Walking Group - Week 14

The walking group outing last week was a bit different from usual and didn't really involve a great deal of walking. The group had been invited to The Glue Factory to meet artists working at Bespoke Atelier. They have been invited to submit a design for a sculptural artwork to be positioned next to the nearby canal and they wanted to get some input from the group.

Marian and Lydia were the artists who met us and welcomed us to their screen-printing studio. They showed us some examples of the work they do and then facilitated a workshop where we made some screen-prints onto fabric tote bags. The designs for our patterns were based on the cyanotypes we had made at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios two weeks previously.

The group were so involved in screen-printing that cameras were mostly forgotten about but here are some photos of the group at work and some of their results.

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Friends and Family Fun Workshop - Ceramic Whistles

The next Friends and Family Fun Workshop will be Ceramic Whistles on Saturday 30th August.

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  Yes, but it also whistles!  Come along to our Ceramic Whistle Making Workshop and have a go at making your very own character whistle.  Inspired by the ancient whistles housed at The Burrell Collection, recreate these artefacts in this fun workshop.  Add your own twist to the design and learn tricks and tips from our skilled tutors to make your clay sculpture into a whistling musical instrument!

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 30th August 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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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Piper’ by Cameron Morgan

This week, Cameron Morgan's beautiful work representing a Scottish piper is our Shop Item of the Week.  That's right - this work is available for sale in our recently refurbished shop, along with countless other unique goodies.  Do remember to pop along!

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Fundraising update!

Fundraising update!  In April we launched our 30th anniversary fundraising appeal in celebration of our 30th Birthday, which we are celebrating all year.  Our goal is to reach £10,000.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters and their friends we have nearly reached £1000!!

Over the coming months watch this space for many new fundraising initiatives.
Donations: Your donations assist us in continuing our work and making a difference.  Your donations help us buy art supplies, provide studio workspace, deliver a wide range of artistic experiences, organise exhibitions and create many other opportunities for artists with learning disabilities, children and young people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental ill health.

Sponsorship: Current opportunities include:
-Sponsorship of our on-site gallery exhibitions programme. 
-A major new publication celebrating the amazing achievements of our artists
-A world first - an international symposium and exhibition in Glasgow for the world’s leading artists with learning disabilities in March 2015. 

Please talk to us if you are interested in sponsoring an event or designating Project Ability as the beneficiary of your businesses' next fundraising event. 

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Shop Item of the Week - Desperate Dan

This week's Shop Item of the Week are Edward Henry's colourful collection of ceramic Desperate Dans.  These fun, hand crafted pieces are certain to be a big hit in our shop, so be sure to mosey on down to our gallery shop to have a peek. 

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Artwork of the Week - Lea Cummings

We are very pleased to bring you this ravelling and skillfully executed drawing by ReConnect artist Lea Cummings as our Artwork of the Week. 

Lea is preparing for an exciting exhibition 'Cosmic Fields of Endless Possibilities' in London's Southbank Centre as part of the Unlimited Festival 2014. Lea describes this most recent series of work,

"When I clear my mind, these are the images that emerge. I have no plan accept to fill the blank sheet of paper using the pens. The creative process when working on these drawings aims to facilitate the flow of pure expression in an attempt to access the subconscious beyond language and conscious thought..."

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Walking Group - Week 13

After a short hiatus this summer, the Walking Group was back in action last week with a return visit to Glasgow Sculpture Studios for a workshop and a walk along the nearby canal.

We started with a short meeting in GSS with Elizabeth Wewiora, the learning and engagement coordinator there, and an archaeologist involved in an archive project along the canal. We went out for a walk along the canal walkway and stopped to chat about some of the remains of historic sites that we found along the way.

We also gathered some materials and objects along the way to take back to GSS to make some cyanotypes - a very old form of photography that uses sunlight to develop images onto light sensitive paper.

Our next outing will be to the nearby Glue Factory when we will meet Elizabeth again and see the resulting images.

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Pittenweem Arts Festival Trip

Participants from our ReConnect and Aspire programme took in the artwork, atmosphere and sea air at the 2014 Pittenweem Arts Festival on Monday.  From paintings to prints, ceramics, jewellery and textiles the festival celebrates the work of local artists and those from further afield.  Taking place in galleries, home studios and other venues throughout Pittenweem the village is alive with great work, great conversation and, on Monday, great weather!

The Festival continues until Sunday the 10th so there’s still time to head out if you haven’t already.  More information on the festival can be found here - http://www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk/index.php

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Puffin’ by Dominic Hemphill-Whyte

This week we are very pleased to bring you a sneak peek of this year's Young Talent exhibition opening in September; 'Puffin' by Dominic Hemphill-Whyte. This is not the first time Dominic's work has been seen prior to the exhibition; it was shortlisted for the final round of the "Create! Art for Autism" Awards. Utilising commonplace objects such as dolly pegs and cups, Dominic has created this very expressive and unique depiction of a puffin. We love it and can't wait to feature it and the other amazing works by the children and young people who attend our Create programme in the exhibition!

More information about Young Talent coming soon...  

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘The Queen’ Plate by Rory MacDonald

For this week's Shop Item of the Week we have selected Create artist Rory MacDonald's plate design 'The Queen'.  Rory's depiction of HRH, in her luxurious purple garments and crown, has a real fun, joyful quality. 

These playful plates are also dishwasher safe, so no need to worry about using them to eat your brandied poached peaches. 

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