Collection GW - Interviews with George Wyllie for the National Life Stories project, Artists' Lives

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GB 249 GW


Interviews with George Wyllie for the National Life Stories project, Artists' Lives


  • 2003-2004 (Production)

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1 volume + 1 CD containing 24 MP3 files (641 MB)

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Notice biographique

George Wyllie was born in Glasgow in 1921. Initially a sailor and then a customs officer, he rapidly acquired a national and international reputation as an artist and sculptor, working in regenerative, performance and public art. The underlying principle of his work was that art can change ideas and is an essential force in society. There was always a question at the heart of his work. He called his art Scul?ture.

Wyllie exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, Europe, India and the United States. His best known works are ‘The Straw Locomotive,’ ‘The Paper Boat,’ ‘A Day Down a Goldmine’, ‘Equilibrium of Spires’ and ‘The Cosmic Voyage.’ He also worked in theatre, writing, installations and film. He lived and worked in Gourock, Scotland.

Wyllie had a long association with the University of Strathclyde, staging his first ever solo exhibition in the University’s Collins Gallery in 1976. In April 1990, the University awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

In 2005, he was awarded an MBE for service to the Arts. He died in 2012.

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(fl 2004)

Notice biographique

Jenny Simmons worked as a freelance oral history interviewer for two National Life Stories projects: Artist's Lives and Book Trade Lives.

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(1987 to date)

Histoire administrative

National Life Stories (formerly the National Life Stories Collection) is an independent charitable trust within the British Library. It was established in 1987 to record, preserve and make available the first-hand experiences of people from as wide a cross-section of modern-day society as possible.

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Recordings and full transcripts of 6 interviews conducted with Wyllie by freelance oral history interviewer Jenny Simmons between 10 December 2003 and 15 March 2004. The interviews follow a 'life story' format, covering Wyllie's family background, childhood, education, work, leisure and later life.

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None expected.

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Copyright of the British Library.

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  • anglais

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The original recordings and transcripts are located in the British Library Sound Archive, references C466/185 and F18599-18611.

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