Artwork of the Week - ‘Bay City Rollers’ by Doreen Kay


We just couldn't resist bringing you Doreen Kay's wonderful depiction of the Bay City Rollers in their 'tartan teen sensation' hayday! Doreen shows painting to be a free practice depicting the most treasured and simple pleasantries: figurative, photographic, decorative, nostalgic and meticulously recalled scenes from memory. We think this painting is a triumph!

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Young Talent on Screen opening event at Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Project Ability presents the opening event of our Young Talent on Screen Film Festival. Programmed and produced by young people with disabilities, the festival will showcase a range of exciting new work during the Glasgow Youth Film Festival. 

The opening event will feature a screening and some talks with the young people involved.

Tickets are free and will be available from the box office on the day.

Saturday 08 February, 12pm.

12 Rose Street
Glasgow G3 6RB

Tel +44 (0)141 332 6535

Box Office
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Cameron’s Way: Coast to Coast

Jason Pyper Davis has been working with Aspire artist Cameron Morgan for the last few weeks, assisting him with his research and preparation for his Generation festival project: a giant mural titled Cameron's Way: Coast to Coast.

"I was given the opportunity to work with Cameron, to assist him in producing a mural that will fill every wall in the gallery. Cameron had already come up with the idea that the mural should be a journey through Scotland. As the theme of the project was 'Generations' I thought it might be nice to go through a brief history of Scotland rather than just a journey. Cameron and I then broke each wall down into areas and times in Scotland.

Wall 1. Rural Scotland
Wall 2. Castles and highlands
Wall 3.Victorian/Edwardian Scotland
Wall 4.Industrial Scotland
Wall 5.Present day

On my first day working with Cameron, we roughly blocked out the ideas and did small sketches of each wall, working out the composition and what would go in each wall. The second day we went out into Glasgow to take photos of building to use on a few of the walls. Since then we have been working on 5 large (scale) drawings of each wall, getting the composition working.

Cameron has a great sense of colour and a very fast and bold drawing style, so after a little discussion each day he then got stuck in and produced wonderful drawings with great colour choices. I very much look forward to seeing what he does on the walls.
-Jason Pyper Davis

Cameron Morgan will start his mural in June 2014.

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Walking Group - Week 2

"Last Wednesday we welcomed a few new walkers to the group and we all set off for a visit to Scotland Street School. Most of the group had never been to this museum before but one of the group, Ian, had attended there as a pupil and was looking forward to rekindling some childhood memories.

Along the way we chatted about how much the area has changed in recent years and how many fine buildings are sadly neglected and allowed to become derelict. It was quite a long walk so were glad when we reached the old school, especially as it had started raining. Unfortunately, one of the staff came to the door and broke the news to us that we couldn't go in as there was a gas leak and they were waiting for someone to come to fix the problem.

We were all a bit disappointed not to get inside and decided we would come back another day. After a walk around the playground some people decided to take the nearby underground to their next destination and the rest of us walked back to town.

As most of us had been keeping our cameras for when we got inside we don't have so many photographs this week but here are some that were taken along the way."

More photos can be seen on our Facebook Page. 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Birds’ by Linda Tulloch

For this week's AoTW feature, we are very pleased to bring you a sneak preview of a work that is going to be exhibited in our next Art in the Gart exhibition; ‘Birds’ by Linda Tulloch. Linda has made this delicate drawing of flying birds; soft, neat and beautifully executed in coloured pencil. These weightless and tenacious little creatures seeming to fly and tumble across the page with the expert blurring of the pencil marks heightening the work’s visual softness.

Project Ability will be presenting work by artists from the ReConnect programme, opening on 31 January in the Art in Gart Gallery, Lower Hub, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Great Western Road Glasgow. Exhibition continues until 31 May 2014.

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Oor Wullie and Desperate Dan!

A couple of weeks ago, Project Ability artist Cameron Morgan started working on a clay sculpture of Oor Wullie.

He added the hands, the head and the spicky hair! The sculpture is now waiting to be glazed and fired.

Cameron was joined by Edward Henry, who decided to make his own Desperate Dan!

Next: Cameron has now started working on Desperate Dan's cow pie! More photos soon. 

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Project Ability on Twitter!

Project Ability are now on Twitter! Our brand new profile can be found here. Help us reach as many people as possible by following @Project_Ability!

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Opening of ‘Residency Exhibition’

What a great opening! Thank you to everybody who made it on Saturday, and of course to all the artists involved in the exhibition: Ruth Ansell, Lea Cummings, Lorraine Hamilton, Nicola Henderson, Genevieve and Jordan Kay-Gourlay and Linda Mahoney.

The show runs until Saturday 1st March, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm.

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Friends and Families Fun Workshops: Foam Marbling

The next Friends and Family Fun workshops will be Foam Marbling on 1st February 2014.

Come along to our Friends and Family Fun Workshops and get messy with some foam marbling!  Create wonderfully colourful designs in foam that can be transferred to fabric or paper.  Once dry, our tutors will help you turn your creation into a beautiful bespoke craft object like a purse or notebook. 

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 1st February 2014
Time- 11:00-12:30
Cost- £5 per group

Please contact us on 0141 552 2822 to secure your place.

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Aspire workshops starting back on Monday 20 January

We are looking forward to welcoming back all our Aspire artists in the Project Ability workshops! The new block will start on Monday 20th January, and will run until Friday 14th March.

For more information or to receive a booking form, please contact us on 0141 552 2822.

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Walking group - Week 1

The first outing of the Project Ability Walking Group in 2014 was to the Lighthouse.

"As the weather was looking like it could turn nasty we decided to change from our planned walk and went to the Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane. Most of the group hadn't been there before and were quite surprised by what we found there.

We decided to start at the top and took the escalators and lift to the sixth floor viewing platform where we spent some time looking at and discussing the view and taking some photographs. From there we worked our way down through the building visiting the exhibitions along the way, including an exhibition of architectural models of unbuilt Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings and another on sustainable building materials.


The more energetic group members also went up the creaky spiral staircase to the top of the tower which is crowned with an open air viewing platform. Fortunately the weather had once again turned out fine so the light was good for taking photographs and our cameras weren't in danger of getting wet!

A fascinating building with an interesting history and wonderful views of the city."

The next outing will be to the Scotland Street School Museum, on Wednesday 22 January.

For more photos, please click here

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Cameron Morgan’s Oor Wullie

Project Ability artist Cameron Morgan has started working on his ceramic sculpture of Oor Wullie!

First, he shapes the head.

It is then added to the body.

Then he adds the legs. It's taking shape already!

There was just a bit of time left to start making the arms.

We will add more photos of the work in progress soon!

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Young Talent on Screen Film Festival - Extended deadline

Good news! We have extended the deadline for submissions to our Young Talent on Screen Film Festival to Friday 31st January!

If you are 25 years old or younger and an aspiring filmmaker, we want to see your films!

Click here to read more about the Young Talent on Screen film Festival, and to submit a film.

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Reminder: Volunteering Opportunities

We have 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

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.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from us all at Project Ability!

2014 is the year we turn 30, and it will be packed with exhibitions, events, workshops and celebrations!

We are looking forward to seeing everybody back in our workshops in the next few weeks. Check out our calendar to know when the workshops start back.

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