#18 The Listening Lugs Tour.  Bus Party Collection

In 1997, William McIlvanney led a group of fellow artists on a bus tour round Scotland in the run up to the referendum on the Scottish Parliament. They were listening to local people’s views on thekind of Scotland they wanted to live in after the referendum, whether they were voting Yes or No.
In May 2014 the Bus Party Listening Lugs tour went from Stromness to Stirling visiting 16 venues asking “What kind of Scotland do you want?”  Artists included James Robertson, Karine Polwart, Billy Kay, Hamish Moore, Neal Ascherson and David Francis among others.  The responses of participants to the question of What Kind of Scotland do you Want? was recorded on the Scroll of Hopes-eventually over seventy metres of thoughts and wishes recorded on wall paper lining paper and distilled after the tour to this final declaration.
We want a confident, compassionate, caring, tolerant, diverse, rooted, outward, peaceful,energised, educated, enlightened, equal, sustainable Scotland without poverty, where hopes and dreams are realised, children fed and cherished, government is decent and dignified, all voices heard, all faiths welcomed, all parts belong, decision-making is local, people’s lives mirror the beauty of our landscapes and no one is left behind.
The Bus Party collection relating to 1997 and 2014 is now held within the SPA archive.  An exhibition about the Bus Party Collection is currently on display at the Lochgelly Centre and also Montrose Library

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