Bus Party postcard, 1997

William McIlvanney at the Bus Party, 1997 tour

William McIlvanney at the Bus Party, 1997 tour

Accession Number: SPA.BP.1997.

In 1997, William McIlvanney led a group of fellow artists on a bus tour round Scotland in the run up to the referendum on the Scottish Parliament. They were listening to local people’s views on the kind of Scotland they wanted to live in after the referendum, whether they were voting Yes or No.

In May 2014 the Bus Party Listening Lugs tour went from Stromness to Stirling visiting 16 venues asking “What kind of Scotland do we want?” Artists included James Robertson, Karine Polwart, Billy Kay, Hamish Moore, Neal Ascherson and David Francis among others.

The Bus Party collection relating to 1997 and 2014 is now held within the SPA archive.