Tommy Mason exhibition closing event

Join us on Friday 28th April, 12-1pm for the closing event of Tommy Mason's exhibition in the Trongate 103 foyer. Everybody welcome!

Aspire artist Tommy Mason's unique large scale paintings have taken over the Trongate 103 foyer as a celebration to World Autism Day, and will remain there until the 29th. 

Tommy has been working with Project Ability for over 25 years, and the studio would not be the same without him. He helps to make Project Ability a creative and positive environment, and we are always happy to have the opportunity to share his art with the public. Tommy Mason’s style is one of a kind. Once you have seen his work you will forever recognise A Tommy Mason.

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Learning Disability Week - Aberdeen workshops

Project Ability and C-Change, in recognition and celebration of Learning Disability Week 2017, are delighted to invite you to join us for the launch of an exciting new social history project, based around the former Ladysbridge hospital in Aberdeenshire.

We are inviting people with learning disabilities in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including those who were former residents of this hospital, to tell your story, your way, in words and pictures.

Do you want to share your memories? Learn about the history of the Hospital? Find out about the research that is taking place across the country on the history and culture of learning disability?

We want to hear from you!  During the day you can talk, draw, write, reminisce, sing, dance... Expert art tutors are on hand to help.

Project Launch : Tuesday 16th of May 2017 between 10am - 3pm at the Aberdeen Arts Centre & Theatre (ACT Aberdeen).

Lunch is provided at 12 noon. In the afternoon at 2.00pm there will be a presentation by Sue Dumbleton from the Open University.

The project continues with a programme of workshops and talks on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th May, 10.00am – 3.00pm with lunch provided at 12 noon. Join us at ACT Aberdeen, for the day, or drop by for a morning or afternoon session.

To book a place please contact our C-Change Aberdeen team:
Phone: 01224 974 737
e-mail: aberdeenoffice@c-change.org.uk

The project is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

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Artwork of the week - the studio by Jonathan McKinstry

Artwork of the week is this portrait of the Project Ability studios, painted by Jonathan McKinstry! If you've seen Jonathan's work before you will have immediately recognised this masterpiece as his handy work. Jonathan has a loud energetic and exciting painting style. He loves comics and rich bright colours. This painting, measuring an impressive 90 x 200cm, is on stretched canvas and has been made over the last month in our Aspire studios. From left to right we have, Tommy, Sonia, Kate, Stephen, Cameron and John M.  It depicts the artists working on flags for Glasgow's upcoming Glasgow Open House 2017. Sonia and Kate were in working with the Aspire artists to make the flags which will act as markers for each of this year's venues. 

Jonathan has done a fantastic job capturing the dynamic atmosphere that makes up our Friday group of artists in Aspire. This painting ties in very well with our newest exhibition, which opens tomorrow afternoon with a reception from 4-6pm. Lucy Payne has created a collection of Project Ability studio portraits which will be on display along with a newspaper publication containing the illustrations and written text. To read more about this show check out 'Drawing People Drawing'.

As always, if you'd like more information about this painting, please contact the gallery at exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk

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Walking Group -Week 7: Alexandra Park

The name Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic word 'Glaschu' which means 'green hollow' or 'dear green place'. The name is still a very appropriate one as there are more than 100 parks and green spaces scattered across the city.

One of the favourites of these is Alexandra Park to the east of the city in the easily accessible district of Dennistoun. Our walking group travelled there on a 38 bus and enjoyed a good leg-stretching walk. For most of the group it was their first visit to the park but for one person it brought back some early memories as her parents had lived next to the park and she had been their several times as a child. She remarked that it 'seemed much bigger then'.

There was a great deal of wildlife activity around the pond with squirrels, crows, pigeons, swans and many other water fowl so it was a bit of a nature lover's paradise with many photo opportunities.

After the tour of the park, many of the walkers went their separate ways but a couple of people carried on walking. The next stop was a visit to a little known statue of Buffalo Bill in the grounds of some flats on Whitehill Street. The sculpture is a bit of a mystery as several web searches have not revealed the name of the artist who made it, so if anyone knows, please tell us!

Finally, an impromtu visit to Market Galley on Duke Street to see 'The Minch' reveals a series of fascinating interactive installations by Suzanne Déry and Susannah Stark before a walk back into town.

You can find more info about Alexandra Park here  and 'The Minch' and Market Gallery here 

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We are looking for a Freelance Arts Administrator

Project Ability is looking for a Freelance Arts Administrator to manage an outstanding programme of visual art activities and exhibition for children and young people with disabilities. The programme takes place in Project Ability’s studio in Trongate 103 in the centre of Glasgow and various off-site locations.

This is a freelance contract to cover a period of maternity leave. The fee is £7,200, 80 days over a period of 12 months.

Send completed application and your C.V to the Operations Manager at operations@project-ability.co.uk or Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
Closing date: 15th May.  Interviews 23rd May.

Key duties and responsibility

  • To work closely with the Artistic Director, staff team and artist tutors to plan and deliver a programme of workshops, exhibitions and events to support children and young people with disabilities to engage with contemporary visual art.
  • To sustain existing and develop new partnerships with other key agencies – schools, community organisations and special interest groups to develop, coordinate and deliver an ambitious and high quality visual arts workshop and learning programme.
  • To work with young people with disabilities to develop a programme of activities which support their creative learning and ambition.
  • To supervise art tutors responsible for project delivery.
  • To liaise with key stakeholders and funders.
  • To effectively evaluate the programme against planned outcomes and to produce written reports as required.

Experience, knowledge and understanding

  • Excellent track record of arts project administration.
  • Ability to demonstrate a minimum of three years relevant work experience.
  • Educated to degree or higher qualification in an arts related subject.
  • Understanding the needs of children and young people.
  • Understanding the special conditions required to give children and young people with additional support needs inclusive access to visual art.
  • Experience of project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of report writing.

Person specification

  • Well organised with the ability to plan and deliver activities on time and within budget.
  • Confident and articulate.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a small team.

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Artwork of the week - Cleopatra by Ronnie McCulloch

Artwork of the week features 'Cleopatra', (initially mistaken for Mata Hari), painted by Aspire artist Ronnie McCulloch over the past few months.  The mark making and texture in this work fills the surface of the painting with bold blocks of colour and an array of different shapes and designs. Below is an image of the poster the artist worked from:

The original photograph depicts Marilyn Monroe being Cleopatra in a 1957 photo shoot recreatment of the Theda Bara's version of Cleopatra. A "Life" magazine spread photographed by Richard Avedon. Measuring 90x120cm, Ronnie's recreation of this exotic image makes for a striking and unique painting. 

'Cleopatra' will be on exhibit this year at Platform in Glasgow as part of our Annual Aspire Exhibition. If you are interested in finding out more about the painting, or the artist, please contact the gallery.

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Glasgow Open House 2017

After last year's successful collaboration, Glasgow Open House asked our Friday Aspire group to design once again the flags marking the venues taking part in this year's festival. 

Glasgow Open House Arts is a small, not-for-profit group which celebrates Glasgow’s vibrant, insightful and industrious culture. They do this by inviting its residents to present art, music, and performance in their homes.

"This year, we’re working with two fantastic organisations based in Glasgow: The Coach House Trust and Project Ability. We will be creating joyful, colourful and characterful “way-finders”, which will be used during the festival weekend to mark the venues which house an exhibition or event. We had a wonderful time working with the Aspire Group artists. They have produced fantastic pieces which we can't wait to exhibit alongside the work in our programmed exhibitions."

The festival opens on the 28th April and runs until the 1st May.

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Artwork of the week-  ‘Man and Horse with a Wee Dog’ by Tommy Mason

Artwork of the week is this rendition of Rousseau's 'Junier's Cart' by Aspire artist Tommy Mason. 'Man and Horse with a Wee Dog' is currently on exhibition in the foyer of Trongate 103, along with six other abstract paintings by Tommy. These paintings are bold, bright and beautiful. This piece is a rendition of a rather famous painting by Henri Rousseau, pictured here:

 

It is clear that the subjects have been borrowed from Rousseau's painting, but the style, charm and colour palette are all Mason's. Read more about Tommy and his work at his exhibition page here. The exhibtiion will be up until 29 April. In addition to the paintings on display we have many amazing  works of art by Tommy in our archive room. If you love these but don't have enough wall space, you are welcome to look through some of his smaller paintings, prints and drawings. 'Beasts and Funny Men' is just one example.

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Walking Group - Week 6: WASPS

The walking group doesn’t just give participants the opportunity to get out and about for a walk, it also opens doors to many interesting places and gives the group the chance to meet a range of talented people.

For last week’s outing, a visit to Wasps Studios in Hanson Street was organised to meet some of the artists that work in the ceramics and glass studios.

First was Glasgow Ceramics Studios to meet with Nicola Henderson who was previously an artist in residence at Project Ability. Nicola gave the group a short tour of the studios and then a look at some of the pieces she has been working on.

The group then popped in next door to Glasgow Glass Studio for another short tour and some chat with glass artists Fiona and Brian. It was a fascinating and informative afternoon.

For more information about the studios visit: www.glasgowceramicstudio.com and www.glasgowglassstudio.co.uk

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Artwork of the week - ‘Bicycle’ by Scott Smith

Artwork of the week is this drawing on card by Aspire artist Scott Smith. It is definitely a bicycle we're looking at but there appears to be something special about its design. It looks like some kind of hybrid - something between a bicycle and moped, in a classic lowrider style. Scott has been drawing a lot of different bikes lately, each one slightly different than the previous. Despite the simplicity in the lines each bike is full of defining features. This 'hybrid' is perhaps the most unusual style, and is the most complex design. Measuring 21 x 71cm it is the perfect size for any bike lover's wall!

Scott often works on a subject matter over and over for a short period of time. We recently exhibited a series of Birds by Scott Smith. Each of his birds was drawn with the same delicacy and attention to line as his bikes are. It is always fascinating watching Scott make his work. He is very decisive about his subject matter and can stay fixated on a particular object or thing for a few weeks before moving on to the next body of work. His artist's page shows just a small selection of some of his paintings and drawings. If you would like to see more of these beautiful bikes, or other works by Scott, please contact the gallery.

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The end of Thursday Night Social

It is with regret that we announce the end of the Thursday Night Social. 

Glasgow Life who provide Trongate 103 with front of house services is pulling out at the end of March and we can no longer deliver out of hours’ activity.

The situation might change, and the tenant organisations in Trongate 103 are asking Glasgow Life to work with us to find a solution, but for the foreseeable future Project Ability’s studio will close at 5pm.
We are looking into alternatives and will keep you posted.

The last Thursday Night Social will take place on Thursday 30 March.

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Shop item of the week - Black clay cats by Christina SooJa Massey

Shop item of the week features this beautiful sculpture of two cats. Shown from the back in this photo, you can see their two tails wrapped together into the shape of a love heart. Made from black clay, this small piece of sculpture is a one-off original by Project Ability artist Christina SooJa Massey. It measures 12 x 15 x 12 cm and is priced at £30. More photos can be seen in our online shop. You can purchase this piece either in our gallery shop at Trongate 103 or online. 

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Artwork of the week -  ‘Breaking Bad’ by Ruth Mutch

 

Artwork of the week features this adorably troublesome dynamic duo. Straight off the television and into the creative imagination of artist Ruth Mutch, these two penguins represent Walter and Jesse off the enormously popular programme Breaking Bad. We all are familiar with these two characters and seeing them in the guise of the penguin throws an interesting and somewhat ironic twist to their personas.

'Penguins on Screen' is an exhibition of new work by Ruth Mutch, and each piece depicts the characters of some of her favourite programmes and films, all through the cute and playful penguin. Ruth has had a long-standing adoration of the penguin, and many of her penguin artworks can be found on her Penguin Parade website. Ruth works both free-hand and on the computer, and with the help of her mother she has developed many penguin themed products such as mugs, pencil cases, coasters and more. A small selection of these are currently for sale in our shop. There are a few of Ruth's artworks listed on our online shop and even more in the actual gallery shop.

The show is up in our Gallery II until the 13th of April. 'Penguins on Screen' sits beside  'Cats... the 2nd instalment', which is in our main gallery space. Both shows are sure to put a smile on your face. 

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Walking Group - Week 5: Tramway

It’s been a while since our walking group has ventured south of the river so a visit to Tramway in Pollokshields was something to look forward to.

The walk from the city centre is a good leg stretcher with plenty of interest along the way. Tramway had three exhibitions to entertain the group; a video by Berlin based Oliver Laric, some large scale sculptures by Claire Barclay and a group show by the Tramway over 55s art group.

There was also time for a turn round the Hidden Gardens for those that felt like more walking before getting the bus back into town.

You can find out what’s on in Tramway on their website: http://www.tramway.org

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The Ladysbridge Hospital Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Project Ability and C-Change have received £40,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Ladysbridge Hospital Project, in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Led by a project team managed by Project Ability and C-Change, the project focuses on the heritage of people with learning disabilities living in Aberdeenshire and nationally.

The project will enable people with learning disabilities who had lived at Ladysbridge Hospital in Banff, research the history of the hospital and the social history of people with learning disabilities and changing social conditions. Working with professional artists and supported by social care staff, the NHS Grampian Archivist and leading learning disability advocacy services, people with learning disabilities will share their stories in words and pictures to build a unique archive.

Ladysbridge Hospital was opened in 1865 and closed in 2003 and as many ex-patients had connections to the local area they remain to this day in and around Aberdeen having for the most part moved into their own accommodation. These people are now in their fifties, sixties and older and they want their stories to be documented and shared with their community. The project launch is on Tuesday 16th May, at Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre and is taking place to mark Learning Disability Week 2017. It is an opportunity to reflect on how the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland changed and how we can learn lessons from the past.

Commenting on the award, Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Director, Project Ability said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The story of how people with learning disabilities were treated in the not too distant past is a timely reminder of how much society has changed and how people with learning disabilities contribute to our communities.”
Sheryl Walker, PR & Projects Development Manager, C-Change said “We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery has provided the opportunity for C-Change and Project Ability to collaborate on a 2nd social history project. Ladysbridge Hospital is key part of Aberdeenshire's history and this project will help to raise awareness of how learning disability perception and policy has evolved over the years. It will be a privilege working with some of the ex-residents of Ladysbridge to share their personal memories of their experience of life in the hospital.”

Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to help communities learn about and take pride in their local heritage as well as training in new skills. Learning about history can be rewarding, fascinating and fun, and the story of Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff is no exception.”

(Images from the Lennox Castle Project)

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Artwork of the week - ‘Lots of Cats’ by Ross Agnew

This week’s Artwork of the Week is Lots of Cats by Ross Agnew. Lots of Cats is currently on display in Project Ability’s main gallery as part of our current exhibition, CATS… the 2nd instalment. This beautifully vibrant and playful piece combines paint and coloured pen on canvas to portray a cheerful group of feline friends playing amongst the flowers. Ross Agnew is a young artist who participates in Project Ability’s Create programme, and developed this piece over a period of several weeks. Often drawn to animals as a subject, Ross has made several fantastic cat themed pieces recently, and in fact one of these, Two Cats is also included in CATS… the 2nd instalment.

You can see Ross’s work in CATS… the 2nd instalment until 13 April. With over 40 artists on show, and over sixty artworks, this show is a must-see, particularly if you are a cat lover. Running alongside CATS, in Gallery II, we are showcasing new work by Ruth Mutch in Penguins on Screen, a unique exhibition of penguins in disguise as actors from our favourite television programs. Another show definitely not to be missed!

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Walking Group - Week 4: Milngavie

It seems that Milngavie is one of our walking group’s favourite destinations as they made another return visit there last week. One of the regular walkers lives there so he has good local knowledge of the best places to go for a dander.

First stop was Tannoch Loch, a small body of water with a broad range of waterfowl that came to the water’s edge to greet the group and be photographed.

One of the great attractions to Milngavie is the Lillie Gallery. The group have been to several exhibitions there and it has yet to disappoint. An exhibition of portraits of Scottish writers by photographer Angela Catlin filled the walls of the main gallery and in the two smaller galleries there were some paintings from the Lillie collection and a group show of work by artists from Dunoon. This last show was the main attraction for the group as one of our Project Ability tutors, Sandi Kiehlmann, was showing some of her latest textile pieces.

You can find out more about Lillie Gallery by clicking here.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Eeveelution’ by Ruth Mutch

Shop Item of the Week time yet again, and this week we are featuring a rather wonderful digital print - this is ‘Eeveelution’ by Ruth Mutch!  Ruth's penguins are - as always - expertly realised, a joy to behold, and just adorable. This print can be yours for as little as £25 from our online shop, so get a move on and capture it! 

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Artwork of the week - ‘Domain’ by Harris Burnett

                                                                                                                           

 

Artwork of the week is this painting in acrylic on canvas by Project Ability artist Harris Burnett. 'Domain' is in our current exhibition, 'CATS, the 2nd Instalment'. This painting seems to playfully point out what any cat owner is well aware of : the cat is in charge and can rule the house as its own domain however it sees fit. This feline is surely well loved as the portait in the corner of the paintings shows. One can guess that the chair it is jumping off of is 'the cats chair', and no one else is allowed on it when the cat is about.

Our CATS exhibition is full of an amazing variety of these furry friends. If you are a cat lover then this show is a must-see. With over 40 artists on show, and over sixty artworks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In our Gallery II we are showcasing new work by Ruth Mutch. 'Penguins on Screen' is a unique exhibtion of penguins in disguise as actors from our favourite television programs. Both shows are up until April 15th.

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Found Impressions

Found Impressions is a new film from Project Ability! The film was recently shown as part of Found Impressions..., an exhibition of work created by children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities, delivered by Project Ability in partnership with Glasgow Print Studio, PAMIS, The DASH Club and The Anchor Centre.

The film captures the making process and and offers an opportunity to hear parents, tutors and staff speak about their experiences.

Click here to see photos from Found Impressions..., the exhibition, and look out for a forthcoming publication, coming very soon!

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Zebras’ poster by Brian McGinnis

For this week's Shop Item of the Week, we bring you Zebras, a brand new, limited edition poster by Brian McGinnis.

You could have this group of friendly zebras on your wall for only £6! We think they would also make a fantastic gift. Available online now, or from our gallery shop.

If you would like to have your poster framed, we can do that for you! Please contact the gallery on 0141 552 2822 or info@project-ablity.co.uk. The framed price is £40.00 + delivery.

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Artwork of the week - ‘Mobile’ by Cameron Morgan

We're celebrating the closing of two exhibitions this week with another brilliant slip-cast telephone made by Project Ability's Cameron Morgan. This candy coloured phone is the last in a series of slip-cast telephones which looks back at the evolution of this marvelous invention! 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' has been on show in our Gallery II for the past month, and tomorrow is the final day. Each of the phones on display is an edition of five, and each one is priced at £180. Read more about Cameron on his webpage, or check out the brand new TV Classics website to see what Cameron has been up to over the past year.

Tomorrow sees the final day of this exhibition as well as The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World; a beautiful exhibition of paintings and drawings made by six very talented artists from the West Midlands who have been involved in a mentoring programme with acclaimed portrait artist Tanya Raabe-Webber

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Walking Group - Week 3: The Lighthouse

"For anyone who has yet to visit The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane, now is a good time to go as the place is heaving with interesting exhibitions. Mind you, even without the exhibitions it’s a great place to visit as from the top of the building there are wonderful views across the city in every direction.

On the day that our group visited, the lift to the indoor viewing platform was out of order so they bravely took the tower staircase up to the outdoor one. It’s quite a tiring climb but the views from the top make it more than worth the effort.

After some time in the Lighthouse looking at the views and the exhibitions the group took a walk across to the nearby St Enoch Centre to have a look in The Unexpected Artist.

This is a relatively new shop which houses an exhibition space and a couple of areas for resident artists to work in. The group were welcomed by one of the artists who carried on working on his painting while the group had a look around.

A fine day for views and viewings."

You can find out more about The Lighthouse here and even take a virtual tour of some parts of the building.

More information about the Unexpected Artist can be found here.
 

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Four Little Birds’ by Liz Blair

This week's Shop Item of the Week is Four Little Birds by Liz Blair.

This beautifully vibrant painting is perfect for springtime and is available from our gallery shop or online for only £50! These little birds are sure to fly off the shelf soon, so be quick! 

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Artwork of the week - by JM Boyce

 

Artwork of the week features this beautiful painting on canvas by ReConnect artist JM Boyce. The Doberman Pinscher has a perfect sheen to his coat and it’s colouring is complimented by the deep magenta flowers and green foliage in the back ground.
JM Boyce is extremely gifted in painting and this subject matter is her specialty. She has been painting many different types of dogs for several years at the Project Ability studios, and, as is visible here, she has perfected the art. This painting measures 70 x 50 cm which makes the dog just about life size. It is picture perfect in every last detail and stroke of the brush. If you would like to see more of this artist’s work please contact the gallery.

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Tanya Raabe-Webber on co-curating ‘The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World’

"I was very excited when Project Ability asked me to co-curate this exhibition with them.

The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World is an exhibition of the work of five learning disabled, and one non-disabled, artists who I have been mentoring and supporting back home in Shropshire and Birmingham.

The artists all have their own unique style of working and the themes are all very different too. There are landscapes, mood landscapes, trains, motorways, Japanese gardens, portraits, and abstract forms. Curating this exhibition meant that I had to really look hard to seek out the connections and relationships that were present in the works so that each artists work complimented the others.

I worked very closely with Heather, Project Ability's Exhibitions Coordinator on this. We unwrapped and laid the artwork around the gallery, stood back, looked, moved the work around into different positions and talked about the artists’ work and creative processes. This gave us a kind of story to tell; the artists’ journey in their creative professional development as they made their work over the last 12 months, as part of their mentoring and for this exhibition.

This is the first time that the artists have exhibited outside of the West Midlands in a professional gallery. It was important that the exhibition shows a strong cultural identity as well as showcasing the artists’ creative and artistic development through the mentoring.

The artists themselves will be visiting their exhibition 22-25 February through an Arts Council England and Lottery funded cultural exchange trip #Take6. I can't wait to see their reactions when they see their exhibition."

The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World continues until Saturday 25 February, open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm.

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Shop Item of the Week - Hand Painted Canvas Bag by Tommy Mason

Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you this rather fetching canvas bag, hand painted by the ever popular artist Tommy Mason.  Amazingly, this bag is only £15 from our online shop, so you'd better be quick if you fancy purchasing something truly unique! 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Untitled’ by Aymen Sohail

This week, our Artwork of the Week is this beautiful plaster relief by young artist Aymen Sohail.

A wonderful exploration of mark making, Aymen has brought together a range of shapes and forms to create a vibrant and cheerful landscape complete with sunshine, grass, trees and even a stripy zebra.

You can see Aymen’s piece currently on display in Project Ability’s third floor Project Space as part of ‘Found Impressions…’ Delivered by Project Ability in partnership with Glasgow Print Studio, PAMIS, The DASH Club and The Anchor Centre, ‘Found Impressions…’ is an exhibition celebrating the work created by children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities, and includes a short film capturing the making process.

Exhibition dates: 13-18 February 2017
Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm (closed Tuesday afternoon)

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Walking Group - Week 2: Glasgow

Our walking group didn't stray too far from home last week with visits to some nearby arts venues.

First stop was The Briggait, a magnificent historic building next to the river Clyde and headquarters of Wasps studios. The building was Glasgow's fish market for over 100 years and after a short spell as a shopping centre in the early 1980s, it lay empty before it was converted to artist's studios and exhibition spaces.

The next stop was another historic building; The Gallery of Modern Art.

This building was originally built as a townhouse for a wealthy tobacco merchant and slave trader before spending time as a bank, a library and then it's current function as home to much of Glasgow's collection of modern art and visiting exhibitions of contemporary art from across the world. It is perhaps most famous now for the statue of the Duke of Wellington that stands outside its entrance and often sporting some iconic headgear.

Click here to find out more about the Briggait, and here to read more about The Gallery of Modern Art.

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An evening with The RSA and Project Ability

Join The RSA and Project Ability for an evening of art and creativity on Thursday 23rd February, 6-8pm.

Artists, including RSA Fellow Cameron Morgan and award winning artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, will be on hand to talk us through two exhibitions which will be on show – Put Your Sweet Lips Closer to the Phone and The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World.

There will be drinks available and a chance to visit the exhibitions, the Project Ability Studios and to network with other Fellows.

The event is free to attend but places are limited. Please register your attendance here via Eventbrite.

Cameron Morgan has been working as an artist with Project Ability’s Aspire programme since 1991 and in this time he has gone from strength to strength with his studio practice, exhibitions and commissions. In May of 2016 his recognition was further enforced when Cameron was awarded a life time Fellowship to the RSA.

Tanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed award winning disabled artist working with contemporary portraiture, and collaborative arts practice specialising in supporting learning disability artists to develop their practice in mainstream inclusive settings within high profile public art galleries and venues.

The RSA Fellowship is a global network of 28,000 people who support the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action. 

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