Billy Connolly’s art exhibition to open in Glasgow

Councillor Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost of Glasgow, tries out some of the Connolly memorabilia. Picture: John Devlin
Councillor Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost of Glasgow, tries out some of the Connolly memorabilia. Picture: John Devlin
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A NEW exhibition of artwork created by Billy Connolly over his five-decade career in entertainment will today open in his home city.

From sketches and studies through to props and esoteric musical instruments, the show at Glasgow’s People’s Palace will consist of dozens of works produced by the comedian and actor.

Although the comic is best known for his stand-up tours and television work, the exhibits reveal another side to his character, with several self-portraits among those works being shown.

The exhibition also includes items made for Connolly, such as the oversized banana boots created in 1975 by Glasgow pop artist Edmund Smith, as well as other works held in the collection of Glasgow Museums. Connolly’s guitar made out of a White Horse Whisky box will feature, too.

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Talking about his second career as an artist, Connolly said he was not looking for critical praise, explaining: “I don’t want them to be judged. I didn’t want to put them in a position where people would like or dislike them. They’re little pals of mine. I’ll always draw, I’ll always do it.”

Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost of Glasgow, said: “Billy Connolly needs no introduction to the people of Glasgow.

“His boundless talent as a comedian, actor and presenter makes him one of Scotland’s most famous sons.

“Five years ago, Mr Connolly was made a freeman of the City of Glasgow, so it is fitting that his extraordinary works of art are to be displayed in Glasgow for the city’s people and visitors to enjoy.”

The exhibition will run until 21 February next year.