Kirsty Mackay

Wee John on the border between Drumchapel and Bearsden, where male life expectancy varies by 12 years depending on which side of the divide you...

About this artwork

Where you are born affects your life expectancy. John is pictured on the border between Drumchapel, an impoverished area of Glasgow, and the wealthy suburb of Bearsden in East Dunbartonshire. Despite their proximity, male life expectancy varies by twelve years depending on which side of the divide you come from. This statistic demonstrates the inequality of provision that exists between local authorities – and highlights where more investment is needed. This portrait is part of the series The Fish That Never Swam which explores the reasons for Glasgow’s lower life expectancy.

Published March 2022

  • artist:
    Kirsty Mackay (born 1970)
  • title:
    Wee John on the border between Drumchapel and Bearsden, where male life expectancy varies by 12 years depending on which side of the divide you come from
  • date created:
    2019; printed 2021
  • materials:
    Inkjet print
  • measurements:
    50.80 x 60.96 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Art Fund
  • accession number:
    PGP 1031.3
  • gallery:
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Kirsty Mackay

Kirsty Mackay