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The life of Alasdair Gray 1934-2019: Glasgow-born artist and author

EDM (Early Day Motion) 87: tabled on 21 January 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 36 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is deeply saddened at the passing of Glasgow-born artist, author and creative genius, Alasdair Gray, who died on 29 December 2019 aged 85, and sends its condolences and best wishes to all knew him; notes that Alasdair studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and became famous for his murals across the city, including Arcadia Theme, the stairwell mural in the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant on Ashton Lane, the ceiling of the Oran Mor auditorium, considered to be the largest public work of art in Scotland, and his most recent, the 40 foot mural for the entrance hall of Hillhead subway station in the West End of Glasgow, which includes local landmarks and, in Alasdair's own words, a section devoted to "all kinds of folk" and "folk of all kinds"; further notes that his body of work included the novels Lanark, and 1982, Janine, plays including The Fall of Kelvin Walker, and many works of poetry, short stories and polemic including Why Scots Should Rule Scotland, first published in 1992; believes that Alasdair's works have influenced, engaged, inspired and entertained many generations of artists and society at large, and that these works will continue to do so, representing a fitting legacy for a cultural giant.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Edinburgh North and Leith
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
North Ayrshire and Arran
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
East Lothian
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Livingston
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Midlothian
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Dunfermline and West Fife
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Glasgow South West
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Falkirk
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Airdrie and Shotts
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Ochil and South Perthshire
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Edinburgh South West
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Edinburgh East
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Inverclyde
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2020
North East Fife
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 January 2020
Strangford
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 22 January 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2020
Dundee West
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2020
Lanark and Hamilton East
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 January 2020
Glasgow North East
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2020
East Renfrewshire
Hanvey, Neale
Independent
Signed on 29 January 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 January 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 February 2020
Glenrothes
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2020
East Dunbartonshire

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.