Our volunteers are a great addition to the team and we want to let you know a bit more about them. This series of blogs starts with the talented Ross Byers.
Ross completed his Bachelor of Contemporary Arts Degree in Tasmania, Australia in 2002, with a period of this time spent on student exchange to Hawaii. He went on to complete a Masters of Fine Art and Design, also at the University Of Tasmania 2006. He has been volunteering with Project Ability since early March 2011 where he has been stationed in our Ceramic room supporting artists from both the Aspire and Connect programme, engaging them in clay work while producing an impressive piece of his own work which has become quite the talking point.
Ross will also be joining Project Ability in August as an artist in residence, when he hopes to further develop the themes of architecture, geography and botany in more clay sculptures.
Bookings are now open for the next block of Aspire visual art workshops starting week of the 9th May 2011.
There is a choice between 1 hour classes on Monday’s and Tuesday’s and 2 hour classes on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s
Creative, colourful, challenging and inspiring - come along and take part.
Abi Pirani is finishing her month long residence at Project Ability this week. She makes incredibly detailed and delicate papercut works, and will be giving three papercutting workshops to Connect participants this week.
To know more about Abi and her work, please click here.
We are closed Friday 22nd through to Monday 25th April.
The office and workshop is open on the 26th, 27th and 28th April.
We are closed again from the 29th April to the 2nd May.
Business as usual on the 3rd May.
The exhibition "Let the Games Begin" by Cameron Morgan closes on Thursday 21st April (today is your last chance to see this impressive mural).
The Theatre of the Self: A Play of Parts, by Pum Dunbar opens on Thursday 5th May 2011, 6 - 9pm.
For the last couple of weeks, a few Connect artists have been learning the basics of photography with volunteer Neil Ramsay.
Neil's approach is one of simplicity: the artists are learning without having to use expensive or specialist equipment. For these workshops, fancy lighting is not necessary, the aspiring photographers can create beautiful pictures with available light.
Exposure, composition, portraits, landscapes or still life images, the workshops are varied and cover all bases. Participants also have the opportunity to use their own cameras and Project Ability's or Neil's SLR, and to learn how to upload and enhance digital photographs on a computer.
Last week, the group went to the Necropolis, and judging by Martin Sumner's photos, they had a great time!
The Project Ability artist database is now live on our website. Some of the artists featured were present on Saturday for the launch, and we've had nothing but great feedbacks!
With each exhibition, the database will grow, more artists will be featured, so don't hesitate to check it regularly!
Image: 'Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward' by Doreen Kay.
We are very pleased to announce that with support from Creative Scotland's Digital Development Fund, we have been able to compile and add an artist database to our website.
The database, which will launch on Saturday 16 April, showcases artworks by Project Ability’s exhibiting artists. Each artist will have their work listed alongside an option to buy a selection from the Culture Label online shop. Our aim is for the database to expand and grow with every new exhibition, and for it to work as an archive: in just a few clicks, you can see a great selection of the wonderful works produced in our studios.
Come join us on Saturday 16 April, 2pm - 3pm, for the launch of our artist database, as part of Cameron Morgan's 'Let the Games Begin' closing event. Refreshments will be served.
On Thursday 07 April, artist John Shankie gave a talk in our workshops as part of the Everyone @ Trongate 103 project.
"During the night following my talk at Project Ability I dreamt the talk had been presented on the TV cooking programme "Ready Steady Cook". As a guest I'd brought along a gourmet bag of images as ingredients to share. Then, somehow, and only as dreams can do, I became/was the celebrity chef (perish the thought) .
However, on reflection a few days later I consider this: perhaps this is actually what artists often do when they speak of their work and of their practice - it's an opportunity to assemble a melange of disparate and discordant ideas and ingredients into a platter of edgy, kind of desirable, edible & understandable nosh. The kind you take or leave. You fancy it or you don't. Attraction and revulsion. Red tomato versus green pepper. And all the while remaining anecdotal and professional despite Fern or Ainsley's help or hindrance.
So here's me thinking I'm talking of developing visual and tactile language in various ways: communication partnerships and collaborations with people; looking at objects of cultural or social significance; sharing thoughts and aspiratons as an artist all in relation to what I've been doing these past eighteen months and beyond. Have I actually been working as a chef-of-sorts I wonder? Whatever it was it seemed the recipe was well received and the dish may well have been delicious. And despite my various inabilities and disabilities I'm happy to say this was a particular dish I enjoyed putting together and serving up on the night."
Thank you John, for a very interesting and enjoyable talk.
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Images of Cameron Morgan's mural 'Let the Games Begin', from day one to its completion, are now on Youtube.
Come by the gallery on Thursday 07 April in the evening 6pm - 9pm, or from Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm to see Cameron's artwork on display.
There will also be a closing event on Saturday 16 April, 2pm - 3pm.
Everyone at Trongate 103 is an action research project exploring issues of access and diversity in Trongate 103’s galleries and public spaces.
The programme starts with a talk by artist John Shankie who reflects on the experience of undertaking an eighteen month residency, funded by Creative Scotland, at Touchbase - Sense Scotland’s head office and arts base.
Thursday 7th April 2011. Project Ability, 3rd floor, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
5 – 6pm.
Refreshments will be served.
Image: courtesy of John Shankie
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