Shop Item of the Week - ‘Cafetiere’ by Robert Cornish

'Cafetiere' by Robert Cornish is our shop item of the week! Measuring 30 x 24 cm this original drypoint print is priced at £25. It would make a lovely addition to any coffee lover's kitchen! You can purchase 'Cafetiere' from our online shop. If you are interested in having the piece framed, please contact the gallery, exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk

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Artwork of the week - ‘Cleaning Up’ by Jim Feeney

Artwork of the week features a painting from one of our two exhibitions which open tomorrow. 'Cleaning Up' by Jim Feeney is painted in oil on stretched canvas. It takes us back a few decades in Glasgow's history;  evident through the dresses worn by the two young girls. Jim Feeney paints mainly Glasgow scenes, often from long ago, and usually in areas of squalor. The graffiti on the walls allows us a look into the mind of the artist and gives you an idea of the things that play on Feeney's mind.

Feeney has a selection of new paintings on display in our Gallery II from tomorrow. Titled 'squalor', this selection of work is a very fine example of Feeney's skills in painting with oil. He has a distinct and easily recognisable style, often using rich blues and reds which stand out against the grays and rust colours so familiar to anyone who's lived in or around Glasgow's tenements.

You can read about this exhibition here, and everyone is welcome along to see the show, tomorrow for the preview from 1 -3pm, or anytime after that until 23 September. At the same time we are also showing a large selection of work by Venture Arts, Manchester based artist Leslie Thompson.

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On the Road: Dundee - Douglas Community Centre

"At the end of July Cameron Morgan and I ventured out on another intrepid 'On the Road' trip. Although no strangers to Dundee, we were visiting the Douglas Community Centre for the very first time, which seemed like a busy hub for the surrounding local area. It was there that we met a group of artists who made some really impressive and highly individual designs for our canvas tote bag project.

A nice surprise for Cameron was the chance to hook up with his pal Ross Inglis. Cameron and Ross met when they were both recipients of the RSA Lifetime Fellowship Awards in 2016 and Cameron also attended this year's ceremony while Ross played the bagpipes.

We 're hoping to build closer links with the group at the Douglas Community Centre, Dundee and collaborate on some more art in the near future."
-Meredith Crone, Project Ability tutor

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‘All About Hamish’ - A collaborative project by Jan Thomson and Sarah Bowers

'All About Hamish' is a collaborative project by ReConnect artist Jan Thomson and volunteer Sarah Bowers, focused on creatively exploring ideas around the concepts of self and self-esteem through the character of Hamish. The project has been a chance for Sarah and Jan to develop a creative partnership and to generate a final window installation using stain glass and vinyl in the ReConnect studio space.

Using the Project Ability logo -christened Hamish by the ReConnect group- to create a focal character for the conversation, they collectively discussed their individual responses to a broad palette of colours, reflecting the complex range of emotions present within us at certain points.

The final design works with the existing curve of the studio windows to express this spectrum of different states of being, with the figure of Hamish moving through this arch of emotions.

The project was a chance for Jan and Sarah to learn together and teach one another while building confidence in the mediums of stain glass and vinyl. And we must say, it looks fantastic in the ReConnect studios!

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Bike Race’ by Steven Reilly

 

Shop Item of the week... 'Bike Race' by Steven Reilly. This playful painting has all the usual charm of a Steven Reilly. Smiling faces and a strong composition and colour palette. This painting is in acrylic on stretched canvas and is 90 x 90 cm. Priced at £75 it would be a brilliant gift for an avid cyclist. You can find this painting in our online shop here. It's an original, so once it's gone, it's gone!

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Artwork of the week - ‘Me watching Peter Pan on the proper video’ by Leslie Thompson

Artwork of the week features this colourful masterpiece portraying the artist in his home watching Peter Pan while his mother is baking up a storm in the kitchen.This is a sneak preview of our next exhibition! Project Ability is delighted to welcome Leslie Thompson into our studos and gallery for his first solo show... 'Leslie Thompson the Superstar Artist Drawer'. Thompson will be exhibiting a brilliant selection of his drawings, textiles and small furniture pieces in our gallery from 19 August - 23 September. 

Leslie works in the studios of Venture Arts, based in Manchester, and is traveling up for the exhibition opening next Friday. We are planning a 'cartoon afternoon' in the gallery as part of the reception, which will include Leslie's favourite, 'Peter Pan'. This event, on 18 August from 1 - 3pm,  is open to the public so if you are interested  please drop by. It will be an opportunity to meet the artist who will be joined by some of Project Ability's Aspire artists and tutors. All welcome!  

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The Great Scottish Run: Jacobs are fundraising for Project Ability

The Great Scottish Run 2017 is under two months away, and the Jacobs Glasgow team has been training hard for the event. The team, composed of people with different abilities, from experienced runners to beginners, are using this as motivation to start exercising regularly, and have chosen to fundraise for Project Ability while doing so! 

"At Jacobs, our people across the globe showcase a spirit of volunteerism and community action. This October, a group of 25 people from our Glasgow UK office have committed to taking part in the Great Scottish Run 2017. Project Ability was chosen from a group of local charities based on Jacobs vision to help make a difference in the local community. We recognise the valuable work done by Project Ability and are very happy to give some support for this work to continue."

You can support the team by donating securely to their Local Giving page, no amount is too small! They have already raised just under £700, and hope to reach their target of £2000 by the time of the event.

Many thanks to all the Jacobs runners for choosing us, and good luck for the run!

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Walking Group -  Week 14: Edinburgh Art Festival

Running alongside the Edinburgh International and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals is the Edinburgh Art Festival, an exciting programme of exhibitions and events across the city.

Our walking group outing last week began with a bus journey to the capital followed by an energetic walk from the bus station to Inverleith House.

The house is set in the grounds of the Botanic Gardens and is currently showing Plant Scenery of the World, a varied exhibition of contemporary and historical works looking at the history of botanical collections and display.

A hike back into the city led to Fruitmarket Gallery to see an exhibition by Brazilian artist Jac Leirner, a wonderful display of works made from everyday materials collected by the artist.

You can see the full Art Festival programme at https://edinburghartfestival.com/
Inverleith House exhibition info at http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/edinburgh/inverleith-house
and Jac Leirner exhibition at http://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Cottage on a Hill’ by John McNaught

Shop Item of the Week features this beautiful painting titled 'Cottage on a Hill' by John McNaught. John works in our Aspire studios and has been a regular here for several years. He is a highly skilled painter and can create a gorgeous piece both in regards to compostion and colour. 'Cottage on a Hill' is no exception. This painting is in acrylic on stretched canvas and measures 80 x 80cm. Priced at just £80 it is a perfect addition to any home. If you are interested in the painting you can contact us for additional photos if you like, or come by to see it in person. You can find it in our online shop if you would like to take a closer look just now!

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Artwork of the week - ‘View from the Big Plane’ by Rachel Hook

 

This week's Artwork of the Week is this candy coloured work on paper by one of our young artists, Rachel Hook. 'View from the Big Plane' is inspired by Rachel's holidays, as many of her drawings are. It is a bright composition of blocks of colour and continuous line. You can imagine the landscape below marked by fields and rivers, houses and mountains.This piece is on exhibition in our Gallery II just now, until the 12th of August. Rachel has worked in our Create programme for young people and has made a vast amount of work this year. She is a very talented and dedicated artist, and Project Ability was very pleased to offer her the solo show in our Gallery II during the Young Talent exhibition. Both shows are up for another week! 

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Summer performance workshops

The second of our week-long summer performance workshops drew to a close today with our troupe of young artists performing their piece for family and friends in the gallery here at Project Ability.

Responding to the Young Talent exhibition, the young artists spent the week devising their piece with drama artist Clare Human and music tutor Allan McKeown.

‘I love acting and working with the props’ – Carole

The young artists experimented with sound and music, colour and costume, texture and movement, and these multi-sensory workshops have been a great opportunity to explore art via a more unconventional channel.

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Shop of the week - ‘Beastie Owl Cat’ by Lewis Scott

 

Shop item of the week is this little creature, 'Beastie Owl Cat' by Lewis Scott! Created in oil bar and pastel, this delightful drawing on paper measures 59x42 cm. Lewis Scott works in Project Ability's Aspire studios. His use of line and colour is both bold and loose. You can see some of his other artwork on his artist's page.

'Beastie Owl Cat' would love to become your new best friend.... if you're interested you can find him here, in our online shop for £30. If you would like us to frame the drawing just let us know. exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk / 0141 552 2822

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Artwork of the Week - ‘The Three Stooges’ by Cameron Morgan

'The Three Stooges' by Cameron Morgan is our artwork of the week! This screen print takes inspiration from a recent trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Bretton. 'The Three Stooges' comes from the 80 strong assembly of identical two-metre-tall graphite figures titled, 'Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness' by British-Trinidadian artist, Zak Ove. Cameron Morgan visited the scultpure park during a two week residency at The Art House in Wakefield where he was working with printmaker Richard Marsden. 'The Three Stooges' is part of an exhibition of prints and mixed media pieces that will preview tonight at The Art House. You can read more about this exhibition, titled 'First Edition' here. We've also made an online book featuring images of all of the work in the exhibition. These prints are all small editions of ten and they are for sale. Please contact the gallery if you are interested, exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk or 0141 552 2822. 

If you are a visual artist and would be interested in sharing your skills with Cameron, please follow this link to read about an opportunity to do just that.

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Meet the Maker: Lucy Gordon

Last Friday, we launched a new series of talks, visits and workshops called Meet the Maker that Project Ability artists are invited to attend. Over the course of the next few months we are inviting artists and makers working in the city to present their work, either at Project Ability or in their own studios. We hope to introduce our artists to new works and give them an opportunity to find out more in depth about different artist’s practices. We also hope to give insight into artist’s professional practice and how they present their work in exhibitions, events and online.

For the first in this series we were delighted to be joined by Lucy Gordon. Lucy is a painter and illustrator, who lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2002 and since then has continued to develop her practice in her home studio, exhibiting regularly and presenting her work at makers markets. Within her works she uses literary references, childhood memories and everyday banality, to create fun and often surreal images of animals.

The event was really well attended by artist’s working on our Aspire and Reconnect programmes. Lucy showed some great examples of her work and talked about her experience of being an artist which sparked a lot of discussion and questions amongst the group.

The next event in this series is happening on Friday 25th August, 1-2pm, when we will be taking a trip to Fireworks Studio to meet ceramicist Garnet McCulloch.
http://www.lucygordonart.co.uk/

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First Edition opens tonight in The Art House

Last June, Cameron Morgan spent two weeks in residency at The Art House in Wakefield, where he experimented with screen-printing.

The work produced is now being exhibited in a solo show titled First Edition, at The Art House, until 31 August. Opening: Wednesday 26 July, 5pm-9pm.

If you can't make it to the exhibition, have a look at Cameron's prints in our online book. 

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Royal visit at Project Ability

On Monday 24th July, we were delighted to welcome Princess Eugenie in our studios, accompanied by Glasgow's Lord Provost Eva Bolander.

After a short meeting with our Director Elisabeth Gibson, where she learnt more about our charity and the work we do, the Princess was introduced to the Aspire, ReConnect and Create artists present on the day and spent some time in the workshops.

She took time to talk with everybody, signed our comments book and even took part in our young people's performance workshop!

"What an amazing organisation. Thank you for sharing with me and I hope to see you all soon. 
Eugenie"

For more photos of the Princess's visit, please see our Facebook Page. 

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Artist Residency / Creative Partnership opportunity

Project Ability has a new opportunity for a visual artist to develop a creative partnership with artist Cameron Morgan, FRSA

Cameron Morgan is a prominent learning disability artist.  He has received a professional development award from Creative Scotland to support his continuing artistic practice.  He is based in Glasgow and works in Project Ability’s studio in Trongate 103.

Fee: £2000
Closing date: 25th August 2017, 5pm.
Interviews: 1st September 2017, Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD

This is a call for an artist to open their studio to Morgan and share their practice.  It’s a “residency”, in your own studio; a day a week over 12 weeks to reflect, create, experiment, and learn while collaborating, conversing and working alongside Morgan.
What you choose to do and the approach taken will be a conversation negotiated between you, Morgan and facilitated by Project Ability.  Possible project outcomes if new work is made is a shared exhibition or artist talk.
This is the first of three opportunities that will be offered over 12 months.  Your commitment to the partnership will be approx. 12 days, 60 hours.

Morgan has exhibited widely and received public and critical accolades for his work.  He is expert in creating temporary gallery installations; large scale paintings worked directly onto the fabric of the gallery and his humorous ceramic sculptures.  He spent much of 2016, in the studio working on his Glasgow International commission TV Classics Part 1 (http://www.tvclassicspart1.co.uk): Project Ability, April 2016 and Put Your Sweet Lips Closer to the Phone: Tramway, September 2016. 

Learning disabled artists are under-represented in every area of contemporary visual arts; their work is not held in national collections and it has little exposure in public galleries.  The work is seldom researched, documented or critiqued.  There are a few notable artists who are change makers.  Through their talent and determination and the expertise of their support studios, their work is reaching audiences.  Cameron Morgan is a change maker.

The project explores the nature of artistic collaboration, knowledge and skill exchange and works towards a more equal and improved integration of inclusive arts practice. Project Ability supports artists with learning disabilities to develop their artistic practice and contribute to the contemporary visual art landscape. 

Interested? Send a covering letter describing your interest in the project, your C.V. and 6 images to director@project-ability.co.uk by Friday 25th August. 

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Wyllie’s Paper Boat’ by Michael McMullen

 

Michael McMullen's 'Wyllie's Paper Boat' is our Shop Item of the Week! There is no mistaking this image! Scotland' s treasure George Wyllie created the QM  Paper Boat  which traveled the world, but this painting is clearly portraying the QM's time in Glasgow, evident by the Finnieston crane in the distance. It is a fantastic painting that captures a grand moment in Glasgow's history of art. For anyone not familiar with the Paper boat, you can read more about it here...  There is also a great video that can be seen here.  

At closer inspection one can begin to see not only the paper boat, but what looks like the 'Straw Locomotive' in the distance, suspended from the crane.

     

Born in Glasgow in 1921, George Wyllie first became a sailor and then a customs officer, but rapidly acquired a national and international reputation as an artist and sculptor. He is an inspiration to many artists, and, as a 'non-art- educated artist, he helped to break down barriers around the idea of the 'outisider' artist. McMullen's painting perfectly portrays the charm, humour and grandness of the 'Paper Boat' project,  and as a painting it celebrates Glasgow, Wyllie and the arts!

Measuring 90 x 90cm, this acrylic painting on canvas can be purchased from our gallery shop, or online, for £75. If you would like to view the painting, or see additional photographs, just let us know... 0141 552 2822, exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk.

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Artwork of the week - by Martin Sloss

Artwork of the week features this beautiful seascape by Aspire artist Martin Sloss. This painting is on exhibition at Platform in Easterhouse as part of Project Ability’s annual show. This is a rare opportunity in our exhibition calendar for artists in our Aspire programme to exhibit large scale paintings.
Martin is becoming a master of land and sea scapes, working with a serene colour palette and mixing the real with the abstract.  His multicoloured fingerprint sized splotches of paint sit on the canvas like the sun shimmering off the sea with a vast city off in the distance. The overall subtly of colour and form has created a serenely captivating painting. This seascape can be seen at Platform, The Bridge, until August 27th. If you are interested in learning more about Martin Sloss and his work please contact the gallery. More of his work can be viewed online here.

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Shop Item of the Week - by Tommy Mason

Shop Item of the Week is this lovely drypoint print by Tommy Mason. Titled 'Hill', this piece measures 20 x 28 cm and is priced at £25. You can view it on our online shop here, or pop by the gallery to see it in person. As always, if you would like this print framed, we can assist. Just contact us at exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk or ring 0141 552 2822.

Tommy Mason has work in a show that opens this evening at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Organised by RECOAT, 'This WIll Ruin Everything' features the work of 40 fine artists who cross over into design. We are delighted that Tommy has been invited to exhibit with RECOAT. Please follow this link for more info about his exhibition.

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Summer workshops public performance

The first of our two week-long performance workshops will be drawing to a close on Friday. The young artists involved spent the week experimenting with music, textures and movement, responding to our current exhibition Young Talent through the medium of performance art.

Led by drama artist Clare Hume and with tutor Allan McKeown, these multi-sensory workshops have been a great opportunity for our participants to explore art via a more unconventional channel.

The group will be showcasing a performance for the public on Friday 14 July, at 1.30pm in Trongate 103. Everybody welcome!

Next workshop: week starting 24th July. There are still a few places available, call us on 0141 552 2822 to book a place. 

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Artwork of the week - by Jack Hynes

Artwork of the week features this painting on canvas by Jack Hynes. Jack works in our Create programme for young artists and this painting is currently on show as part of our Young Talent exhibition. It is a gorgeous abstract painting with lots of texture and expressive mark making. The colours and energy in this piece are very strong with the raw canvas showing through over a large part of the surface of the work. Measuring 70 x 44 cm, it is a great wee abstract painting that packs a punch! It is for sale in our gallery just now for 60 pounds. Please be in touch if you are interested. 0141 552 2822 / exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk

Young Talent is an annual exhibition which features work by all of our young artists who wish to take part. It is exciting and fun, you can read more about it here. The show is up until 12 August.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Donkey’ by Ian Doak

‘Donkey’ is our shop item of the week! This simplified impression of the big eared horse is a bright and cheerful painting. Measuring 30x30cm, it is on stretched canvas and ready to hang. Simple blocks of fresh vivid colours give this painting its charm.
Ian Doak works in our Aspire programme. As he has done with this character, he often outlines his subject with a bold continuous line of colour.  Ian seems to effortlessly create a picture that leaves a lasting and memorable impression on the viewer. This little guy can be yours for just £40 pounds. Purchase ‘Donkey’ from our online shop or visit us at Trongate 103 where you’ll find it hanging in our gallery shop.

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Artwork of the week - ‘Horse’ by Kyle Morrison

Artwork of the week is this painting on paper of a ‘Horse’ by Kyle Morrison. Kyle is part of our Create programme for young artists. This painting is one of two horses he has in the Young Talent exhibition which opens in the Project Ability gallery this Saturday, July 8th, at 1pm.

This ‘Horse’ is reminiscent of historic cave paintings found in places such as the Lascaux Cave in France. The simplicity of form and colour looks as though it has been borrowed from these paintings from the Stone Ages. Kyle has done a series of these Horse paintings and each has its own subtle variations in the same way as the cave paintings do.

    

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Meet the Volunteers - Monika Grubizna

Monika Grubizna volunteered with our Aspire group from January this year until the end of the last block. It has been a pleasure having her as part of the team.

"I started volunteering with Project Ability shortly after relocating to Glasgow and found everyone very welcoming, friendly and helpful. I’ve had previous experience with running creative workshops for both children and adults, but never had a chance to work alongside artists who experienced any kind of cognitive difficulties, so the Aspire program has been a great opportunity for me to observe, learn and gain new outlook on the creative process and the therapeutic value of artistic expression.

The Aspire group is a lovely mix of sparkling personalities. Everybody has been working in a wonderfully relaxed manner, immersing themselves in the process without fear or pressure.
At first I felt a bit lost without a set “class” agenda, but soon I realised that the group has its own flow: everyone sets their separate goal and pace when making art. The laid back atmosphere and happy chatter add to the creative air.

The studio spaces and the variety of professional equipment are really impressive. We could choose almost any technique to put our ideas into life and there was a complete freedom in doing so. The tutors were always there to provide feedback and advice. Working in such a relaxed and supportive environment has been incredibly fulfilling. Thank you!"

Thank you to Monica and all our wonderful volunteers! We now look forward to meeting the next group of artists who will join us starting in August!

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Cameron Morgan - Arthouse residency Week 2

"A great second week with Cameron in The Arthouse, Wakefield!

We had 3 very successful days in the studio with the hugely talented Richard Marsden, finishing off prints and started 2 new ones.

The drawings Cameron made after our trip to The Yorkshire sculpture park was turned into a 5 colour screen print. Quite the task, but not only did Richard and Cameron manage to get the colours separated and screens made, they also managed to make many great prints from the screens. The colours chosen really worked well and popped.

Cameron now knows every stage involved in making screenprints, from simple 2 colour prints right up to a massive 5 colour print,and loved the whole process.

We also managed to have days out to The Yorkshire sculpture park, Barbara Hepworth museum and the beautiful city of York, I’m sure these will inspire many more pieces from cameron in the future. I must admit it wasn’t all so cultural as we also spent an evening watching Wonderwoman in the cinema and each morning started with a swim.

All in all a great week! So many new skills added and inspirational artwork seen."
-Jason Davis

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Ladysbridge Stories now on social media!

'Ladysbridge Stories', our collaborative project with C-Change, is now on social media!

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to be kept updated about this captivating social history project focusing on the stories of people with learning disabilities who lived in the Ladysbridge Hospital in Aberdeenshire.

A dedicated website is currently under construction and will be launched in the coming weeks. If you have any information about the Ladysbridge Hospital or would like to share your story, please contact us on info@project-ability.co.uk or 0141 552 2822.

Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Aphex Twin’ by Jaqui Smyth

'Aphex Twin' by Jaqui Smyth is our Shop Item of the Week. Jaqui works in our Aspire studios and has an interest in celebrity culture and music. This ink drawing is on high quality heavy-weight watercolour paper and measures 40 x 30 cm. It is one of several ink drawings Jaqui has  made in 2017 all portraying musicians and singers. Anyone who has listened to the music of Richard David James (aka Aphex Twin), or seen any of his videos or album covers will agree this fine portrait captures the oddities of Aphex Twin - an aesthetic that encompasses the twisted and the dark with a hint of the comical.

 If you love Aphex Twin and would like to purchase this original ink drawing it can be yours for £13. You can find it in our gallery shop on the first floor of Trongate 103 or it can be bought from our online shop right now... 

In addition to Aphex Twin we also have Macy Gray, Justin TimberlakeBeyonce and more! Contact the gallery if you'd like to see one of Smth's other ink drawings. 

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Artwork of the week - ‘Saber-Tooth Tiger from the Ice Age’ by Steven Reilly

RAWR! This week we bring you this colourful Saber-Tooth tiger as our Artwork of the Week. Painted by the very talented Steven Reilly, 'Saber-Tooth Tiger from the Ice Age' is a brilliant portrait of this now extinct creature. You can see this painting on exhibition, along with many other large scale canvases by many Project Ability Aspire artists, at Platform, The Bridge, in Easterhouse. It is our Annual Aspire at Platform exhibition, and as usual, it doesn't disappoint.

This painting by Steven, who is an artist working in our Aspire programme, is one of his latest artworks, and we are very pleased he finsihed it in time to be included in the show. Steven's work is colourful, happy and always a joy to look at. His personality matches the bright playfulness of his paintings and we are lucky to have him in the workshops here at Project Ability. Steven also volunteers in our gallery on a regular basis and helps to run out-reach workshops with some of our tutors.  

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Meet the Volunteers - Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is one of our brilliant volunteers. She tells us more about her experience in this week's Meet the Volunteers. 

"At the start of this year, I began as a volunteer in the ‘Art Matters’ workshops on Saturdays. As a practising artist and recent graduate, I have found the workshops both inspiring and rewarding. Project Ability provides the participants with the freedom to explore a wide range of materials away from the constraints of set structures and briefs, creating a fun and liberal studio environment.

The opportunity to become involved and to engage with each participant has been informative and good fun. The other staff have been very welcoming, providing a supportive insight into the many different functions of the organisation. The workshops bring you back to the raw principle of creativity – a welcomed detox from the art world. It has been a joy to observe how each participant expresses their creativity differently and highlights the benefits of self-motivated learning/workshops.

Overall, it has been a great learning experience, the relationship between the volunteers and participants has been two ways whereby shared interests and knowledge is exchanged. I believe that Project Ability advocates the importance of creativity in our everyday society and would highly recommend the experience becoming a volunteer."

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