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Glasgow hosts disabled artists ahead of major disability conference

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander sat for a portrait by Project Ability artists at the city’s St Enoch Centre on 3 August.

Project Ability is a collective of artists with learning disabilities in Glasgow. Lord Provost is a role similar to mayor, convening local authorities in the city.

Bolander was promoting community engagement on the topic Future4All, the theme of the upcoming World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD).

IASSIDD began yesterday, 6 August, at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

Project Ability learning disabled artists spent the day at the St Enoch shopping centre, which welcomed over 40,000 visitors. They showcased their artistic talents and offered free portraits to members of the public.




Elisabeth Gibson, executive artistic director, 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.”

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions, 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.”