'Art of Billy Connolly' exhibition to open in Glasgow

media captionAn exhibition at the People's Palace in Glasgow shows another side to comedian Billy Connolly - as an artist.

A new exhibition showcasing artwork by Scots comedian and actor Billy Connolly is set to open in his home city.

More than 40 drawings and objects from his early career as a comedian and musician will go on display at the People's Palace in Glasgow on Friday.

Among the items will be Connolly's Big Banana Boots designed and made in 1975 by the Glasgow pop artist Edmund Smith.

Connolly's guitar made out of a White Horse Whisky box will also feature. The exhibition will run until 21 February.

Talking about the artwork, Connolly said: "I don't want them to be judged. I didn't want to put them in a position where people would like or dislike them.

image captionMore than 40 of Connolly's drawings will go on display from Friday

"They're little pals of mine. I'll always draw, I'll always do it."

Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost of Glasgow, said: "Billy Connolly needs no introduction to the people of Glasgow.

"His boundless talent as a comedian, actor and presenter makes him one of Scotland's most famous sons.

"Five years ago, Mr Connolly was made a Freeman of the City of Glasgow, so it is fitting that his extraordinary works of art are to be displayed in Glasgow for the city's people and visitors to enjoy."

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