As part of NGARN's ‘Create Yourself’ programme Project Ability delivered an intensive day of ceramics and glass workshops for the young people involved. They have just four weeks to organise and stage their own one day Arts Festival ‘Reverse Universe’ on Friday 5th August. The work looks great and we can’t wait to see how they use their newfound skills on the day!
For more information on the project or how to become involved in ‘Reverse Universe’ please visit http://www.toonspeak.co.uk/ReverseUniverse.htm
Last week, for the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow, we organised two window art workshops in our studios. Inspired by the wealth of architecture in the Merchant City Area, participating children and their families created colourful and vibrant artworks for the windows of Trongate 103.
The results were wonderful! Drawings of local landmarks were on display during the festival, turning the Project Ability workshops windows into a beautiful cityscape!
For more photos, please check our Facebook page.
A group of Connect and Aspire artists have been chosen to produce 25 installations in a variety of medium for the SECC. The work will be used as a permanent display within the venue towards the end of the year.
Today, most of the artists involved took a trip to the SECC in order to see what the venue was like, and where their work will be exhibited. The theme of the project is 'How does the SECC inspire you?', and by the looks of it, heads were buzzing with ideas!
We will keep a photo diary of the project on Facebook, so make sure you check our page!
In early July, we held two animation/film workshops for children aged 6 to 12 years old.
The children learned how to make props, animated characters and backgrounds, and how to use the camera. They even did their own voice-over! Everybody had a lot of fun, and the results are great little films.
The animated film produced in the first week 'Remote Control and the Bird Brain Menace' was finished just in time to be entered in the Wee Movies competition at the GFT. Fingers crossed we get chosen!
For some photos of the workshops, please check our Facebook page.
Penny Sharp is an artist & animator based in Glasgow. Originally trained as a Fine Art Printmaker at GSA, she later gained an MPhil in 2D/3D animation. Drawing is central to her practice and typically her work is multi-layered occupying a place somewhere between medieval tapestry and 60’s American underground comics. Her highly original style, which is based on a rich narrative language, produces seductive images that draw audiences in and allow for a very engaged level of communication.
Penny is an active member of Glasgow Independent Studio, an executive member of the Scottish Artists Union, founding & core member of all-female drawing group c/o:minx and also actively exhibits & collaborates with emerging artist-led group Ironbbratz and comic group Team Girl.
Project Ability has five volunteer opportunities for artists.
We are currently looking for an artist with skills in Ceramics and an artist with skills in Glasswork to support our ‘Connect’ and ‘Aspire’ participants, starting the week commencing 29th August through to the week beginning 16th December 2011. Volunteers should be able to commit between 3 to 5 hours per week.
In addition we have three positions, one in the morning (5 – 12 years) and two in the afternoon ( 12 – 25 years) for artists to support our ‘Create’ Saturday workshops, working with our younger participants, from Saturday 27th August – 17th December.
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th July 2011. Informal Interviews will be held the week of 15th August. Please click here to download an application form.
If you have any queries regarding these positions, please feel free to contact out Volunteers Co-ordinator, Tracy Gorman on the above email address.
Patrick Butterworth was in residence at Project Ability for the month of June.
To read more about the artist and his work, please click here.
His work will be exhibited in our gallery in January 2012 alongside the other artists that took part in the residency programme.
Image: Lil' Dolly Dolittle, oil on canvas.
On Friday 8th July artists Cameron Morgan, Doreen Kay, Edward Henry, John Cocozza, Steven Reilly, Robert Cornish, Robert McCamley, Robert Reddick and Tommy Mason from the Aspire programme took a trip to Dunoon. The sun shone, sea breezes blew gently and kept the midges away and everyone brought drawing books and pens and sketched the area around the harbour.
Five minutes before we left, there was a huge roll of thunder and the skies opened but we were back on the bus for the long trip home.
For more photos, please check our Facebook page.
Now in it's sixth week, the Scenic Scotland workshop based in Kirkintilloch is proving to be very successful.
During the first two weeks, participants have selected and drawn their favourite views, locations and beauty spots in and around East Dunbartonshire. The following two weeks, they finished the drawings and started working on lino cuts.
Some of the work produced will be made into postcards and sold in our shop, so keep an eye out!
Conference at the Ateneum Hall, Helsinki, Finland, 17 – 18th June 2011.
This European conference was held in the grand Ateneum Hall in the centre of Helsinki. The conference attracted delegates from across the whole of Europe (there was a large contingent from Slovakia) and North America. The “perspective” in the conference was a backwards look to the past to a time when people with disabilities were confined to institutions and their work was a private and personal activity which was often used by professionals to support a medical diagnosis. With so much expertise in the room it was unfortunate there wasn’t a space in the programme where contemporary work could be shared and the subject given a modern “perspective”.
The conference was followed by the third annual meeting of the European Outsider Art Association (logo/link). Project Ability attended the inaugural meeting of the association in Ghent in 2009 but decided to take a back seat while we were managing the business of relocating to our new premises. Since then, membership of the association has steadily grown and now it’s time to show our artists and their practice in Europe.
Project Ability is the most forward looking contemporary organisation working in Europe today. No other organisation matches us in scale or ambition. Our inclusive practice, the fact we work with children aged five years to older adults in their eighties, the pathways we provide for professional development and the relationship between the workshop and exhibition programme and the wider arts community adds up to a unique environment for artists with disabilities to grow and develop.
Over the next three years the exhibition programme is showing work by artists from Canada, Australia, USA and Finland and we plan to host an international “show and tell” event in 2014.
Congratulations to Art Trek who have received a grant from the Scottish Community Foundation to contribute towards the cost of web-based computer training. The funding covers the cost of a trainer for twelve months.
Art Trek Artists is a visual arts charity (SC037406) run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities.
Image: Edward Henry, one of the founding members of Art Trek.
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