The invitation to place a selection of Scotland’s most interesting, innovative and well-crafted design into not only the Scottish Parliament, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s personal office is a reflection of the strength of Scotland’s vibrant design industry. The ten pieces of work we have selected represent the best of contemporary Scottish creativity. To be rotated on a rolling basis, the pieces will act as talking points for visitors and guests of the First Minister. The collection provides an opportunity to promote the industry, process, place and people behind Scottish design. As a changing collection it is intended to be an evolving environment that demonstrates Scotland’s diverse, modern and world class design community.
“Scotland is home to world class artists and designers and I’m proud to be able to support the sector through the Local Heroes project. I welcome visitors from both home and abroad and across the public and private sectors to my office at parliament and it’s a privilege to help raise the profile of Scotland’s exceptional design expertise. The initial collection has already been positively received, with well-deserved praise from visitors. I look forward to welcoming further collections in the future.”
– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister
“This collection not only celebrates the richness of design practice in Scotland today, it also demonstrates the range of ideas and origins that form Scotland’s design community. From technical sophistication to spectacular aesthetics, this work reflects the wealth of ideas and the breadth of influences that exist in Scotland today. Emblematic of Scotland’s desire to be understood as an open, contemporary, creative place.”
– Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland
The First Minister’s Local Heroes Collection is made possible with the support of the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and will be exhibited within the First Minister’s personal office at The Scottish Parliament.