Cameron & Edward Create Ceramics for the Shop

Project Ability artists Edward Henry and Cameron Morgan have been busy making beautiful ceramic items for our shop: Classic Tunnock's Tea Cakes, Desperate Dan and retro Irn Bru bottles are all coming soon! 

These ceramic joys are sure to be very popular when they go on sale, so keep an eye out for them hitting the shelves!

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ReSearch Room - Phoebe Barnicoat, Peter Johnston & Euan Stewart

The ReSearch Room is proving to be a very successful project! One of the artistic collaborations originating in the ReSearch Room even featured in the Glasgow Open House Art Festival. Below, Phoebe Barnicoat tells us more about her Felt-Tip Faces project with young artists Peter Johnston and Euan Stewart.

"Inspired by a drawing of Cinderella with large crab claws for hands that I saw Peter Johnston making while volunteering at Project Ability, I invited Peter and Euan Stewart to meet once a week and get together to draw with felt tips, building towards an exhibition as part of the Glasgow Open House Art Festival.

We would meet on Saturday afternoons to draw with felt tips; a medium we all love to work in. We would draw quietly, with little bursts of conversation and jokes, quite often about the misadventures of Peter’s cats.

What I found most inspiring from our weekly meetings was Euan and Peter’s relaxed approach to making art. Neither were concerned about whether their work was good, if anyone would ever see it or what any of it meant.
This made me think about how anxious the art world is.

The exhibition offered an opportunity to observe the artistic imagination working freely and meditatively, like a child, just trying things out, playing with ideas and experimenting for themselves alone. We had a fantastic response from the visitors who ended up staying for a tea and joining in doing their own felt tip drawings."

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New items in our shop!

We have some beautiful new items for sale in our gallery shop as well as our online shop.

Oor Wullie fans will be delighted to know that Cameron Morgan's ceramics from the Hybrid Making show are now for sale in our shop. There also new print works, drawings and paintings by Project Ability artists, and a family of ceramic sheep!

For those of you not in Glasgow, why not have a browse in our online shop? And don't hesitate to get in touch if you are looking for larger work, we have plenty of amazing paintings in our archive room!

Happy shopping!

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Friends and Families Fun Workshop: Tie-dye

We had a lot of fun experimenting with different patterns and dyes during our Friends and Families Fun Workshop on Saturday. We transformed pieces of fabric and simple tote bags into colourful works of art, using just a few rubber bands, some dye and a lot of creativity!

The next Friends and Families Fun Workshop will take place on Saturday 31st May. 

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The Intern Diaries- Adrianne’s Blog Week 6

It’s been an utterly hectic couple of weeks here at Project Ability, and it’s been a thoroughly knackering but amazing experience. Last week we finished up on Thursday for the Easter weekend, and we had a huge push to get everything done. The gallery saw swarms of visitors leaving lots of lovely comments about Cloud, and up in the workshop we had our very first One Minute Film workshops.

I was still buzzing from the screening of the One Minute Films when I wrote my last post- in case you couldn’t tell! Considering that I’d never taken a workshop before, I thought it went really well. It helped that all of our young film makers were brimming with ideas and were happy to use the short time we had to the fullest. We had a hand drawn animation, Lego stop motion, time lapse Jedi duel and even a satirical documentary piece- there was certainly no shortage of diversity!

Most of the films were finished by Thursday, but we still had a lot to do: sound recording, effects and setting up the projector for our guests. We managed to thankfully pull it all together and our audience of film makers, parents, Project Ability staff and invited guests gave us a very warm reception. At the start of this week the films were all uploaded onto our Youtube channel, so you can see for yourselves how much we managed to wring out of a mere four sessions!

It’s been nice to have this week to relax and recover from GI festival fatigue, which seems to have affected some of our younger visitors too! However there’s lots to be looking forward to, especially now as I’m going to be here a little bit longer. Last week I was lamenting on how I was halfway through my internship already, but I’m now going to be here for an extra four weeks. There’s a lot coming up in that time so I’ll be kept busy!

This weekend sees our Friends and Family Fun Tie-Dye workshop. I missed the last workshop as I was in London, so I’m looking forward to documenting this, taking pictures and clips of the group in action. It’ll be good to see families getting involved and seeing first-hand what goes on in our workshops.

A lot of what’s coming up will be in celebration of Project Ability’s 30th Birthday, which we’ll be celebrating all year! First things first: we’ve launched a JustTextGiving fundraising appeal, with a target of £10,000. It seems like a huge task and a lot to achieve, but it’s all going towards facilitating our huge roster of artists, events and exhibitions.

If you’d like to help us out, it’s easy: for example, if you wanted to donate £5, text ANNI30 £5 to 70070- however much you choose is up to you! There’s also a JustGiving page, too. We have big things planned for this year, but we need all the help we can get!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘On Holiday in Southport’ by Doreen Kay

We are feeling spring-like and inspired by Aspire artist Doreen Kay's sunny painting 'On Holiday in Southport'.

Doreen uses landscape painting as a storytelling device and in her markedly mute palette, shows painting to be a free practice depicting the most treasured and simple pleasantries such as recalling scenes from her holidays.

Doreen and ReConnect tutor Celine Mcilmunn began a collaborative painting project in March this year as part of Project Ability's pilot artist research and collaboration project the ReSearch Room, using photography to commence a collaborative painting exchange and self-portraiture project.

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Help us raise money with JustTextGiving

Last week saw the launch of our 30th Birthday fundraising campaign. We are setting the bar very high this year, as we are hoping to reach an amazing £10,000!

We need your help to achieve this, so please get in touch if you are taking part in a sports event or if you have any fundraising idea you would like to share with us.

You can also help us with just a few clicks on your phone: text ANNI30 £5 (or £10) to 70070, and donate securely to our campaign via JustTextGiving. 

Thank you!

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Meet the Volunteer - Leanora Brophy

This week, we are pleased to introduce you to another fantastic volunteer: Leanora Brophy, who has been a great addition to our Art Matters team.

‘I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2012, with a BA Hons in Sculpture and I currently have a studio space at SWG3. This has enabled me to continue developing my artistic practice. I have exhibited at Compass and A. galleries and more recently had work selected for the 2013 RGI annual exhibition where I won the A4A Foundry prize. My current sculptural practice explores the notion of reproduction, of the body and nature as a vessel, for the production and containment of life. My potter’s wheel is the initial starting point for the forms I create. Working with clay is a very intuitive process where the material can lead the way in developing the outcome of the sculptural forms created.

I have had previous teaching experience working with young children and adults in various settings and have really enjoyed my time working with John and the Art Matters group at Project Ability. It has been a fantastic experience to see the enjoyment, co-operation and creative spirit which the members of the group connect with both each other and their individual artistic practices.’

-Leanora Brophy

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Friends and Families Fun Workshop: Tie-dye

The next Friends and Family Fun workshops will be tie-dying on Saturday 26th April.
Welcome in the summer with some colourful tie-dye fun!  Bring your own t-shirt or work with the fabric at Project Ability to create a bespoke piece of tie-dye art, using colourful dyes and different tying techniques to produce beautiful patterns.

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 26th April 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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Walking Group - Week 8

With so many exhibitions going on in Glasgow for the Glasgow International Festival, the Walking Group were spoilt for choice in which ones to go to.


They started of with a short walk to the Briggait to see 'Reclaimed: The Second Life of Sculpture'. The large historic marketplace is crammed full of a wide range of artworks recovered from various locations across the country making one of the most colourful and varied exhibitions in this year's festival.

The next stop was an interesting new art space in a railway arch close to the back of the Citizen's theatre. Marked by a series of painted pink boulders is the entrance to an exhibition by a trio of artists including Project Ability's very own Lauren Currie.

Onward to the Tramway for some video works by Michael Smith and Bedwyr Williams. Unfortunately we are not allowed to share any photographs taken in those exhibitions but although Glasgow International has now ended the Tramway and Briggait shows carry on into May. Check and for details of opening times.

More photos on our Facebook

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One Minute Films

The Easter Film Workshops took place over four days last week, and the young filmmakers involved used this short alloted time brilliantly! They produced four one-minute stop-motion films, which were then screened to their friends and families as well as Project Ability staff! 

The four films are as varied as can be: from Lego warfare scenes to aliens, Jedi duels to Billy Joel!  'Warfare' by Keir Jarvie, 'A Holiday in Space' by Rory Macdonald, 'Was Peter Scott Billy Joel?" by Andrew Scott and 'Jedi Duel' by Alasdair Downie.


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The Intern Diaries- Adrianne’s Blog Week 5

After a successful exhibition launch and artist’s talk last week, it was nice to get the chance on Friday to attend some other Glasgow International events. Better yet, they were work related too! I went along to CCA for the Art Screen Festival, a brand new event celebrating the arts documentary- whether it’s about music, visual arts, blurs the line between fiction and reality or sticks to hard facts, there was a lot to learn and the possibilities are endless.

(Image courtesy of BBC Scotland)

Back in the office and my video from Henrik Pätzke’s artist’s talk is finally online, and you can view it on our Youtube channel! For those of you who missed out, I somehow managed to whittle it down from 30 minutes to ten, so it’s a bit of a highlights reel- I hope it gets the main points across anyway. I tried to include some of Henrik’s background, his views on life, his inspirations and working methods and some shots of the audience interacting with the installation. There were some issues on the day: I only had one camera, and no additional microphones- but I think it turned out pretty well!

The hardest part was deciding what to leave in and what to cut. That’s another thing I learned at the Art Screen talks: you can love a sequence, agree with it entirely and fight ‘til the death to keep it in, but sometimes it just… doesn’t… fit. There was such a great amount of information from Henrik that I just had to be ruthless with it, and hope that the final cut was coherent and got across the point of the talk.

It’s been such a lovely week- as lovely as Glasgow in April can be- and on Wednesday, I went out with the walking group for a visit to some Glasgow International exhibitions. I’ve been desperate to see inside the Briggait, and this was the perfect excuse! They were hosting an installation of reclaimed sculptures which have, for one reason or another, been kept in storage unseen by the public. The setting was pretty vast and lofty, but the sculptures really filled it with colour, playfulness and vibrancy.

From then we walked to the Tramway. They were featuring installations and video art by Michael Smith and Bedwyr Williams: the former created a series of videos in a variety of television genres, which subverted the medium while highlighting the mundanity of it. Williams’ exhibit featured a post-apocalyptic film projected from the inside of a double decker bus, shrouded in shadows… it really does have to be seen to be believed!

This week also saw the launch of the first One Minute Film Workshops! Spaces were limited so that our participants could have as much free reign over equipment, props and materials as they needed. Despite this we filled all but one place- not too bad! It seemed like an initially impossible task: make four one-minute films in four days. We had four participants, all with very different ideas. Thankfully they got torn into it from the start: they drew backgrounds and characters, built sets out of Lego and played with the iPads to create time lapse and stop motion images.

We only had 2.5 hours each day, from Monday to Wednesday, to get the bulk of the work done. We also had a couple of hours on Thursday, but with a screening due for 12.15 the pressure was on! Everyone worked together to edit, create stop-motion animations, record dialogue and sound effects and the resulting films really are collaborative efforts. Everyone worked really hard and I was really proud of the resultant films. It just goes to show that there’s no such thing as an impossible task: when there is enough creative talent and everyone works together, even making four different films in ten hours is achievable!

After all of that, I can safely say I’m looking forward to the long weekend. There’s even more coming up after the holidays and lots to be looking forward to. Have a great Easter!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Untitled’ by David Bradley

This week, we are very pleased to bring you a portrait by ReConnect artist David Bradley. 

If we are to consider that a portrait describes something about what a person was like and/or how the artist viewed them and that painting is a process built over time through an accumulation of gestures; then David Bradley can be classified as a painter with traditional values at the forefront of his making process.

The painted mark is an object in itself and also becomes the object of what it describes; David Bradley’s paintings simultaneously represent portraiture and create characters in a world of their own.

By looking at others, and directing our gaze outwards, we also look inwards and invite the world to look in as we discover ourselves.

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Young Talent on Screen workshops starting soon

Great news! We have secured more funding for Young Talent on Screen, and there will be one more block of workshops commencing at the end of this month!

Young Talent on Screen 2014 is an exciting opportunity for 16-25 year olds interested in film and cinema.

The programme allows young people with disabilities to increase their awareness of contemporary film making and to develop critical thinking by accessing and critiquing new and exciting film work.

Workshop dates: 6pm - 8pm, Friday 25th April to Friday 27th June, excluding 2nd and 23rd May.

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

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The gallery will be open over Easter

This year, the Project Ability gallery will be open over Easter. Come see Henrik Pätzke's exhibition Cloud, crawl into one of the teepees and let yourself be enveloped by the artist's light-hearted soundpiece! 

Thursday 17 April: 10am-8pm
Friday 18 - Saturday 19 April: 10am-5pm
Sunday 20 - Monday 21: 12pm-5pm

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Meet the Volunteers - Nicola Henderson

Nicola Henderson is a ceramic artist who first came to Project Ability through our residency programme last year. She is now one of our fantastic volunteers, and she works with different Aspire artists in the ceramic room.

‘I graduated from Newcastle College of Art in July 2013 with a FdA in Contemporary Ceramic Practice, I now continue to develop my own practice at Glasgow Ceramic Studios in Hanson street. 

I started volunteering at Project Ability with the Aspire group in February this year (2014). I'm stationed in the ceramics room and make clay work available to those who wish to have a go. So far I'm pleased to say that there has been a few of those in the Aspire group who have joined me and we've had a lovely time making and chatting. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly and we've had a very productive few weeks! We are currently using red earthenware clay along with slips and underglazes for decoration. I'm thoroughly enjoying my time so far and looking forward to working with the group again in the next block of workshops’

Thank you Nicola!

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The Aspire workshops are back!

The new block of Aspire workshop started this week, and we are delighted to welcome everybody back!

The nice weather seems to inspire the artists, who have been creating very colourful artwork. 

One of the tutors brought a pheasant prop, which was very successful among the group!

The new block will run until Friday 06 June. Please note that due to bank holidays, there will be no workshops on Monday 21 April, 5 May, and 26 May, as well as Friday 18 April.

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Fantastic comments about Henrik Pätzke’s ‘Cloud’

Henrik Pätzke's solo exhibition Cloud  has been opened to the public for almost two weeks now, and we've received wonderful feedback from gallery visitors. Here are a few of the comments left in our visitors' book:

"Fantastic. Best thing I have seen in ages. Love the teepees and clouds. Made me feel happy, thank you."

"Beautiful use of materials, wonderful use of the space. When the audio kicked in I felt I could float away. Exactly what I needed today."

"Beautiful & fascinating piece. Very intricate and detailed. Felt like walking around inside a wonderful painting."

"The clouds look like they are really floating and the concept was very interesting."

"The sound really makes the show for me. It made me smile. Thanks."

"Great show! Love the intricate detail and craftsmanship, and the light-hearted sound piece."

"Great show! I really enjoyed being inside the tepee and I LOVE the floating sculptures!! There’s a Wes Anderson vibe in the works."

"That was so cool! I loved the tepee and I wish I could stitch like that! I love all the art and wish I could stay in here forever!"

"Meaningful. Good!"

"The sound was good and surprising. We danced, oh how we danced!"

The show is open every day during Glasgow International Festival (ends Monday 21 April), and will run until Saturday 24 May. Don't miss it!

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Artist Talk by Henrik Pätzke

On Saturday 05 April, Henrik Pätzke delivered a talk about his practice and his solo exhibition Cloud.

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Project Ability is 30! Join our 30th anniversary fundraising campaign

Project Ability is 30 this year, and we would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to join us in year-long celebration of our organisation and everyone involved. The year will be filled with new exhibitions, opportunities, conversations, inspiration, connections and -needless to say - a fair amount of festivities!

It takes a lot of money and a lot of hard work to keep going, moving forward, creating new opportunities and maintaining the high standard that we set ourselves. We are hugely appreciative of the generosity of our artists, their friends and supporters who each year raise a substantial amount of money to support what we do.  

This year, to mark our 30th anniversary we are setting the bar high. We hope – and this will take a lot of help – to achieve a target of £10,000. 

Please get in touch if you have any fundraising ideas. If you think you may be able to help, we urge you to get in contact. You can donate safely online to our 30th birthday appeal on our Just Giving page.

We also have a number of sponsorship opportunities of between £5000 - £10,000 for some forthcoming major events, such as our publications, the end of year fundraiser, and a ground breaking international conference we are organising in March 2015. Please contact us if you would like to talk about sponsorship and we will send you a ‘benefits to sponsor’ pack.

During 2014 we are publishing two very important books. In October, we will launch a publication focusing on the artists who attend ReConnect – our arts and wellbeing programme for those experiencing poor mental health. The second, in November, will give people with learning disabilities an opportunity and a platform to tell their individual stories, while showcasing their outstanding array of artwork created in our studio. 

To round the year off we are organising a big fundraising event on the 29th November 2014. It’s still a secret, so watch this space; more exciting details will be released in the summer!

It’s going to be a big year for Project Ability, and we’re thoroughly looking forward to everyone coming together to celebrate this landmark anniversary.

(Anniversary logo by Steven Reilly)

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Untitled’ by James Lawson

From the Aspire studio, our Artwork of the Week is this painting by James Lawson!

James' masterful painting is full of loosely composed lines and shapes; a pool of colours and forms showing full expression and demonstrating a situational painterly intelligence.  

We love it!

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The Intern Diaries- Adrianne’s Blog Week 4

Last week ended on a high when we launched Cloud, our much-anticipated installation from Henrik Pätzke as part of Glasgow International. The work comprises of textile work, manipulated found objects and a sound piece- which has been playing on a constant loop since last week. It’s almost become a comfort to be honest, or at the very least I can’t really notice it anymore!

The opening night of the Festival on Friday, April 4th, was a success for the whole of Trongate 103. There were exhibitions and openings all over town and, after a quiet start, guests began flooding in. My preview video was also playing on a TV with attached headphones, and seeing people watching and listening intently gave me a proper sense of accomplishment- whether they actually liked it is another matter entirely, but it’s nice that they stopped to watch…!

The following afternoon we had an artist’s talk from Henrik, in which he offered an insight into his background, inspirations and working practices. After some bus woes and technical issues, I managed to film the event, with the Canon DSLR in one hand and my phone in the other.

Surprisingly the phone footage turned out pretty well! This week I’m working on a video highlighting the key notes from the talk, which will hopefully be online at the beginning of next week. The hardest part is trying to choose what to include- it was really insightful and, despite only having one camera, I’ve still got a lot to work with. Ah well, no one ever said editing was an easy job…

The gallery has been buzzing with visitors since the launch of the exhibition, which is really encouraging. The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with many comments in our guestbook talking about the sound installation in particular. It’s funny how it was recorded only a few days before the launch of the show, yet I can’t imagine it not being included- it’s also reassuring to see that visitors thought the same!

The rest of this week has been spent planning the One Minute Film workshops, which are approaching rapidly: spaces are limited so get in fast if you’re keen! It seems like ages ago that the idea was first mentioned to me, and now they’re here… hopefully it’ll be a fun and engaging way of learning the processes of making short animations to a tight deadline.

The idea of the film workshops was brought up at the end of my second week, and I can’t believe I’ve been here for five already- surely it can’t be that long since I first came in for my interview?! I feel like I’ve seen and experienced so much in my time here already, but I still have a huge amount to do. There are a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline, and hopefully lots of opportunity to create some interesting film work. There are so many events coming up, I’ll definitely have my work cut out for me trying to decide what to focus on.

I’ll be ending the week doing some research on documentary film making at the Art Screen festival, which is also running as part of Glasgow International. I’m hoping there’ll be lots of information about how to get the most out of my work, so if anyone else is going I’ll be there furiously scribbling away. See you all next week!

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One of our ReSearch Room projects has been a collaboration between Aspire artist Judith Abubakar and Belgian ceramicist Morgane Deffense. Here, Morgane tells us more about their experience.

An ancient Chinese proverb says “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”

This project was born from an encounter between Judith and myself. We focused our artistic collaboration on communication.

I studied ceramics, and Judith is experienced in painting and textile work. We quickly decided to share and bring our knowledge together and to create with these different mediums. Our work represents the meeting between ceramics and threads, white and colour, a dialogue between two elements…

At first, we made a cast of an everyday object: a cup. We reproduced it several times in clay, and gave it different uses. The cup mimics the surface texture of canvas fabric in ceramic and thus also becomes an embroidery support. This allowed us to build a string telephone, which became the symbol of our exchange.

This project was a beautiful experience for both of us. Thank you Project Ability!
-Morgane Deffense

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Felt Tip Faces

Felt Tip Faces explores the work of artists Phoebe Barnicoat, Peter Johnston and Euan Stewart all of whom offer a bracing and eccentric perspective on portraiture.

Inspired by a drawing that Peter was working on of Cinderella with large crab claws for hands, Phoebe invited Peter and Euan, who attend Project Ability, to meet once a week via the ReSearch programme and draw with felt tips, building towards an exhibition as part of the Glasgow Open House Art Festival. Strange and inspiring, their work here focuses on the peculiarities of the human face.

Image: Superman by Euan Stewart

Flat 2/2, 63 West Graham Street, Glasgow, G4 9LJ
on Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 21st, 10:00am - 6:00pm

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Walking Group - Week 7

The second walking group visit to Scotland Street was a greater success than the previous one. No gas leak this time so nothing to prevent entry into the building!

One of the group had attended the school as a child so the visit was particularly poignant for him.

Most of the group could remember using items similar to those on display when they were at school but only the older ones had personal memories of getting the belt!

After a walk around to look at the exhibits some of the group had a try at some of the playground games before walking back into town.

More photos can be seen on our Facebook Page. 

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‘Cloud’ opening & artist talk

Henrik Pätzke's first solo exhibition in the UK 'Cloud' opened on Friday 03 April, as part of Glasgow International 2014. The artist then delivered a talk on Saturday, giving the public an insight into his practice, and a guided tour of the exhibition.

We would like to thank everybody who made it to these two events, as well as of course Henrik Pätzke. The show will run until Saturday 24th May, and is not to be missed!

We will upload some excerpts of Henrik's talk on the website very soon, keep an eye out!

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Lea Cummings in Wales - Week 3

Lea Cummings' Welsh residency has now come to an end: the Scottish artist is heading back to Glasgow today. His last week at Celf O Gwmpas was filled with countryside walks, painting, mosaics and bone sculptures! Here is his last photo diary.

More photos on our FlickR

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The Intern Diaries- Adrianne’s Blog Week 3

There’s been a real buzz of anticipation this week, not just at Project Ability but in the whole of our hub at Trongate 103. This Friday sees the launch of Glasgow International , a celebration of the multitude of visual arts talent going on in the city.

Here at Project Ability we’ve got the launch of Henrik Pätzke’s Cloud exhibition, which opens with a special launch on Friday. There’s also going to be a talk from the artist himself on Saturday 5th. Henrik is visiting us from Inuti 2, a Stockholm-based foundation which supports artists with high functioning autism to fulfil their creative potential.

Henrik’s visit coincided with World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday 2nd April. This is an international event to raise awareness and increase knowledge of autism to encourage early diagnosis and “celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe”. In light of this, and with April being Autism Awareness Month, I was tasked with creating a short preview video ahead of the exhibition opening.

I managed to get a lot of footage of Henrik working on his pieces in our workshop, talking about his creative inspirations and processes and setting up the exhibition in our gallery. Thankfully he was more than happy to chat with me about his work, and I had my work cut out for me trying to contain it to a five minute video! Most of my week has been taking up with editing the finished piece, which you can now view on our YouTube channel.

I’ll also be attending both the opening and the artist talk with my trusty camera in hand and I’m sure there’ll be lots to document from both. It feels like I’ve spent forever holed up in the media room editing the video, so I hope it’s worth the wait!

In addition to filming and editing, I also spent Wednesday morning helping Henrik to create a sound piece for the installation. It’s been a while since I got to do some sound recording and mixing, and my first time doing it for an art installation rather than a film. The strange, disembodied voice works well with the motif of ‘indications of human presence’ exemplified in the rest of the works.

It’s been a busy week preparing for the show, but there’s no rest for the wicked quite yet. There have also been some exciting developments in the pipeline for the Easter holidays: after much discussion and preparation, the call for participants for our One Minute Movie workshops is now live! They’ll be led by me (aah!) and two other experienced film makers, and will run from 14th-17th April. The classes are for 12-18 year olds with some previous film making experience.

The workshops consist of four fast paced sessions to develop and create the one minute films, and will culminate in a screening on Thursday 17th. Spaces are limited, so if you know someone who might be interested, let them know as soon as possible! It’ll be a great opportunity to learn how to create and produce a finished piece to a deadline, in a fun and friendly environment.

All in all, it’s been a busy week of preparation, looming deadlines, anticipation and excitement in the run up to Glasgow International. There’s been a lot of work put into our gallery and admission is free- it’s going to be an exciting one, so it’s not one you’ll want to miss!

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Closed for First Thursday, Late Opening on Friday

Just a little reminder that we will be closed this evening, and will not be having a late opening for First Thirsday.  We will be open tomorrow evening however, for the big opening of the GI festival.  The exhibition will be 'Cloud' created by Henrik Pätzke, opening Friday 4 April from 6-8pm.  We hope to see you all there!

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World Autism Day

Today is World Autism Day, and to mark the occasion, we have produced a short interview of artist Henrik Pätzke about his work for the exhibition Cloud. Pätzke is a full-time member of Inuti 2, established in 2003  to support artistically talented individuals with high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome. His work explores various ideas around constructed spaces and of autistic withdrawal behind emotional, defensive, architectural gestures.

Cloud opens on Friday 04 April, 6pm-8pm, as part of Glasgow International 2014.

And to keep with the theme of World Autism Day, click here to see 'An Important Documentary', made in 2012 by a group of young Project Ability filmmakers for First Light Movies. 

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