Art association

West Lothian Arts Association celebrates 50th anniversary in style

Over 50 years of premium art production by members of the Livingston Art Association has been celebrated by the West Lothian Council.

Marshal Tom Kerr recently hosted a civic reception for the Livingston Art Association (LAA) in the city’s main arts venue, the Howden Park Center.

Members of the group joined with guests including Vice-President Cathy Muldoon, West Lothian Council Chief Lawrence Fitzpatrick and council officers to mark the milestone.

After the provost welcomed everyone to the meeting, LAA President Chris Gorman gave a brief history of the association which began in 1970. Anniversary celebrations were postponed until 2020 due to the pandemic of covid-19.

Provost Kerr presented LAA with a special plaque to mark their half-century, LAA returning the gift by presenting the council with a painting of their tutor, local artist Elaine Russell.

LAA member Sam Bahia then gave the council a surprise gift with a beautiful photo of the local landmark, Linlithgow Palace, before Executive Councilor for Culture and Leisure, Andrew McGuire, cast a vote of thanks to everyone.

The lobby at Howden Park Center has been fitted out with some of the excellent art produced by LAA members, much of which was seen by the public in a very successful display in an empty store at Livingston Designer Outlet recently.

Provost Tom Kerr said: “It was a real pleasure to belatedly celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Livingston Art Association with a civic reception.

“The talented group makes a huge contribution to the Livingston community, and the standard of many of their work is incredibly high.”

For more information on LAA, please visit

Stay tuned for the latest news from the West Lothian Courier. Subscribe to our free newsletter here