Foundation Seeks Captain & Crew to Steer Good Ship Wyllie

With the building of a new gallery in Inverclyde dedicated to the life and work of internationally renowned Scottish artist, George Wyllie, a Foundation set up in his name is on the cusp of steering one of the most exciting artistic ventures in Scotland into existence. 

The George Wyllie Foundation celebrates the life and work of the artist, who lived and worked in Inverclyde for 50 years. The non-profit making charity is now looking to recruit a new team Captain and expand its dedicated crew of Trustees.

The new recruits will help the Foundation realise its aim of preserving and conserving the George Wyllie Collection while promoting his work and his exuberant art-for-all approach to making.

We are looking for motivated and experienced people who can commit time, energy and vision to shaping the strategic direction of travel as the project heads towards completion. Ideal candidates will possess a wide variety of skills, but particularly experience in the legal, financial, commercial construction and business planning sectors.

The George Wyllie Foundation was founded in 2012, following the death of the artist at the age of 90. Wyllie worked as a Customs & Excise officer in Greenock before achieving fame with his monumental social sculptures, The Straw Locomotive (1987) and The Paper Boat (1990).

Plans were recently approved for an iconic building at Ocean Terminal in Greenock to welcome cruise ship passengers from all over the globe. A new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery, designed by multi-award winning architect, Richard Murphy, will be completed by the end of 2020.

The Foundation is looking for a new Chair and a band of visionary individuals with the advisory skills required to steer them through to this next phase of operations. 

Current Trustees include the artist’s daughter, Louise Wyllie, his grandson, Calvin Gomes, film-maker Murray Grigor, arts journalist Jan Patience, artist and teacher David Harding, arts consultant, Peter Thierfeldt, Summerhall director, Robert McDowell and architect, Andrew McAvoy.

The £14.7m Ocean Terminal project is part of the £1bn Glasgow City Region City Deal, funded equally by the Scottish and UK governments. It aims to provide a new world-class berthing facility and visitor centre at the site.

The proposed gallery and education space will showcase the life and work of one of the most original artists Scotland has ever produced.

It will also stage important exhibitions and events celebrating contemporary artists from across the UK and internationally. It is a key aim of the Foundation to work with people of all ages, engaging them with George’s effervescent art-for-all approach to making and creating.

More information on George Wyllie and the work of the Foundation:





Application is by covering letter and CV to

Closing Date: Friday 24 May

Interviews: Do to the current Trustees being spread out geographically, interviews will be held via Skype or FaceTime

The position is voluntary but expenses will be met

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