Some of the works produced this summer for the SECC Project will be exhibited in a temporary exhibition in the SECC, opening on Wednesday 2nd May at 11am. The work will then become a permanent feature in the corridors of the exhibitions center.
Project Ability artists James Smith, Edward Henry, Cameron Morgan, Patrick Butterworth, Carol Lee, John Cocozza, William Smith, Steven Reilly and Tommy Mason were commissionned by the SECC to produce a series of works on paper. Together they have produced over 100 beautiful works of art, including landscapes relating to the SECC and its surroundings, images of concerts, shows and circus performances.
Our Residency Programme 2012 started this month with artist Lorraine Clark. Read more about Lorraine's experience and her practice here.
Lorraine Clark’s work will be exhibited in the Project Ability Gallery in January 2013 alongside the other artists participating in our residency programme 2012.
For this week's Meet the Volunteers, let us introduce you to Amy Henson, who has been a great addition to our Saturday Visual Arts Classes. Amy has been volunteering and assisting our young artists aged 12-25, and enthusiasm has been contagious!
"Having always had a passion for Art I attended Leeds College of Art and Design before graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a degree in Fine Art (Painting).
I moved to London in 2007 where I formed an interest in Community Arts and and Arts Education. To this end I completed a foundation course in Art Therapy at The British Institute of Art Therapists and following that a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training and The University Of East London, during which time I worked with Art and an extensive range of young people in East London.
Having kept up my Art Practice over the years I have regularly exhibited in group exhibitions in Leeds, London and the Isle Of Tiree! At the heart of my creativity is working in a person centred context, utilising Art with an aim to enrich people's experience of life, to build confidence and creative thinking. Volunteering for Project Ability I look forward to further developing my skills amongst a new range of people. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and share some ideas!"
Many thanks for your time Amy!
Our latest Artwork of the Week is this beautiful stained glass piece by Connect artist Ruth Mutch. The work represents ‘Aspen’, a recurring character in Ruth’s practice, and the main protagonist in her books ‘Say What You Mean’ and ‘It Might Look Simple to You’.
Her work has a very graphic quality, and features a series of drawn characters including stylised penguins (which you may have seen on last year’s Christmas cards) and other animals. ‘Aspen’ was her first stained glass piece, using the copper foil technique and glass paint for the finer features. Like the rest of her artwork, this piece has a very meticulous and precise finish.
Ruth’s books are on sale in our shop, in Trongate 103.
The Aspire classes have restarted, following Spring Break, and everyone is eager to get back to work.
Ronnie has been painting the Battle of Bannockburn since February and is keen to pick up where he left off.
Willie has decided to produce a series of drawings related to Lourdes – a place he wants to visit.
Rehan is inspired by a picture of a 1960’s air steward and is comparing her safety instructions to the moves of his favourite Bollywood dancers.
Martin has decided to work on a painting of the 2012 Olympic village.
Joe has returned to his canvas meticulously covering the surface with pattern and colour.
Each week the workshop provides space, time and support to over one hundred people with learning disabilities; each person pursuing their own interests and dedicated to developing their artistic practice.
The new block of Saturday Visual Arts Classes for children and young people with disabilities will start this Saturday 21st April and will run until the Saturday 23rd June. Please note that there won't be any workshops on Saturday 05 May and Saturday 02 June.
Click here to see a selection of photos from our Saturday workshops.
On Tuesday 10th April, Doreen and Caroline Kay attended LATE at the Arches.
“It was a good night out but it was really noisy. It was good to meet people out at night and we went round talking to all the people that we knew. The venue was good as it was in town and easy to get to. Upstairs was very noisy and busy and all of a sudden it was mobbed and people were dancing with their hands in the air. Downstairs was quieter and we had a drink and a wee bite to eat. If there is another one we would encourage other people to go.”
This week, meet Hannah Doyle, who has been volunteering with us since January and is helping out with our Saturday Visual Arts Classes.
"I graduated in 2010 from Edinburgh Napier University, with a BA (Hons) in Photography and Film. My work has focused on a range of visual media, combining moving image with stills, sound and illustration to build up an overall story. I also use stop-motion animation to illustrate vocal and musical recordings, along with time-lapse photography. My short documentary 'Mum' has been shown at Film Directing 4 Women and the London International Documentary Festival.
I'm currently volunteering with the Create workshops with children aged between 5 and 12, which is the most fun part of my week - it's taught me so much about creative thought and about their approach to the artistic process. I've particularly enjoyed using animation software to demonstrate how a story can be built up piece by piece, and I've loved working with the kids on batik pieces and seeing the ideas they come up with. When I first found out about Project Ability I wanted to get involved and I'm so glad I have- the experience so far has been invaluable."
Thanks a lot for your time and efforts Hannah, it is much appreciated by both staff and young artists!
Today Tuesday 10th April saw the opening of the Everyone@ Trongate 103 exhibition in Touchbase Sense Scotland’s headquarters at Milnpark Street, Glasgow, G41.
Alan and Michael made it along to the opening with their families and support staff while the others plan to visit soon. The exhibition consists of ceramics, a giant painting, mono prints and photograms and is accompanied by a series of documentary photographs, a video produced by Alain Johnstone from GMAC and portraits of the four artists made by photographer Alicia Bruce.
The Everyone@Trongate 103 programme was an action research project funded by Engage Scotland which explored issues around access and diversity and promoted looking at art and making art and resulted in new creative partnerships between artists and organisations.
More photos on our Facebook page.
Our latest Artwork of the Week is Robert Cornish’s Scotland, on show in our current exhibition The Highway Code until 14 April. Considering we were sunbathing one week and freezing the next, we think that Robert’s beautiful painting captures the Scottish spring perfectly.
- Opening of Catherine Rankine’s Solo Showcase
- Screening of Project Ability films at GMAC on Saturday 25th May
- Open Gallery - George Stevenson Solo Showcase
- Friends and Family Fun Weekends: Glass-painting
- Sculpting with Jason
- Film & Animation
- Recruitment & Volunteering
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