Great turnout for Kelvingrove Museum exhibition of Hawkhead members' self-portrait sculptures

Posted: 17/10/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

There was a great turnout to a special exhibition featuring amazing self-portrait sculptures from our veterans at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this week.

After eight sessions of careful work in the art room with artist Jason Davis, five of our Hawkhead Centre members accompanied their self-portrait busts to the splendorous surroundings of the museum in Glasgow. Hawkhead members pose next to their self-portrait sculptures at the Kelvingrove Museum

On Tuesday (Oct 16) the veterans attended the museum and proudly showed their work to visitors of all ages, explaining how they created the beautiful pieces.

Robert White, 88, from Paisley, is one of the veterans who had his sculpture on display.

Robert said: “I was ecstatic to see the sculptures on display. I surprised myself, even while I was making my sculpture. The clay was quite easy to work with, I found it very interesting.” The self-portrait sculptures on display at the Kelvingrove Museum

Another of the veterans, David Martin, 35, from Barrhead, said: “It’s lovely – at last the heads have been put on display.

“I can’t believe how good they are. Making my sculpture was a great experience, just seeing the transformation from a big wad of clay. The things we get to do at the Hawkhead Centre are fantastic.”

And Christina Johnson, 89, who has sight loss as a result of macular degeneration, added: “You never know who maybe can't see properly, so it makes a difference to tell people what it's like and about what we do at Hawkhead.”

A young visitor tries on simulation spectacles for the Eye Challenge at the Kelvingrove event

“The children who spoke with us at the museum hadn't realised we'd made the sculptures ourselves and were quite interested to hear about it.”

There was also an Eye Challenge for youngsters at the event, giving them chance to try out clay model making while wearing simulation goggles, simulating sight loss.

Find out more here about the huge range of activities on offer to Scottish War Blinded members at the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley.