Shop item of the week features this beautiful sculpture of two cats. Shown from the back in this photo, you can see their two tails wrapped together into the shape of a love heart. Made from black clay, this small piece of sculpture is a one-off original by Project Ability artist Christina SooJa Massey. It measures 12 x 15 x 12 cm and is priced at £30. More photos can be seen in our online shop. You can purchase this piece either in our gallery shop at Trongate 103 or online.
Artwork of the week features this adorably troublesome dynamic duo. Straight off the television and into the creative imagination of artist Ruth Mutch, these two penguins represent Walter and Jesse off the enormously popular programme Breaking Bad. We all are familiar with these two characters and seeing them in the guise of the penguin throws an interesting and somewhat ironic twist to their personas.
'Penguins on Screen' is an exhibition of new work by Ruth Mutch, and each piece depicts the characters of some of her favourite programmes and films, all through the cute and playful penguin. Ruth has had a long-standing adoration of the penguin, and many of her penguin artworks can be found on her Penguin Parade website. Ruth works both free-hand and on the computer, and with the help of her mother she has developed many penguin themed products such as mugs, pencil cases, coasters and more. A small selection of these are currently for sale in our shop. There are a few of Ruth's artworks listed on our online shop and even more in the actual gallery shop.
The show is up in our Gallery II until the 13th of April. 'Penguins on Screen' sits beside 'Cats... the 2nd instalment', which is in our main gallery space. Both shows are sure to put a smile on your face.
It’s been a while since our walking group has ventured south of the river so a visit to Tramway in Pollokshields was something to look forward to.
The walk from the city centre is a good leg stretcher with plenty of interest along the way. Tramway had three exhibitions to entertain the group; a video by Berlin based Oliver Laric, some large scale sculptures by Claire Barclay and a group show by the Tramway over 55s art group.
There was also time for a turn round the Hidden Gardens for those that felt like more walking before getting the bus back into town.
You can find out what’s on in Tramway on their website: http://www.tramway.org
Project Ability and C-Change have received £40,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Ladysbridge Hospital Project, in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Led by a project team managed by Project Ability and C-Change, the project focuses on the heritage of people with learning disabilities living in Aberdeenshire and nationally.
The project will enable people with learning disabilities who had lived at Ladysbridge Hospital in Banff, research the history of the hospital and the social history of people with learning disabilities and changing social conditions. Working with professional artists and supported by social care staff, the NHS Grampian Archivist and leading learning disability advocacy services, people with learning disabilities will share their stories in words and pictures to build a unique archive.
Ladysbridge Hospital was opened in 1865 and closed in 2003 and as many ex-patients had connections to the local area they remain to this day in and around Aberdeen having for the most part moved into their own accommodation. These people are now in their fifties, sixties and older and they want their stories to be documented and shared with their community. The project launch is on Tuesday 16th May, at Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre and is taking place to mark Learning Disability Week 2017. It is an opportunity to reflect on how the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland changed and how we can learn lessons from the past.
Commenting on the award, Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Director, Project Ability said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The story of how people with learning disabilities were treated in the not too distant past is a timely reminder of how much society has changed and how people with learning disabilities contribute to our communities.”
Sheryl Walker, PR & Projects Development Manager, C-Change said “We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery has provided the opportunity for C-Change and Project Ability to collaborate on a 2nd social history project. Ladysbridge Hospital is key part of Aberdeenshire's history and this project will help to raise awareness of how learning disability perception and policy has evolved over the years. It will be a privilege working with some of the ex-residents of Ladysbridge to share their personal memories of their experience of life in the hospital.”
Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to help communities learn about and take pride in their local heritage as well as training in new skills. Learning about history can be rewarding, fascinating and fun, and the story of Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff is no exception.”
(Images from the Lennox Castle Project)
This week’s Artwork of the Week is Lots of Cats by Ross Agnew. Lots of Cats is currently on display in Project Ability’s main gallery as part of our current exhibition, CATS… the 2nd instalment. This beautifully vibrant and playful piece combines paint and coloured pen on canvas to portray a cheerful group of feline friends playing amongst the flowers. Ross Agnew is a young artist who participates in Project Ability’s Create programme, and developed this piece over a period of several weeks. Often drawn to animals as a subject, Ross has made several fantastic cat themed pieces recently, and in fact one of these, Two Cats is also included in CATS… the 2nd instalment.
You can see Ross’s work in CATS… the 2nd instalment until 13 April. With over 40 artists on show, and over sixty artworks, this show is a must-see, particularly if you are a cat lover. Running alongside CATS, in Gallery II, we are showcasing new work by Ruth Mutch in Penguins on Screen, a unique exhibition of penguins in disguise as actors from our favourite television programs. Another show definitely not to be missed!
It seems that Milngavie is one of our walking group’s favourite destinations as they made another return visit there last week. One of the regular walkers lives there so he has good local knowledge of the best places to go for a dander.
First stop was Tannoch Loch, a small body of water with a broad range of waterfowl that came to the water’s edge to greet the group and be photographed.
One of the great attractions to Milngavie is the Lillie Gallery. The group have been to several exhibitions there and it has yet to disappoint. An exhibition of portraits of Scottish writers by photographer Angela Catlin filled the walls of the main gallery and in the two smaller galleries there were some paintings from the Lillie collection and a group show of work by artists from Dunoon. This last show was the main attraction for the group as one of our Project Ability tutors, Sandi Kiehlmann, was showing some of her latest textile pieces.
You can find out more about Lillie Gallery by clicking here.
Shop Item of the Week time yet again, and this week we are featuring a rather wonderful digital print - this is ‘Eeveelution’ by Ruth Mutch! Ruth's penguins are - as always - expertly realised, a joy to behold, and just adorable. This print can be yours for as little as £25 from our online shop, so get a move on and capture it!
Artwork of the week is this painting in acrylic on canvas by Project Ability artist Harris Burnett. 'Domain' is in our current exhibition, 'CATS, the 2nd Instalment'. This painting seems to playfully point out what any cat owner is well aware of : the cat is in charge and can rule the house as its own domain however it sees fit. This feline is surely well loved as the portait in the corner of the paintings shows. One can guess that the chair it is jumping off of is 'the cats chair', and no one else is allowed on it when the cat is about.
Our CATS exhibition is full of an amazing variety of these furry friends. If you are a cat lover then this show is a must-see. With over 40 artists on show, and over sixty artworks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In our Gallery II we are showcasing new work by Ruth Mutch. 'Penguins on Screen' is a unique exhibtion of penguins in disguise as actors from our favourite television programs. Both shows are up until April 15th.
Found Impressions is a new film from Project Ability! The film was recently shown as part of Found Impressions..., an exhibition of work created by children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities, delivered by Project Ability in partnership with Glasgow Print Studio, PAMIS, The DASH Club and The Anchor Centre.
The film captures the making process and and offers an opportunity to hear parents, tutors and staff speak about their experiences.
Click here to see photos from Found Impressions..., the exhibition, and look out for a forthcoming publication, coming very soon!
For this week's Shop Item of the Week, we bring you Zebras, a brand new, limited edition poster by Brian McGinnis.
You could have this group of friendly zebras on your wall for only £6! We think they would also make a fantastic gift. Available online now, or from our gallery shop.
If you would like to have your poster framed, we can do that for you! Please contact the gallery on 0141 552 2822 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The framed price is £40.00 + delivery.
We're celebrating the closing of two exhibitions this week with another brilliant slip-cast telephone made by Project Ability's Cameron Morgan. This candy coloured phone is the last in a series of slip-cast telephones which looks back at the evolution of this marvelous invention! 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' has been on show in our Gallery II for the past month, and tomorrow is the final day. Each of the phones on display is an edition of five, and each one is priced at £180. Read more about Cameron on his webpage, or check out the brand new TV Classics website to see what Cameron has been up to over the past year.
Tomorrow sees the final day of this exhibition as well as The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World; a beautiful exhibition of paintings and drawings made by six very talented artists from the West Midlands who have been involved in a mentoring programme with acclaimed portrait artist Tanya Raabe-Webber.
"For anyone who has yet to visit The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane, now is a good time to go as the place is heaving with interesting exhibitions. Mind you, even without the exhibitions it’s a great place to visit as from the top of the building there are wonderful views across the city in every direction.
On the day that our group visited, the lift to the indoor viewing platform was out of order so they bravely took the tower staircase up to the outdoor one. It’s quite a tiring climb but the views from the top make it more than worth the effort.
After some time in the Lighthouse looking at the views and the exhibitions the group took a walk across to the nearby St Enoch Centre to have a look in The Unexpected Artist.
This is a relatively new shop which houses an exhibition space and a couple of areas for resident artists to work in. The group were welcomed by one of the artists who carried on working on his painting while the group had a look around.
A fine day for views and viewings."
More information about the Unexpected Artist can be found here.
This week's Shop Item of the Week is Four Little Birds by Liz Blair.
This beautifully vibrant painting is perfect for springtime and is available from our gallery shop or online for only £50! These little birds are sure to fly off the shelf soon, so be quick!
Artwork of the week features this beautiful painting on canvas by ReConnect artist JM Boyce. The Doberman Pinscher has a perfect sheen to his coat and it’s colouring is complimented by the deep magenta flowers and green foliage in the back ground.
JM Boyce is extremely gifted in painting and this subject matter is her specialty. She has been painting many different types of dogs for several years at the Project Ability studios, and, as is visible here, she has perfected the art. This painting measures 70 x 50 cm which makes the dog just about life size. It is picture perfect in every last detail and stroke of the brush. If you would like to see more of this artist’s work please contact the gallery.
"I was very excited when Project Ability asked me to co-curate this exhibition with them.
The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World is an exhibition of the work of five learning disabled, and one non-disabled, artists who I have been mentoring and supporting back home in Shropshire and Birmingham.
The artists all have their own unique style of working and the themes are all very different too. There are landscapes, mood landscapes, trains, motorways, Japanese gardens, portraits, and abstract forms. Curating this exhibition meant that I had to really look hard to seek out the connections and relationships that were present in the works so that each artists work complimented the others.
I worked very closely with Heather, Project Ability's Exhibitions Coordinator on this. We unwrapped and laid the artwork around the gallery, stood back, looked, moved the work around into different positions and talked about the artists’ work and creative processes. This gave us a kind of story to tell; the artists’ journey in their creative professional development as they made their work over the last 12 months, as part of their mentoring and for this exhibition.
This is the first time that the artists have exhibited outside of the West Midlands in a professional gallery. It was important that the exhibition shows a strong cultural identity as well as showcasing the artists’ creative and artistic development through the mentoring.
The artists themselves will be visiting their exhibition 22-25 February through an Arts Council England and Lottery funded cultural exchange trip #Take6. I can't wait to see their reactions when they see their exhibition."
The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World continues until Saturday 25 February, open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm.
Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you this rather fetching canvas bag, hand painted by the ever popular artist Tommy Mason. Amazingly, this bag is only £15 from our online shop, so you'd better be quick if you fancy purchasing something truly unique!
This week, our Artwork of the Week is this beautiful plaster relief by young artist Aymen Sohail.
A wonderful exploration of mark making, Aymen has brought together a range of shapes and forms to create a vibrant and cheerful landscape complete with sunshine, grass, trees and even a stripy zebra.
You can see Aymen’s piece currently on display in Project Ability’s third floor Project Space as part of ‘Found Impressions…’ Delivered by Project Ability in partnership with Glasgow Print Studio, PAMIS, The DASH Club and The Anchor Centre, ‘Found Impressions…’ is an exhibition celebrating the work created by children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities, and includes a short film capturing the making process.
Exhibition dates: 13-18 February 2017
Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm (closed Tuesday afternoon)
Our walking group didn't stray too far from home last week with visits to some nearby arts venues.
First stop was The Briggait, a magnificent historic building next to the river Clyde and headquarters of Wasps studios. The building was Glasgow's fish market for over 100 years and after a short spell as a shopping centre in the early 1980s, it lay empty before it was converted to artist's studios and exhibition spaces.
The next stop was another historic building; The Gallery of Modern Art.
This building was originally built as a townhouse for a wealthy tobacco merchant and slave trader before spending time as a bank, a library and then it's current function as home to much of Glasgow's collection of modern art and visiting exhibitions of contemporary art from across the world. It is perhaps most famous now for the statue of the Duke of Wellington that stands outside its entrance and often sporting some iconic headgear.
Join The RSA and Project Ability for an evening of art and creativity on Thursday 23rd February, 6-8pm.
Artists, including RSA Fellow Cameron Morgan and award winning artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, will be on hand to talk us through two exhibitions which will be on show – Put Your Sweet Lips Closer to the Phone and The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World.
There will be drinks available and a chance to visit the exhibitions, the Project Ability Studios and to network with other Fellows.
The event is free to attend but places are limited. Please register your attendance here via Eventbrite.
Cameron Morgan has been working as an artist with Project Ability’s Aspire programme since 1991 and in this time he has gone from strength to strength with his studio practice, exhibitions and commissions. In May of 2016 his recognition was further enforced when Cameron was awarded a life time Fellowship to the RSA.
Tanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed award winning disabled artist working with contemporary portraiture, and collaborative arts practice specialising in supporting learning disability artists to develop their practice in mainstream inclusive settings within high profile public art galleries and venues.
The RSA Fellowship is a global network of 28,000 people who support the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action.
Ross Prince works in oil pastels on paper and canvas, creating 'mood landscapes' of various colours and compositions. #21 is an abstract drawing that has the look and feel of a painting. Using oil pastels in a creative and painterly way, Prince beautifully captures light and movement. Although he hasn't used any brushes, one can almost see the brush strokes that have made this artwork. The challenge of using this pallette should not be underestimated; we don't often see a painting with greens and oranges together in a harmonious way like this.
This is one of several 'mood scapes' by Ross in our current exhibition, 'The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World', which features six young artists from the West Midlands. This exhibition has been orchestrated by acclaimed artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, who also curated the exhibtion with Project Ability. Tanya also acted as mentor to these artists and has helped them to develop their artistic talent.
We are delighted that Tanya has secured funding to allow the artists to come to Project Ability for a two day Cultural Exchange, titled ‘Take 6’, which will include workshops at Project Ability and gallery visits around Glasgow. This has been funded by a ‘Grants For The Arts, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Project Ability has been shortlisted to receive a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive a cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. By voting for Project Ability, you will be helping our walking group!
Project Ability’s walking group helps people with disabilities and mental ill health meet up once a week to walk to cultural and heritage places of interest. They benefit from the exercise and from exploring their community.
“We are delighted to be on the shortlist for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Our walking group is accessed by people of all ages; it is a sociable, supportive group which welcomes everyone and gets people out and about and better connected to their community.” – Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Artistic Director, Project Ability.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 1 to 25 February on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.
Cast your vote using the token given to you at the check-out each time you shop.
Local participating stores include:
Argyle Street Tesco Express, G2 8LY
Cochrane Sq Tesco Express, G1 1EJ
Sauchiehall Street Tesco Express, G2 3LW
York Hill Tesco Express, G3 8ND
Glasgow Trongate Tesco Express, G1 5HF
Byres Road Tesco Metro, G12 8AW
Napierhill Tesco Express, G20 7YA
Queen Street Tesco Express, G20 8NX
St Enochs Tesco Metro, G1 4BW
North Street Tesco Express, G3 7DA
Maryhill Tesco Extra, G20 9SH
Merchant City Tesco Express, G1 5AA
Renfield Street Tesco Express, G2 5AH
Sauchiehall Street Tesco Metro, G2 3HQ
Great Western Road Tesco Express, G4 9HS
To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the tesco website here.
Artwork of the week features this slip-cast ceramic 'Brick' mobile phone made by Cameron Morgan. Part of our current Gallery II exhibition, 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone', this 1980's style cell phone is an edition of six, and sized a bit larger than the real thing. There are four different types of phones in this show, each one an iconic piece of history and design.
In 1876, 29-year-old Scottish born Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone. This marked the beginning of an evolution of wired and wireless communication that has proven to be one of civilisation's greatest and most important achievements. 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' highlights this evolution through Morgan's usual vibrant and bold style. Priced at £180 each phone is a limited and signed edition of either six or seven.
The exhibition is up until February 21st, along with 'The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World', at our first floor gallery at Trongate 103. Stop by for a look at the exhibitions and a browse of our gallery shop, which features a wide variety of hand made crafts and fine art - all made by our artists in our third floor studios!
"Our walking group got off to a fine start to the year with a trip to Edinburgh to see some exhibitions.
First stop was the National Portrait Gallery to see the BP Portrait Awards. This annual exhibition is made up of a selection of submissions from across the world and is always good for at least one ‘my goodness is that really a painting?’ moment. There was also a lovely show of landscape photography.
Next was The Fruitmarket Gallery for a show of paintings, objects and video work by South African artists William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland.
Finally a visit to Dovecot where the staff had kindly organised a space for the group to have their packed lunches before a visit to the gallery to see ‘Colour & Light’, an exhibition of textile works. Dovecot Rug Tufter Kristi Vana was on hand to treat the group to a demonstration of colour mixing with wool which was both fun and enlightening."
We look forward to seeing much more from the walking group throughout 2017!
Artwork of the week features a piece from our new show, 'The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World'. Titled 'Severn Valley Railroad' by Mark Lloyd, this painting has been created with watercolour on paper. Mark works out of ArtStudio01 in Shrewsbury, a new emerging inclusive studio collective setup by Tanya Raabe Webber and Alison Picknell. Mark, along with the other five artists in this exhibition, have all been part of a mentoring programme devised and lead by acclaimed artist Tanya Raabe-Webber. Tanya has co-curated this exhibition and will be returning to Project Ability at the end of February with all six of the artists. This two day cultural exchange trip to Glasgow will see the artists, along with Tanya, take part in workshops here in the Project Ability studios as well as visiting some of Glasgow's favourite galleries and museums. 'Severn Valley Railroad' can be viewed in our gallery until the exhibition closes on February 21st.
Our artwork of the week features this Ocellaris Clown Fish by Aspire artist Andrew Boyle. This painting has been months in the making and the final finish has been achieved beautifully. Using different transparencies of paint layered on top of each other, the artist has created an underwater look to the compliment the subject matter. The Clown Fish appears to be smiling and one is subtly reminded of the most famous Clown Fish of them all, Nemo. It is a gorgeous painting and we are proud to have it on display in our studios at the moment. We hope to exhibit it this year at our annual Aspire exhibition at Platform in Easterhouse. If you are interested in this painting, or learning more about the artist, please be in touch!
Roisin Cairney has been a great addition to our Saturday Create workshop team working with children and young people. Here is what she had to say about her time volunteering with Project Ability.
“I was drawn to Project Ability through regularly attending the exhibitions. The work that the students were making was exciting with an energy to them and each artist has their own well-developed style. I wanted to be part of this and in doing so gain experience in helping people to develop their art.
When I first started, I was very nervous and didn’t know where to begin but the staff and the children were very helpful in showing me the ropes. I found that when I relaxed and just got stuck in I learned very quickly about each child and their process. Each child is completely different and it's exciting to see the different ways of working and helping to develop their individual methods.
The kids are very intuitive but they are also perfectionists and take great pride in making the best work possible which has taught me a lot in my own practice, by taking this step back: watching and teaching the children has given me more patience within my own process.
It has been a great experience working with the staff, the kids and other volunteers and I've learned lots from my time here. I hope to continue to work with others when I complete my studies.”
Thank you Roisin
Our shop item this week is this beautiful ceramic Moorhen by Lewis Scott. The surface mark making on this piece really shows off the subtle multi coloured glazing of it plumage.
A must have for ceramic and bird lovers alike!
Available to buy from our Gallery or online shop for just £25.
Today we share the last of our excellent short films offering an insight into volunteering with the organisation. This week we hear from Scott Lang.
Scott began his involvement with Project Ability through attending classes and cites this as his way back into creating artworks after a break. He then volunteered with us, before undertaking a ReSearch Residency.
The ReSearch Residency programme offers an artist a studio within our workshops for a month, where they can work alongside Project Ability artists to create new works.Scott talks about the inspiration behind his artwork and how the opportunity of having a studio space has allowed his work to develop.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer programme we are currently calling for applications for volunteers in 2017. Click here for all the details. Deadline Friday 6 January 2017.
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Christmas Party last week, and helped to make it a truly memorable night! We had excellent music from Rapido Mariachi and DJ Pete Bowers, both of which got a good crowd dancing on our specially created glittery dancefloor!
This year’s raffle was particularly successful with a dazzling array of prizes and an abundance of tickets sold. There were some gorgeous original artworks in the mix, as well as food and drinks vouchers and even a night away in a B&B on Arran. Thanks to all those who generously donated prizes and to all those who bought tickets.
Altogether we raised over £650!
This makes an excellent close for our fundraising activities this year, and a brilliant boost to supporting our ongoing activity in 2017.
Happy holidays to one and all and look forward to seeing you in 2017!
Artwork of the week is The Thing by Lewis Scott. Our Superheroes show has proven very popular, and there's still one week left before it's gone forever! The Thing measures 40x56 cm unframed and 53x70cm in its beech wood frame (£40/£65). He is a bit of scary and a bit of fun, both at the same time. If you're still looking for gift ideas, this exhibtion will not disappoint. We're open until Friday the 23rd, all welcome!
- Shop item of the week - Black clay cats by Christina SooJa Massey
- Artwork of the week - ‘Breaking Bad’ by Ruth Mutch
- Walking Group - Week 5: Tramway
- The Ladysbridge Hospital Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
- Artwork of the week - ‘Lots of Cats’ by Ross Agnew
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