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Glasgow’s First Citizen supports IASSIDD World Congress through art

Ahead of the World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD), being held in Glasgow, the city’s First Citizen, Eva Bolander, posed for a portrait by Project Ability artists.

As part of the IASSIDD, which kicks off at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on Tuesday 6 August, Project Ability, an initiative which showcases the artistic talents of those with learning disabilities, held painting sessions at the St Enoch Centre over the weekend.

The artists offered free portraits to members of the public and First Citizen Eva Bolander, was one of 40,000 people who visited the centre that day.

Elisabeth Gibson, executive artistic director at Project Ability, said: “Project Ability is excited to contribute to the IASSIDD World Congress in Glasgow. We really enjoyed organising the exhibition element of the event and felt it fitted perfectly with the Future4all theme.

“We work to inspire creativity and confidence in artists with learning disabilities so being part of this meant a lot to us and our artists.”

The portrait event also formed part of Glasgow Convention Bureau’s People Make Glasgow Healthier initiative, launched earlier this year. It supports medical associations holding conferences in the city by taking their key conference messages into communities.

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “People Make Glasgow Healthier is a platform for medical associations to really engage with the people of Glasgow through a varied range of activities.

“It’s about bringing positive and informed health messages to our citizens and encouraging real-world interactions that extend beyond conference seminars to deliver a genuine and lasting legacy from hosting these meetings.”

There will be a further opportunity for engagement when the congress holds a public debate on Wednesday 7 August at the SEC on the topic: “What do you need to live a full life in your community?”, which will be facilitated by Ulster University’s professor, Roy McConkey. It will feature panel discussions and contributions from the floor, it’s free to attend.