Adam Christie project coming to an end

Dave Ramsay with the Historic Scotland plaque at Sleepyhillock dedicated to Adam Christie
Dave Ramsay with the Historic Scotland plaque at Sleepyhillock dedicated to Adam Christie

An eight-year project to gain recognition for Montrose “outsider artist” Adam Christie is coming to an end.

A sculpture dedicated to Christie will be unveiled at Sleepyhillock Cemetery, where he is buried in a pauper’s grave, on Monday (January 25) at 11am.

Adam Christie came from Shetland in 1901 to receive treatment at Sunnyside Hospital, and there he developed a skill for stone sculptures.

Arbroath sculptor Brian Wyllie was commissioned to create the piece of art.

Dave Ramsay, who is behind the project, struggled to find an artist to produce “a fitting tribute to Adam”.

He said: “Finding Brian was a real turning point, as Brian not only knew the full story of Adam, but like him was self-taught in stone sculpture, and also Brian designed and used his own tools, including six inch nails, the same way Adam did so many years before.”

Dr Cheryl McGeachan, of Glasgow University, who is researching links between mental illness and “outsider art”, will speak at the event. Beth Wyllie, a music teacher, will play a tune she has composed in Christie’s memory.