Port William on the coast of south west Scotland features a bronze statue of a fisherman by award winning local artist Andrew Brown.
Brown was born in Stranraer in 1976 and now lives and works in West Sussex. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art, achieving a 2:1 in Fine Art and concentrating on the history of Scottish Painting.
In 2000 he was received the BNFL Hunterstone Award and the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society Award. In 2004, Andrew was asked to create a piece of sculpture to be sited at Port William village harbour on a piece of empty ground. The brief was to produce a sculpture to reflect the local people, their interests and their relationship with the environment in which they live.
He designed and sculpted a life size bronze figure staring out to sea. The statue was unveiled on the 4th June 2005, and has very popular with both locals and tourists.
His original sculpture was made of ferro-concrete and began to deteriorate. The local community set up an appeal to raise money to recast the statue in bronze. The appeal managed to raise the £22,000 needed to ensure that “The Man” became a permanent fixture at Port William.
The fundraising effort including a grant of £2,500 from Mid Galloway Area Committee plus funds gathered from a collecting box alongside the statue, donations and local fundraising events.
Andrew was also commissioned to produce the Robert the Bruce Sculpture for the town of Annan. The bronze was unveiled by Lord Bruce in January 2010. The figure had to be installed 30ft up on a small plinth attached to the front of a prominent public building. Andrew worked with the museum of warfare in Edinburgh to ensure that it was historically accurate in terms of costume and equipment.
The budget for the entire project was £40,000 and involved the co-ordination of bronze casters and scaffolders. Andrew also created the Winchburgh Miner in West Lothian, working closely with the Auldcathie Trust. Thorough research is a vital part of the task of creating historical sculptures with local people invited to give their opinions on the project.
If you would like to know more about the work of Andrew Brown there are further details and photographs on his website at andrewbrownsculpture.co.uk.