What's on at People's Palace

What's on at People's Palace

Billy Connolly - Portrait of a Lifetime

The People's Palace welcomes a new display in the form of three protraits of the comedian and Glasgow icon, Billy Connolly to mark his 75th birthday in November 2017. 

Opening on 15 June 2017, the works are specially created portraits of Billy by artists John Byrne, Jack Vettriano and Rachel Maclean, who recently represented Scotland in the Venice Biennale.

John Byrne has created a portrait of Billy as he is now, while Jack Vettriano's  painting depicts the comedian’s World Tour of Scotland series in 1994, featuring a windblown Billy on a storm-lashed coast near John O’Groats.  Rachel Maclean has created a digital print of Billy - in a specially created outfit, replete with motifs from his career such as ‘mini bike parked in bum’ epaulettes, a sporran with an ‘aged’ nose sprouting hair and make-up reflecting his famous ‘pale blue Scotsman’ joke with representations of Glasgow life past and present in the background.

The new display at the People's Palace conincides with work being carried out across the city as part of Glasgow City Council’s City Centre Mural Trail project which will see the portraits recreated as three indivdual murals more than 16m (50ft) high on buildings at Osbourne Street, Dixon Street and Gallowgate - literally making Billy Connolly part of the architecture of his home city on a major scale.

The work will be showcased, across the country, in a specially commissioned BBC Scotland programme Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime which will be transmitted in June 2017.​ 


Create your own Billy masterpiece

And now it is your turn! Glasgow Life and BBC ARTS have teamed up to give you the chance to share your own masterpiece of the much beloved Scottish comedian and actor, Billy Connolly.

If you're a budding artist or an artistically-minded Billy Connolly super-fan perhaps you'd like to show off your talents? Why not have a go at your own Billy Connolly portrait and share it with us. It could be an old photo you took of Billy when you met him in the 1970s, or a brand new oil painting, line drawing or even a sculpture!

Whatever your medium, take a photo and post your portrait on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #BigYinPortrait.

The most impressive works will be published by BBC Arts in a digital gallery and could catch the attention of our partners at The People's Palace, Glasgow whose forthcoming Billy Connolly exhibition featuring these original portraits by Vettriano, Maclean and Byrne has room for a handful of the best public works chosen by them.

Competition will run from 18 May - 20 November 2017. Entries will start to be shown each month from 13 July 2017 until the end of December 2017. So the sooner you get your entry in the sooner you might see your work of art on display in the People's Palace! 


#BigYinPortrait - TERMS & CONDITIONS 

To be a part of the BBC ARTS Billy Connolly people's portrait project, simply include an image of your artwork on a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram post including the hashtag #BigYinPortrait or email us your image with some simple details to bbcarts@bbc.co.uk. Competition will be open from 18 May - 20 November 2017.  By uploading your work of art and using this hashtag you agree that the BBC and Glasgow Life can publish your work as part of articles and other media in connection the Billy Connolly portrait project. Please ensure the work is your own. If sending by email please give your name, age and location. Thank you!​


Other displays at the People's Palace

The Welcome Room

On The Green

Gaun the Messages: Shops & Shopping in Glasgow​


There is also a regular range of events on at the People's Palace, from exhibitions to family friendly workshops and self-led trails around the museum. 

To find out what’s on each day, you can viewour full list of events HERE.  

If you would like an overview of what events are planned forr the next three months, please see the downloadable version of our What’s On Guides HERE​

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