Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays everyone! We are now closed until the 6th of January, 2014. Another year at Project Ability is at an end, but 2014 - our 30th anniversary - is going to be just as good, if not better! 

We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!

Share This

Artwork of the Week - Budgies by Linda Tulloch

Linda Tulloch's duo of budgies is our Artwork of the Week. These two vibrant and distinct birds make an enthralling pair when hung together, and the artist has expertly portrayed the colourful and complex creatures with clear painterly skill.

As expected, these works were very quick to sell from our Pet Portraits exhibition - they will soon be flying the coop and making their way onto the lucky buyer's wall. Don't fret, however, as there is still one more day of this fine exhibition left, so come down and see the budgies in person before they go, or even see if you can find something else to adorn your own walls!

The Pet Potraits exhibition will run until Friday, the 20th of December. 

Share This

Logo competition: we have a winner!

The Project Ability artists were asked to transform our logo in celebration of our 30th anniversary, and they have not disappointed!!

There were some wonderful logos submitted, and chosing which one we were going to use next year was not an easy task! We decided on Steven Reilly's Blue Madonna, which has a great celebratory feel! See the winning logo below, and well done to everybody who submitted one.

And the winning logo...

Share This

Christmas Pound Appeal: We’re almost there!

Thank you all so much for your generous donations to our Christmas Pound Appeal!

We have now reached £1220! Just under £300 to go to reach our £1500 target!

All the money raised will go towards our programmes of workshops. You can donate online via our secure Just Giving page, or in person in our Trongate 103 office.

2013 has been an outstanding year and the board and staff at Project Ability send their warmest good wishes to everyone in our growing community of artists, their families and supporters.
Throughout the year the staff and tutors have been helped by a team of fantastic volunteers, amazing artists who have taken part in our residency programme, wonderful people who have given us their time and invigilated exhibitions and helpful, attentive parents and carers who support the artists young and old to attend our programmes and develop their artistic practice.

Thank you, from all of us!

Share This

Paper villages in Project Ability

Our Friends and Family Fun Workshops are back! Last Saturday - 14 December- a few young artists and their friends and families created beautiful paper villages to bring home and illuminate.

The next workshop will take place on the first weekend of February. Keep an eye on the website for more information. 

Share This

New items in our shop!

Are you looking for original Christmas presents? We have plenty of beautiful and quirky items in our shop, from ceramic hens, to brooches, to Christmas decorations! 

All items have been designed and made in our workshops and are absolutely unique!

The gallery and shop will be open until Friday 20 December, 5pm, so don't wait too long, stock won't last!

Project Ability Shop 
Trongate 103
Glasgow, G1 5HD
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5pm

Share This

New programme: ReConnect 18-25

Project Ability are launching an exciting new visual arts opportunity for young adults aged 18-25 who are experiencing poor mental health.

Our professional arts team will support anyone interested in engaging in the visual arts through an eight week programme of structured visual arts workshops and activities and provide access to a professional studio environment.  Each group will meet for two hours a week and there will be the opportunity to engage with other artists attending our Reconnect programme to share thoughts, ideas and advice on the role visual arts can play in mental health recovery and emotional health and well-being.

Four groups will take part in the weekly programme and we are now recruiting groups for the first block of workshops starting in January 2014 and for subsequent blocks.

Please contact reconnect@project-ability.co.uk for further information.

Share This

Walking group - Week 7

The last walk for 2013 was to the Southern Necropolis in the Gorbals. The group walked through some of the New Gorbals housing and chatted about how much the area had changed over the years.

No-one in the group had been to the Southern Necropolis before so some of what we found there was quite surprising.

One of the group, Morag had this to say: 'I found the cemetery really interesting, specifically the grave that had the statue that people had left money at. I'm quite curious to find out more about what that is about and maybe go back over there once I know what it is'.

We found some information about this grave on the Southern Necropolis website but unfortunately no explanation as to why people leave money on the tomb. 

When asked how she feels about the walking group in general Morag said, 'I think it's a really good group. I enjoy the fact that I'm getting out and seeing parts of the city that I've never seen before. I'm getting some good exercise and I'm meeting people that I maybe wouldn't have otherwise met because they come into Project Ability on different days of the week. So it's got an overall aspect of health, socialising and exploring the city'.

The next walking group outing will be on Wednesday 8th January 2014. If you would like to join the group, let us know.

For more photos, please check our Facebook Page

Share This

Young Talent on Screen - New advert for the Film Festival

Michael Earll and Harris Burnett have produced this little gem of a song to encourage people to send us their films for our Young Talent on Screen Film Festival.

Share This

Great night with the Pastels at Mono!

On Saturday 07 December, Lali Puna and the Pastels played a gig in Mono for the opening of our exhibition Scott Smith & Duncan Gray.

Everybody loved the exhibition, in particular Duncan Gray's Bond! Stephen Pastel took time to say a few words about Project Ability, encouraging people to donate, and Mark at Monorail donated his merchandise fee to us!

Thank you all so much for your support! We have now raised £1,024 for our Christmas Pound Appeal. Can you help us reach our £1,500 target?

Share This

Volunteer Opportunities with Project Ability

As the New Year approaches, Project Ability would like to offer new opportunities for volunteering across our programmes, starting in January 2014.

We are looking for graduate artists with experience in ceramics or printmaking to support our ‘Aspire’ participants in the making of their artwork. Volunteers should be able to commit to at least one 2 hour workshop per week for a series of 8 weeks.  Workshops take place twice a day Monday to Friday.

We also want to recruit six artists for our ‘Create’ Saturday workshop programme. 

There are:

Two opportunities from 10 am to 12:30pm to volunteer with our youngest artists aged 5 – 12 years

Two opportunities from 1pm to 4pm to support young people aged 12 - 21 years. 

Two opportunities to support our 21 – 28 year old artists, in our studio provision, ‘Art Matters’ from 4pm – 6pm.  

These volunteer positions will run from Saturday 25st January until Saturday 15th March, with the possibility of an extension of a further block of 8 workshops. 

Click here to download the volunteer application form.

‘The ReSearch Room’

2014 sees the start of an exciting new opportunity for artists to be involved with our organisation.  ‘The ReSearch Room’ provides space and support to artists who have an interest in developing their practice through research and delivery in partnership with the artists at Project Ability.  The ‘ReSearch’ programme will give artists of all experiences and abilities, the opportunity to work and learn from each other in a series of creative conversations. 

At this stage, we are looking for artists who would like to take part in ‘ReSearch’ to submit their ideas of how they would approach developing a shared practice, working in a reciprocal partnership with an artist with different life experiences to themselves. 

All of these volunteering positions are based at our workshop on the 3rd floor of Trongate 103. If you have any queries regarding these positions, please feel free to contact Volunteers Co-ordinator, Tracy Gorman. If you are interested in volunteering in one of these roles please complete the application form and return it to Tracy Gorman at volunteers@project-ability.co.uk

Click here to download the volunteer application form.

Closing date for applications is Friday 17th January 2014.   Informal Interviews will be held the week Monday 27th January 2014.

Share This

Slow Summit - Duncan Gray, Scott Smith and the Pastels in Mono

For our annual exhibition in Mono, we will be showing work by Aspire artists Scott Smith and Duncan Gray.

The exhibition will open for the Pastels who will be playing a set of songs from their new album Slow Summits. There will be a Christmas Pound Appeal donation box on the night, to help us reach our £1,500 target!

Enjoy the music and the art, and don't forget to donate!

Thanks to Alison, Stephen, Mono and the Pastels for their time and generosity!

Opening: Saturday 07 December, 7pm
08 December - 06 January
MONO, 12 King's Court, Glasgow

Share This

Meet the Volunteers: Clare Marks

For our last Meet the Volunteers of 2013, we would like to introduce you to the brilliant Clare Marks, who has been helping out with our film workshops.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our fabulous volunteers this year, you have all been a wonderful help and a pleasure to work with! There will be new volunteers opportunities coming up very soon, so keep an eye on the website.

‘I have had so much fun working with the young filmmakers at project ability! I have wanted to volunteer at Project Ability for some time, and now I have had the chance to be an assistant producer, model-maker, camerawoman and voiceover artist! I’ve been involved in making sci-fi, drama, comedy, action, it has been an absolute pleasure to get to do this.
The group I worked with are passionate, imaginative and talented, with a specific interest in making artworks onscreen, and all that surrounds the world of film-making. What a crew, I feel like this is an Oscar speech!

I graduated from GSA in Environmental Art in 2012, and wanted to make use of my video and audio making skills somehow. I contacted Project Ability to see how I could get involved and was pleased to learn about Young Talent on Screen. This is a really exciting workshop for young people to learn about the filmmaking process, through group work, discussion and experimentation. There is room here to have fun, but also to progress professionally, with goals such as appearing in film festivals. It has been inspiring to watch the creative process, individually and within the group. I can’t wait to do more!’
- Clare Marks

Thank you Clare, and thank you to all our fantastic volunteers of 2013!

Share This

Opening of Pet Portraits

We were overwhelmed by the wonderful feedback we've received during the opening of Pet Portraits! Thanks to everybody who came to see the show, and to our four legged friends Lola, Minnie and Parker, who graciously posed in front of some of their portraits!

The show runs until Friday 20 December, and we will have a late opening tomorrow night, Thurdsay 05 December, 6pm-8pm.

Make sure you pop by, it's a show you don't want to miss!

Share This

2013 Christmas Pound Appeal

This is the launch of our annual Christmas Pound Appeal.

At this time of year when the order of the day is over-indulgence and plenty, rather than spending your money on POUNDS of CHOCOLATE, BISCUITS, CAKE and CARDS please give us a cash donation instead. We can now claim gift aid on all small cash donations and we will make every pound count.

Donations can be handed into the office and made securely online through Just Giving.

Our target this year is £1500 and we have already raised almost £850 from our fundraising comedy evening on the 14th November ……….. just £650 to go!

2013 has been an outstanding year and the board and staff at Project Ability send their warmest good wishes to everyone in our growing community of artists, their families and supporters. 
Throughout the year the staff and tutors have been helped by a team of fantastic volunteers, amazing artists who have taken part in our residency programme, wonderful people who have given us their time and invigilated exhibitions and helpful, attentive parents and carers who support the artists young and old to attend our programmes and develop their artistic practice.

Thank you, from all of us!

Share This

Friends and Family Fun Weekends: Paper Christmas Village

Our new Friends and Family Fun programme starts with a festive themed workshop.  Come along on the day and our artists will help you to create a beautiful, illuminated paper village.

These classes provide the opportunity for children and young people with disabilities and their friends and families to participate in an exciting programme of visual arts activities. What's more you can take away a goody bag of ideas and materials to help you continue structured arts activities at home.

All young people must be accompanied by an adult.
Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Date- Saturday 14th December 2013
Time- 11:00-12:30
Cost- £5 per group
Please contact us on 0141 552 2822 to secure your place.

Share This

Highlights of 2013

In February, as part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2013 we showcased the talents of our young film makers at the GFT to a hugely appreciative audience.
Also in February, the Lennox Castle Stories group were invited to attend Glasgow City Chambers to present their stories and talk about the project with local councillors.

In April to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day 2013 we opened, in the foyer of Trongate 103 You, Me and ASD, an exhibition of works by 40 artists with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  This exhibition was the outcome of a new partnership with the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) which saw 60 people supported by the ARC attending a series of art classes at Project Ability.  Many participants have gone on to attend classes in our regular workshop programme.

On the 17th April 2012, Project Ability and C-Change launched the website www.lennoxcastlestories.co.uk.  This remarkable social history project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, brought together ex-residents, ex-staff, professionals, family and friends to share their memories of living and working in Lennox Castle Hospital.
"It was great to hear the patients and their families talk about the project.”
“Happy but a bit sad about wasted lives.”  “I didn’t like being in the castle.”
“I have enjoyed Project Ability, my bad memories of Lennox Castle are away now. I have met old friends and new ones.”

On Saturday 25 May, a selection of Project Ability short films was screened in GMAC. The films were made during the last year by young filmmakers.  The cinema was packed with people, and afterwards, some of the filmmakers were handed a prestigious Arts Award.
Also in May, the Art Matters workshops turned one!  Art Matters is a supported group for young adults aged 21-28yrs to meet, socialise and create great artwork.

In July, artist Simon McAuley attended a three week residency at the arts organisation Celf O Gwmpas in Llandrindod, mid-Wales.  This fantastic opportunity saw Simon exploring the landscape and returning to his photographic practice.

In August, we launched the Pet Portraits project which has captured the imagination of all our artists, young and old, and opened in the gallery on the 30th November.


On August 5th, twenty seven artists from the Aspire programme opened an exhibition in Platform.

In September we launched the Project Ability Walking Group.  This group meets every second Wednesday to go on a 3km walk around the city centre and east end of Glasgow taking photographs of their surroundings to create a visual mapping of the city.

We also published the memoirs of Marie Christie:   'I, Myself Marie Christie - Project Ability and the Lennox Castle Hospital Story'.

In October we launched the art in the gart gallery at Gartnavel Royal Hospital where we will curate three exhibitions a year.
And, the film Lennox Castle Stories was screened in the CCA as part of the Document 11 International Film Festival.

From the 3rd to the 6th October, Project Ability joined twenty European studios, galleries and museums for the third  2x2 International Outsider Art Fair at Kunsthaus Kannen, Munster, Germany.  We exhibited work by artists  Simon McAuley,Luigi Bertonesi and Marie Christie and ceramic sculptures by George Stevenson.

In November our first big fundraising event of the year at the Comedy Lounge raised £850.
In December we launch the 2013 Xmas Pounds Appeal and set a goal of £650 – to help us reach our end of year target of £1500.

Share This

Young Talent on Screen Festival - New Trailer

A trailer advertising the Young Talent on Screen Film Fesitval has been expertly created by Owen Scullion and the YToS team.  Excellent work!

Don't forget to send us your films! Click here for more information.




Share This