Unveiling of the piano at the Summerhouse

Friday 28th August, the sun is shining and a large crowd of people have gathered at the summerhouse in Gartnavel Royal Hospital to hear Consuelo Servan and Jonathan McKinstry give a talk on their week long residency earlier in the summer. 

Organised by Project Ability and Art in the Gart, the residency allows artists time and space in the hospitals’ beautiful refurbished walled garden and summerhouse.  

Consuelo and Jonathan used the residency to decorate a piano donated by Glasgow Piano City. Inspired by the flora and fauna that surrounded them, the artists covered the piano in a riot of summer flowers, bees and butterflies.

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Effect’ by Scott Lang

Scott Lang's work 'Effect' is our Artwork of the Week.  Scott's recent work focuses on Glasgow's 'traditional' gang culture, and draws from his own experiences with such to create vibrant and captivating mixed media artworks. Scott's exhibition 'Schementality' has been on show in our Gallery 2 space for the past month and will only be running until the 29th of August, so now is the time to have a look!

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A day out in Cove Park

On Wednesday 26th August, a group of Project Ability artists went for a day trip to Cove Park, where our former Exhibitions Coordinator Lauren Printy Currie is doing a month long residency.

We left Glasgow under torrential rain, and were bracing ourselves for a (very) wet day. However, after taking refuge in one of the pods and meeting the wonderful Cove Park team, the rain stopped, the clouds disappeared and we were left with the most stunning view of Loch Long.

Lauren gave a very interesting talk about her work in progress and her residency, showed us her studio and where artists in residence live. After lunch, some artists went for a walk, meeting lots of interesting fauna on the way, whilst others stayed in the park and sketched their surroundings.

Keep an eye out next week for the Walking Group entry about Cove Park.

Many thanks to Lauren and to Cove Park's Alexia and Catrin for a really great day!

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Walking Group - Week 17: Clydebank Museum

Our walking group ventured into the west last week, to visit Clydebank Museum and to see the current exhibition of artworks by Joan Eardley.

The group were met by Museum Coordinator Ann who was a very welcoming and informative guide to what proved to be a very interesting and varied tour.

The museum houses an intriguing collection of Singer sewing machines and displays information and photographs about the Singer factory which was once a major industry and source of employment nearby with 16,000 people being employed there at the peak of production in the 1960s.

The Joan Eardley exhibition was next, with several rooms of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by and of the artist. The exhibition will be on until 24th October and is well worth a visit.

The group were also allowed a sneak preview of another exhibition. This was of paintings by John Lowrie Morrison, also known as Jolomo, who paints very vibrant rural landscapes.

The tour was rounded off with a visit to the old police cells before emerging into a very grey, wet outdoors. Our planned walk to the Titan Crane will have to wait for another day and was substituted with a dash for the bus back into town.

You can find information about the museum here.  

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Presentation by Consuelo Servan and Jonathan McKinstry at art in the gart

From the 3rd to the 7th August 2015, artists Consuelo Rosa Servan and Jonathan McKinstry worked together in The Growing Spaces of art in the gart at Gartnavel Royal Hospital..

Based in The Summerhouse and The Walled Garden, they were inspired by the location, the mature gardens and more recent plantings and drew on their surroundings to produce a series of botanical drawings which were translated onto the fabric of a piano which is on loan to the hospital from the Glasgow Piano City project (http://www.glasgowpianocity.org).

“It was a new and an engaging experience because I was close to nature, drawing from life. I’ve never seen so many bees in one place. It was a tranquil environment, away from distractions.
It was a new experience, applying the paint to a musical instrument, because it was a different texture and feel to a traditional canvas.”

-Jonathan McKinstry

The piano will remain at Gartnavel for the foreseeable future. The grand reveal will take place at a public event on Friday 28th August at The Summerhouse at 1pm.

Please RSVP to artinthegart@gmail.com

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Vacancy - Exhibitions Coordinator (part-time)

Project Ability is a visual arts organisation which creates opportunities for people with learning disabilities, children and young people with disabilities and people with mental ill health to realise their potential in the visual arts.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to contribute to Project Ability’s ambition to increase opportunities for artists with a range of lived experience to show their work in a variety of settings and help deliver Project Ability’s extensive exhibition programme through building relationships with local, national and international artists towards the fulfilment of their artistic ambition.

Salary and hours: 4 days, 30 hours, starting salary £14,900 (£18625 pro rata), 19 days annual leave plus public holidays. 12 month contract with a view to extension.
Closing date:  Monday 21st September.  Interviews will be held on Thursday 1st October

To apply, download the application pack below, fill in the application form and send to submissions@project-ability.co.uk with your CV and equal opportunities form.

Application pack:
- Exhibitions Coordinator job description
-Application form
-Equal Opportunities form

This post is supported  by the Esme Fairbairn Foundation. 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Untitled’ by William Smith

This week, we bring you this rather sublime untitled work by William Smith.  William is a regular with our ever popular Walking Group, and often takes inspiration from the photographs he takes while out and about.  This piece shows William's highly distinctive painterly style well, and is currently available to view at the Art in the Gart exhibition at Gartnavel Royal Hospital. The exhibition will run until the 30th of August and is well worth the voyage over! 

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Donate now - Owen’s story

Project Ability uses the funds we raise to keep the cost of our programming as low as possible so it is accessible to all and of the highest quality; providing expert tuition and professional materials. Today we are spotlighting another of our young Create artists, Owen Scullion, who has been an important fixture in the Create workshops over recent years.

“I really enjoy my Saturday classes at Project Ability. I like sculpting, painting and sketching using my own ideas.”
-Owen Scullion

“Owen has attended the Create programme for a number of years in Project Ability's workshops at Trongate 103. He loves to work on his own projects and clearly enjoys and benefits from the facilities and resources available to him in the workshops. The atmosphere at Trongate 103 helps to foster Owen's creativity and he does some really wonderful work there. Owen's mum and I also greatly value the welcoming atmosphere we experience on entering this space and the staff and volunteers really practice partnership and place it at the heart of all they do.”
-Hugh Scullion

Over the years Owen has attended our Film Making, Young Talent on Screen, Arts Award and Saturday Visual Art Workshops and even helped us out for a week while he completed his high school work experience!  His film work has been screened at the GFT and GMAC and his sculptural work made it to the final of Create! Art for Autism 2015, a national competition for children and young people under 25.  Owen helped to organise Project Ability’s first ever international film festival for children and young people with a disability and the incredible body of work he has created at Project Ability earned Owen a much deserved college place when he left school.  Despite being extremely busy with college he still makes it along to Project Ability’s weekly Visual Arts Class and continues to grow from strength to strength as an artist.

Your donation will help us to continue to provide a first rate arts service to Owen and the 300 people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental ill health who access the programme each week. Aged from 5 years to 80 plus the artists benefit from accessing our superb studios in the centre of Glasgow, taking part in a challenging, innovative, inclusive workshop programme that provides opportunities for people to learn, develop and exhibit their art work contributing to the vibrancy of Glasgow’s artist community.

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Creative writing workshops with Anthony Autumn

Over the course of ReConnect sessions, writer and editor Anthony Autumn has worked with participants to run informal, flexible, interactive workshops. With the aim of introducing attendees to new methods of writing, forms of poetry, and a range of writers and artists working with text, the open workshops have been a combination of reading, discussion, writing and experimentation. Towards the end of the programme, participants are given a hand-out refreshing them on the contents of the workshops, and including a range of optional writing exercises they might want to try in their own time.

Anthony will be coming back to run another ten weeks of workshops during the next block of ReConnect sessions. Though the sessions will be kept informal, and people will be able to come and go as they please, there will be an emphasis on participants producing their own written work and an organised programme of subjects so participants can choose each week whether they want to attend. The sessions will comprise of readings and videos of other artist's work, discussions, readings of our own and each other's work for those who want to and collaborative exercises for the group to work on together.

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Shop Item of the Week – Orangutang by Lesley Nimmo

Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we have selected this rather cheeky acrylic on paper work by Lesley Nimmo.  Lesley's imaginative work always attracts attention, to why not snap this up from our online shop

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Artwork of the Week by Margaret McInnes

This week we bring you this vibrant work by Margaret McInnes as our Artwork of the Week.  Margaret's piece is captivating; by using a bold, colourfully stylised floral design which contrasts beautifully with the dark background, Margaret creates a very striking image indeed. This work is currently on show at Art in the Gart, Garnavel Royal Hospital, as part of the current exhibition. This exhibition runs until the 30th of August and includes numerous works by artists who take part in our ReConnect and Art Matters programmes - see it while you can!

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Walking Group - Week 16: Milngavie

Let's face it, summer's not really happening for us yet in this corner of the world, and it was perhaps never more clear to our walking group that this was the case than it was during last week's walk. It rained. Then it rained some more. Then it just kept on raining. It did stop for a short while but that was at the end of the walk when they had taken shelter in the Lillie Gallery. But more of that later.

This was a return visit to Milngavie and even though the weather was somewhat challenging it was still a great day out. The waterworks just to the north of the village are a great location for a walk with lots to see locally as well as great views over Glasgow to the south and the Campsie hills to the north. Well, there are on a clear day!

After a walk round the Craigmaddie Reservoir and a right good soaking (did I mention already it was raining?) the group walked to the Lillie Gallery to meet the artist Melanie Sims and see her exhibition The Lost Sister. Melanie spoke to the group about the show of mainly multi-layered photographic images which explore ideas of loss and denial and the discovery of a family member she only recently realised existed.

The Lillie Gallery's James Higgins then gave the group a short introduction to the other exhibition that is currently in the gallery: a group show from Glasgow Print Studios. Both these exhibitions run until 13th August and are well worth catching.

Visit the Lillie gallery website for more information

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An outing to Summerlee

The Friday Aspire artists, volunteer Ailsa and tutor Valerie travelled to Summerlee Museum of industrial life to sketch the industrial mining machines of yesteryear.

Valerie tells us more about the outing: "The artists travelled from Argyle street lower level station to Coatbridge Central and we walked the fives minutes to the museum. We started with a tour of some of the indoor exhibits before heading out to see the archaeological site. It was a wonderful sunny day so we took advantage of the weather to sketch outside, including the giant locomotive and coal mining and furnace machine parts positioned on site.

The  artists used pen,charcoal and pastels on paper to capture the detail of the aged metal and super structures. There is so much to see and experience that we have decided to take a second trip very soon."

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Create classes: book now!

Our Create visual arts classes are starting back on Saturday 15 August, and will run until the 10th October. 

Would you like to access a professional studio environment and get support to develop your creative skills and ideas? In our workshops, you can explore a range of techniques and materials including printmaking, painting, ceramics and textiles. Open to children with disabilities aged 5-21 years old, these classes are a great way to learn new skills, socialise and be as creative as you want!

There are still a few places available, but don't wait to book as it's first come first served. If you would like more information or a booking form, please call us on 0141 552 2822 or email create@project-ability.co.uk.

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ReConnect workshops

The ReConnect group have been back in the studio for several weeks now and have really hit the ground running. Several new artists have joined the group, along with a few that we haven't seen for a while, and all seem to be settling in well and getting on with making some lovely new artwork.

We started the block with a visit from Scott Lang who used to attend the studio as a participant. Scott has just graduated with a degree in art and came back to hang his 'Schementality' exhibition in our Gallery 2 space and to share some of his techniques in working with stencils. Scott is currently working alongside the artists Kennard Phillips in Stills gallery as part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival and his exhibition here in Trongate 103 runs until 29th August.

Simon McAuley has also been volunteering with the group and showing a selection of artist films in our Project Room. He will also be running some painting workshops, focussing on colour mixing, later in the block.

Some of the ReConnect group have also been busy updating their website. You can visit it at https://reconnectartists.wordpress.com/ and see some more of the work they have been making.

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Artwork of the Week - Mountain Climbers by Cameron Morgan

Cameron Morgan's 'Mountain Climbers' is our Artwork of the Week, and this watercolour and ink drawing will be shown as part of the 'Invitations' exhibition. 'Invitations’ is a visual art exhibition at the Glasshouse Gallery in Kilkenny by thirteen KCAT Studio Artists and thirteen of their peers from ten different countries. Each of the KCAT Studio Artists invited an artist from an organisation with which they have had contact over the last sixteen years. Cameron was invited by KCAT artist Eileen Mulrooney.

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Jonathan and Consuelo in Residency at Gartnavel

As you may remember, Jonathan McKinstry and Consuelo Rosa had a very successful collaboration at the beginning of the year as part of our ReSearch programme.  This resulted in some excellent works, which were shown as part of our International Summit, held in March this year.  Now they are back working together again, and will be the artists in residence at the Summerhouse, Art in the Gart, to work on a very exciting project together.

More details of what they will be creating will be coming soon, so be sure to check our blog for all the key updates!

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