Shop Item of the Week - Selection of 5 greeting cards!

As our Shop Item of the Week we are offering five of our newest greeting cards to be purchased as a pack for just £11. That's £1.50 less than if they were bought separately. These are a great selection with a wide variety of images and each card is made from a different Project Ability artists' work. You can find these for sale individually on our website and shop but if you'd like them all you can have them by following this link to our shop. These greeting cards are great for any occasion and a brilliant way to support Project Ability and the artists that work here! These artworks shown in these five cards are by: Doreen Kay, Edward Henry, Michael McMullen, Cameron Morgan and Angela McLauchlin.  

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Badminton Court’ by James Pert

Artwork of the Week features this pen drawing by James Pert of a badminton court. James Pert has been attending Project Ability's Aspire workshops for almost two years now, and has created some amazing work. In addition to his artistic talent, Pert is also an avid badminton player. He competes regularly and just this past February he won the LD men’s doubles Division 1 with fellow player Hunter. You can check out an article about the Scottish 4 Nations ParaBadminton Championships here! Pert has a great selection of drawings on his webpage. 'Badminton Court' is currently on show in our gallery at Trongate 103 in the exhibition curated by James Jimbo, titled 'Hooked By A Duck'. It's up until July 28th and well worth a look.

 

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Opportunity: Artist residencies

As one opportunity closes, another opens! This coming autumn / winter, Project Ability is delighted to be able to offer 3 opportunities to Glasgow based visual artists, interested in experiencing our unique working studio environment. Our residency programme gives opportunity to artists to develop their practice within our busy working studios, over the course of one calendar month. Your experience with us will give you the opportunity to engage with our artists, be inspired by their innovative artistic practices and give you time and space to make work. Free access to our facilities and materials is included in this residency.

Opportunities are available for the months of September, November 2018, and February 2019. Interested artists are invited to submit a short proposal of how they would use their time, along with an artist CV, and up to 5 images of recent work.

All applications and enquiries to be sent to our Volunteers Co-ordinator, Tracy Gorman at volunteers@project-ability.co.uk . Deadline for all applications is Monday August 13th 2018. Please also state your preferred month on application. Good Luck!

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On the Road: Kirkintilloch

Two of our tutors have been working with a group in the Barony Chambers in Kirkintilloch. They are now halfway through a block of six weekly workshops with a different activity each week.

So far they have had a go at glass painting, clay modelling and silk painting.

An added extra was some fan decoration which was very welcome to help stay cool in the wonderful warm weather we've been having!

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Meet the Maker - Gregor Wright

We were joined on Friday 6th July by visual artist Gregor Wright for the latest in the Meet the Maker series, where artists and makers share insights into their creative practice with us.

Gregor studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2001, and has been practicing as an artist in the city ever since. Gregor shared with us some insights from his recent collaboration with Cameron Morgan, resulting in the pop up exhibition, Abstract Domestic.

Gregor showed us images of works by painters George Condo and Philip Guston, and talked about what he found inspiring about them. He talked specifically about their relationship with abstract and figurative painting and their use of colour; in the case of George Condo, his kaleidoscopic range, and with Philip Guston a more controlled palette. He referred back to the conversations he and Cameron had had during their collaboration, around use of figuration and abstraction, and how this had evolved from working together.

Gregor also shared with us images from his series of Cyborg drawings that he’s been working on over the last few years. Gregor talked about how, by defining these as portraits, it gave the works specific rules and parameters connected to portraiture that he could operate in. However by the fact that these portraits are of cyborgs rather than humans, it gives him the freedom to break some of the rules, particularly in relation to use of colour and form.

Gregor also showed us the recent digital drawings he’s been working on, that were built up of many layers of different types of digital mark making and a wide palette of colours. He was captivated by the speed that he was able to create these drawings at, and how this allowed him to work through ideas that on canvas would take much longer, as he had to wait for paints to dry before applying another colour. 

It was an inspiring and thought provoking talk and gave many artists and particularly painters in the audience much to think about.
Thank you Gregor.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Linda and Harry’ by Tommy Mason

We'd like to take this opportunity as Shop Item of the Week time to introduce 'Linda and Harry'. Made from spoon and paintbrush, Linda and Harry have been created and designed by Aspire artist Tommy Mason. They can be hung together or separatley, but they are best suited together! You can see them on display in our gallery shop and also our online shop. They each measure approximately 32 x 15cm and are being sold as a pair for £30. There's only one Linda and one Harry!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ by Steven Reilly

Artwork of the Week is this night time landscape portrait of 'Tam o' Shanter' on his horse. Made up and made famous by Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter is depicted here by Project Ability artist Steven Reilly. This drawing is on display in the exhibtion, Hooked By A Duck which opens this evening from 6 - 8pm. Hooked By A Duck is a group exhibition of 27 Project Ability artists.The work has all been chosen by Glasgow artist James Jimbo. You can read more about it here.

Come by this evening, or anytime before the 29th of July, to see 'Tam o' Shanter' and many other fantastic paintings and drawings.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘There’s no place like home’ greeting card

Our Shop Item of the Week features a rather well known and fabulous set of slippers! It is a greeting card made from a photograph of Cameron Morgan's ceramic ruby slippers, taken straight out of the 'Wizard of Oz'. This gorgeous pair make a fun and glamourous greeting card, for just about any special occassion. At £2.50 each this greeting card measures 21x15cm and is a perfect way to let someone know you're thinking about them. 'There's no place like home' greeting card can be purchased from our gallery shop at Trongate 103 and online just here! The ceramic slippers are actually on display in our Gallery II space, on the 1st floor at Trongate 103. Come by for a look!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘The Duke’ by Cameron Morgan

'The Duke' by Cameron Morgan is our Artwork of the Week! Currently on display as part of a collection of ceramic footwear, 'The Duke' can be seen in our Gallery II. 'These Boots Were Made' is a small showcase of new ceramic works by Morgan, all inspired by classic footwear. We have a reception this evening for the event, (6-8pm), along with the opening of our flash exhibition, 'Abstract Domestic', which exhibits work made by Cameron Morgan and Gregor Wright, the culmination of a collaborative residency project between the two. 

 

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Meet the Volunteers - Bethan Turner

Bethan Turner was one of our brilliant volunteers earlier this year. Here she tells us what she gained from her experience.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
Graduate artist from Newcastle University, I currently work in the medium of printing, specifically screen print in collaboration with another artist exploring the medium through experiments with shape and colour. I also work with installation and sculpture.

In what workshop did you volunteer?
Saturday mornings in the ‘Create’ class.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I am a practising artist and a support worker for young adults with learning disabilities. It became apparent through my role how important community projects and activities are for the people I support for both daily stimulation and becoming more involved in the Glasgow community. I want to support and help projects such as Project Ability in any way I can because they are so important to the community. I also wanted to expand my knowledge on art techniques and different ways of working with art with people with limited abilities to use in my role as a support worker and for classes I run independently. I also wanted to gain more experience with working with children as I hope one day to go into teaching. I wanted to be part of such an amazing project and meet new people and artists.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
In every way and actually exceeded them.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learnt some amazing techniques to help people with limited abilities create really interesting artworks. It also gave me the confidence to assist other people with the creation of their art and I now run my own small art class for adults with learning disabilities for an organisation called Share Scotland.

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
Gabriel and Guy constantly creating unique and interesting work, the freedom in which the art is produced really shows through the works.

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Absolutely

Any other comments?
Project Ability is an amazing project that is in no way tokenistic and provides every individual with the access to amazing arts resources in an excellent, creative environment. I am inspired by the outlook of the studios and the freedom each person has in the creation of their art works. I have never come across anything quite like it and I think it is a vital and important part of Glasgow’s creative scene and Glasgow’s community as a whole.

Thank you Bethan! If you would like to volunteer with Project Ability, we are currently accepting applications (deadline 13 July) - please click here for more info.

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Meet the Volunteers - Angeli Bhose

Ever thought about volunteering with Project Ability? We are currently looking for new volunteers (more info here). And what best than to hear directly from our previous volunteers what they gained from their experience? Here is the amazing Angeli Bhose, telling us about her time in our Aspire studios.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I graduated from my undergraduate degree in Fine Art two years ago. I studied at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, and moved to Glasgow soon after graduating.  Currently, I make drawings, performances, texts and ceramics, and I like to work in collaboration with others. 

In what workshop did you volunteer?
I volunteered in the Monday afternoon Aspire workshop, which was a great way to brighten up drizzly winter Mondays!  There were around 8 artists in the group, which meant that I was able to chat to everyone each week, and had the chance to see their works developing. Some artists had an established practice, which they chipped away at each week, whilst others used a diverse range of mediums and styles, trying something new each week. It was great to be in conversation with the artists about the new things they wanted to try, and how we were going to make them happen.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
Having moved to Glasgow fairly recently, I applied to volunteer hoping I would get the chance to engage with more people and get more involved in the arts community. Project Ability seemed like a hub of creative energy!

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
I had heard that Project ability was a great place to volunteer, so my expectations were high, but the experience has certainly lived up to it. Even though I wasn’t there for long, I felt like a valued member of the community.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learned when it’s helpful to suggest a new technique or medium to expand from the works an artist is doing, and when it’s best support the artist to develop their artwork exactly as they would like to!

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
I would definitely recommend volunteering with Project Ability as a way to meet new people, and spend time in a joyful creative environment.

Any other comments?
Thanks for a great opportunity!

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Project Ability at Art Car Boot

We are delighted to announce that we will be at Art Car Boot in SWG3 this weekend (07-08 July), with a selection of prints, drawings & canvases for sale.

Come see us and get yourself a unique piece of art from one of our amazing artists!

ART CAR BOOT part of the HYPERMARKET series at SWG3. Featuring limited editions, prints, artist books and unique works (drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography) by 100 contemporary artists including: Beagles and Ramsay, Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Rachel Duckhouse, Helen de Main, David Eustace, Michael Fullerton, Alistair Gow, Ilana Halperin, Mads Holm, Jim Lambie, Tessa Lynch, France-Lise McGurn, Toby Paterson, Ciara Phillips, Baldvin Ringsted, Kate V Robertson, Bronwen Sleigh, Abigail Simmonds, Ross Sinclair, Gregor Wright + many more.

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Meet the Volunteers - Mattie Roberts

"When I moved to Glasgow in September to start an MLitt in Curatorial Practice, Project Ability was already on my agenda. I’d previously volunteered at an organisation in Hume, Manchester called Venture Arts and an artist from there, Leslie Thompson, had a solo exhibition in Project Ability’s gallery space, when I first moved up, which was really amazing.

I wanted to volunteer as I really enjoy being around people making, observing different people's creative process. The Aspire workshops I volunteered with on Wednesday mornings and afternoons and Thursday mornings, are attended by such an amazing range of artists who all have such different approaches to art-making and it is really exciting just to be around that. I also wanted to understand better how I can work as a curator in an inclusive way; supporting artists and audiences often excluded from consideration. This of course going to be a continuing learning process, but I definitely feel that spending time at Project Ability has been a helpful step. It has been really great to spend time in an organisation and with artists that offer an alternative perspective on art and curatorial practice to ones I already access, through the art school or university. Being in a space where studios, offices, gallery are all housed under the one roof, not separated from each other, is so exciting; all parts of cultural and creative production being visible.

Towards the end of the placement I began preparations for an exhibition of work by Project Ability artist James Hardie, that I co-curated with Lizzie Urquhart, a fellow Project Ability volunteer. We showed the exhibition during Disability Awareness Week in Project Ability’s Project Space. As well as wanting to produce a high-quality exhibition of James Hardie’s work that both Project Ability artists and the wider public would enjoy attending we also wanted to, by presenting James’ work, identify him as an artist worthy of exhibition and recognition.

To anyone considering volunteering with Project Ability I would definitely say go for it. It’s such an exciting creative environment to be in, with so many amazing artists approaching their work from completely different angles, and that in itself is incredibly rewarding and creatively stimulating."

Thank you very much Mattie! If you wantb to volunteer with Project Ability, we are currently accepting applications. Click here for more info. 

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A great end to a great project

For the past eight weeks, a group of students from Glasgow School of Art has been meeting with a group of Project Ability artists, spending a day per week in the studios together, conversing and making. This pilot project has now come to an end, and the students & Project Ability artists met today for a feedback session and to see their work exhibited in our Project Space.

"It is refreshing to have this available to us, where there's no inhibition, a freedom for the sake of making."

"When you are put in the right place with good people, good things happen."

"I am far more confident about 4th year."

"It brought back the innocence of art."

 

"The project has completely exceeded our expectations, the blend of our participants with a selected group of students from GSA, could not have come together more beautifully.  Today we celebrated the work made, the friendships forged and talked about the importance of having opportunities such as this one.  The process was simple, we brought together artists and gave them space to work, to communicate and collaborate and they all did just that."
Tracy Gorman - Tutor

Many thanks to Lesley Black at GSA, Tracy Gorman and all the students and artists involved: James Pert, Adnan Mohammed, Judith Abubakar, Peter Johnston, Susan Breckenridge, Jennifer Cuthill, Naoko Kizaki, Kate Lingard, Ash Morgan, Holly Smith.

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Outreach workshops in Gartnavel Hospital

A group of patients from the Henderson Ward in Gartnavel Hospital has been participating in a series of workshops with tutor Meredith Crone.

"In mid-April the Project Ability Art Group on Henderson Ward were invited to participate in a Human Geography Research Project. We were asked to explore the patient’s experience of using spaces in a Psychiatric Hospital.

We engaged with this theme for one session only. Patients were presented with photos of different areas of the hospital and asked what kind of feelings or memories these places evoked.

Some of these photos were selected then collaged and made into photo montages with the addition of text, drawing and painting.

When I returned to Henderson ward in June we picked up on the idea of contours and repeated rhythms to emphasise form. This led to some really interesting mark making with ink and dip pens."

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Shop Item of the Week - Jarvis Cocker by Jaqui Smyth

Shop Item of the Week this week is this rather cool pen on paper work by Aspire artist Jaqui Smyth. Jaqui loves her indie music, and this peace portrays the enigmatic legend that is Jarvis Cocker. Jaqui’s work is very popular in our studios, and this piece can be your very own for just £45. Buy it here!

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PROCESSIONS

We were honoured to be part of PROCESSIONS, a public artwork taking place in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and London and celebrating 100 years of women getting the right to vote. A group of women from our different programmes made a beautiful banner with tutor Sandi Kiehlmann, and some of them carried it in the streets of the Scottish capital on Sunday 10th June. One of these artists, Morag Macgilchrist, tells us more about her experience.

"I attended the PROCESSIONS march on Sunday 10th June with other members of Project Ability. I had been a part of the group who had made the banner and wanted to see it carried though Edinburgh. When we arrived at the starting point at The Meadows, the park was already full of groups, mostly of women and girls and banners, lots of banners. These were not just the words on a pillowcase you see at concerts or protests, these were hand-crafted, stitched and took hours to make. Some were huge, even bigger than our large one. Others were smaller but no less well crafted. Many children carried their own handmade works, drawings on canvas and small flags were popular.

We were asked to form queues behind a series of large flags, each with a colour, purple, green and white, the suffragette colours, in order to receive a scarf to wear. We went to one of the purple queues. Our queue ended up being last to leave, making us at the end, which also meant they were giving away all the leftover scarves and many people were able to get two or three colours. Some people braided three together which looked great. I had purple and white.

Eventually we were on our way following the procession through the old town past the National Museum and over the bridge onto Princes Street before crossing back over and down Royal Mile. We then walked past the Scottish Parliament building and into Hollyrood park where there was a piper and a samba band. The weather was wonderful all day, dry and warm but not too hot. I wasn't carrying our large banner but the two ladies who were said that a few gusts of wind catching it at times were the only difficulty they had and that heat and weight were not an issue. I did wear one of our two smaller banners that hung from my neck, along with my scarfs giving me a full colour pallet. It was a great day and an honour to be involved in marking this historic even with something that in turn may be remembered historically itself."
-Morag Macgilchrist

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Volunteering opportunities

Last week we celebrated Volunteers’ Week and this week we are delighted to advertise new opportunities within our volunteering programme. 

Our studios offer a vibrant and colourful working environment for our artists, tutors and volunteers alike. Volunteering with Project Ability will challenge you, no matter what stage you are at in your career, introducing you to new ways of making art and give you a unique opportunity to meet all of our artists. For more insight into former volunteer’s experiences, please look at our ‘Meet the Volunteer’ feature on our website. 

We are welcoming applications to support our autumn programme and are looking for visual artists at any stage of their career or training. We would also especially like to invite artists with a knowledge of ceramics or print-making, to apply to support our ‘Aspire’ participants in the making of their artwork. Our Aspire programme is for adults with learning disabilities.    Volunteers should be able to commit to at least 2 hours a week, each week, for 8 weeks.  Workshops take place from 10am – 12noon and 1pm– 3pm, Monday to Thursday and 10 – 3pm on Friday.

In addition we would also like to recruit artists for our ‘Create’ Saturday young people’s workshop programme, with opportunities from 10 am to 12:30pm to volunteer with our youngest artists aged 5 – 12 years and from 1pm to 4pm to support young people aged 12 - 21 years. We also have further opportunities to volunteer with Art Matters, a designated studio time for young adults 21 – 28 years, from 4pm – 6pm. Successful applicants should, as much as possible, be able to commit to 8  Saturday sessions, with further opportunity to extend their experience possible.  

Finally, we have further opportunity to volunteer within our ReConnect programme, which supports artists with lived experience of mental ill health. ReConnect supports artists to develop their individual art practices in a supported studio environment. We would like to recruit visual artists who enjoy engaging with others and talking about art, who would like to support and contribute to our open studio. Opportunities are available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 10am – 1pm.

All of our volunteering roles are subject to an application and selection process. CVs alone will not be considered. Please follow the link to our application form and submit your application to our volunteer co-ordinator, Tracy Gorman at volunteers@project-ability.co.uk. The deadline for all applications is Friday 13th July 2018. Applications received after this date cannot be considered. If you have any questions about any of the opportunities please contact Tracy and in the meantime, good luck!

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Shop Item of the Week - Artemisia poster by Celine Mcilmunn

Shop Item of the Week is this poster print of a painting by Celine Mcilmunn titled 'Artemisia'. This image is one of six paintings Mcilmunn has created as part of her 'Mighty Women' series. Each image depicts a strong powerful woman from history. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – c. 1656) was a painter who specialized in painting pictures of strong and suffering women from myths, allegories, and the Bible- victims, suicides, warriors. In an era when female painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and had international clientele.

We've just added this poster to our online shop, where you can find it for sale at £15. The 'Mighty Woman' posters can also be found in our gallery shop at Trongate 103.

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Artwork of the Week -  ‘RĂªves rouille’ by Izabella Ortiz

Artwork of the week features this gorgeous mixed media painting by Izabella Ortiz. This intricate artwork is currently on display in our gallery as part of the 'Polysémie Collection - Les Amis de Marseille' exhibition.

With an Australian mother and a French-Colombian father, as a child Izabella Ortiz has lived in France, Australia and also Alaska. Isabella Ortiz is the result of the union of various cultures, and that is how her work painting is impregnated by Inut, Aboriginal and Indians myths, tales and legends. 

Her work is so detailed it really should be seen in person. Come by Trongate 103 to have a look at this powerful and unusual exhibition!

 

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Meet the Volunteers - Hanne Lillee

Since it is #VolunteersWeek, we bring you another 'Meet the Volunteers' today: the wonderful Hanne Lillee, who has been a great addition to the Aspire team.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I’m a Glasgow based artist working within sculpture and photography. I hold a MFA in Fine art from Goldsmiths University.

In what workshop did you volunteer?
Aspire, Monday morning class.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I applied to volunteer because I wanted to gain more experience in supporting artists with learning difficulties.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
Yes, it was wonderful to be able to help the artists achieve their artistic intentions. The impressive facilities at Project Ability means the artists have various mediums to work within, and it is always great to help an artist explore a new medium and the possibilities that comes with that.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
Art making can sometimes get a little too serious, and helping the artists at Project Ability has reminded me that art making also should be fun, spontaneous  and exciting!

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
Michael who attends the Monday morning and afternoon classes have been working on a fantastic pencil drawing on a large canvas. He has a great line and attention to detail!

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Certainly.

Thanks Hanne!

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Meet the Volunteers - Alison Brown

This week is #VolunteersWeek, and we want to take this opportunity to thank all our incredible volunteers, past and present. 'Meet the Volunteers' gives you a glimpse into our volunteering programme and into what spending a few hours a week in our studios brings to our volunteer's practice. Alison Brown is one of our current ReConnect volunteers, and she answers our question in today's feature.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I graduated from Glasgow School of Art quite a while ago – but in the meantime had worked in radio and television, and had a family. For years I knew that I really wanted to get back to art and design, but struggled to get started again. When I finally left broadcasting, I experimented with image sequences and surface pattern in drawings, prints and collages. Also I like to draw people as often as I can - I’m fascinated by faces and spend a lot of time in cafes scribbling unsuspecting coffee drinkers.
                                                                              
In what workshop did you volunteer?
The ReConnect Workshop on Friday morning.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?

I had admired work done by Project Ability artists for years, and always thought it would be great to get involved. Beyond wanting to do something positive for other artists, I was also keen to learn about working with people in this kind of setting. I wanted to build a knowledge of how to encourage and support people to explore their artistic potential, alongside the fact that I really like working with people - I find the process of meeting and making connections with individuals really fascinating.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
I really has! And surpassed them. I look forward to each session, to find out how things are going with everyone in the studio. The Friday artists have been a real joy to work with. Everyone is so dedicated to their work, creative and fascinating to talk to. There’s an incredible range of work being created, and I’m so impressed by the way in which people are keen to push forward and gain new skills and insights.

What I didn’t anticipate was the level of interest and support I would get back from everyone, which has been very inspiring. To be honest, I was a little nervous at first, but everyone in the studio was so welcoming that I soon felt like part of the family. It’s been years since I’ve spent time in a shared creative space and find it very motivating. I’ve been inspired to try things that I’ve seen in studio, and also try long-neglected mediums that I thought I was no good with. Being at Project Ability has reminded me too that it’s good to experiment and ‘play’ with my work, and be confident in what I am creating.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
It’s been great to work with adult artists, as previously many of the workshops I had run or assisted with previously were for children. Beforehand I thought that this would add extra layers of complexity to the experience; that people would be looking for more detail and specific help or guidance. What I found is that it’s not as straightforward as that - the support I offer actually really depends on the person I’m speaking to and what’s happening with them that day. My contribution could be as simple as giving a bit of encouragement and finding materials, or something more demanding. I’ve discovered that it helps to keep an open mind and be flexible.

I’ve learned a lot about focus. The ability to use work as a focus beyond everything else that’s going on in life can be central to an artist’s practice, and I’ve begun to discover how to use focus, and sometimes the skill of re-focussing, as a way of getting around blockages or bad days.

I’m fascinated by the way that the work opens up lines of communication between individuals, and gives a central point of contact. In my non-voluntary working life, I’ve always had to do the talking…and be the person who is persuading and generally making things happen. At Project Ability, I’ve been working on being calmer, letting people come to their own conclusions in their time. I’ve been working on listening rather than filling the space with my thoughts or ideas… I’m finding out how to step back and allow things to happen.

And finally, persistence is a great thing! There’s nearly always a little more paint you can ease from a tube…

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
It’s really difficult to pick out one person to be honest, I really like so many of the people I’ve met and the pieces they’ve produced….I couldn’t just pick out one…

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Definitely…in fact I already have.

Any other comments?
Thank you for such a fantastic experience. I have gained so much, I just hope I’ve made a useful contribution in return. I’m not usually lost for words, but I’ve found it really difficult to put into words what this experience has meant to me.  Thank you to all in the Friday ReConnect studio and Celine.

Thank you Alison!

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Corseford School workshops

Corseford School pupils have been working hard this last term, alongside our tutor Tracy Gorman.

"Many beautiful pieces of art have been achieved by all of the young people at the school. They have all developed new skills in print-making, collage and painting to name a few. They have also looked at famous artists such as Picasso and Paul Klee and made art inspired by their work.

Some of the favourite pieces created by the Primary children were made using fruits and vegetables, which they enjoyed not only printing with, but smelling and tasting before they were dipped in luscious paint! Each of the children made beautiful press prints and created a ‘fruit bowl’ filled with the lovely fruits and veg they had fun experiencing.

Another favourite lesson was inspired by one of the secondary class’s topics about Africa. Each of the pupils worked hard on a silhouette painting, taking time to create a beautiful sunset, sponging on a range of warm colours, before finishing off with their choice of African animal stencilled using a dramatic black paint. I’m sure you’ll agree the results are great!"
-Tracy Gorman

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Artwork of the Week - Untitled by Dominique Liccia

Artwork of the Week this week is Dominique Liccia’s untitled pen and ink piece.  This work, which is part of ‘Polysémie Collection - Les Amis de Marseille’ - an exhibition soon to be on display in our gallery - is really something! The modest use of pen and ink to create such intricate art is truly captivating, and you can really sense the hours of work on the page to make these otherworldly machines and figures. 

The exhibition includes numerous, excellent works, and runs from the 2nd of June until the 30th of June, with an evening event taking place on the 7th form 6-8pm. Exhibiting artists include: David Abisror, Philippe Azema, Davide Cicolani, Davood Koochaki, Dominique Liccia, Izabella Ortiz, Evelyne Postic, and Maurizio Zappon. One not to be missed!

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Nnena Kalu - online book

Nnena Kalu's incredible installation came down this morning, but you can now see her creative process and the resulting artwork in an online book.

‘I found the repetition of movement soothing to watch. The use of materials is clever and colour is fun!’ (Kim Pickett, York)

‘This is one of the best exhibitions in G.I. I love Nnena’s work, I’m really excited to see what she makes in the future. Congratulations!’ (Amy Crear, Shetland)

‘Uplifting, a total sensation of energy, love, fun and happiness. A perfect start to my 2 day GI 2018, thank you Nnena.’ (T. Wilkinson, Granton)

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Shop Item of the Week - Revlon Lipstick by Jacqui Smyth

Our Shop Item of the Week is this playful painting on paper by Aspire artist Jacqui Smyth. 'Revlon Lipstick' has been created in our studios in the last couple of months, and the colour palette Smyth has used is just gorgeous! Usually focusing on music, bands and venues, this subject is a bit unusual for Smyth. Measuring 59x42cm, you can find 'Revlon Lipstick' in our online shop and our gallery shop at Trongate 103. For purchase at just £50, this artwork would brighten up any room any where!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘1921 Douglas Motorcycle’ by Lewis Scott

Artwork of the Week features this expressive drawing of the 1921 Douglas Motorcycle 2¾HP. Project Ability Aspire artist Lewis Scott has created this large drawing with bold mark making and minimal use of colour. It is one of two drawings Scott has made of the British retro motorbike. This particular model was used by the military in World War I. You can see below the photograph Scott used to create this work of art.

The drawing is currently part of an exhibtion at the Polysemie gallery in Marseille titled, Project Ability: l’Art Brut en Ecosse. Scott is one of eight Project Ability artists invited to take part in this exhibition. 

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Meet the Volunteers: Jade Sturrock

Today, please meet Jade Sturrock, one of our wonderful volunteers who has been supporting our Aspire artists on Tuesdays. 

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I am an artist currently living and working in Glasgow. I studied painting and printmaking at GSA and graduated in 2016. My practice  primarily consists of a combination of painting and collage. I enjoy combining natural, organic forms and painterly mark making with found imagery, often taken from mass media to creative emotive juxtapositions, which all mostly revolve around the female body. I aim to re-configure ways in which the female form can be depicted and viewed, blurring the line between abstraction and representation. Bold colour or forms tend to draw in the viewer, before the fragmented nature of the image exposes a more ambiguous intention. Drawing upon female subjectivity, representation and sexuality, I enjoy re-coding conditions which are typically restrictive of women’s self expression and the unregulated body.

In what workshop did you volunteer?
I volunteered in the Aspire workshop on tuesday mornings.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I applied to volunteer initially because I have always had a strong interest in the therapeutic benefits of making art. I enjoy being around people and sharing ideas about thought processes whilst observing the enjoyment  it brings. I also wanted to gain insight into what it was like for people to be creative in an open workshop setting where they can interact with one another and the sense of community it generates. Making art alone can often feel very self-serving so I was keen to support others to realise their creativity whilst opening my own mind up to different ways of doing things.
I also felt disheartened by art world politics and the lack of connection I was able to have with other creatives in my everyday life. Being slightly isolated from a wider artistic community since leaving art school, I  wanted to be back in a creative environment. I was also aware of many of the constraints faced by artists such as funding, exposure and opportunities and admired the fact that Project ability Provided a safe space for people from all different backgrounds to make work.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
The experience exceeded my expectations because I have been able to witness first hand how important the work and ethos of Project Ability really is in practice. I was a little nervous about not knowing how to help, or what I could do to best support the staff and the artists but everyone was super friendly, welcoming and supportive. It has been a real confidence booster to know that not only do I enjoy this kind of work, but that I am actually well suited to it and would be capable of continuing to do it in the future. I can’t describe how heartwarming it has been to observe the sense of achievement experienced by everyone involved in the workshops.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learned that the rules, boundaries and limitations that might exist in everyday life or in art world politics do not exist within the Aspire workshops. Creative processes are impulsive and immediate, and do not always need explanation or justification, which I have found completely fascinating and liberating to observe as an artist. In the past I have found that it is all too easy to get caught up in the rights and wrongs and fiddly details when making or perceiving things. Attending the Aspire workshops has opened my mind up to whole new ways of using materials and the importance of not getting too hung up the final outcome, but rather valuing the making as a cathartic process in its own right.

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
I have been working a lot with Martin on a one to one basis, and he really stands out because his work is so expressive. He really enjoys being bold with his use of materials and the types of imagery he is inspired by. I have found it really rewarding to work with him because through sharing his ideas and running with them together I think he feels more confident about making things. He made a wonderful sculpture of an turtle called Sam out of clay which I think he was really proud of and I thought it was absolutely amazing.
I also really enjoyed the two exhibitions held in the Project Ability gallery back in March called ‘The Queen Mothers’ and ‘Kay, Sharif and Smyth’. I thought the expression and imagery were absolutely brilliant and they did a great job of bringing to light the viewpoints and expression of young female artists with disabilities. They were so strong and made an impact which will stick with me for a long time!

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Absolutely. It pushes you out of your comfort zone but is such a rewarding experience and permanently alters how you perceive art making for the better. You really feel welcomed in to the Project Ability community.

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Ladysbridge Stories celebrations

"On Tuesday 15 May, we travelled back to Aberdeen for our final visit, to launch the fruits of all of our hard work over the course of the Ladysbridge Stories project. We kick started our visit with a lovely afternoon tea, during which the group reconnected and talked about their plans for the following night, when we would reveal the Ladysbridge Memory Map, designed and brought to life by all of the stories that the participants of the project so generously shared with us over the course of the project. Our launch night was set to be a celebration to top off what has been a hugely successful and wonderful project to be involved in.

On Wednesday we all attended the C-Change ‘Being Human’ conference, our partners in the Ladysbridge Stories project. Many of the delegates of the conference stayed on to share in our evening event. The night started with our key participants introducing themselves and the project, and the reveal of the Memory Map, a beautiful visual map that describes life at the hospital, from the perspective of the former patients and staff that we worked with over the course of the project. For the rest of the evening we all celebrated the group's achievements and enjoyed the talents of DJ Kit Kat Kenny, dancing the night away!

It has been a truly incredible project to have been involved in, spanning the year, starting with the launch in May 2017 when we first met some of our group and continuing with regular workshops and trips throughout the year. We really have met some incredible people, always willing to share and get involved, with all of their contributions making the final Memory Map so rich.

We would like to give a huge thank you to all of our wonderful participants, we have enjoyed your company very much and we hope we can work with you all again in the future."
-Sharon and Tracy

(Special thanks to Tracy's selfie stick!)

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Shop Item of the Week - Animal Magnets by Scott Smith

For our Shop Item of the Week we have these Scott Smith designed magnets of elephants and foxes. Made from laser cut plywood, they measure 8x6cm and are for sale at £5. You can find them in our online shop and our gallery shop at Trongate 103. Our shop is filled with unique artworks, all made or inspired by artworks created in our studios on the 3rd floor. Keep us in mind the next time you're looking for something different!

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