An emerging Scottish artist has been selected to work in partnership with the local
community in Winchburgh to create a permanent public art mural for the entrance walls of its
new marina.

Lewi Quinn, who works under the name of Boiiing, will spend the next three months
developing contemporary murals inspired by the community of the growing West Lothian village. The works will visually connect the entrance walls of Bridge 32B, a key entry point
along the Union Canal to Winchburgh Marina. The new marina – located in Winchburgh’s
emerging town centre – was opened earlier this summer as a flotilla of canal boats, e-boats,
canoes, and paddleboards entered to a backdrop of bagpipes.

To ensure the works represent a sense of place, identity and local culture, Lewi will
collaborate with residents and school pupils through a series of public engagement
workshops in order to bring their collective vision to life. The first opportunity for local people
to meet with Lewi and hear more about this exciting project will be at Winchburgh Farmers
Market held in the Community Garden between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 13 July.

Lewi has previously worked Murals for Auchentoshan Distillery, NHS CAMHS unit in
Dundee, Heverlee and on two ‘mural’ doubledecker busses which are currently in operation
in Glasgow and Aberdeen. He said: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with the
community in Winchburgh to create a mural for everyone in the village to enjoy. With the
help of ideas for the community, I plan to make something that will be an asset to the people,
to the marina, and to anyone visiting.

“I’m looking forward to meeting lots of different people from Winchburgh over the next month
or two and getting their perspective on what ideas should be involved in their mural. That’s
what has really drawn me to this amazing project – I love for my murals to inject a bit of
harmonious colour and joy into spaces in Scotland for when the sky is a wee bit too grey,
and I think it’s important for that to be guided by what the residents would like to see. It’s a
great project and everyone is welcome to give their views.

“Come and say hello and the Farmers Market or at one of the other sessions we have
planned throughout summer!”

The project is the latest addition to Winchburgh’s “Big W” Public Art Plan, which exists to
ensure public art contributions from the development are used to help shape Winchburgh’s
expansion by visually reflecting a sense of place and celebrating the evolving nature of the community. This next stage in the strategy concentrates on, and celebrates, the Union Canal
in Winchburgh which is a key blue and green route through the community.

The “Big W” plan is delivered through a partnership between Winchburgh Developments,
West Lothian Council, and Winchburgh Community Development Trust. It aims to increase
access, learning and enjoyment of the arts for local people. This next phase will see further
art installations along the Winchburgh section of the Union Canal and will involve Scottish
Canals, who are joining the partnership team for this project.

Penny Lochhead, Community, Sports and Greenspace Manager for Winchburgh
Developments, said: “Public art installations are key for humanising the built environment
and involving local people in the development of their communities and those involved in the
partnership are delighted to announce that we have appointed Lewi Quinn to lead our latest
art project. We are excited to have a busy few months ahead of community engagement
which will lead to the mural design and its installation by early October. The opening of the
marina was such a pivotal moment for Winchburgh and we can’t wait to see the
contemporary murals that Lewi and the local community come up with to adorn Bridge 32B.”

Camille Archer, Music and Public Art Officer for West Lothian Council, said: “This is a really
exciting collaborative project for all the project partners – the Marina bridge is a wonderful
and unique site for a mural and it will give a chance for people in the community to work with
artist Lewi Quinn to share ideas, inspiration and create a visual artwork together.”

Winchburgh Developments Ltd is behind the development of one of the most ambitious
placemaking projects in the UK. At the end of February, WDL was crowned Property
Company of the Year at the prestigious Scottish Property Awards in recognition of its
investment in the area and the significant development milestones it has achieved over the
last 12 months with its “infrastructure-first” approach to community planning. The company
was also runner-up for Regeneration Project of the Year for its work on Auldcathie District
Park, the 85-acre greenspace was partly formed from the reclamation of a former landfill site
as part of a £6 million regeneration project.

The Mural will adorn the entrance to the new Winchburgh Marina