Residency Exhibition closes this Saturday

This Saturday 2nd March 2013 is the last day of our current exhibition Artists in Residence 2012. This exhibition shows new work by Lauren Bryden, Karly Burns, Elaine Dockery, Simon McAuley and Fraser Ross. 

Our Gallery on the first floor at Trongate103 is open from 10am till 5pm on Saturday, so make a note in your diary and come down to the Trongate before its too late!

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Lennox Castle Stories

On Thursday 21st February the Lennox Castle Stories group were invited to attend the City Chambers to present their stories and talk about the project with local councillors.

Doreen, Marie C, Marie O, Colin, Iain, Norman, Willie and Sadie attended. 

Marie Christie shared her story.

“My name is Marie Christie.  I attend the Project Ability once a week which I like very much.  I’ve met a lot of different people.  I was in Lennox Castle Hospital for 30 years.  Since then I am out of Lennox Castle for 20 years, now I’m married for the last 15 years. 

I’m happy and have learnt a lot from courses like computing on my laptop at Rosemount Flexicentre in Royston Road and evening classes like literacy class at the Mitchel Library.  I’ve even bought and paid for my own house with my husband Willie who I met in Lennox Castle Hospital.  He was from the male side.  We both came out together into the community and are very happy living in the one house together paying the bills. 

I met a friend that was in Lennox Castle Hospital with me for 30 years.  Her name is Sadie.  She was in the same hut as me and we slept in the next bed to one another.  We had good days and bad days together.  I meet Sadie down at Project Ability.  I was so glad to see her along with other friends I’ve made.  Even Sadie’s carers have been great with myself and hubby talking over the phone plus inviting us over to Sadie’s house for our lunch.  Madge has been so great with bringing Sadie to my house.  I went to Sadie’s big 60th party on Sunday night in the Rolls Royce club.”

Project Ability would like to thank Councillors Malcolm Cunning and Mark Kerr for arranging the event.

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Create Friends and Family Fun Workshops this Saturday

Our next Friends and Family Fun Workshops will take place this Saturday, 23rd February.

Explore Mobile Making with our artists using a variety of materials including wire, wood, card, paper, fabric and found objects.  Decide if you want to make an indoor mobile or even a windchime for outside.  Explore texture, sound and colour by trying out different materials and objects and take away a goodie bag so you can continue to be creative at home.

For more information on our Friends and Family Fun Programme, including how to book, please click here.

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Sandra Ormiston, Today is Book Pen – Artwork of the Week #02

Our Artwork of the Week is this cyanotype text work by Sandra Ormiston. Sandra’s main interests are drawing and writing and she creates works that portray her everyday life. Words and numbers seem to scuttle and dash across the page and Sandra creates a very urgent poetry in her works that are both illustrative and whimsical. 

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ARC workshops

Project Ability's workshops in collaboration with the Autism Resource Centre have been very popular, and are into the 2nd block already!


Today's workshops were very busy with participants trying out different methods of printing, and despite the cold and rain outside we had some smiley faces appearing in print.

Just incase all those smiles didn't cheer everyone up, here is a picture of a rather wonderful chicken!

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Young Talent on Screen




On Saturday 9th February Project Ability’s young film makers, friends, parents, grandparents, next door neighbours and more piled into the GFT to watch their latest cinematic creations.  One hundred people turned up to show their support.  There were Aliens, Superheros and Villains, Jenny and Penny, Rudolph, Rabbits and much more.  We laughed, cried, gasped in delight.  The films were clever, original and often very, very funny.

Last years’ fundraising campaign to purchase new equipment ensured the work was technically strong but the real strength of the work lay in the originality of the scripts and the young people’s imagination, hard work and sense of fun.  Well done!

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Ralph Douglas, Stirling Castle– Artwork of the Week #01


For the first time in 2013, we are very pleased to bring you this painting by Ralph Douglas for the Artwork of the Week series!

Ralph has depicted Stirling Castle and its surrounding landscape beautifully by painting the rolling fields in various shades of green and adding the smaller details of the brickwork and the few grazing sheep with more precise brushwork . Ralph’s work is vigorous and playful demonstrating an ambling and experimental approach towards the use of line in paintings.

This charming work was recently shown in our gallery as part of our exhibition 'Picture This' and is currently for sale on our online shop! Visit Culture Label for more info. 


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Young Talent on Screen


Don't forget to join Project Ability this Saturday 9th February12noon at the GFT as we showcase the talents of our young film makers as part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2013.  See exciting new work from our Arts Award Film Programme for young people aged 14 to 25.  There will be live action, animation, comedies and sci-fi alongside some Project Ability classics.  Hear from the film makers themselves as they are invited on stage to introduce their work.

This event has been organised by young people aged 16-25 as part of our Young Talent on Screen Programme.

Tickets are available form the GFT Box Office on the day of the event.

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Project Ability Visual Artist Residency 2013




Our application process is now open! We are looking for six Glasgow-based artists to take part in our residency programme.

Artists will be given one month-long slot each, spanning from May – October 2013.  They will be offered an open studio space, freedom and support to concentrate on the development of their work. Applications are particularly welcomed from artists who have a disability or from those who have a project that is specific to the Project Ability community and its activities.  

For more info please visit our opportunities page.


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Oska Bright Visit




Friday evening's Young Talent on Screen group were treated to an exciting and informative talk by Matthew Hellett from Oska Bright.  Matthew spoke of his experience as an Oska Bright Committee Member, organising the Oska Bright Film Festivals, as well as his time with Oska Bright on the Road, delivering workshops and seminars.

As well as lots of useful tips and information for our young festival organisers Matthew also treated the group to a screening of some of Oska Bright's award winning films.





We would all like to say a big thank you to Matthew and Lizzie for travelling all the way to Glasgow to work with our young people and staff.  If you would like to see Matthew's video diary of his journey please visit the Oska Bright Blog. 

If you would like more information on how to enter your own film to the 2013 Oska Bright Festival please click here.

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The Stewart Centre

Friday afternoon, the sun is shining and the workshop is full.  ReConnect artists are at work preparing for a new show. 



Artist, Patrick Butterworth painting a gothic interior.



Aspire studio artists are collaborating on a series of collage pieces inspired by the forthcoming Big Skies exhibition,



and a group from the Stewart Centre, Castlemilk are here painting on canvas and silk, printmaking and drawing.



The Stewart Centre is a regular visitor at Project Ability and staff and service users have attended a Friday afternoon art workshop for over five years. 



“……….it makes my week……… me real purpose……’s lovely, a really supportive environment.”  group attendee.


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