Walking Group - Week 2: Edinburgh

Last week the walking group travelled by bus to Edinburgh to visit some exhibitions and take a walk in Princes Street Gardens. First stop was the National Portrait Gallery to see the BP Portrait Awards exhibition.

Everyone was impressed with the paintings and each person selected their favourite. Surprisingly, of the many paintings in the exhibition the same picture was chosen by half of the group, a portrait of John Byrne by an artist called Mark Mulholland.

Photography was not permitted in the exhibition but as it was 'Museum Selfie Day' there were a few shots made in other parts of the building.

From here the group took a walk to Princes Street Gardens for a picnic lunch and then onward to the National Gallery. Amongst the many exhibits was a room of watercolours by Turner which are displayed once a year during the month of January.

After spending some time here it was time to head back to the bus and travel back to Glasgow.

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The Summit: Programme

In March, ten of the top international supported art studios are attending a 3 day workshop at Project Ability. Studios from North America, Australia and Europe will be present, each represented by two artists. Over three days, the artists will come together to share their practice, learn from each other and celebrate their creativity.

The programme of the Summit is now available (subject to last minute changes) and can be downloaded here.

There a few spaces left if you would like to attend the event. Cost £120, 3 days including lunch and refreshments.

Please contact Project Ability on info@project-ability.co.uk for booking information.

Follow the latest information on our social networks: #TheSummit

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Codasign workshops

Project Ability are partnering with London based Codasign to bring children and young people aged 5-25 an exciting opportunity to take part in one of their Superpowers Creative Technology Workshops.  Codasign believe that coding and electronics are creative tools that should be taught alongside art and craft disciplines and they will be visiting the Project Ability Studios on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February to deliver 3 great workshops!

Superconductor’s Mega-Instrument

Families
Saturday 7th February
10am-12noon & 1-3pm
Families with a child aged 5-16
Cost £5 per family group per workshop

Superconductor has the ability to turn anything into a musical instrument. Have a go at building your own instrument using everyday objects including fruit and veg. Or try painting an instrument never seen before using conductive paint.


Young people aged 16-25
Sunday 8th February
10am-4pm (bring a packed lunch)
Young people aged 16-25
Cost: £5 per person
Bring your own laptop on the day or borrow one from Project Ability (Laptop numbers are limited, please tell us when booking if you are not bringing your own)

Superconductor has the ability to turn anything into a musical instrument. Have a go at building your own instrument using Arduino and Pure Data. You will learn how to program as well as how to use sensors to bring your instrument to life! Download the software you need here Arduino  and Pure Data before the workshop or come in early from 9:30am onwards and we can give you a hand!

For more information or to book a place, contact us on 0141 552 2822.

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Walking Group - Week 1

With the weather being inclement and unpredictable, the group played it safe and planned a walk that was mostly indoors.

The Hunterian Gallery was the first stop and this was followed with a tour of the Mackintosh House.

Both of these were full of fascinating things to see but unfortunately photography is not allowed in either venue.

You can however see lots of photographs on the website http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/ or better still, go for a visit.

The outing was finished off with a short visit to the nearby Glasgow University Cloisters.

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Award winning artist Tanya Raabe-Webber is coming to Project Ability!

Acclaimed award winning artist Tanya Raabe-Webber has been awarded a Grants for The Arts 'Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England' to be an artist in residence with visual arts organisation Project Ability, Glasgow as part of our International Summit for learning disability artists and their support studios, 23 Feb - 25 March 2015.

The Summit will support and promote artists with learning disabilities through exhibition, collaborative opportunities and shared practice.  Driven by our passion to nurture the creative process, the Summit uniquely brings together a network of peers, shared learning and resource-sharing. Tanya will be creating a live responsive and collective portrait gallery that captures and explores the physicality and interactions of the artists and visitors participating in the event, which takes place at Project Ability, Trongate 103,  4-6 March 2015. 

During this residency I will be drawing and painting portraits of the artists, visitors and delegates and exploring their identities, and the complexities surrounding artists’ practices within a supported studio. These portraits will form an evolving ‘portrait gallery’ to be based at the studios, that will evolve in front of your eyes, as you might see when you visit a portrait gallery in Scotland, England or even Australia. I will use drawings, anecdotes, stories, photographs to develop these multi layered portraits. 

During the summit, each artist will have the opportunity to sit for their portrait in an open studio where other artists, delegates and visitors can watch, listen or even join the conversation and draw their own portrait.There will be lots of opportunity for chit chat whilst we draw each other’s portrait too.

Can’t wait to get my paints out!"

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The Summit 2015 - Participating organisations

4 – 6th March 2015
International Summit for Learning Disability Artists and their Support Studios.


Ten of the top international supported art studios are attending a 3 day workshop at Project Ability in March 2015. Studios from North America, Australia and Europe will be present, each represented by two artists. 

Over three days, the artists will come together to share their practice, learn from each other and celebrate their creativity. Project Ability’s home in the award winning Trongate 103 in the centre of Glasgow will be transformed with each organisation exhibiting in specially constructed galleries throughout the building. 

The attending studios are Arts Project Australia (Australia), Venture Arts (UK), Action Space (UK), Inuti (Sweden), KCAT (Ireland), Atelier 5 (Germany), Celf O Gwmpas (Wales), In-Definite Arts (Canada), Kaarisilta (Finland), Nina Haggerty Centre (Canada).

This three day workshop is for the artists and run by the artists: they will direct the content, deliver workshops, lead the discussion and make art. If you would like to join the movement, there are a limited number of places available for interested parties.  Cost £120, 3 days including lunch and refreshments.
Please contact Project Ability on info@project-ability.co.uk for booking information. 

Follow the latest information on our social networks: #TheSummit

Images: Project Ability workshop & mosaic by Inuti artist Magnus Östling.

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Fantastic Disco night at the Glad Cafe!

The Disco fundraiser at the Glad Cafe was a great success! Organised by tutor Sarah Grant and volunteer Jemima Dansey-Wright, the event attracted a large number of dancers and everybody had a fun night! The atmosphere was great and DJ George made everybody feel welcome.

"Thank you to all who came out and made it such fun. Also a huge thank you to George Robertson our awesome DJ for all his joyous energy! A huge thank you also to the Glad Cafe who were very generous in supporting the fundraiser night for Project-Ability Glasgow." said Sarah.

The event raised an amazing £360! Thank you all! 

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New Year fundraising Disco at the Glad Cafe

It's Disco Time! Come and join Sarah Grant and Jemima Dansey-Wright for a New Year fundraiser party for Project Ability on Friday 9th January.

DJ George will be busting out the disco beats, so come and have a dance- tickets just £5 with a raffle on the night! Tickets available through Project Ability, email info@project-ability.co.uk to reserve and collect on the night, or at the door from 7pm.

Let the Hogmanay revelry continue and come and have a dance! 7pm till late at the Glad Cafe.

The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, G41 2HG

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you all had a great Christmas break, and that the new year will be a good one. It will for sure be a busy one for us, with many events, workshops and exhibitions planned! And we're starting the year in style with a Disco on Friday 9th January, organised by tutor Sarah Grant and volunteer Jemima Dansey-Wright! January will also see the opening of Lea Cummings' solo exhibition on the 17th, and the return of our workshops.

The ReConnect and ReConnect 16-19 workshops will start back on Thursday 15th January, followed by the Aspire workshops on Monday 19th January. The Create Visual Arts Classes and Art Matters workshops will begin again on the Saturday 31st January, and the Introduction to Film workshops on the Wednesday 4th February.

We're looking forward to welcoming everybody back! 

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