Artist John Shankie has now been “in residence” in Trongate 103 since Tuesday 30th August. John has invited three artists from Project Ability’s inspirational Aspire programme (for adults with learning disabilities) to explore the galleries, the exhibitions and public spaces in the building. He will share their journey in an artist talk on the 1st September at 5pm. The talk will be followed by the opening of our new show Home Works (6pm - 9pm).
This residency is one of a series of short residencies programmed as part of Everyone@Trongate 103. Everyone@Trongate103 is an action research programme exploring public engagement and access throughout Trongate 103; in particular how visitors with profound and complex learning disabilities occupy and inform the space.
Image by David Kerr, who is one of the artists involved.
In July, two groups of children aged 6-12 yrs took part in our animation workshops.
They learned how to use a camera, made props, characters, wrote a story, filmed and edited it, and added the voice over!
The results are two great little films, one called 'Remote Control and the Bird Brain Menace', which we uploaded a few weeks ago, and 'Alien Odyssey', which you can now see here. A big well-done to the children and their tutors!
If you are interested in taking part in one of our autumn film class, please get in touch with us: 0141 552 2822.
Drama artist Clare Hume spent three days in residence in Trongate 103 last June, as part of the Everyone@T103 programme. She then gave a very interesting talk about her few days here, which you can now see here.
Everyone@Trongate103 is an action research programme exploring public engagement and access throughout Trongate 103, in particular how visitors with profound and complex learning disabilities occupy and inform the space. The next talk will be by artist John Shankie on Thursday 1st September, 5pm-6pm.
A few weeks back, a group of Connect participants took part in a felting workshop with artist Sandi Kiehlmann.
During their crafty afternoon, the group made flowers, abstract landscapes, and even a polar bear! Some of the work was then sewn and turned into small pockets, similar to a mobile phone 'sock'.
For more photos of the colourful works, please click here.
Create Saturday classes take place in our spacious accessible workshop in Trongate 103.
The classes start on Saturday 27th August and are booking up fast, but we still have a few spaces available in the 8 – 12 and 12 – 18 age groups.
8 – 12 years: 11.30 – 12.30 am
12 – 18 years: 13.00 – 14.00
For further information please email email@example.com or phone us on 0141 552 2822.
Last Saturday (20/08/11) was our Create Open Day. Children with disabilities and their families took part in a series of fun workshops: plasticine portraits, collages, bag customising, there was plenty to do! And there were some serious skills on display!
Thanks to everybody that came over and made this day a great event. We hope to see you in our Create Saturday classes, starting this weekend.
For more photos, please click here.
For those of you who missed their brilliant performance earlier this month, you can now see Indepen-dance and the young Project Ability artists dancing all around Trongate 103 on video!
Once again, a big thank you to everybody involved, and a huge well done to all the dancers!
Last week, a group of us went on a day out to a picture-perfect little place – the Pittenweem Arts Festival in the East Neuk of Fife.
The festival itself was a delightful celebration of the area crammed with art in every nook, on every wall, spanning churches and nestling in quaint living rooms. Project Ability artist Pum Dunbar was part of the invited programme for the festival and seeing the work from The Theatre of the Self in a domestic setting and a different context from Project Ability Gallery was very interesting.
Adding to our merriment was the sunshine, blue skies, fish and chips al fresco and the curious spectacle of a focused landscape painting tutorial taking place on the beach.
The Create Open Day is a family event that will coincide with the end of the Young Talent 2011 exhibition. There will be a series of workshops for children and young people with disabilities aged 5 - 25yrs.
- 10-11am: Marvellous Masks – Use fabrics, coloured papers, sequins and more to create your very own fantasy mask!
- 10-11am: Plasticine Portraits – Make a plasticine portrait of yourself, a friend or your favourite character in only 1 hour!
- 11.30-12.30: Custom Bags – Create your very own canvas bag! Use printing and drawing techniques to personalise your very own tote and use it everywhere you go!
- 11:30-12:30: Quirky Collage – Enjoy this great opportunity to experiment with collage and drawing techniques to create your very own accordion book.
- 1-2pm: Custom Bags – Create your very own canvas bag! Use printing and drawing techniques to personalise your very own tote and use it everywhere you go!
1-2pm: Glass plates – Using specialised paints to decorate one of our glass plates, or why not bring along your own favourite glass piece to transform on the day!
All young people under 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Workshops cost just £1 (pay on the day) and can be booked by calling 0141 552 2822. Places are limited so early booking is advised.
We have uploaded a short article about artist and musician Lea Cummings, who was in residence at Project Ability for the month of July.
Click here to read more about his work.
The 10 artists that were selected to work on our project with the SECC are already hard at work! For just over two weeks now, they have been exploring the SECC in all of its aspects: its location, surroundings, and interior architecture.
Most of the Connect artists have been focussing on the landscape, past and present, and the industry that was there and is no longer in existence.
The Aspire artists on the other hand seem to be more inspired by the entertainment aspect of the place: bands, comedians, circus acts... John Cocozza even drew a picture of the SECC being attacked by Daleks!
In just over two weeks, they have produced beautiful artwork in paint, ink, pastels or charcoal, so this is promising! Expect to see more very soon. For more photographs, please click here.
Last Thursday, Indepen-dance gave a wonderful performance all over Trongate 103! The well-known dance crew was joined by four young Project Ability artists who attend our Saturday classes and who have work in our current show Young Talent.
The dancers started their performance in the foyer, before moving to the attrium, the Glasgow Print Studios gallery, and finished their tour in the Project Ability gallery. Their performance responded to how the building, the different organisations and exhibitions inspired them.
The public was cheering as they all took a bow! It was a very impressive performance and we want to say a huge well done to everybody involved!
You can check a slideshow of the event here.
For more information on Indepen-dance, please click here.
Thanks to the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), we have two free tickets to Battleship Potemkin to give away. The screening is tonight (08/08/11) at 6.20pm.
The GFT very generously donated the tickets as part of our Film Noir challenge on Facebook, where we ask people to guess which classic black and white film the paintings represent... And today's painting, by Stephen Flannigan, is taken from Battleship Potemkin! To get a chance to win, just like the photo or comment on it (the title has already been guessed), and your name will be entered in a raffle.
We will let you know who won by 5pm today. Good luck!
For more info on the film, please click here.
The Indepen-dance crew is hard at work in Trongate 103! Since yesterday, they have been exploring the different galleries and spaces in the building, and responding to what each place inspire them through the medium of dance.
Yesterday, they invaded the Young Talent exhibition (some of the dancers have some work exhibited in the show), put Wham's 'Wake me up...' on full blast, and danced all around the gallery! It was hard for the staff not to join them!
They will be performing for the public on Thursday 04 August, from 5pm-6pm, as part of Everyone @ Trongate 103. Don't miss it!
For more photos, please click here.
In early July, a group of children aged 6 - 12 years old directed a short animation film entitled 'Remote Control and the Bird Brain Menace'. They wrote a story, created the characters and produced all the props.
Kate Burton, one of the tutors, decided to enter the film in the GFT Wee Movies competition, and the results are just in: our film is runner-up! The children have won free cinema tickets, and will have their film shown before suitable films at the GFT. They will also be eligible to win a special grand prize at Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2012.
Well done to all the children, to the competition winners, and a big thank you to our tutors Kate and Sandi!
Click here to see the winning films.
Pum Dunbar, who recently exhibited in the Project Ability Gallery, is one of the four invited artists at this year's Pittenweem Arts Festival.
The Arts Festival, which is in its 29th year, always starts on the first Saturday in August and ends on the second Sunday. The Festival hosts both well-established artists and newcomers.
This year's invited artists are Pum Dunbar, Kate Downie, Alex Muir and Helen Denerley.
There are over 100 artists exhibiting in the village in houses, garages, studios, gardens and anywhere that has wall space.
Pum's exhibition will be held in Kellie Lodging in the High Street. We will post photos of the festival in the next few weeks
For more information, please click here.
Image: Miss Modernity by Pum Dunbar
As part of the Everyone@Trongate103 audience development programme the Glasgow based dance company Indepen-dance will be in residence in the building on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August 2011.
Members of the company will be joined by four young artists from Project Ability’s Create programme for children and young people with disabilities. The young artists each have work on show in the Young Talent exhibition in Project Ability’s gallery.
During the residency the team will journey through the public spaces and galleries in Trongate 103 and respond through movement to produce a piece of choreography that reflects their passage and exploration of the building.
This work will be shared in a public event on Thursday 4th August at 5pm.
Everyone is operated by engage Scotland and is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
Image: work in progress by Jim Feeney (2010)
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