About this artwork

Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead was born in Motherwell in 1947. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and taught art at schools in Glasgow and Bristol. In 1971 Lochhead published her first collection of poems, ‘Memo for Spring’, which won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. A female poet in a male-dominated field, her writings cross the boundaries of poetry, prose and drama. They are poignant and often humorous pieces that tell stories and question assumptions of female and Scottish identity. Often they also contain Gothic elements. In addition to poetry, she has written several theatrical pieces, the best-known being 'Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off', which dramatises the history of Scotland from the female point of view.

Vincent Butler

Vincent Butler

Born in Manchester, Butler studied at Edinburgh College of Art and under Marino Marini and Giacomo Manzù at the Brera Academy in Milan. In 1963 he returned to Scotland, taking up a post at Edinburgh College of Art which he held until 1989. He is one of the country's leading figurative sculptors, concentrating on the human figure. Bronze is his preferred medium, but Butler also works in stone and wood. He is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute.