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Artist Eleanor Carlingford with Jackie Baillie MSP at the opening of Paladin on the Ramparts, Art Pistol Gallery, Glasgow

Jackie Baillie MSP visited Art Pistol gallery in Glasgow on Sat 31st August to see works by her Dumbarton constituent and SCAN member Eleanor Carlingford.

Eleanor lives and works in Argyll and Bute. Primarily an abstract painter, her works deal with ideas around identity. She has pursued a varied career from translating to journalism and broadcasting, relationship counselling and theatrical costume manufacture before turning, in her forties, to painting.  She decided then to pursue the honours degree course in fine art painting at The Glasgow School of Art and graduated in June 2005.

She was keen to see Jackie Baillie’s response to her paintings and talked to her about the importance of maintaining classes in the creative arts, drama and music, and the good impact they have on mental health which is a pet subject.

Eleanor said: “Jackie agreed wholeheartedly with this last issue, emphasising the case of The Vale Of Leven school in her constituency where participation in creative activities has been not only maintained but developed despite austerity.”

Paladin on the Ramparts by Eleanor Carlingford continues at Art Pistol Gallery throughout September.

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