Last weekend (21-22 May), a selection of artworks from Project Ability artists was showcased in London, for the Impact Art Fair. Drawings, paintings, books and cards, we had a great collection on show! Our booth wasn't very big, but the artists' talent was huge!
Celine Mcilmunn, who was representing Project Ability at the fair said: 'The Impact Art Fair was a very busy and vibrant place to spend a few days. It was lovely to meet the artists and representatives from other organisations and see some of their artwork. The work on the Project Ability stand received some great feedback from visitors with lots of people saying they would like to come to visit us in Glasgow. Apart from a gallery in Berlin we were the furthest travelled to be there!!'
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Are you interested in re-cycling and saving cash on clothes and accessories?
For June's First Thursday, Preloved Popup will bring 'Le Pop Up Shop' to Project Ability's gallery! The ladies behind Preloved Popup source vintage and preloved clothing/accessories of various sizes, eras, styles, for various budgets, and from high street to designer, so there's every chance you'll find something great that you love.
The shop will be set up in the Gallery, and will be open from 6pm - 9pm.
For more information: http://prelovedpopup.com/
As part of the research project Everyone @ Trongate 103, Drama Artist Clare Hume has been “in-residence” in Trongate 103 every Thursday in May.
Clare has been working with a group of artists who attend Project Ability’s Aspire programme. Aspire is an arts programme for people with learning disabilities; it provides creative opportunities for people with a range of support needs to develop their artistic practice and achieve their artistic goals. This project team have been researching how people engage with the different galleries and public spaces and interpret the work on exhibition within Trongate 103.
- Week 1: The group explored Victoria Clare Bennies’ exhibition Slow Water at Street Level Gallery.
- Week 2: Pum Dunbar’s exhibition The Theatre of the Self : A Play of Parts at Project Ability’s gallery.
- Week 3: Contemporary Monotypes at the Glasgow Print Studio.
On Thursday 2nd June 2011, 5 – 6pm Clare Hume will give a talk about this mini-residency in Project Ability’s project room.
All welcome, free of charge.
The Monday Night Social invites Dates ‘n’ Mates to take part in a “Comfy Cushions” workshop on Monday 6th June 2011. The participants will learn how to make beautiful, colourful cushions whilst meeting new people. Sounds like a perfect evening!
Held every Monday evening from 6 – 8.30pm the Monday Night Social is a place to meet friends, make friends and make art. It’s a relaxed, sociable evening art class where you can try drawing and painting, printing, ceramics, jewellery and textiles.
When: Monday 6th June 2011
Time: 6.00 – 8.30pm
Where: Project Ability, 3rd floor, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
Cost: £5 pay at the door
Telephone: 0141 552 2822
Scenic Scotland is a summer art workshop for people with learning disabilities, resulting in a series of postcards depicting the participants' favourite views, locations and beauty spots in and around East Dunbartonshire.
Participants will use a great variety of materials and techniques including paint, print, collage, textiles and photography.
Where: Barony Chambers, Kirkintilloch.
Start date: Friday 3rd June 2011, then every Friday through to Friday 22nd July 2011.
Time: 10 – 12 noon
Who: people with learning disabilities living in East Dunbartonshire
Cost: free of charge
Booking required / places strictly limited please contact Project Ability
tel: 0141 552 2822
Artist Doreen Kay has volunteered in reception since the beginning of March 2010. After a five week training period Doreen was ready to go it alone and now covers our Administrator Pauline's lunch break every Thursday.
Doreen answers the telephone, puts calls through to staff or takes a message, operates the door entry system and makes sure visitors and artists sign in and sign out when they leave the premises.
Doreen is enjoying the responsibility and is keen to continue to volunteer over the summer.
Doreen Kay has attended workshops at Project Ability since the early nineties and although she took a break for a few years she returned in 2005. She also volunteers as an art tutor on Monday nights at the Monday Night Social. She is a member of Art Trek and Friends and works in the studio every Friday. Doreen has exhibited widely and will be showing work in the Impact Art Fair, London, 20 – 22 May 2010.
To help celebrate National Children’s Day in China, from the 1st of June Thread Gallery in Beijing’s famous 798 Art District will be displaying the work of participants from Create's 5-8yrs and 8-12yrs Saturday Visual Arts Workshops.
The two large felt pieces inspired by the theme of ‘home’ will be shown alongside work created by children who have participated in similar workshops in Beijing.
For more information on the exhibition, please click here. (Scroll down for the English version).
Douglas King completed his MA in Creative and Cultural Studies in 2006. Since then he worked with a number of community groups while setting up his own business, 14c Studio, specialising in graphic and web design as well as film production.
Douglas has been volunteering with us here at Project Ability for a number of weeks now, supporting individual participants from both our Aspire and Connect programmes, to make short documentary films about themselves and their city, Glasgow. This project has allowed him to work one to one with the five participants involved, to offer direction and technical support on producing these individual personal pieces of work.
The short films are to be sent to Canada, as a way of introducing Project Ability to a similar organisation, Visual Connections in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each of the five participants will take part in an exhibition exchange project with Visual Connections in the near future.
Watch this space for more information on that!
During the weekend of the 20-22 May 2011, Project Ability will have a stand in London's Impact Art Fair.
The Impact Art Fair profiles work from artists loosely described as ‘marginalised’ or ‘outsider’. With so many emerging talents it’s a great opportunity to discover distinctive objets d'art at distinctly affordable prices!
We will showcase a great selection of works by Project Ability artists, so if you are in London that weekend, make sure you come see us!
Opening Times: 20-22 May, 11am - 6pm
Preview: 19 May, 5pm - 7pm
Venue: Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ
Project Ability’s Create programme for children and young people would like to say a big thank you to BBC Children in Need for supporting our Saturday Visual Art workshops.
BBC Children in Need have offered continued support to Project Ability over recent years and have enabled us to provide a safe, professional artistic environment where children and young people with disabilities can explore, develop, learn and socialise.
Photograph: Pudsey and BBC Radio Scotland’s Bryan Burnett presenting the BBC Children in Need plaque to Project Ability, courtesy of BBC Children in Need.
The artists involved learnt about papercutting techniques and created their own colourful pieces.
For more photos, click here.
- Singing with Julia
- A visit from the Hayfield Day Centre and Aspire
- Meet the Volunteers: Katie Hawson
- Opening of Catherine Rankine’s Solo Showcase
- Screening of Project Ability films at GMAC on Saturday 25th May
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