big bucket art trail launch with Nicola Sturgeon

Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail coming to Scotland in summer 2019

The First Minister of Scotland launches the world’s first nationwide public art trail. The Oor Wullie BIG Bucket Trail will take place in Scotland in summer 2019 supporting children’s hospital charities and celebrating Scotland’s favourite son, Oor Wullie.

Supported by Oor Wullie custodians DC Thomson Media, Scotland’s three children’s hospital charities – Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, the ARCHIE Foundation and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity – have joined forces with us to create the world’s first nationwide art trail. The event aims to significantly boost Scotland’s provision for children and young people in hospital by raising essential funds through the art trail, associated events and five city auctions.

Building on success

The 2019 Oor Wullie BIG Bucket Trail builds on the success of the Dundee 2016 Oor Wullie Trail which raised nearly £900,000 for the city.

Earlier this month the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland launched Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail. This major public art event will run for eleven weeks, from June to September 2019, taking to the streets of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

More than 150 sculptures

Each Oor Wullie sculpture will be unique. Artists will be commissioned to individually design over 150 human-sized sculptures, each reflecting Scotland’s cultural identity.

Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Director of Wild in Art, said:

“Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail is enormously exciting for all the team at Wild in Art. Building on the strength of our previous events in Scotland, this is our first (and indeed the world’s first) truly national trail; and something we are all immensely proud to be developing. Wild in Art believes passionately in bringing communities, businesses, schools and artists together, and through the power of creativity enabling significant funds to be raised for our charity partners as well as having major social and economic impacts. While acknowledging this, we also believe that Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail will make the entire population of Scotland smile, and on the back of a smile, amazing things can happen.”

Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive & Group Managing Director, Arnold Clark, added:

“We’re delighted to be headline sponsors for the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail in 2019. This unique event not only gives people across Scotland the chance to come together and have fun, but it will raise vital funds for children’s hospitals across the country. We can’t wait to be involved in celebrating this true Scottish icon and helping to raise as much money as possible.”

Schools programme

By bringing artists, businesses, communities, and schools together through the Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail the project aims to bring lots of activities for the public and visitors to enjoy throughout the summer. There will be an opportunity for schools and communities to play a significant part in creating a memorable buzz in Scotland next summer.

A large schools programme will run alongside the event and every school in Scotland will be invited to take part in the trail and receive a Wee Oor Wullie sculpture of their own, to decorate. Fun runs, Apps, and a number of associated events will encourage local communities to get involved.