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Exciting new project

Scarred FOR Life is an exciting new project - a special photo exhibition of adults born with CHD baring their scars in celebration of life. 

We are looking for eight people living in Scotland with CHD to be professionally photographed, showing their scar/s, for the project, which will be displayed at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in February 2015.

Email: BY FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2014 and tell us in 200 words (max) what your scar means to you. Include your full name, age, gender, ethnicity, address, telephone number, heart condition, location of your scar/s and confirm you would like to be photographed. Please read ‘The very important small print’ below.

The project is run by three ACHD volunteers on behalf of The Somerville Foundation – Liza Morton, our Campaign Manager in Scotland, Jenny Kumar and Caroline Wilson.

It aims to:
1. Tell the story of a population hidden in plain sight.
2. Empower patients living in Scotland and raise awareness of the unique needs of adults with CHD.
3. Raise the profile of The Somerville Foundation in Scotland, which supports young people and adults born with a heart condition.

Don’t want to be photographed?
If you’d rather not be photographed, we still want to hear what your scar means to you in 200 words (max). Email: and include your name (if you want to), age, gender, condition, and location of scar. All stories will be shared on

About the project
We’re delighted that the photo exhibition will be held in the Central Hall of Glasgow’s prestigious Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum from February 2015 until March 2015. Kelvingrove is one of the most visited museums in Scotland, welcoming more than 1 million visitors each year.

An invitation-only launch event will take place on Thursday 12th February 2015 at lunchtime. Further details coming soon.

The photo exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 13th February 2015 – in National Heart Awareness Month – and will run until Friday 13th March 2015.

The very important small print

1. ‘Adult’ means over 18 years of age. If you are under 25 we require you to bring identification on the day of the photo shoot. 

2. Photography participants MUST consent to be available to be photographed on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2014 in a studio in Glasgow with those images being used for marketing purposes (such as on a postcard, poster, website and GUCH News) in perpetuity. The date of the photographs cannot be changed so if you are not available then, you cannot take part.

3. Photography participants MUST consent to be interviewed by the media (newspapers, television, radio, blogs) about the exhibition and be available to attend the launch event at Kelvingrove on Thursday 12th February 2015 to publicise the exhibition to the general public and to understand that those interviews will be available in perpetuity across the UK and potentially worldwide.

4. Photography participants will be required to sign a release form to consent to the use of their image.

5. Travel expenses are covered for photography participants to attend the photography shoot at a studio in Glasgow and the lunchtime launch event at Kelvingrove in Glasgow on Thursday 12 February 2015.

6. We only have eight spots for the photo exhibition and in order to show the diversity of people born with CHD, we want to ensure that the people we photograph fairly represent age, gender, ethnicity, geography and heart condition.

7. The deadline for your stories to the photography exhibition is Friday 21st November 2014.

8. We will contact the eight participants week commencing Monday 24th November 2014 to confirm details and make arrangements for the photography shoot.

9. All stories will be shared on nearer the time of the exhibition.

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