New Memorial Space for Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire.

To mark the centenary of WWI, Pidgin Perfect and Jackie Kay have been commissioned to create a new memorial space for Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire.

Elmbank Square has been chosen as the location for the 'Artists Work in Public Places' project: the WWI Commemorative Memorial Artwork.

The site is neighboured by The Dick Institute which served as an auxiliary hospital during WWI, and the town’s War Memorial, which gives a rich context to respond to and a great source of inspiration for the artwork.

The Memorial Artwork aims to enhance pride of place in creating a public space for reminiscence and commemoration within Kilmarnock, drawing on personal stories, local history and the rich context to create a beautiful space.

Ahead of the creation of the memorial space, we would like to invite you to join a WWI Creative Workshop. During the session, participants will work with Jackie to provide inspiration and join in conversation as she develops her poetic response. The resulting poetic work will be incorporated into seating elements in the path and vertical markers.

The workshop which takes place on 4 August from 4.30 - 7.30pm will focus on reminiscence and shared stories, so please feel free to bring along memories, photographs and objects from your family that connect with the theme of remembrance, WWI and commemoration.


Booking is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the gallery desk at The Dick Institute on: 01563 55 43 43 to book your place, or for more information please email:

Pidgin Perfect is a creative studio who work to place the community at the heart of projects: combining research, participation & design to build better spaces across Scotland.

Jackie Kay is a renowned poet whose complex relationship with her Scottish identity provides inspiration for much of her work. Jackie was appointed as Scottish Makar in March this year.