Erskine Sculpture Trail

The Erskine Sculpture trail officially opened in August 2022 in the grounds of the Erskine Veterans Village in Bishopton. 

The trail consists of 10 sculptures, created by Artists in Residence Gill White and James Winnett in collaboration with Erskine residents. Nestled among the trees in the tranquil surroundings of the Erskine Estate, the Sculpture Trail is testament to the creativity and joy residents experienced working alongside the artists to create a lasting display. The sculptures draw on nature, and the memories and stories of the Erskine residents, to create an interactive experience. 

The Luminate project was devised with the aim of engaging with residents in new ways and bring artistic talents to the fore. Luminate and Erskine have worked together since 2017, originally as part of a programme called Unforgotten Forces, a partnership of 16 charities supporting older veterans across Scotland.  James and Gill were the first resident artists and worked closely with Erskine residents on a wide range of creative activities, from photography to poetry and from soundscapes to painting. Although interrupted by the pandemic, they returned to Erskine in summer 2021 to complete the art trail project. 

Creative activities, such as those Gill and James brought to Erskine, play a valuable role in residents’ care. Those taking part revelled in the true sense of accomplishment that these new pursuits brought them. 

Our residents all have different abilities and live with things that impact on those, whether that is living with dementia, reduced mobility or loss of independence or confidence.  Erskine always had an extensive programme of social and recreational activities to support residents’ well-being, however we did not have the expertise on art and artistic expression that Gill and James provided.  Our residents loved the full and colourful range of artistic activities that Gill and James brought to Erskine.

Derek Barron, Director of Care Erskine

Erskine chief executive officer, Ian Cumming, takes a closer look at one of the sculptures in the company of project artists James Winnett and Gill White.

The artists

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    James Winnett Artist and stone carver

    James Winnett is an artist, stone carver and workshop leader based in Glasgow

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    Gill White Artist

    Gill is a multidisciplinary artist working in art, design and film

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