Spooky Success

Our Spooky Movie Night last week was a great success! Many thanks to everybody who made it along and contributed to a truly spooky evening.

There was some fabulous and fantastical fancy dress on display – some with a distinct art theme! Prizes went to Francesca Welsh from our Create workshops for her version of Brian Griffin from Family Guy, and the undead Maria and Leigh from Trongate 103.

The pumpkin carving generated some brilliant creations and our judges had a hard time picking out the best one.

There were also some excellent prizes snapped up in our raffle – thanks again for all the generous donations for these from local businesses.

Altogether the night raised a fantastic £304 to support the ongoing work of Project Ability. On behalf of everybody here: thank you!

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Artwork of the week - ‘Either side of transparency’ by Simon McAuley

Artwork of the week is this one of a kind book made by Simon McAuley. 'Either side of transparency' is small book which acts as documentation of some of the processes used in the lead up to the exhibition 'Edit Edit'. A group of Project Ability artists, including Simon McAuley, spent time this past summer filming video around Glasgow with Super 8mm cameras. They then took the processed film into the studios and spent time manipulating it through a variety of experimental techniques, with a view to abstracting through physical manipulation.
Simon used sand paper on much of his film, taking small squares and folding it around the film, scraping it gently over the surface. He found that the tiny scraps of sandpaper used made up a series of abstract artworks in themselves.
Simon, who has a background in photography and painting, decided to photograph each of these and make them into a book to exhibit in the Project Ability gallery with the Super 8mm videos.

Simon explains the process himself:
The pieces of sandpaper in this book are the leftovers from sanding a section of super 8 film on both sides. Folding the sandpaper over the edge, so that both sides were sanded simultaneously, as I gripped the paper and pulled the film through. Thus deriving two residues from a duration. I saw this process as a type of editing. Marks made from the content of a film. Creating two marks mirroring each other. By unfolding and redistributing the spatial qualities.

'Either side of transparency' can be viewed as part of the exhibition ‘Edit Edit’. This show closes at the end of the day tomorrow, October 29th, at 5pm.

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Artwork of the week - ‘Bob Dylan’ by Patrick Butterworth

This week we feature Bob Dylan as our artwork of the week. Created by ReConnect artist Patrick Butterworth, it is a fine example of Patrick’s painting skills.

As many of us will be aware, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last week “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. He is the first singer/song writer to receive the award.

Patrick’s rendition of Bob Dylan is executed in his usual picture perfect style. It measures 29 x 29 cm and is painted in oil on canvas. This painting can be purchased from our gallery or online in our shop for £125. Patrick currently has an exhibition in our Gallery II titled, Americana - Bob as well as other choice characters can be viewed here at Project Ability until 29 October.

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Walking Group - Week 18: Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Photo by Simon

For many people in Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is like an old friend. It has many familiar exhibits and everyone has their own favourite items that they like to visit.

Our walking group visit there last week was to see a newly opened room - Life in the Rainforest - where some of the sights and sounds from the South American jungles can be experienced.

As the weather outside was pleasant, the group then took a walk through Kelvingrove Park and up to Park Circus to visit another gallery, The Common Guild, to see the Sharon Hayes exhibition 'In My Little Corner of the World Anyone Would Love You'.

Following this, another walk back through the park took the group to the newly refurbished Kelvinhall, which now holds and displays some of the collections from Glasgow Museums, The University of Glasgow and National Library of Scotland.

You can find out more about these places on the following websites: Glasgow Museums - Life in the Rainforest ; The Common Guild; Kelvinhall

Photo by Heather

Photo by Heather

Photo by Heather

Photo by Heather

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Simon

Photo by Simon

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Gun Smoke’ by Cameron Morgan

It's Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you this rather fetching print by the ever popular - and now rather famous - Cameron Morgan.  Cameron's work is highly recognisable, and this drypoint print has his signature style all over it! Cameron loves old Westerns, and he depicts a classic scene with real verve in this piece.

Yours for £45 from our online shop. Be fast on the draw! 

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Meet the Volunteers - Andro Grdinic

This week, please meet another of our fantastic volunteers: Andro Grdinic, who has been an invaluable addition to our Create workshops.

'I chose to volunteer at Project Ability as a part of my specialisation at the teaching course which was a lot about inclusion and 'thinking outside of the box'. When we were given the option to do anything we wanted I immediately thought of Project Abilitiy's exhibitions, where all great artworks weren't labelled with different diagnosis. I actually couldn't tell if those artworks were just any children's art or not. Visual arts are definitely a field were disabled children can express themselves equally and Create workshops definitely prove that. 

Very soon I understood that these kids communicate constantly and it was just a matter of understanding them. Tutors, parents and other volunteers helped me a lot by demonstrating various ways to achieve this and so immediately involved me as well.
There is a great mixture of children in groups and not all of them necessarily have the same type of disability, but when we're working with them these differences just disappear.

I've learned a lot from children in the workshops, probably much more than I taught them and it was a great experience for understanding myself as well.  I'm hoping to be able to apply my experiences in the mainstream schools where children quite often end up a bit excluded.'

​Thanks Andro

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Artwork of the week ‘Edit Edit’

Artwork of the week encompasses a large body of work by six artists: Rainoir Clark, Lea Cummings, Alexander Storey Gordon, Simon McAuley, Celine Mcilmunn and George Williamson. This installation shot of the videos from 'Edit Edit' shows six different screens, each with their own manipulated Super 8 mm footage. The footage has been digitised and plays continuously in a loop in the gallery, allowing all six videos to intermingle and sit side by side each other in random order and synchronicity. Curated by Alexander Storey Gordon, this exhibition is the culmination of a series of workshops organised by Alexander, who is affiliated with Broken Grey Wires

The different videos were all captured on Super 8mm film by the artists whilst out around Glasgow, then developed and taken into the ReConnect studio here at Project Ability to be abstracted through all types of experimental processes. The result is a smash up of literal moving imagery of Glasgow and the effeccts of exposure to physical manipulation by the artists. 

The result is intriguing, thoughtful and nostalgic. It looks at Glasgow through the eyes of the artists, and abstraction through the eyes of manipulation. The Super 8 film gives the footage of Glasgow a dated look, despite it being shot in 2016. It looks at the idea of time in our environment, and the way we read and process information.  We are pleased to present 'Edit Edit' as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival of 2016, along with 'A Moment Just Past'. Both of the exhibitions are up until 29 October. 

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Shop Item of the Week - 2017 Cat Calendar!

Shop Item of the Week this week is a 2017 calendar created with some of the favourite works which were included in our CATS exhibition earlier this year. From January through to December, this calendar offers joyful, cat themed works created by the Project Ability across all our programmes.  Yours for just £10, this feline filled treat makes a great gift for any cat lover! 

Available in our gallery shop, or online here

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Artwork of the week - Elvis Presley by Patrick Butterworth

'Elvis Presley' is our artwork of the week. Painted by Patrick Butterworth, and on exhibit in our Gallery II, this painting depicts the world famous iconic singer in all his glory. 'Americana' is the name of Patrick's solo exhibition and it is up until October 29. These paintings are exquisitely crafted and carry all the life of the musicians and actors they represent. This exhibition happens to be up at the same time as Glasgow's Americana music festival, which is happening around the city for the month of October. Project Ability has two other exhibitions up along with 'Americana', all until October 29!

Patrick's work can also be found for sale in our online shop!

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Walking Group - Week 17: Edinburgh

It had been a while since our walking group had a trip across to Edinburgh for a wander and as there were some great exhibitions about to end, last week seemed like a good time to put that right.

The group had a short list of three galleries to visit, but managed to squeeze in a couple more before deciding their legs had worked hard enough and it was time to relax on the coach back to Glasgow.

The galleries we visited were: Scottish National Portrait Gallery; The Fruitmarket Gallery; Stills; Talbot Rice Gallery; Dovecot Gallery

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Exhibition Opportunity - Superheroes

Exhibition Opportunity
Public Call Out to Artists

Project Ability is looking for ‘Superheroes’!!! Our annual Christmas exhibition of 2016 will be all about these super human characters. We are looking for artworks of all mediums to include in this show.  This is an open call exhibition and we are looking for submissions* from the public, to exhibit alongside Project Ability artists.

The exhibition runs from 1st - 23rd December.

*not all submissions will be exhibited

Timetable for submitting entries
Artists working in all media are invited to submit up to three artworks.  The closing date for submission is is Saturday 12th November. All submissions should be handed into the Project Ability Gallery on the 1st floor of Trongate 103. Please email exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk with any queries.

Attached to every artwork must be an identification label with title and artist contact details and selling price of the work (if applicable).

Times for Handing in and Collecting
Selected work must be delivered to Project Ability Gallery, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD in person by Saturday 12th November.
The artist will be notified if work is sold and unsold work must be collected from Project Ability Gallery between Tuesday 10th and Friday 13th January 2017, 10 – 5pm.

Artwork permitted
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of work. 2D and 3D work in all media is permitted, all works submitted must be unique original works.  2D work must be ready to hang.  3D work must be stable and safe to exhibit.

‘Superheroes’ is our annual fundraiser and artist’s 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.


We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Spooky Movie Night 2016


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

Join us on Thursday 27 October in your best spooky fancy dress (or not!) for the screening of cult-classic Frankenstein.

Each entry includes pizza, a drink 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 will win a prize 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.

Thursday 27 October, 7pm-9.30pm

3rd Floor, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

0141 552 2822

Cost: £10

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