise awareness of the significance of Stirling in Scotland’s history.

Robin Iffla, MBE, DL, Chair of the Guardians of Scotland Trust, says:

‘I have given much consideration of this project beside variant and substantial worldwide interest in Wallace, evidenced rise of international heritage-tourism economies, valued public art presence in places nationally and local ambitions for educational, economic and cultural growth. I absolutely believe therefore, alongside fellow trustees that the time is now, to recognise the position of De Moray in Stirling’s and Scotland’s rich cultural past and to create, as we believe is the case, the first joint physical commemoration in the world, here in Stirling.

Trustees are continually grateful for public and private support which amplifies the breadth of project potential and encourages further development of Malcolm Robertson’s artwork design proposal. The Trust passionately believes that further development of this project, bringing the artwork to fruition, will help to re-educate and re-imagine the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Most notably to highlight the equal role of De Moray next to Wallace, but also by associated educational projects to consider the many other people impacted by this 1297, event. Our work aims to remember and reconsider not only those from Scotland living at this time in the past, but also those involved from England, Wales and other places too. Neither to consider only men who fought, but the role of women, families and societies of this time. Through re-imagining Stirling’s past, we aim to help encourage fresh public thinking and believe Malcolm Robertson offers a very powerful artistic interpretation of De Moray and Wallace, for ongoing development and benefit to residents and tourists in twenty-first century Scotland.

In my view, the Guardians of Scotland Trust exists at the right time to positively impact Stirling’s future and by close-working with our heritage neighbours at the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Bannockburn and the Engine Shed, to jointly highlight the vibrant bigger picture of Stirling’s story.

The Trust welcomes all support to make real in sculptural form, De Moray and Wallace standing as ‘brothers in arms’ at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, from the perspective of a bygone age and towards a brighter cultural future.’

Robin Iffla, MBE, D.L.

June, 2018

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GRAND DESIGN ARTIST FOR WALLACE AND DE MORAY REVEALED


ONE of the UK’s most experienced public artists has been chosen to develop a major artwork at the site of the historic Battle of Stirling Bridge.

This decision marks a watershed moment for The Guardians of Scotland Trust in a unique on-going fundraising campaign to enhance the site as a major visitor attraction in Scotland.

Malcolm Robertson has been awarded the commission to design a work commemorating the historic battle’s two heroes, William Wallace and Andrew de Moray.

The proposed design, a four metre high installation called Brothers In Arms, shows the two men shoulder-to-shoulder, with their arms aloft raising an eight metre high Scottish flag.

For his grand design at Stirling Bridge, Mr Robertson has proposed an optical illusion which sees two giant hollow heads of Wallace and de Moray, made of corten weathering steel, appear and re-appear as visitors walk around them.

Malcolm explained : “When viewed from the front, the faces are seen looking forward to Stirling Castle. Because of the sculpture’s unique ‘hollow’ construction, when viewed from behind, the faces seem to re-appear, and are seen looking back at the Wallace Monument.

“The heads are essential a three-sided structure which could act as an open shelter accessible to visitors. There is potential to become a focal point backdrop for gatherings and tourist trail events. The work will radically alter how the battle site is perceived.

“For me, this work is all about making connections between people and places. The partnership between Wallace and de Moray as equals is emphasised in all directions.

“I felt the need to steer away from conflict with this design, even though it is based around a battle. It’s about building bridges and the common endeavour of the two men and the way they came together in order to get a job done.

“I also wanted to take advantage of the site’s midway relationship to the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle by creating a figurative artwork that not only sits in the present, but looks back to the past and forward to the future at the same time.

Anyone can be involved. Individual donations are most welcome and the project can offer magnificent marketing incentives to businesses, from the smallest to biggest, through national and international publicity.
This is a major project for Stirling and Scotland.Kathleen O'Neill, Project Manager.
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