Vote for Dick Institute in Tesco's Bags of Help Scheme

The Dick Institute's 'World War I Memorial Artwork' project has been shortlisted for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Bags of Help...

is Tesco’s exciting local grant scheme where the money raised from the government's 5p bag charge is being used to fund a large number of local projects to create or improve green spaces in communities' right across England, Scotland and Wales. These will range from building new parks and sports facilities, to woodland walks and community gardens: great places for our customers, colleagues and communities to enjoy.

 World War I Memorial Artwork

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Dick Institute's use as the largest auxiliary hospital in Ayrshire during World War I. The centenary is being marked by installation of a new public art work developed by public realm artists Pidgin Perfect in collaboration with Scottish Makar Poet Jackie Kay.

Jackie led a community writing event with local participants to help write a new poem which will be included in the art work. Primary 7 pupils from neighbouring Loanhead Primary School also took part in WWI visual art workshops, the results of which will be included in the final art work design.

The green space between the Dick Institute and Loanhead Primary School is the blank canvas where the new memorial will be installed. As part of the redevelopment of this public space for Kilmarnock, we would like to include planting of trees and shrubs that will add a new depth to the artwork and create a more natural, comfortable and reflective space for local pupils, residents and visitors to the site.

The planting will connect with the memorial nature of the artwork, and the themes of remembrance, reflections and seasonality picked out in the newly commissioned poem.

The planting will include two Sargent's Cherry trees, whose blossom in spring and red and golden leaves in autumn reflect the seasonal nature of the memorial in Jackie Kay's poem. These will be complemented by a white birch tree, which can be seen as a symbol of peace.

As well as the trees, planting will also be integrated into the design of the artwork, which will connect with scent - smell is a memory indicator and this will connect with the themes of the artwork and add depth to the experience of residents and visitors.


You can vote for this project at the following stores... 


To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website here:

Voting runs from now until the end of June 2017. The project with the highest number of votes will receive £5,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.

Thank you for your support.


Image above: Proposals for the site.

Image Right: Poet Jackie Kay pictured at the creative writing workshop held at the Dick Institute last year.