Library is at the art of book week

A new permanent artwark was unveiled at a village library last week as part a drive by Scottish Book Week to get people reading.

‘We Make New’ was created by artist Bobby Sayers and takes the form of 16 large square digital prints, featuring words and images, mounted on aluminium frames that will be displayed outside the library.

It is hoped that the artwork will encourage the local community to visit their library and begin or continue their reading journey.

Artist Bobby Sayers said: “I think this project is positive for everyone involved. ‘We Make New’ wishes to take the viewer on a journey. To see the library in a new way, to re-imagine, to highlight the ordinary and to show value to the undervalued. As an emerging artist this opportunity has given me a chance to work at a higher level and be more ambitious. I have learnt a lot and met some great people.”

The artwork was inspired by ‘Dear Library’, a poem written by bestselling Scottish author and playwright Jackie Kay as part of Book Week Scotland.

Dear Library highlights the important role that libraries can play at every stage of an individual’s life, from childhood to old age. Bobby was given one verse of the poem to inspire his artwork, which focuses on the inspiration libraries hold for aspiring writers and teenage readers. The full poem can be read on the Book Week Scotland website.

Jackie said: “It’s absolutely vital that we tell libraries why we love them so that we can keep their doors open, and with those open doors, our minds and hearts.

“A library card in your hand is your democracy. Reading expands the boundaries of your own possibilities and opens doors to your future life. A closed library could only welcome a closed mind. A library card is a passport to a whole new world, a boundless world without restrictive borders.”