Artwork of the week - ‘Elaine’ by Lewis Scott

This week we bring you 'Elaine' by Lewis Scott as our Artwork of the week. This drawing is oil pastel on paper and sized at 60 x 83 cm. It is one of five portraits Lewis has made in the past year with us. Lewis works in our Aspire workshops and has been an artist at Project Ability for several years. His mark making is bold and strong, and his colours are rich and dense. 'Elaine' wears a black vest and bright pink t-shirt. The style is decisive and not at all precious. You can see the strength and energy that has gone into every colour and form, with no time wasted to clean up smudges and finger prints. To see the four other portraits by Lewis Scott please visit his webpage

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Walking Group - Week 16: Auchinlea Park

There are many hidden gems waiting to be discovered in and around Glasgow, and one of these is tucked away in an area of parkland just a few minutes walk from the bustling Fort shopping centre in Easterhouse.

Provan Hall is a 15th century house set in beautiful gardens within Auchenlea Park.

The house is open to the public and is said to be haunted but our group visit went without any spooky sightings.

You can find lots of historical information about Provan Hall here.

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Artwork of the week - Cookie Monster by Aiden Kelly

'Cookie Monster' is the star of our Artwork of the week post! Made in our Create studios by Aiden Kelly, it sits proudly in our current exhibition Young Talent 2016. Complete with a plate of glittered cookies, he has his arms open wide in anticipation of his favourite meal of the day. Aiden created this sculpture from cardboard, paint and glitter over several weeks in our Saturday Create programme for young artists.

'Cookie Monster' is only on exhibition until tomorrow at 5pm, when our Young Talent exhibition closes for another year. The young artists who work at Project Ability are making amazing works of art all year long in our Trongate 103 studios, and August/September is the time when they get to choose their favourite masterpiece to go on display in the gallery. It is always a fun, creative and exciting show. This piece is just one of the brilliant artworks that make up this year's show. If you haven't seen it yet there is still time! 

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GLOC present Fiddler on the Roof

This November, The Glasgow Light Opera Club (GLOC) present the much loved 'Fiddler on the Roof' at The King's Theatre, Glasgow! 

We are delighted that GLOC have chosen to support Project Ability for the duration of this production, and will be fundraising at each performance.

'Fiddler on the Roof ' runs 1 - 5 November 2016 with performances at 7.30pm each evening as well as matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Book your tickets here now!

'Fiddler on the Roof' is an amateur performance by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. Follow the struggle Tevye has with his rebellious daughters as they seek to find true love and absorb yourself along the way in the well-known musical numbers: If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise, Sunset, Matchmaker, Matchmaker and Tradition as the story is brought to life with an evocative set and costumes.

Project Ability wish everyone at GLOC good luck with the performances, and thank them for their support!

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ReSearch Residency August 2016 - Jonathan Kirkwood

Jonathan Kirkwood spent the month of August as Artist in Residence at Project Ability. Based in a studio within the main Project Ability workshop, Jonathan spent the month developing new projects. Here, he tells us about his experience:

"Having volunteered at Project Ability for a wee while now and then helping with the summer workshops over the course of July, starting my residency in August seemed like a natural transition from one thing to another.

I had used the summer workshops to try out a few small ideas with the Aspire group, doing little 5 or 10 minute kind of drawing exercises with them and it became really apparent that what really means the most to me is the people that attend Project Ability and the work that they create. So I came into the residency with the idea of bringing cameras loaded with film for everyone to create their own images of what Project Ability means to them.

Having done this a few times while studying at the Glasgow School of Art with my brother, I felt it would be the best way to capture what makes the studio environment so special. Carrying around a large digital camera and photographing those I hadn't fully met or communicated with felt like it would have been too invasive, so releasing my own control and allowing everyone else to create their own photographs seemed like the best choice. I've still to develop the film but I'll keep everyone posted!

As well as this, I began to create a body of work in collaboration with my brother. Jordon has Aspergers and being really close to him means that I have grown up within his magical world and have the amazing opportunity to get a really close and personal look at how he sees the world differently to myself. At least I thought it was different.

The freedom to explore areas of interest that I really haven't had time to do since being a lot younger made me realise just how similar I am to my brother. We share a vast amount of interests, most likely formed together at a young age as we shared a room and most of our things. The energy within the Project Ability studios really rubbed off on me and I soon found myself surrounded by bundles of prints and drawings that were created without too much thought.

I really can't thank everyone at Project Ability enough for the opportunity and being so welcoming. It's an experience that will always bring a smile to my face and one that was invaluable. I'm hoping to keep volunteering for just a little longer, I'm not ready to give up my slice of awesome, creative energy just yet!"

Thank you very much, Jonathan! You can see Jonathan's photo diary on our ReSearch Residency Instagram: @PA_Research_Residency.

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Our Quiz Night was a big success!

Many thanks to everybody who made our second annual Quiz Night such a fun event! We had over 70 people attending, divided into 10 teams with some very creative names.

Many of Project Ability's artists were there, from all our different programmes, as well as families, friends, tutors, directors and Trongate 103 staff!

We had a fantastic time and everybody enjoyed the relaxed and fun atmosphere, though it was still very competitive! The winning team 'Cardboard Cutouts' scored a brilliant 78 points out of a possible total of 96!

Last years winners 'Universally Challenged' came in a very respectable second place with 72 points. Completing the top five were 'Plot 41' in third place with 62 points, 'Famous Five' in fourth with 58 points and 'Friends Reunited' in fifth place with 54 points. 

Our raffle also went down a treat, with some very happy winners on the night! Many thanks to all the generous donors, in particular A1 Comics & Static Games, Trans Europe Cafe, Rollerstop, NY American Grill and Cass Art and of course, to everybody who bought a raffle ticket.

Well done everyone, and thank you very much: the net proceeds after all costs were a fantastic £516!

Coming up next: our spooky movie night on 27 October!

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Artwork of the week- ‘Ringtone 1960’ by Cameron Morgan

 

This week we bring you 'Ringtone 1960' by Cameron Morgan as our artwork of the week. We are celebrating the start of the Unlimited Festival at the Tramway, which features Morgan's new show, 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone'. There are four types of phones on display in Tramway 5, each from a different decade. In addition to Cameron's phones,  the exhibition also showcases work by Koji Nishioka, Makoto Okawa and Yasuyuki Ueno.

'Ringtone 1960' is an editioned slip-cast ceramic piece, as are the other three types of phones Cameron exhibits as part of the Unlimited Festival at the Tramway. The Festival has a full brochure of performances and exhibitions to check out from now until September 25.  Unlimited at the Tramway offers Glasgow an international programme of performance, visual art, discussions and more celebrating extraordinary work by disabled artists - we are delighted Cameron has this opportunity to showcase this new body of work amongst such talented artists and performers.

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TV Classics Part 1 at Southbank

Last week, Cameron Morgan travelled to London for the opening of his exhibition 'TV Classics Part 1' at Southbank, part of Unlimited Festival.

Morgan’s ‘TV Classics Part 1’ celebrates the culture and history of television throughout the decades with each painting marking an era, a style and a tv programme. Unlimited Festival at London's Southbank completes the TV Classics tour and follows successful presentations in Glasgow, as part of Glasgow International Festival 2016, and at Celf o Gwmpas, Wales. 

To accompany the exhibition, Morgan gave an artist talk and before heading back to Glasgow, managed to meet up with friends and colleagues, even delivering a gift of some artwork to London based organisation Action Space

You can still visit the TV Classics Part 1 website to find out much more about the TV Classics project!

Opening 15 September: Cameron Morgan will present a new body of ceramic work with the exhibition 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' when Unlimited comes to Glasgow's Tramway

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Artwork of the week by Harriet Campbell

        

Artwork of the week features this summery painting on canvas by Harriet Campbell. Harriet works with us in our Create programme on Saturdays and has a great love for the show 'Total Drama Island'. Quite often her work features a scene or character from this show, as in this instance with the character Kitty. This painting of Harriet's is in our current exhibition, Young Talent 2016, which features work by the young artists we have in all of our Create programmes. Young Talent 2016 is open until the end of the day on September 24th!

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Introducing the Project Ability Supporters Scheme

Become a supporter of Project Ability for only £5 per month and help us to transform the lives of people with disabilities of all ages through visual art.

Why support us?

By becoming a supporter you will be helping us to continue our vital work. Demand for our service has never been higher but the challenges of funding mean that we have long waiting lists of people who need our help.

Your support means that we can help more people become healthier and happier. Ours is a person centred approach, participants benefit artistically, socially and emotionally from accessing a high quality programme of creative activity where they learn, progress and celebrate their achievements.

How will my £5 per month help?

Our incredible supporters help us to supply people with professional artist materials, keep the workshops running and the lights on. You can help by setting up a monthly donation.

£5 per month buys

  • 1 500ml pot of acrylic paint
  • Half a tube of oil paint
  • 1 pot of ceramic glaze
  • 1 bag of clay
  • 1 box of pencils

which equals

  • Inspiration
  • Joy
  • Confidence
  • Excitement
  • Achievement
  • Happiness

How do I become a supporter?

You can donate £5 each month (or more) by setting up a direct debit through our Local Giving page. It’s easy, secure and they sort out Gift Aid too. Your £5 donation with Gift Aid becomes £6.25.

We are suggesting £5 per month as an introductory level, however, there is no limit to what you can donate.

Donate now by clicking here

What we give you in return

In addition to the satisfaction of helping many people through your monthly donation, you will also receive:

  • Invitations to our exhibition private views
  • A regular enewsletter
  •  An invitation to our annual Supporters evening

We look forward to welcoming you to Project Ability’s team of Supporters. Together, we can fight to end the stigma of mental ill health and advocate the wider inclusion of people with disabilities in our community.

If you have any questions about the Project Ability Supporters Scheme, please contact us by emailing info@project-ability.co.uk or call us on 0141 552 2822.

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Walking Group - Week 15: Linn Park

Linn Park on the south side of Glasgow was the destination for our walking group last week. The park is one of the largest in the city, second only to Pollok Park, and has many interesting features.

The group started off with a visit the oldest part of the adjacent cemetery. Over the past couple of months there have been visits to several of the city's cemeteries and this one proved to be one of the most interesting and atmospheric.

The signals of autumn were already making themselves seen, with colours of red and russet making an appearance on some of the trees, and the paths adorned in their first layer of fallen leaves.

There is lots of historic and current information about the park on this website.

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Hilary Dupre raised over £1200 for Project Ability!

On behalf of everyone at Project Ability, we'd like to say a huge thank you to Hilary Dupre! Hilary, a Project Ability board member, recently ran the Glasgow Clyde Marathon and has raised an amazing £1222 for our charity!

"I’m glad to say that I survived the Glasgow Clyde Marathon on Sunday 28th of August and managed to complete the course in 3 hours, 58 minutes and 57 seconds.  Thanks to everyone’s fantastic support, I’ve raised over £1200.  It was tough but an amazing experience and the weather was kind to us too."

- Hilary Dupre.

Hilary's Local Giving page is still active for a couple more weeks, so don't hesitate to donate if you'd like to show your support. If you plan on taking part in a sporting event and would be interested in raising funds for Project Ability, please get in touch: 0141 552 2822 or info@project-ability.co.uk

Thanks again to Hilary!

 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Argyle Street’ by Doreen Kay

This week, we bring you ‘Argyle Street’, a drypoint print by Project Ability artist Doreen Kay, as our Artwork of the Week! Doreen has managed to capture the essence and familiarity of Glasgow’s bustling Arygle Street perfectly in this piece, from the facades of the buildings to the buses on the road and group of figures waiting at the bus stop. The mood of a grey Glasgow day is conveyed through grey and blue ink tones. Doreen is a skilled draughtswoman and this strong ability has transferred beautifully into the medium of print.

Argyle Street’ will be included in the exhibition Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship in Cork, Ireland, along with a group of prints made by Project Ability artists who attend the Aspire programme. The artwork in Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship has been selected from worldwide submissions from artists working in supported studios, and runs from 9 September – 29 October 2016.

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