Artwork of the Week - ‘Dedicated Dropouts’ by Michael McMullen

This week we are pleased to bring you this drawing by Michael McMullen titled, 'Dedicated Dropouts'. Michael makes cheeky, speedily sketched characters in permanent markers from events in the newspaper or film and tv characters gone astray (Sozzled Julie Harris for instance).

These Dedicated Dropouts, once drawn develop a life of their own, with just a few strokes he sums up his statement and reminds us of the forgotten art of the caricaturists. With strong outlines and wit, he combines the properties of a doodle and a great newspaper cartoon. 

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Last week of ReConnect workshops

The current block of ReConnect workshops will finish on Friday 28 February.

The next block will start on Tuesday 18 March and will run for 12 weeks. More information coming soon. 

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Walking group - Week 4: Queen’s Park

Queen's Park was the destination for the walking group last week.

The group met up at Project Ability as usual and took the bus to Victoria Road where they began their walk.

There were lots of interesting sights to see and scenes to photograph. Swans on the pond, the poetry rose garden, reptiles and other creatures in the glasshouse and the panoramic views from the flagpole.

We tried to remember what films and TV programmes had used Queen's Park as a backdrop but could only come up with the opening credits of 'Taggart' and Peter Mullan's 'Close'. Has anyone got any other suggestions?

More photos can be viewed on our Facebook page. 

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Friendly jellyfish at Project Ability!

Our latest Friends and Family Fun Workshop was a great success! The group made papier mâché jellyfish using balloons, tissue paper and textile. The workshop was soon full of smiling jellyfish! Participants then took  their work home, as well as a goodie bag.

Mhairi even sent us a photo of her jellyfish on display at home!

Our next Friends and Family Fun Workshop will take place on Saturday 29th March. 

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Friends and Families Fun Workshop: Under the Sea Papier Mâché

The next Friends and Family Fun workshop will be Under the Sea Papier Mâché on Saturday 22nd February.

Come along to our Friends and Family Fun Workshops and get messy with some papier mâché!  Create a beautiful sea creature in wonderful colours and patterns using materials like tissue paper, wire and fabric.

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 free 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 22nd 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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A creative response to our Volunteers programme

Almost a decade ago, artist Janetka Platun spent 18 months in residency at Project Ability, recording and exploring the wide ranging, multi-faceted and multi-layered way in which young people with Autism approached and engaged in the process of making art. This resulted in an exhibition and a book entitled 'Spectrum, A Landscape of Autism, Asperger's and Children's Art'.

This year, Jan has been invited to evaluate our Volunteers Programme, and to creatively respond to it.

"I have been invited by Project Ability to creatively respond to their ongoing volunteer programme.

Within the organisation volunteers are seen as wide-ranging and adaptable. Volunteers include recent art graduates wishing to gain experience, tutors who used to be volunteers, long standing Project Ability artists who offer their time, and tutors who wish to develop their practice through collaborations with Project Ability artists.

Over the next year I will explore the fluid nature of the programme and hope to shed a creative spotlight on the importance of these artistically centred relationships."

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Still Life’ by Lesley Nimmo

This week's AoTW, comes fresh from the workshops - 'Still Life' by Lesley Nimmo. Lesley’s work has directness, first moves are never painted over and with these first gestures, the painting is finished right there and then. Her colours are counterintuitive, visual hierarchies played with and the rules of perspective discarded – as a result a poised and self-assured new image creates itself.

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Walking Group - Week 3

For last week's outing the walking group went south to Tramway in Pollokshields. The main lure was an exhibition by artist Sarah Lucas that is currently installed in the huge gallery space that is Tramway 2. It didn't disappoint. The large wall pieces and sculptural installations caused a range of reactions in the group but as photography was not allowed we couldn't use our cameras.

We were told that there was also a live dance performance (Siobhan Davies Dance) happening in one of the other spaces so we went in to watch that. Again the group were divided in their opinions with comments ranging from 'beautiful and intense' to 'pretentious'.

After a short walk in the Hidden Gardens we sat down for a coffee and a chat and exchanged some ideas about where we could go for future walks. Lots of good ideas, so plenty more walks to look forward to!

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SCVO Equality Internship Programme: Call out for a Film Assistant

SCVO working in partnership with BEMIS, CEMVO, Scottish Disability Equality Forum and Inclusion Scotland are creating up to 150 paid Internships within third sector organisations for unemployed graduates.

All applicants must:
-be aged 30 or younger
-hold a SCQF Level 8+ qualification (equivalent to an HND, first degree, SVQ Level4)
-be unemployed; either in the first 12 months of a benefit claim (pre-Work Programme) or 2 years+ (post-Work Programme) or unemployed and not claiming benefits (but must make a claim for benefits in order to apply for an internship opportunity)

As part of this internship programme, we are looking for a Film Assistant. You would be working alongside our film tutors in the workshop programme to support young people to make film, document and record daily activity in our centre in Trongate 103 and at venues where our outreach programme is delivered. You would distribute film work across our digital channels, and propose, develop and deliver a short film highlighting a specific aspect of Project Ability's work.

The post is Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, and paid £6.31/hour.

To apply for an internship, you need to speak to your Jobcentre Plus adviser who can check your eligibility and give you an Eligibility Referral Form and Internship Application Form.

You will find more information about this post and how to apply on the SCVO website. Select 'Equality internships open to all graduates', and scroll down to find the Project Ability entry.

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Lennox Castle Stories at the Heritage Lottery Fund

On the 6th February, we were invited to the Heritage Lottery office in Edinburgh to share our experience of running a Heritage project. Unfortunately they had I.T. issues and we couldn’t show our slide show but we went ahead anyway, explaining why the project was important and how we got so many people involved: patients, ex-staff and family members. 

Marie Christie, one of the project volunteers, spoke about her engagement with the project and how it has brought her back in touch with people, some as far away as Canada.

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Young Talent on Screen at GFT - February 2014

Our Young Talent On Screen group were joined by friends, family and members of the public for the first of their 2014 Festival Events at the GFT on Saturday.

After a quick introduction by some of the festival committee members, as well as some exclusive information on the March Festival Events, a selection of films from the Project Ability Archive were screened.  The audience loved our comedy golds and were captivated by our live action and crime thrillers.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information on our YToS main Festival Event on Sat 8th March from 11.45am and Tuesday 11th March from 3.15pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Cheetah’ by Andrew Boyle

Andrew's Boyle's very cuddly looking 'Cheetah' is our Artwork of the Week - we love the colour and pattern! 

This painting is one of many unique artworks added to our shop this week and we hope to see you at our late night opening tonight for Trongate 103's First Thursday! 

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February First Thursday

Tomorrow is First Thursday! Don't miss this opportunity to come see our brilliant Residency Exhibition!

Join us from 6pm-8pm for a glass of wine and a browse through this fantastic group show, featuring paintings, prints, drawings, sound and video works, ceramic, hair and even caramel sculptures! We will also have some new items in our shop for the occasion.

See you all then!

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Foam Marbling at Project Ability

Our first Friends and Family Fun workshop of the year was great fun! we created some colourful designs on paper and textile, using shaving foam and fabric dye. Pretty messy technique, but with great results!

The next Friends and Family Fun workshop will be on Saturday 22 February, 11:00 - 12:30.

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Opening of ReConnect artists: a Group Show

Friday 31st January saw the opening of the second Art in The Gart exhibition at Gartnavel Royal Hospital

This time we are showing a selection of work by ReConnect artists Lea Cummings, Carol Lee, Simon McAuley, Ruth Mutch and Linda Tulloch.

The Art in the Gart gallery is situated in an extremely  busy public corridor which is used by all the patients, staff, friends and relatives who work and visit the hospital.  Feedback has been extremely positive with lots of comments on how agreeable it is to have something interesting to look at rather than plain white walls.  We are committed to delivering a changing exhibition programme every four months.

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ReConnect 18-25 - new day added!

 In addition to our  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon workshops (1pm-3pm), we have just added a fourth daytime class to our ReConnect 18-25 programme.

The new class will take place on Wednesdays 10am-12pm, and will start this week (05/02).

Call us on 0141 552 2822 or email us at for more information and to book a place. 

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