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.
For more photos of the Princess's visit, please see our Facebook Page.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 25th August.
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, email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 / email@example.com
‘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.
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.
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!
"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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 552 2822.
Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
'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 Timberlake, Beyonce and more! Contact the gallery if you'd like to see one of Smth's other ink drawings.
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.
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."
Last Wednesday around twenty Project Ability artists went on a day trip to Falkirk. We were able to fit in two attractions The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies.
We met in the Trongate 103 lobby for a 10am departure and were in Falkirk within an hour. We spent an hour at the wheel, exploring the visitor center which is well equipped with toilets, cafe and shop before having a chance to see the wheel in action.
We watched in awe as a canal barge sailed into the bottom section and was amazingly lifted to the top as the mechanism did its magic. In return another barge was brought down and its passengers able to disembark.
At this stage some of the group split up to walk along the canal bank through Falkirk to the Helix Park where the Kelpies are located. The rest of went back to the bus after taking numerous fabulous photographs.
We drove for around ten minutes to the next location and got our first glimpses of the huge metal sculptures from the bus. Once at The Helix we were able to walk down to the statues and see all around them, even getting close enough to see the inside through the gaps in the metal.
There too is a visitor center with information on the construction of the work, a gift shop, more toilets and choice of cafes to eat at. The Kelpies are depicted here as two large horses heads but mythical creatures are shape shifting and can take other forms, horses were chosen for this piece to represent the heavy horses that worked on the canals in history pulling barges.
We ate our lunch in the large, comfortable picnic area and it was then that the rain decided to prove to us it had indeed been forecast, a small shower had everyone pulling out coats, umbrellas and heading towards the visitors center for shelter. Once the rain was past and we had reunited with the walkers we returned to Glasgow and were back by mid afternoon.
(Blog by Morag McGilchrist)
Cameron Morgan is now starting his second week in residence at the Arthouse. Technician Jim Ewen spent the first week with him, and brought back many photos and many stories.
Tuesday 20th June: we started the day meeting Richard Marsden -the screen printer- who would be working with us exploring the process. We jumped straight in, turning Cameron’s picture of the combine harvester into a 4 colour print. This involved quite a lot of preparation of scanning editing and colour separation on the computer. Printing the images onto acetate. Coating the silkscreens, then exposing them, and finally, washing and drying the screens. Next, Cameron mixed some ink and taped up the excess areas of the screen. Now we were ready to print and 10 sheets later we were done. The first colour of the combine was done.
We stopped for lunch and in the time we had left we made some experiments using tape. Set a shape with tape on the back of the screen and then use ink to make some interesting colour prints. We learned how the ink mixes on the screen and how to mask off areas like a stencil.
Wash up time and that was our first day with Richard. We had a break and then came back for the rest of the afternoon. Cameron worked on a new drawing of an agricultural windmill or water pump as they were used, and I made some experiments with paper stencils. We decided to make Cameron’s drawing into a stencil and started cutting it up. It felt good to be thinking up ideas and just doing it. Just a few hours ago we didn’t have the confidence to do that. Now it felt natural, like we knew what we were doing. And it worked, we got a good print from the paper stencil.
Wednesday started with the aim to complete the combine harvester. Another 3 colours to print. Because the ink was water based and because of the weather, the ink dried quickly so we could over print after about 40 min. The finished edition of 10 prints were just stunning. A major achievement in so little time.
In-between the colour printing, when Richard washed the screens or prepared the next one, Cameron got on with developing the windmill print. He traced on top of the print where highlights should go and then made another paper stencil. This time with a grey ink. It was coming on really well. We removed the stencil for the final print just to see what would happen- a ghostly image of the windmill appeared. Later on Cameron would draw on top of this print to create a fantastic finished piece.
After a very busy day, it was time for dinner. We tried the Thai Street Food Wakefield and it became our favourite restaurant.
On Thursday the plan was to do another of Cameron’s drawings. This time of a tractor ploughing a field. We were going to do 3 colours in just a few hours. With screen printing there are always test prints before the good paper goes in. we had built up many such prints and they were overprinted with each new colour. The result was a stack of chaotic and beautiful prints which could easily go into the coming exhibition.
The final edition of the tractor was finished just as the photographer arrived so Richard decided to make another colour experiment print. Making a shape with tape on the screen Cameron then literally threw ink at the screen. Almost got the photographer too! He made some great prints with bright, bright colours.
Again in-between printing the tractor we worked on the windmill print. Cameron made a third stencil for which we printed in pink. He also over drew another of the ghost prints. They turned out great, and with that Thursday was done.
Friday started early. It was my last full day with Cameron. I would be going home on Saturday and Jason Davis would be coming down to take over my duties. Richard wasn’t working with us today so we had to carry on experimenting on our own. Through the week I had been making experiment prints with paper stencils and then overprinting with an exposed screen with a drawing on it. My drawings and paintings are all based on an imaginary place called Zillerholm. It allows me to mash out lots of different places and cultures in one place. The prints I made tied into this as well. I was really pleased with them but I didn’t need to do anymore of them. So today, Cameron and I worked together, using everything we had learned, to make hybrid drawings and prints.
We started with some quality paper, Fabriano Rosapina, and using watercolour, graphite and ink, made some paintings which were all about mark making and colour. Then we tore them up. We prepared the screen with a landscape format and attached strips of tape. Cameron mixed some bright colours and then we started printing. At first on fresh paper and later on the torn up paintings.
We over printed some twice, and on some prints used Cameron’s tractor plough image as well. It was a really fun day and we got what we wanted -the happy accident. It turned up everywhere. The paintings we torn up were printed really randomly, however when we fitted them back together in 2s and 3s it worked so well. They were meant to go back together. We were really pleased, the creative gods were blessing us today.
We cleaned up the studio and as I sorted out all the prints we had done over the 4 days, Cameron started over drawing 2 of the prints. He created a couple of gems. And with that we were done. A nine hour day. My legs were aching. I needed a sit down and a cold beer. I got both. It was a real pleasure working with Cameron and I really enjoyed our chats in the evenings over food and beer. I’ll miss Wakefield as well, the Arthouse staff and the sun. Time to go home.
As part of our trip to the North East, Project Ability’s ‘On the Road’ artists visited Burnie Day Centre in the historic fishing town of Buckie and the Keith Community Hub, located in the centre of Keith, a country town famous for its Country show, traditional music and its important position on the ‘Scottish Malt Whisky Trail’.
Keith and Buckie, though very close in proximity, are both very different towns in look and feel; one coastal and the other rural. We received the friendliest of welcomes in both venues and were amazed at the enthusiastic and focused response, by both groups, to our sessions.
On day one we were treated to a tour of all Burnie’s marvellous, purpose-built facilities, such as its brilliant soft play room, snoezelen multi-sensory environment, activities rooms and even a trampoline room. Laid out in the shape of a horseshoe, Burnie encloses a beautiful sensory garden, which was buzzing with bees.
In Keith we were given a preview of the group's beautiful collaborative collaged wall mural which now brightens up one of their main meeting rooms and can be enjoyed by many of the groups who share facilities at the centre.
We’d travelled north to Elgin on Sunday with a car stuffed full of clay, plaster, drawing inks and an array of objects to inspire participants, such as ceramic skulls, Indian block prints and plastic toys. For both workshops we devised sessions which could offer our participants a series of tactile and multi-sensory activities, resulting in beautiful pressed clay plaster reliefs. These reliefs explore a number of processes rolled into one to ensure that everyone can connect and engage on many levels. The sessions involved lots of rolling, pressing, printing, pealing, measuring, mixing and tapping.
-Sharon Quigley, On the Road tutor
Burnie Day Centre,
28 Highfield Road
Keith Community Hub
26 Mid Street
Shop Item of the week is this portrait by Michael McMullen of 'Judy Garland'. Michael works in our Aspire studios and has a great way of working with line in his drawings and paintings. Judy is pen on paper and measures 59x41cm. You can purchase this drawing for £25 from our online shop or in our gallery shop at Trongate 103. McMullen's images have a distinct style to them, often drawing people with his signature broad sloping shoulders. Michael has been producing some excellent work in the past couple of years and we're saving as much as we can in the hope of a solo exhibition at some point in the future. His Superhero paintings at our Christmas show were a great success, with two large canvases selling to two very happy customers!
Artwork of the week is this beautiful painting titled 'Snow Leopard' by Anji Goddard. 'Snow Leopard' is part of Goddard's solo exhibition titled 'From the Heart of the World', up in our Gallery II until July 1st. This exhibition is filled with gorgeous animals, often with a deep blue night sky and the soft light of the moon shimmering down. This exhibition is the culmination of many months of work by the artist, and it is a gorgeous selection of paintings. In our main gallery we are exhibiting a new exhibition titled 'Our Worlds', come by to see both shows until July 1st!
In today's 'Meet the Volunteers', we introduce you to the brilliant Anna Reid, who has been volunteering with our Create programme.
"Project ability reminded me that art, particularly as a form of play, is unbelievably important when it comes to learning and confidence. I started volunteering with the Create programme after graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, where my practice focused primarily on social engagement with young people.
After graduating I knew that I wanted to continue being creative whilst working with the community, and when I heard about Project Ability, and the programmes they ran, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. It certainly was. I found I learnt as much from the young people I worked with as (I hope) they did from me. As I got to know the artists and work alongside them, the experience became more and more rewarding. The Create programme meant young people could express their spontaneous ideas using anything from clay, to photography, to drawing and even printmaking. The facilities and space are fantastic, and the staff are extremely supportive in helping you navigate the studio and finding materials. I loved visiting the Project Ability galleries, which provided me with endless inspiration and appreciation for the artists working at Project Ability.
I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who wants to work alongside inspiring artists and needs a reminder as to why art is so beneficial for the community."
Thanks Anna! If you would like to volunteer with Project Ability, download an application form and apply by Monday 26th June.
Cameron Morgan started his two-week residency in the Arthouse, Wakefield, on Saturday 17th June. Project Ability' technician Jim Ewen is with him for the first week; here he tells us what the two of them did during the first couple of days.
"Seventeenth of June 2017, we arrived at the Arthouse Wakefield with real excitement and the beginnings of a Florida tan. We thought summer was over already. Two weeks in May is the same for everyone right? No, we’ve traveled 230 miles to a different climate and we’re amazed and scunnered at the same time. Cameron Morgan has been awarded a 2 week printmaking residency here in Wakefield and I’m his buddy, driver, assistant, fellow artist? It doesn’t matter, I’m the technician for Project Ability which means I do anything and everything and that’s why it’s a great job. This is going to be fun.
The Arthouse is a young, handsome, brick building. It comprises of a new build, born in 2009 and a refurb of a Victorian listed library. 50 studio artists work here now and two more live in the fantastically accessible flat which even has a socket by the bed for your essential pillow vibrator. A great deal of money has been spent here, the facilities are fantastic, the light floods in everywhere and just as a bonus the roof doesn’t leak. Odd for an artist studio.
The printmaking studio is kitted out with an auto-etching press, a laser-cutter, iMacs and silkscreens galore. It’s almost the Arthouse’s greatest asset but that has to be reserved for the workers here. The staff made us feel so welcome and Ian the cleaner made us laugh at 8am. Surrounded by bars, restaurants, the train station and The Royal Theatre, the Arthouse couldn’t get any more central. It seems the cultural quarter is important to this cathedral town. The Hepworth Wakefield is 15min walk from here. The Sculpture Park is the same by car and, oh boy do the people love that place! Heavin wi folk!
I visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park about 15 years ago when two friends married on the grounds. It was beautiful, but now, when Cameron and I visited it, it’s evolved and attracted the biggest names in international sculpture. There are new galleries, cafes, and installations all over the place (as well as plenty of sheep). People love it. The art, picnics under a tree, the walking. But the art - there is just so much of it now! It’s the first time I’ve seen work by Ai WeiWei. Twelve Bronze zodiac heads. Like totems to worship, and worship people do. I watched. Arms raised in adulation, a photo taken from every angle, data sacrificed. And then as Cameron did, the people bow and grovel in search of the best low angle shot. I don’t mind the selfies and wanting to record everything but I was wondering if this kind of human behavior was what Ai WeiWei intended all along? As Cameron fluttered around the zodiac heads, I stood back and watched the pilgrims.
After the long hot walk past the boat house with no water, past the lake with too much, we took a rest at James Turrell’s Deer Shelter Skyspace. I’ve always wanted to see this master’s work and it didn’t disappoint. Stepping through the door into the underground space immediately removes you from brea-ing sheep, crowds of people and constant heat. A space of contemplation and coolness where the focus is the square hole in the high ceiling. Bright cerulean blue square as perfect as a new watercolour pan, wetted for the first time with so much promise. The square sky doesn’t change today but I can still watch it forever. This is my idol, pure colour.
Tony Cragg’s retrospective was simply stunning. Beautiful complex forms, with the maker in me trying to unlock their secrets of construction. The simple framed drawings which accompanied the sculptures were enlightening. Even the most complex of structures begin with a drawing. Drawing always comes first, and it’s what we’re doing today. In the Arthouse printmaking studio Cameron sits drawing his idea of a combine harvester. It will be one of many that will be produced today in preparation for tomorrow. For tomorrow we meet another of the locals –the screen printer- who will guide us through the cultural quarter and help us on the way to express the love of the combine through paper and ink.
And if it doesn’t cool down soon I’ll be dreaming of Turrell’s Skyspace, praying to the zodiac, and making plans for a pilgrimage to our temperate rainforest we call home all the while I’m topping up my Floridian tan."
Keep an eye on the website for Jim's second blog next week!
We are delighted to announce that Cameron Morgan has been shortlisted for the Dentons Art Prize. Dentons is collaborating with curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw to host a biannual £5,000 prize for the most exciting emerging contemporary artists working today.
The Dentons Art Prize is awarded by an independent jury of top art world professionals. Past panels have included high profile artists Richard Wentworth, Mark Titchner, Susan Hiller and Michael Landy, gallerists Neil Wenman, Simon Lee, Hannah Barry and Maureen Paley, collector and philanthropist Valeria Napoleone and curators Ziba Ardalan and Ellen Greig.
Each artist exhibits a selection of artwork at Dentons One Fleet Place meeting rooms and receives 5 hours of pro bono legal advice. Previous winners of the Dentons Art Prize include Paresha Amin (S/S17), Alexandra Lethbridge (A/W16) and Aimee Parrott (S/S16).
In conjunction with this award, Dentons also celebrates one artist with the “Staff Prize”. This will be awarded to the most popular artist as voted by Dentons’ London employees.
Congratulations to Cameron and all the other shortlisted artists!
Shop item of the week features this lovely pair of birds by Scott Smith. These are two seperate drawings on two seperate squares of black mount board. Measuring a total width of 54 cm and a height of 30cm, they are the perfect size for any nook and cranny in the home. They are being sold as a pair but if you'd like just one please contact the gallery. You can buy these two direct for 30 pounds from our online shop here.
'Scotsman' by Gerard Gallagher is our chosen artwork of the week. This colourful figure is undoubtedly a Scotsman, complete with kilt and Balmoral Bonnet. Gallagher is an artist working in our Aspire workshops, and he, along with fellow artist Edward Henry, are currently part of a two-man exhibtion in our gallery titled 'Our Worlds'. Gerard draws mainly figures, and often works from old posters and advertisements in magazines. His mark making is minimal and loose, giving his work a relaxed and expressive feel. 'Our Worlds' features new work by both Gallagher and Henry, and is up in the Project Ability gallery until 1 July.
"With an education in the Fine Arts and Design Academy in Poland and an interest in art therapy, I was very excited to be given the opportunity to become a volunteer with Project Ability. In 2016 I supported a gentleman at Aspire class and was very happy to see how much he enjoyed it. I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Project Ability where all the staff and fellow volunteers are very knowledgeable, have a great sense of care and it’s a pleasure to be a part of the team.
With Aspire, I am helping artists with drawing, painting, ceramics and other types of artistic media they choose to express themselves with. I’m witnessing how they create wonderful works of art. I‘m really glad I’m working with such inspiring and creative artists who are in kind teaching me how to balance being encouraging, instructive or when to step back and let their creativity flow. It has inspired me to go back to my art as well.
I would highly recommend any artist to volunteer at Project Ability. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with friendly, helpful and like-minded people within excellent facilities. But the best of all of course, is the chance to work with a group of great artists.
Thank you and all the best."
Thank you Katarzyna!
For the last of our heritage workshops with schools and youth groups at Linn Park Adventure Playground, children and young people explored weaving and carpet making, inspired by the Geddes Carpet Factory and Dye Works, which once stood where Holmhead Crescent and Holmhead Place are now.
In the 1700’s the factory was one of the area's main employers and those taking part in the workshops were very busy producing their small masterpieces.
We have an exciting programme of activities taking place at Linn Park Adventure Playground over the summer for children with additional support needs aged 5+ and their families.
Booking is essential, contact Linn Park Adventure Playground on 0141 633 1493
Friday 30th June - Rag Rug Carpets and Weaving Workshops, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm
Friday 7th July - Foraging for Foliage Walk, 10am-11am (Access to the park via steep slope with steps and uneven terrain.)
Paper Making Workshops, 11am-12noon & 1-3pm
Friday 21st July - Foam Printing Workshop, 10am-12 noon
Tie Dye Workshop, 1-3pm
Friday 28th July - Foraging for Foliage Walk, 10am-11am (Access to the park via steep slope with steps and uneven terrain.)
Printing From Found Objects Workshop, 11am-12noon
Textile Printing Workshop, 1-3pm
Friday 4th August - Rag Rug Carpets and Weaving Workshops, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm
These workshops are made possible thanks to generous support from Heritage Lottery and the money raised by National Lottery players.
'Tiger Moon' is our artwork of the week. Unframed this striking painting measures 30 x 30 cm and in its frame and mount it measures 52 x 52cm. This beautiful painting is made in acrylic on canvas paper, and can be seen in our Gallery II until 1 July. 'From the Heart of the World' is a solo exhibition from Anji Goddard, and it has transformed our Gallery II into a jungle!
Anji Goddard works in our ReConnect programme and is a multi-talented artist. You can read more about Anji and this impressive exhibition here. Please contact the gallery if you have any questions about Anji and her paintings.
"I’ve known of Project Ability since a lecturer suggested applying to volunteer when I was discussing my plans after studying at Gray’s School of Art. I’ve been following a plan towards studying a masters in Art and Psychotherapy for over 10 years. It’s the only career I’ve ever felt compelled to pursue. I have a deep desire to help others in any way I can, which combined with my engrained creativity would make it the ideal job for my personality. I’ve always admired the work Project Ability does and really wanted the opportunity to learn from them and the artists supported there.
As part of my journey, over the last two years, I have been working as a support worker for adults with learning difficulties, mental health illnesses and physical disabilities. I have incorporated art workshops and community based creative activities - when appropriate and if time allows - with the people I support, including helping to remodel the bedroom of a young woman I support to include a large sensory corner where she can spend some time out of her wheelchair.
In my job I have many other responsibilities, so having the chance to be immersed in a purely arts based environment at Project Ability, has been amazing. The feedback from the tutors has also been encouraging, especially when they have recognised the benefits of something I’ve tried with the artists they support.
A lot of the art workshops I have facilitated at work or other places, I have volunteered and have funded by myself. Having the time, space and resources at Project Ability has given me the opportunity to experiment more with people. Engaging with the artists to identify what they enjoy has been a big highlight for me. This has been particularly helpful with the non-verbal artist who I have spent the most time working with. The flexibility to switch to different materials and processes has helped me support him without creative limitations.
Focusing solely on art as a method to enrich people’s lives has been one of the most valuable periods of time I have spent volunteering. I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and learned new techniques to support people which will help me in future projects.
My own art practice has benefited too. While supporting one of the Saturday artists, I have made examples pieces to work from. There’s been quite a few moments where I have made work completely divorced from my usual palette and style because I haven’t been aiming to produce ‘art’ or been too precious and concerned with the result, yet I have liked the outcome more than I usually do. Working with the artists has definitely taught me to make work I enjoy making removed from my own expectations and standards I tend to place on myself.
I have been sad at the end of every session because I’ve been having far too much fun! I will definitely miss working with all of this group of inspiring people, but I’m so grateful that I have been fortunate enough to have worked with the artists alongside the tutors."
Thank you Robyn!
What a wonderful day for a walk in the park and what a wonderful park to walk in. Pollok Park in the Southside of Glasgow is not only the biggest park in the city but one of the most beautiful – especially on a sunny day. Our walking group were very pleased to get one of these last week for their trip and thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine. The Burrell Collection museum is currently closed for refurbishment but there is still plenty to do and see in the park.
There was wildlife aplenty with ducks, damselflies, newts and bees being spotted and lots of birdsong heard from the trees above. The group also had the great pleasure of seeing the shire horses grazing in the field and then being led along the riverbank.
It wasn’t the first time the group had been to the park but it was their first time to find the carved dinosaur bones in one of the cultivated garden areas.
For more information about the park visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollok_Country_Park
- Royal visit at Project Ability
- Artist Residency / Creative Partnership opportunity
- Shop Item of the Week - ‘Wyllie’s Paper Boat’ by Michael McMullen
- Artwork of the week - by Martin Sloss
- Shop Item of the Week - by Tommy Mason
- Film & Animation
- Recruitment & Volunteering
- Trongate 103
- Walking group
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