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The Pierce Statue Needs You!

Govan’s iconic Pearce Statue, located at Govan Cross, is undergoing restoration works this Spring and everyone in the local community is welcome to get involved! The project is funded by the Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) who have commissioned Impact Arts to engage the community in an interpretation project running in tandem with the repair work.

The interpretation project will aim to reveal and promote the statue’s hidden history, restoration and on-going care requirements. The restoration work itself is a 4 week contract to repair the bronze, restoring the original patination/surface condition; cleaning of the plinth and repair of the inlaid lead lettering; re-instatement of the missing cast-iron railing to the original foundry pattern. Other projects surrounding the statue include a community street theatre piece at this year’s Govan fair (taking place on the 7th June 2013) and a bronze restoration master class with site visit.

The interpretation project aims to raise awareness of the Pearce Statue and Govan’s exceptional history. It will also aim to engage people and cultivate their active interest in the preservation and promotion of Govan’s cultural and built heritage. The result will be a 20 page, full colour illustrated booklet that commemorates the restoration of the statue.Members of the local community are invited to come along and hear facts about Sir William Pearce and the statue’s sculptor Edward Onslow Ford. This is also an opportunity to learn more about the creation, care and maintenance of bronze statues, and to receive an introduction to graphic design and desk top publishing by assisting with the layout and design of the actual leaflet. No previous experience required!

Lead Artist James Gow, Impact Arts, said:

“We've already hosted a session at St Saviours Primary School, with primary 5 and 6 pupils so this is an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved to make their mark on their community, and to get involved in a piece of history that is being rediscovered and celebrated. During the first workshops we looked at the heritage of Govan, who Sir William Pearce was and why he is so important as to have a statue commissioned in his honour. The next workshops will involve creative activities including drawing, photography and sculpture. It will be fun and informal and it’s very much ‘the more the merrier’ so come along with friends and family.”

From the end of March an interactive exhibition space will be located in the window of Impact Arts’ base on Govan Road (directly opposite the Lyceum) showcasing the work produced in sessions at the workshops.

You can read more about the project on the STV Local website.


The next Workshop will take place on Wednesday 17th April 11am-1pm.

The workshops will be held at Impact Arts’ Govan workshop, 847 Govan Road, Govan, Glasgow, G51 3UU.

No booking required.


To find out more please contact James Gow on:

0141 575 3001

07813 340858

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