Burns portrait is simply Bru-tiful

A talented student from Milngavie was filled with pride to see her mural of Robert Burns on display at The Scottish Parliament.

Glasgow Clyde College student, Iona McLean (19), was thrilled to see the piece of art that she had helped to create exhibited inside The Scottish Parliament for Holyrood’s annual Burns Supper.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among those to attend its unveiling and she personally praised the students behind it.

Iona, who studies skills for life and work at the college, worked with her classmates to create a collage portrait from recycled packaging from traditional Scottish products, including more than 175 Irn-Bru bottle tops and Tunnock’s teacake wrappers.

She said: “I’ve never done anything like this before so was really proud to get to come and see our picture on display in the parliament. We spent lots of time collecting materials and sorting them all out before we made the picture, so it’s great that all our hard work has paid off.”

Anniesland MSP Bill Kidd, who helped ensure the artwork went on display at the parliament, said: “I think it’s incredibly important that students get recognised for the fantastic work they do.

“I am absolutely delighted that so many people will have the opportunity to view this wonderful piece of art at The Scottish Parliament’s annual Burns Supper. The amount of work the students have put into this project is astonishing – the finished piece is very artistic and incredibly clever.”

Carol Riddet, skills for life and work lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “The course is designed for young people who have additional support needs and wish to improve their independence and employability skills. The students spent several weeks working on the mural, which aims to pay homage to some of Scotland’s best-known products and brands. Seeing the picture on display was incredible and I am so proud of the students.”