A portrait of Dr Winnie Ewing will be unveiled in a short presentation taking place outside the Members’ Restaurant today.
As the oldest MSP elected in 1999, Dr Ewing chaired the first sitting of Parliament on 12 May until a Presiding Officer was elected later that day.
The portrait, painted by the late artist David Donaldson, has been loaned to the Parliament in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of this first sitting.
Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson MSP said: “I am pleased to welcome Dr Ewing back to the Scottish Parliament on the tenth anniversary of the Parliament’s first meeting. I know only too well how intimidating it can be to take the Presiding Officer’s chair, so can only imagine her feelings as she presided over the first meeting.
"The portrait not only highlights this important date in our history, but will also be a welcome addition to the existing portraiture in the Parliament’s Art Collection.”
Following the unveiling, the portrait will be displayed in the Members’ Lobby, near the entrance to the Members’ Restaurant. The Presiding Officer will then host a lunch in the Members’ Restaurant in Dr Ewing’s honour.
The Parliament’s anniversary programme aims to build on ten years of Engagement activities by ensuring there are activities for all, taking place across Scotland . Following the original announcement of the programme in October 2008, details of planned activities are as follows:
- Monday 27 April - ‘Moving Stories – 10 people. 10 experiences. 10 years of the Scottish Parliament’ - an interactive exhibition demonstrating ten people’s experiences of interacting with the Scottish Parliament in its first ten years. The exhibition opened in Glasgow on Monday 27 April and is travelling around Scotland for the rest of the year. Full venue details are listed in the background of this news release.
- Friday 26 June - The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will host a reception at the Palace of Holyrood house for all Members and their guests.
- Wednesday 1 July - Holyrood will welcome Her Majesty The Queen on 1 July to mark the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Parliament. In the morning, exactly ten years on from the Parliament receiving its full legislative powers, The Queen will address MSPs in the Chamber before meeting ‘1 July babies’, children born on 1 July 1999. Full details are included in our news release.
- A search is on to find the 25th quote for the Canongate Wall. Deadline for entries is 31 August 2009.
- A tartan design competition among Scotland ’s textile students. Read our news release for more details.
- A range of new partnerships aimed at working with three specific groups who are under-represented in parliamentary engagement: disabled people, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, and hard-to-reach young people. Read our news releases for more details.
- A new conference aimed specifically at community groups to provide more information about how to engage via the political system on local and national issues.
- New educational events designed to attract and engage a wider cross-section of young people with the Parliament and political issues.
- The Parliament will also seek to mark the 10th anniversary through existing events such as the Festival of Politics and the annual Dewar Debate.