Exhibition Launch - Bus Party 2014: the Listening Lugs Tour

13 Jul ‘16
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5.00PM - 6.30PM

Venue: University Library, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA

The Scottish Political Archive would like to invite you to the exhibition launch of Bus Party 2014: the Listening Lugs Tour showcasing the Bus Party Collection held within the archive.  

The arts can be a catalyst for civic conversation on the sort of society we want. That was the idea behind the Bus Party, a group of writers, musicians, and visual artists who went on a “Listening Lugs Tour” of Scotland in the run up to the Independence Referendum in 2014. They were led by writer Neal Ascherson and included James Robertson, Karine Polwart, Mairi Campbell, Billy Kay and David Greig.  Local communities welcomed the Bus Party into their community centres, art galleries, bookshops, high school, churches and public libraries from Stromness to Stirling. Performances by the artists on the bus opened up a safe space for conversation on the kind of Scotland local people wanted. Their local visions of Scotland were captured on a scroll and a film of the journey, made by visual artists Andy Sim and Carolyn Scott.

The exhibition focuses on the 2014 tour as well as the 1997 Bus Party tour in the run-up to the 1997 devolution referendum. There will be the opportunity to meet some of the Bus Party participants as well as view some of the collections of the Political Archive in the Archives Reading Room.

This event is open to all and is free to attend. There is no need to book in advance.

For further information please contact Sarah Bromage at scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk.


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