Scotland’s first Outdoor Museum has won a Saltire Society Arts in Public Places Award 2016.
The museum, which is based in Helensburgh, was delivered by art organisation WAVEparticle in collaboration with architects Austin-Smith:Lord for Argyll and Bute Council.
The museum sits in the heart of Helensburgh’s transformed town centre public realm and features a series of historic artefacts and artworks.
Peter McCaughey, WAVEparticle lead artist said, “It’s fantastic to win this Saltire Award. There were brilliant projects from across Scotland in the running for this and to have won is great for everyone involved. The Saltire Award is the latest in a series of awards and prestigious nominations this year, and our hope it that this makes the future of the Outdoor Museum undeniable and that each year we see wonderful additions to this alternative museum, embedded at the heart of Helensburgh.”
Graham Ross, Austin-Smith:Lord partner said, “The Outdoor Museum, like the wider regeneration of the town centre public realm, was very much community-focused and this sense of place shines through. The vision to create an accessible Outdoor Museum that explores, celebrates and displays the rich and varied history of Helensburgh for local residents and visitors to the town, was developed through a series of community events held over the course of two years.
This is the third national award this year for the wider Helensburgh town centre public realm project which was completed last summer. The project has also been recognised with a Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Award as well as a Scottish Design Award.