Call for submissions: Food to Go…

Project Ability presents Food to go… an exhibition celebrating food, plenty, production and food related items.

This is a call for submissions to all artists working in all media inspired by FOOD. Food to go… is a one stop Christmas shop. Enter the gallery, browse the shelves, select and purchase, pay at the till, pack and go.

Painting, drawing, textiles, print, ceramics, or sculptures can all be submitted, just as long as it relates to food.

Food to go… is a cornucopia of gooeyness, gluttony, beauty and abundance, classical and comforting, still and effervescent. 

Food to go… is presented by Project Ability as an inclusive platform for artists with different lived experience to come together to celebrate their creativity and their love of food.  Selected works will be exhibited impartially alongside art produced in Project Ability’s studio by children and young people with disabilities, people with mental ill-health and people with learning disabilities.

Submission process and regulations

Exhibition dates and times:
Opening reception Saturday 28th November, 1 – 3pm
Late night opening and evening reception Thursday 3rd December 6 – 8pm. 
Exhibition 28th November – 22nd December, Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm

Timetable for submitting entries
Artists working in all media are invited to submit up to three artworks.  Email submission form to  Submitted jpegs will be used for an online catalogue and for press and publicity purposes.
The closing date for submission is Friday 23rd October and the selection takes place on Wednesday 28th October. 

Attached to every item must be an identification label with title and artist contact details.

Times for Handing in and Collecting
Selected work must be delivered to Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD in person by Friday 13th November. 
The artist will be notified when work is sold and unsold work must be collected from Project Ability between Tuesday 5th and Friday 8th January 2016, 10 – 5pm.

Artwork permitted
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of work, number 1 to 3 in order of hanging preference.
2d and 3d work in all media is permitted, all works submitted must be unique original works.  2d work must be securely framed and of a good standard.  3d work must be stable and in a safe manner.

Project Ability’s Christmas sale is our annual fundraiser and the artist agrees to donate to Project Ability a minimum of 40% from the sale of each item submitted.  Sales will be banked by Project Ability with the agreed percentage due to the artist to be paid as soon as possible after the exhibition.

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Walking Group in the Cairngorms

Our walking group went somewhat further afield recently. With a small grant from Cairngorms National Parks towards the hire of a minibus, they took off for a short break to explore the great outdoors.

They took off from Trongate 103 on Monday morning and headed north towards their destination north of Aviemore. With a stop off for lunch and a walk to Soldier's Leap at Killiecrankie they soon arrived at the hostel at Nethy Bridge and a warm reception from Richard the proprietor. After unpacking and getting settled in the group went out for another walk, this time a circular walk along the banks of the river Nethy, and then back to the hostel for a delicious dinner and some games before bed.

The next day everyone was up early and ready to go. After breakfast and packed lunch preparation everyone set off with the first planned stop being the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, a short and easy one mile walk near Feshiebridge at Inshriach Forest. It was a great place to start as the trail is punctuated with interesting sculptures of wood and stone which fit perfectly into the landscape.

The next walk was a little more challenging as it was somewhat longer and had more uphill sections. After parking next to a beautifully still lochan near Feshiebridge, the walk took the group up a forest path to a viewpoint with magnificent views across Glen Feshie. Then it was back down to the shores of the lochan for a beautifully tranquil lunch and to make plans for the next walk.

This took the group towards Kingussie and another riverside walk, this time along the River Tromie and of course there were lots of photographs taken along the way.

With three good walks under their belts the group made their way back to the hostel where everyone gave a hand to make dinner before a well earned rest.

The next day it was time to return to Glasgow and it was decided to take the scenic route via Braemar and have a couple of stops along the way. It was the right decision to make. The road that winds through the Cairngorms is a delight and the scenery is often breathtaking. Another walk to stretch the legs along the way was taken near Tomintoul before the final push to Glasgow where the group went their separate ways.

It seems that everyone had a great time and would like to do it all again!

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Spooky Movie Night!

After the success of last month's fundraising Quiz Night, we are launching our second fundraising event this year: a Spooky Movie Night!

Join us on Wednesday 28 October in your best spooky fancy dress (or not!) for the screening of cult-classic Carry on screaming.

Each entry includes pizza, pumpkin carving and a free raffle ticket. We will draw the raffle on the night, and as usual you can expect some great prizes! The best fancy dress and the best pumpkin will win prizes too, so be creative!

Note: the number of places are limited, so make sure you book your ticket soon. We won't sell any tickets on the night as we need a bit of notice for the catering. Tickets can be bought from our 3rd Floor reception or from our gallery.

Wednesday 28 October, 7pm-9.30pm
3rd Floor, Trongate 103, G1 5HD
0141 552 2822
cost: £10

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Platform residency - Week 2

Jonathan McKinstry's residency in Platform is halfway through now, and the artist has made a start on the big canvases.

"I’ve worked up more thumb nails in the week since my first visit and developed a plan. I’ve also dropped some images but the key elements are all still there!

I was feeling apprehensive on the way to Platform today but I knew that as soon my brush hit the canvas my nerves would cease to be and I’d soon be back in the painting zone.

By the end of the day I’d sketched in all four panels and it was a great feeling to look back across the vast space of Platform and see how well they already stand out.

I’ve tried to stick with the theme of  “Passion’ by representing a number common passions in each of my four panels; passions such as faith and spirituality, the passion for power,  a passion for communication and the ongoing passion for celebrity culture in the form of a chat show dinosaur. All four panels are underpinned by scenes from the urban environment of Glasgow representing my own passion for nature and the environment."

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Shop Item of the Week by Ralph Douglas

Shop Item of the Week is this painterly and nostalgic little acrylic work by Ralph Douglas entitled 'Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms'. Ralph is a member of our Aspire workshops, and always produces work with great character and appeal.  A snip at only £40, this work would surely add much to any room lucky enough to hold it!

Available here from our online shop. 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Scooby Doo’ by Emma Shearer

This week we bring you Emma Shearer's representation of the loveable Scooby Doo as our Artwork of the Week.  A very pleasing work indeed, Emma uses her fine skills in ceramics to convey this recognisable pooch in a manner which really captures the character! This work is part of the current exhibition in our gallery, Young Talent!, and is available to view until the 24th of October. Where are you?!

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Launch of Get Onside

Last week saw the launch of Get Onside a programme for individuals and families who use social work services to build skills around Choice, Control and Decision Making. The programme uses sport to encourage people to “get onside”.  

Get Onside has been documented by photographer Brian Carroll and filmed by Project Ability’s Media Unit and their work is exhibited in our gallery II at Trongate 103. 

There was a great turn out for the launch night, with many of the participants making it along and representatives from the world of football, cricket and Scottish rugby.

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TV Classics Part 1 - the first couple of weeks

Cameron Morgan has been working on his Unlimited project TV Classics Part 1 for a couple of weeks now, and things are starting to take shape.

The artist chose which TV shows he will represent in his paintings of  ten decades of television and has started sketching some of them. Can you recognise them?

You can follow Cameron's progress via his Instagram

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Our Quiz Night was a great success!

Many thanks to everybody who made our Quiz Night such a fun event! We had 100 people attending, divided into 16 teams with very creative names.

Many of our artists were there, from all our different programmes, as well as families and friends, tutors, volunteers and even a Trongate 103 team!

We had a fantastic time and everybody enjoyed the relaxed and fun atmosphere, though it was still fiercely competitive! The winning team 'Buckfast at Tiffany's' scored a brilliant 78 points out of a possible total of 90!

Our raffle also went down a treat, with some very happy winners on the night! Many thanks to all the generous donors, in particular Cafe Gandolfi, Azur Bistro, Cranachan and Ambassador Theatre Group, and to everybody who bought a raffle ticket.

Well done all, and thank you: the net proceeds after all costs were a fantastic £710!

Coming up next: our spooky movie night on 28 October! 

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Platform residency - Week 1

Our Aspire group exhibition is currently on show at Platform, and to coincide with it, one of our artists has been awarded a month long residency where he will complete a large scale painting on the Platform viewing wall. Jonathan McKinstry will be in Platform every Tuesday for four weeks, and will update us on his progress every week.

"I spent my first day at Platform finding out about all the different things that take place here, walking through the spaces and chatting through ideas. I started to work up sketches and thumbnails, whilst thinking about the possibilities.

The theme of the final artwork will be ‘Passion’ and we discussed some of the things I’m passionate about, such as painting, comics and the environment. I also wanted to include something that would mean something to people in Easterhouse.

The first person that sprang to mind was local Easterhouse celebrity Tiger Tim and how as a child I imagined he was a tiger. I then started thinking about other people who are passionate about what they do and it seemed obvious that I would incorporate the famous and most passionate wrestler Ultimate Warrior.

It was great to meet and compare notes with fellow artist in residence Chad McCail and amazing to discover that there are many similarities in some of the imagery we are thinking of using for our final residency artworks!"

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Lots of Monkeys’ by John Smith

Artwork of the Week time again, and this week we bring you this stunning work of art titled 'Lots of Monkeys' from Aspire artist John Smith. This work has such visual impact, and luckily for everyone it can be seen in person at our current exhibition at Platform which will run until the 30th of October. 

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Edinburgh Gallery Visit - The Walking Group

The Walking Group were over in Edinburgh last week in order to visit a number of excellent galleries. 

First stop was a talk by Scott Lang of the work he had been doing at the Still’s Gallery during the Edinburgh Festival, and a tour of the exhibition 'Here Comes Everybody' by kennardphillipps. 

They also visited the Charles Avery exhibition 'The People and Things of Onomatopoeia' at the Ingleby Gallery. 

A good day was had by all, and we are sure they will be back soon to see more of Edinburgh's fantastic galleries and exhibitions!

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Raffle prize #4

The final big prize for our Quiz Night raffle taking place on Thursday 17 September is another great voucher, this time for the Ambassador Theatre Group! There will also be smaller prizes on the night, including a bottle of champagne and a selection of tea-towels.

"The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is the global leader in live theatre. ATG owns and operates 45 venues, is an internationally recognised and award-winning producer and operates a market-leading theatre ticketing business. The magic of an outstanding theatregoing experience is at the heart of everything we do and we are passionate about offering our visitors the highest quality performances together with exceptional service."

If you are a theatre lover, make sure to buy a few raffle tickets! Only £1 per ticket or £4 for a strip of 5.

Note: each entry to the Quiz Night comes with a free raffle ticket and a free drink voucher.

Many thanks to ATG for their generous donation.

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Raffle prize #3

Today, we reveal our third raffle prize, to be won during our Quiz Night on Thursday 17 September, 7pm-9pm.

We were lucky to receive more donations for the event, including a very generous £40 voucher for Azur Bistro in Princes Square!

"We welcome all guests to our beautiful restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Our executive chef Fabricio brings a wealth of experience, delivering dishes with a real taste of the Med, speciality cakes and great value for money!."

Many thanks, Azur Bistro!

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Raffle prize #2

Our first raffle of the year will take place during our Quiz Night on Thursday 17 September, 7pm-9pm. We have already unveiled our first prize, a £50 voucher for Cafe Gandolfi as well as a recipe book.

Now is time to reveal our second prize: a £40 voucher for Cranachan in Princes Square!

"Cranachan offers a relaxed eating experience at any time of day, serving authentic Scottish cuisine using the finest locally sourced produce to share with all its customers. Boasting a truly magnificent Scottish interior design featuring landscapes by local artists, deer antler chandelier and walls decorated by the famous Glasgow's Timorous Beasties design studio, a visit to Cranachan in Princes Square, Buchanan Street is not to be missed on your stay in Glasgow."

Many thanks for your very generous donation!

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Paths for All Event at The Scottish Parliament

On Tuesday the 8th of September, representatives from the Project Ability Walking Group were invited to the Scottish Parliament. Walking Group regulars Stewart, Morag, and George went to Edinburgh for the exciting evening event, hosted by Paths For All. There were arwards given, artwork on display, and speeches made, resulting in a very enjoyable evening for everyone involved!

Morag said: “I had an enjoyable evening at the Scottish Parliament, which I had never been to before. As well as an interesting award ceremony we were taken on an informative tour of the debating chamber and got to sit in the MSP's seats“.

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Untitled’ by Katy Barton

This week's Artwork of the Week is this stunning untitled work by Create artist Katy Barton.  A deeply atmospheric piece, this print uses colour and shape to produce a very visually arresting work indeed - we love it!  Katy's piece is part of our Young Talent! exhibition currently on show in our gallery, so come down and have a look!

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TV Classics Part 1 - Instagram

Project Ability artist Cameron Morgan is one of nine UK-based artists who were awarded an Unlimited Commission this year. The work commissionned is a touring exhibition entitled TV Classics Part 1, which will open for the Glasgow International Festival in 2016.

Today was the first day of this project, with the artist and tutor Jason Davis researching visuals in order to create 10 paintings inspired by ten decades of tv. The work in progress will be documented throughout the following months, and Cameron will update the project's own Instagram every week with photos of his chosing.

This promises to be a very interesting project, so make sure to follow the artist as the work evolves.

Instagram: @TV_Classics_Part1

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Raffle prize # 1

Our Quiz Night is approaching fast: just over a week to go! We will be drawing a raffle on the night too, with five great prizes to be won!

Our first prize is a very generous £50 voucher for Cafe Gandolfi, as well as a recipe book! Don't miss your chance to win: £1 per ticket or a strip of 5 for £4! You can purchase them fom our gallery (1st floor) or our reception (3rd floor) as well as on the night. 

Many thanks to Cafe Gandolfi for supporting our fundraiser! 

64 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1NY
0141 552 6813

Quiz Night: Thursday 17 September, 7pm-9pm, 3rd Floor , Trongate 103, G1 5HD

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Day trip to Cove Park - Walking Group

Last week, over twenty Project Ability artists spent the day in Cove Park, near Loch Long, making it the biggest Walking Group to date! 

We visited the place, where artists, crafts people and writers spend time in month-long residencies, far from the city noises and other distractions. Their current artist in residence also happened to be our former Exhibitions Coordinator, Lauren Printy Currie. 

The group was delighted to hear her speak about her experience in Cove Park, and to walk us through the work she has done during her residency.

After lunch, some of us went for a walk, whilst others stayed in the park to sketch the amazing views.

We encountered quite a few animals on the way too, including cows, sheep, and frogs. 

Cove Park is a very beautiful and inspiring place, and we promised the team that we would come back!

You can find more photos on our Facebook page

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Project Ability Quiz Night

This year, we will have not one but four fundraising events between now and Christmas. The first event is coming up soon, and it promises to be a really fun one: our very own Quiz Night!

Are you unbeatable on popular culture? Join us on Thursday 17 September, 7pm-9pm for a chance to win the Project Ability trophy. You can come as a team, or join one on the night, everybody is welcome.

Only £5 per person, including a drink from the bar and a raffle ticket. The raffle will be drawn on the night, with plenty of fantastic prizes to be won!

Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 1st September in the gallery and in our 3rd floor studios. Please, spread the word, and help us raise some much needed funds! 

Quiz Night
Thursday 17 September, 7pm-9pm
3rd Floor, Trongate 103
Glasgow G1 5HD

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