I was pleased to welcome Gabrielle Joy Henderson, winner of the East Dunbartonshire Schools Art Competition, to the Scottish Parliament to unveil her portrait of political reformer, Thomas Muir.
Thomas Muir (1765-1799) was persecuted and eventually banished in 1793 for his work to champion reform, freedom of speech and voting rights for all. Gabrielle’s portrait was painted to marked the 250th anniversary of Muir’s birth.
Gabrielle has dramatically portrayed the disfigurement of Thomas Muir, the Scottish political reformer who campaigned for democracy, freedom of speech and voting rights for all at huge personalcost.
The Schools Art Competition helped celebrate the 250th anniversary of Thomas Muir’s birth and we are proud and pleased to be able to display Gabrielle’s winning portrait at the Parliament until January.
You can come and see Gabrielle’s work at the Scottish Parliament between now and January. See www.visitparliament.scot/welcome for information about visiting.