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Arts / Climate banners to go on show in Glasgow

From left to right: Martin Henderson, Zandra Polson, Vivian Ross-Smith, Gina Leslie, Margaret Hunter, Hannah Simpson, Rose Hunter. Not pictured: Cheryl Gifford.

CLIMATE change banners which were made by adults with disabilities in Shetland will go on display in Glasgow in January.

Local artist Vivian Ross-Smith was recently commissioned by Glasgow-based organisation Project Ability to run banner making workshops to mark the COP26 climate conference, which is now underway in Glasgow.

She worked with two groups, supporting them to explore their concerns on climate change.

The group explored a number of issues, from local wind farms to concerns over rising sea levels, energy consumption and overuse of plastic.

It is part of a wider, national project supporting people with learning disabilities and ASD [autism spectrum disorder] to have their concerns on climate change seen and heard.

All of the banners will come together and be displayed side by side in Project Ability’s gallery at Trongate 103, Glasgow in January 2022.

Ross-Smith said: “I centred our sessions around positive discussion, ensuring each participant could raise their concerns and feel empowered to encourage real change.

“Everyone worked so hard, produced excellent work and we are all very excited for the banners to be exhibited in Glasgow.”

Zandra Polson, who participated in the workshop, said: “It is good that we have been making these banners to help fight climate change.”

Fellow participant Margaret Hunter added: “I think my banner is wonderful – it’s so nice, I am very happy with it. We are sending this down to Glasgow.

“The sea is rough and floating away the people. They are drowning in the water because the sea is higher and that makes me feel not happy.”