Meet the Volunteers - Cathy Dowling

Most of the fantastic people who volunteer at Project Ability are artists, graduates and undergraduates who help our tutors during our arts workshops. Most, but not all, as this week's volunteer Cathy Dowling shows. Cathy has had a long career in external relations at Scottish universities, at Stirling Management Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow University and latterly at Glasgow School of Art.

She hopes to add her experience of building partnerships with companies and drawing down funding to Project Ability’s fundraising strategy. She had been lending her skills to our charity one afternoon a week for the last year, and is a great addition to the team!

"I know there are bighearted organisations and individuals in Glasgow and beyond who’d be entranced by the talent, creativity and wonderful work that happens here. I hope I can help with outreach. Times are tough in fundraising and we need to tell compelling stories to bring those key donors on board".

Thank you Cathy!

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Walking Group - Week 18: Panopticon & Holmwood House

Last week the walking group went to two venues that couldn't be more different. Firstly we went just two doors down and around the corner to the Britannia Panopticon, the oldest surviving music hall in the world.

Inside is a small museum of the history of the venue, featuring posters, programmes, costumes and props. The music hall, in its day, hosted a variety of shows, from comedy to drama and musicals, with many famous acts passing through, notably Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Currently they screen films and host variety shows and music nights as well as being open in the afternoon for free viewings of the displays. The venue features a bar and has merchandise for sale. It is an amazing place simply oozing history, some less savory than wholesome but all interesting and worth a second visit. Find out more at http://www.britanniapanopticon.org/

We then took a bus through the south side of the city to visit Holmwood House. Built in the late 1850's by Alexander 'Greek' Thompson for James Couper and his wife, the house is now owned by the National Trust but has been many families homes before becoming a nunnery.

The Couper family made their money in paper and founded the Couper Institute. The detail in the house is exquisite and no section was build and decorated with less than the main house, meaning the servants quarters, kitchen and coach house are all as fabulous as the main home.

There is a stunning garden and vegetable area. I personally found the serving area in the dining room to be the most stunning feature and was interested to hear that the nuns had used it as their altar during their time at Holmwood. More about the property can be found at http://www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Holmwood-House
-Morag McGilchrist

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Team Jacobs: Just under £300 to go to reach £2500

The Jacobs Finance team is getting ready for the Great Scottish Run in a couple of weeks, and including gift aid they have almost reached an amazing £2250 in donations for Project Ability! They have been a fantastic support in the last few months, and their effort is having a very positive impact on the team members' fitness as well!

"I have never been into fitness as such, although I’m quite an active person and never sit still for more than 10 minutes, I just have never been one to go to the gym or participate in any sport. I basically didn’t participate in anything that included breaking a sweat. In March this year, I decided to be a team player and take part in the 10k organised by Jacobs Finance team in order to raise funds for such a great charity. Having just returned to work from maternity leave, I also thought it was a great way to get back into some sort of shape and socialise with colleagues.

Having never ran in my life, I decided that I would aim to at least be able to run the whole way without stopping, which seemed a really hard task at that time. ESPECIALLY following my first run at the beginning of April where I only managed to run 2k and I had to stop 3 times!!!! Needless to say, at that time, I really thought I would never achieve my goal and started having second thoughts about wat I had signed myself up for! But, being the competitive person that I am, and knowing that I had publicly signed up to this race, I thought I best stick at it and see how I got on… I started to run 2-3 times a week, building up the distance I could run, and 4 weeks later I managed to run my first full straight 10k with no stops and within the hour (58minutes and 45seconds to be exact!!). As you can imagine, I had well and truly caught the ‘bug’ by this time. I have been running 3-4 times a week ever since.

On the day of the race, I would love to achieve a time of 48 minutes. My personal best is currently 47 minutes and 36 seconds, but I’ve only managed this once!! For me though, regardless of how well (or not) I do on the day, the decision to sign up to support this great charity has been life changing. I’m fitter now than I have ever been, I feel great, I have more energy, and I have found a hobby that I love and can de-stress with after a hard day."
-Karen Hamilton

Thank you all! You can support Team Jacobs by donating via our secure Local Giving Page. 

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Shop Item of the Week - Hand Painted Canvas Bag by Doreen Kay

Another delightful creation by Aspire artist Doreen Kay has been chosen as our Shop Item of the Week. Doreen has made a number of bags which have found their way in to the Project Ability shop, and they do not last long! Get yours now for just for just £20. 

Availible here

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Bruce Forsyth’ by John Cocozza

This week we bring you John Cocozza’s excellent portrait of the late Bruce Forsyth as our Artwork of the Week.  John loves making portraits, and we think this joyful representation of the much loved all-round entertainer does his vibrant character justice.  Didn’t he do well?

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A mural and a live portrait session - Project Ability at GSA

This week, the Glasgow School of Arts welcomes its new students, and Project Ability was there to mark the occasion! Thanks to volunteer and art student Jonathan Kirkwood, three of our artists were involved in the event: on Monday, Jonathan McKinstry took over a wall of the famous Vic cafe, where he painted a mural of his 2015 artwork 'Not the Last Supper'. The result is absolutely fantastic, and the feedback from the students has been great.

On Tuesday, John Cocozza and Steven Reilly spent the day doing live portraits of students and visitors, something that always proves very popular. Models were encourage to give a little donation in exchange of their portrait, and the crew came back with a fantastic £110!

Jonathan Kirkwood said: "I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to take Jonathan, Steven and John up to the art school and given them the chance to show how fun, energetic and exciting their work is. It's been an overall really positive experience and one that I hope leads to more opportunities being created for collaborations between the two organisations. Everyone who I spoke to over the course of the two days was really enthusiastic and simply overwhelmed with the work that the guys generated, and all seemed really interested in what goes on at Project Ability! As always it was a massive pleasure working alongside the three gents and I want to thank them all for coming along and making all this possible."

Thank you all, and well done!

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Meet the Maker – Mhari McMullan

We had an inspiring Meet the Maker session with textile designer Mhari McMullan. Mhari studied Textile Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She moved to Glasgow in 2007 and in 2009 opened Welcome Home, a creative retail space representing craft, design and illustration now based in Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts. Mhari also works as a freelance designer, educator and consultant for other projects in art, design and retail.

Mhari joined us for the afternoon at Project Ability where she ran an excellent workshop introducing the group to a heat transfer textile printing process. Using collage and cut out processes participants built up images and designs in a range coloured papers. These designs were then placed inside the heat press for 45 seconds, and when they came out they had miraculously printed and fixed onto the fabric generating some fantastic results.

Everyone taking part in the workshop took to the process instantly, bringing their individual styles and ways of working to this technique and in the space of a short afternoon’s workshop produced a range of vibrant new works.

This fast and fun process really had the group hooked, so don’t be surprised if you see us producing some more works this way soon!

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Target reached for Team Jacobs!

The wonderful running group at Jacobs has reached its £2000 fundraising target for the Great Scottish Run! There are almost three weeks left before the event, will they make it to £2500?

The team's support has been fantastic, and it seems that it has been very positive for the team members too:

"I thought that this was a great cause and a good way for us to work as a team and in the process get fitter and bond more with work colleagues. We all support each other and make it fun as well as challenging - while raising money for such a good charity.

I have only recently started keeping fit. To begin with I could only manage short bursts of energy. But training for this run has made me fitter and got me out of the office at lunch time. It’s so nice to see everyone in the office helping us reach our target. The Fundraising day was amazing and the support from everyone was fantastic. The people do make Glasgow and the staff do make Jacobs.

I hope to keep up the running after the 10k and hope to try and get as near the 1 hour as possible. I've gone from running like an elephant to running like a greyhound - well almost. Team Jacobs!!!!!!!!!!!!"
-Margaret Newman

If you would like to support Team Jacobs and Project Ability, you can donate securely on our Local Giving Page. 

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Cleopatra’ by Ronald McCulloch

Shop Item of the Week is 'Cleopatra' by Ronald McCulloch. This is an amazing painting with so much going on. The composition is inspired from a photo shoot of Marilyn Monroe posing as actress Theda Bara from the silent film Cleopatra, taken by photographer Richard Avedon.

We love this painting and after being out and about as part of a few exhibitions in the last year, it has now arrived in our gallery shop! Measuring 90 x 120 cm, this acrylic canvas is stretched and ready to hang. You can find it in our online shop for £120. Below is an image of the photograph McCulloch used as a reference to make this wild painting!!

 

 

 

 

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Artwork of the week - ‘70’s Afro Hair Lady’ by Leslie Thompson

This week we are featuring this beautiful textile piece by Leslie Thompson, the Superstar Artist Drawer! '70's Afro Hair Lady' is one of two gorgeous hand stitched pieces that Thompson has in his current exhibtion with us. Don't miss the show, it's up until September 23rd.

Tonight, we are very pleased to welcome back our late night Thursdays. Please join us for a glass of wine or some juice from 6-8pm, plenty of time to check out both of our current exhibitions, and have a look around our gift shop too. All welcome!

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£2000 target within reach for Team Jacobs!

About a year ago a group of Jacobs team members in the finance department started running once a week during lunch time. Soon after they decided to set a target to participate in the 2017 Great Scottish Run. Some of them had done the race before, some were experienced runners and some had literally never thought about running 10k before. They now have a few different groups from beginners to experienced runners getting together each week during lunch or after working hours.

"In combination with the running we have also held a weight loss competition in the office promoting healthy eating and regular exercise, this has made everyone aware of the importance of getting away from the desk, even if it’s just for a short walk round the block. For the finance department as a whole, participating in the Great Scottish Run in support of the great work done by Project Ability is truly a win-win!"

We will bring you some of the team's success stories in the coming week, but in the meantime, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of them for their support. They have already raised £1793 out of their £2000 target! If you would like to support them, please visit our Local Giving Page, where you can donate securely.

Thank you Team Jacobs!

(Photo: Mark Anderson via Daily Record)

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The Friday Group goes to Dunoon

Last week, the Aspire Friday Group took a trip to Dunoon with tutor Valerie O'Regan. They enjoyed a beautiful sunny day in the town, sketching in the harbour and taking in the views.

The group also spent some time in the Burgh Hall, where they were greated by Jenny Hunter, the Programmes Coordinator, who showed them around their Artist Rooms Andy Warhol exhibition. A great occasion for more sketching!

The group had a fantastic time and will be looking forward to coming back to Dunoon in the future.

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Walking Group - Week 17: GMRC

On Wednesday 30th August the walking group went by train to Nitshill to visit the Glasgow Museums Resource Center. The center houses artworks and artifacts that are currently not on display in museums within the city.

It was opened in the early 2000's and expanded when the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was being refitted to accommodate more pieces, it currently homes over one million paintings and artifacts and it is simply not possible to see everything in one go.

On this visit we got to see items of social history including home appliances and ceramics. Fascinating were the early TV's, washing machines and even a circular dishwasher. We saw a scale model of Glasgow made post world war two that was to help plan and design the reconstruction of the city after the blitz.

Upstairs we saw ceramics and glassware both functional and decorative from a variety of time periods and places throughout Europe. Personally I enjoyed seeing some of the Glasgow factory tea sets that were familiar to me. More can be found out about the center at http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/GMRC/Pages/default.aspx Visits can be arranged and also they do tours at set times, but you are not able to just drop in like the cities other museums.
-Morag McGilchrist

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Quiz Night

Our annual fundraising event is back! Join us on Thursday 28 September for the always fun Project Ability Quiz Night, 7pm-9pm.

Are you pop culture savvy? Want to test your general kowledge? Look no further, our Quiz Night is the place to be!

Only £5 per entry, including a free drink and a free raffle ticket, with a chance to win one of our great prizes. You can come as a team, or join one on the night. Tickets are available to purchase on the third floor of Trongate 103. 

Who will be bringing the Project Ability trophy home?

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Shop Item of the week - Ceramic tiles by Sian Mathers

For our Shop Item of the Week we are featuring two lovely ceramic tiles by Sian Mathers. Both of these measure 10 x 10 cm. At £8 each they would make a sweet gift for a friend...... or yourself. You can find these being sold separately on our site. Soak and Peace are both fresh out of the kiln and on display in our gallery shop as well as for sale in our online shop. We don't expect them to be around for long! If you haven't been to our shop in awhile it's well worth a look. We're open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 5pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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Artwork of the week - ‘Laundry Day’ by Jim Feeney

'Laundry Day' by Jim Feeney is our Artwork of the week! This painting has Feeney's signature brick reds and browns, surrounding the figure in the foreground and the laundry hanging above her. As usual with Jim Feeney's paintings, there's little guessing that Glasgow is the depicted subject, and certain visual clues help to place the scene quite awhile back in Glasgow's contemporary history. 

This is a very fine example of Jim's work, beautifully painted and nostalgic. You can see more of Jim's newest oil paintings in our Gallery II until 23 September. Titled 'squalor', this exhibition focuses on Glasgow, its people and its streets. Read more about the show here and stop in when you can. We also have Leslie Thompson's solo show in the main gallery, up until 23 September as well.

 

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Walking Group - Week 16: Glasgow School of Art

"On Wednesday 23rd August the Walking Group were invited to a tour of the Against Landscape exhibition in the Reid Gallery at the Glasgow School of Art.

We were treated to lovely weather and enjoyed a stroll though the city from Trongate 103 up to GSA, via George Square. Once there we met Caroline Grape who would show us around and talk about the pieces and artists a little. She was very nice and had a lot of information about the work and also how the gallery works.

The GSA students themselves invigilate the gallery between lectures, giving them an experience in another area of the broader field of art. We saw many works in a wide variety of mediums including video installations, photography, paintings and sculpture.

We were also shown how the exhibition had been installed via basic wooden stacking blocks made especially so they could travel and be used to display work anywhere. It was actually the final day of this particular exhibition but the gallery space was fantastic and I would recommend keeping a look out for further exhibits on there, you can check out their website at http://www.gsa.ac.uk/visit-gsa/exhibitions/"
-Morag McGilchrist

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Project Ability at GSA Freshers Week

As part of GSA's Freshers week, Project Ability will have a table in The Student Association's Assembly Hall where students can come along and find out more about what goes on in the Project Ability studios. Artists John Cocozza and Steven Reilly will be on hand for one of our very popular live portrait sessions: just drop by and get your portrait drawn to take home with you. There will be some freebies too, so make sure to pop by!  11am to 5pm on Tuesday 12th of September.

As well as this, we will be creating our own mural in the Vic Bar with Jonathan McKinstry on Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th. Watch the artist whip up his own version of The Last Supper, and see if you can pinpoint his many pop culture references.  

A selection of paintings from our Friday Group artists will also be on display upstairs in the Vic towards the end of the month. This promises to be a great few days, don't miss out! 

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Meet the Maker: Garnet McCulloch

For the second in our series of Meet the Maker events, we travelled up to Garnethill to Fireworks Studio to meet ceramicist Garnet McCulloch and get a tour of his studio there.

The studio consists of a shop space at the front, and then various workshops spaces for constructing ceramics, glazing and firing them, as well as a space dedicated to running ceramics classes in the back.

Garnet showed us round and talked about how he started out in ceramics and how he worked to the point where he is now. Originally from Canada, Garnet began studying ceramics in 1994. He was instantly hooked by the process of working with clay and specifically throwing pots on the wheel. His dedication to the craft was inspiring as he talked about how much time he has spent honing his skills over the years. He also talked us through his process of making new pieces, and how he often looks at objects made by others within the history of ceramics for inspiration, with a particular interest in Korean and Japanese ceramics.

He gave us a demonstration on the wheel and it was fascinating to watch him throw a pot in a matter of minutes. He also showed us a range of tools, many of which he had adapted himself, that he used to build and finish the pieces to his own exact specifications. Watching the small adjustments and learnt techniques of such a skilled crafts person was certainly inspiring to all of those who attended. We all left feeling enthused and many were keen to get back into the ceramics workshop at Project Ability to try out some of the things that they had seen.

The next event in the series will be a Textile Printing Workshop with designer Mhari McMullan, taking place on Tuesday 5th September at Project Ability and is open to all artists working at the studios. 

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Fundraising day at Jacobs raises over £700 for Project Ability!

On Wednesday the Jacobs Finance Team were holding a fundraising day collecting funds for Project Ability, the chosen charity for the Jacobs team taking part in the Great Scottish run on October 1st this year.

"A few different raffles were held with the most popular being Captain Morton’s Treasure Chest, where one lucky winner won a hamper filled with all sorts of goodies.

Great work was also done by our skilled bakers who set up a cake sale/tuck shop selling off some impressive creations, this sale proved very popular with staff from all over the building.

Overall the fundraising day generated a fantastic £772 which will be added to our fundraising page, this also brings our overall target of collecting £2000 for Project Ability definitely within reach."

If you would like to support the Jacobs team and Project Ability, please help them reach their target and donate via Local Giving.

Many thanks to everybody at Jacobs in Glasgow for all your efforts!

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Trongate 103’ by Leslie Thompson

 

We're having a bit of a Leslie Thompson week here at Project Ability, to celebrate his solo exhibition, 'Leslie Thompson the Superstar Artist Drawer'! We've taken this opportunity to feature Leslie's work not only in our Artwork of the Week post, but in our Shop Item of the Week post as well! 

This is a print of a large drawing Leslie made a few years ago when he first visited us, during the International Summit for learning disabled artists and their support studios. Thompson drew the view out of our third floor studios, and you can see it exquisitely details the tenements along King Street, headed towards Mono and King's Court. It is a gorgeous drawing, and the prints are just as special. The print can be purchased in two sizes, A4 at £10 each and A3 at £15 each. It is an ink jet print on heavy weight textured paper.

We offer affordable framing sevices as well, just contact us at exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk for a framing quote if you're interested! You can buy the print unframed just now in our online shop, or come by the gallery and have a look at it in our gallery shop at Trongate 103. While here you can check out Leslie's exhibition and also 'squalor' an exhibition of new paintings by ReConnect artist Jim Feeney.

 

Below is a close up of one section of the the print which shows the fine line work and attention to detail;

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Artwork of the week - ‘Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks’ by Leslie Thompson

'Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks' is our Artwork of the Week! This drawing was made by Leslie Thompson, who had his first Scotttish solo show open with us last Friday. The exhibition, titled 'Leslie Thompson the Superstar Artist Drawer' is packed full of exciting and fascinating works of art. Leslie Thompson is from Manchester and works with Venture Arts studios, and is a prolific artist. This exhibition shows off some of his most impressive artworks which includes drawing, textile and scultpure. 'Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks' is a fun colourful artwork that packs a punch! Below is a photograph of Leslie when he was at Project Ability last Friday for the opening of his exhibition!

The show is well worth a stop into Trongate 103. It is truly an impressive exhibition showing a variety of Thompson's exquisite work.

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Walking Group - Week 15: Galgael

On Wednesday 17th August the walking group got the opportunity to visit and receive a tour of The GalGael Project in Ibrox. We meet with Dorothy Graham, Programmes Manager, and were immediately treated to a tea or coffee before we even started our tour, a very welcomed idea.

We split into two groups for tours as there was a large group of us that day, and in a fun way to choose who went first we decided those who had hot drinks should stay and finish them! As a tea drinker, I took the second tour. Dorothy explained the history of the project which was started in 1997 by Colin Macleod, a community activist who wanted to build a sense of community after failing to stop the motorway being built. He had family roots in the northern Scottish islands and was interested in sailing and boat building, especially traditional wooden boats.

The project began as a boat building one and grew into other wood crafts, with boat building still at its heart: on our visit no less than three boats were in various stages of completion. Participants learn basic wood cutting and carving skills before going in to build simple items like boxes. Once the basic skills are mastered they can choose to make just about anything, we saw small ornamental items, furniture, musical instruments (including a harp and piano) large scale ornamental pieces and even a spinning wheel.

On the tour we were taken through the workshop and shown the various areas of space available, including some areas rented by professional wood craftsmen who then work alongside the other participants. No prior experience is needed and we were told most people have never worked with wood before they started.

They have an open evening every Thursday and we were invited along if we could make it, it is open to anyone and a meal is served -participants and community members alike attend with family and it sounds like a great social gathering. The project was amazing and I would suggest anyone interested in working with wood take a look at their website which can be found at http://www.galgael.org/
-Morag McGilchrist

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Wanted for exhibition: DOLLS

Public call out to artists! Wanted for exhibition: DOLLS

Not just a child’s toy, the doll has been part of civilization since as far back as 2000 BC. The Paddle Doll, pictured above, is thought to be one of the oldest type of doll.

Every civilisation has their own evolution and history of doll making. Materials such as corn, bone, clay, cotton, wood and much more have all been used to make dolls. They’ve acted as fertility charms, company in the afterlife and as important symbols during religious ceremonies.
Project Ability is looking for artists to explore the idea of the doll for an exhibition in January 2018.

Russian Nesting dolls, (the matryoshkas) have been around since 1890 and have become much loved by all cultures. More recently, of course, are plastic and rubber dolls like the infamous Barbie and action figurines such as GI Joe and Marvel.

We are looking for artists who are already working with this idea, or artists who would like to try something new. As usual, we are hoping for extremely creative and unusual works of art. We want to celebrate the many charms and eccentricities of the doll.

Important info & dates:

Where: Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow
When: 20 January – 24 February 2018

Deadlines:
Email submission only: on or before 3 November 2017
Please include: title, description of the piece, size, materials and an artist’s price. If exhibited, we will add 40% onto your artist’s price. You may choose for the work not to be for sale.

We will notify all applicants that their submission has been received.

Notification of successful artworks: by 17 November
Delivery of work: on or before 8 December (artist responsible for all carriage costs)

Other info: Artwork must be ready for display with instructions if needed
Artists can submit up to three artworks & up to three images per artwork
Please email questions & submissions to: exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk

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Ladysbridge Stories - September workshops

The Ladysbridge Stories workshops return to the Arts Centre Aberdeen on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September.

On Tuesday 12 September, there will be a bus trip to the site of Ladysbridge Hospital in Banff: meet outside ACT at 10am and return at 4pm. Lunch will be provided in a local cafe. Pleas book your place by the 1st September.

On Wednesday 13 September, in the morning, we will be visiting the NHS Archives of the Ladysbridge Hospital, located at Robert Gordon University. Meet up at ACT at 10am, we will be back for lunch and will follow up with an afternoon session of workshops and discussions until 3pm. Lunch, tea and coffee provided.

On Thursday 14 September, we will host a day of visual arts workshops from 10am-2pm at the ACT. Lunch will be provided.

All three days' sessions are FREE. For more information and to book your place on the bus trip, please contact Project Ability: info@project-ability.co.uk or 0141 552 2822.

Click here to read more about our Ladysbridge Stories project, in partnerhsip with C-Change and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

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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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