Meet the Volunteers - Short Film Series: Florence Dwyer

We have another short film to share from one of the volunteers who has been working with us. This week we hear from Florence Dywer, who was one of our ReSearch residents. This programme offers an artist a studio within our workshops for a month, where they can work alongside Project Ability artists to create new works.
Watch the film and find out about Florence's experiences.

Florence also volunteered our Art Matters team and you can read about her experience of working with them here

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Artwork of the week - ‘Untitled Impressions’ by John McNaught

Artwork of the week is this beautiful painting on canvas by Project Ability artist John McNaught. John works in our Aspire studio and has been a member of Project Ability for several years. 'Untitled Impressions' takes its composition from the much loved subject matter of many impressionist painters - bridges, flowers and women in hats.

This painting is bursting with colour and warmth. Measuring 110 x 110cm it is a powerful and serene presence and would be a gorgeous addition to any home. This painting will soon be for sale in our gallery shop so please contact the gallery if you are interested. 

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Shop Item of the Week - Ceramic Snowflakes!

It’s Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we have some festive cheer to brighten up everyone’s day.  These freshly fired ceramic snowflakes would look fantastic on any tree, fireplace, or wherever you’d like to hang your decorations from!

Now available from our gallery shop, these Christmas treats are yours for just £3 each, or get 2 for £5! Be quick!

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Meet the Volunteers - Maya Kincaid

This week we are delighted to introduce Maya Kincaid, who has been volunteering with the Create programme. Maya has been a fantastic addition to our Saturday workshops team and shares some of her reflections with us here.

"I had heard about Project Ability’s fantastic work so much within my research and was really excited to finally get the opportunity to volunteer with them!
Within my own practice, I collaborate with children one to one and in small group settings. I am a strong believer in encouraging the natural creativity of young people and in directing / controlling their making as little as possible. I believe that children and young people are some of the most inspiring artists and consider their work to be more relevant an inspiration to me than many historical and contemporary established artists.
I have been part of the Create workshops on a Saturday afternoon and I think I have learnt so much more from the young artists than they have from me. It is an enriching experience to watch such a vast variation of free expression and to see how beneficial creativity can be as part of healthy communication. Not only am I in awe of the work produced but it is also an amazing social experience to sit and talk to so many individuals that I wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to meet in other settings. I have had some really great conversations with the artists and learnt about a lot of specialist things such as the prop making industry, international animation and traditional motor-cars, which are things I knew nothing about before starting this position.

I am in my final year of study in Sculpture and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art and having a participatory practice that focuses on children and young people can make it difficult to find direct artists research. I feel like working with the Create groups has been far more insightful creatively for me and I learn so much when working directly with artists and watching their artistic visions unfold. I think that watching the range of uninhibited making alongside meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, I have learnt the merit that both approaches have when making work and I definitely reference these observations when working with children within my own practice. There is nothing more exciting to me about this world of participation than the joy of sharing communication with insightful individuals whilst simultaneously creating exciting visual art. What Project Ability provides for the community is so essential and I have loved being a part of that."

Thank you Maya
 

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Meet the Volunteers - Short Film Series

Project Ability runs a dynamic volunteer programme offering opportunities for artists to engage with both our organisation and the participants who attend.  The programme has developed vastly over the years from its humble beginnings, offering opportunities to five graduate visual artists at any one time, to now over 20 artists, from a spectrum of stages in their career; spanning those still undergoing their training at art school, to those who already have significant experience as practicing professional artists.  

This series of short films showcase some of our volunteers and their unique time with us.

To view all seven films you can visit our You Tube page here

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Walking Group - Week 20: Stirling University

Photo by Celine

Stirling University is located several miles outside the city and is set in beautiful grounds with views to the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Dumyat Hill. On the day our walking group went to visit there was a sprinkling of snow on the hills and the trees were displaying their full autumnal colours.

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Simon

As well as a wonderful location, the university has a fabulous art collection which is on display throughout the corridors of Pathfoot building. One of the first pieces the group saw on entering the building was a painting made by Project Ability tutor Sharon Quigley whose work we went to see in Bellahouston Park on our last outing. As well as the more long term displays of works by Scottish luminaries such as Alasdair Gray, JD Fergusson and Norman McLaren there are areas put aside for shorter term exhibitions and our group found a small exhibition by Artlink and Reachout With Art In Mind along with a show of photographic works by Calum Colvin that included a couple of stereoscopic pieces to be viewed through 3d spectacles.

Photo by Scott

Photo by Scott

Photo by Alan S

Photo by Alan S

After a visit to the cafeteria the group went for a further walk in the grounds before returning to the city and catching the bus home.

Photo by Alan

Photo by Cameron

Photo by Alan

Photo by Cameron

You can find information about the art collection on their website here

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Meet the Volunteers – Short Film Series: Lucy Payne

This week we’ve got another film to share with you, the third in our series of films celebrating the excellent work our volunteers do with the organisation. Today with hear from Lucy Payne who worked with our Aspire group.
Lucy reflects on her time with us and how the experience enabled her to work one on one with a diverse group. Whilst our volunteers put a huge amount into the organisation and the people they work with, it’s clear from Lucy’s film that she’s finding inspiration in our studios and sharing in the creativity of the people she’s working with.
Lucy is back working with us again on a new illustration project for an exhibition in 2017. So keep your eye out for more details coming soon.
 

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Artwork of the Week- ‘Always Here’ by Erika Juniper

 

'Always Here' by Erika Juniper is our artwork of the week. It is a four-minute video, filmed in the Tycanol Woods, while the artist was on residency. The solo material was created through a process of listening and responding to the self, the wild and the music. Project Ability is currently showing Erika's solo, along with three other artists’, until November 26. Each is accompanied by photographs and its own soundtrack, available through headphones.

Erika Juniper, along with fellow artist Andrew Kelly, both came to Glasgow to help lead workshops in our studios at Trongate 103. They, along with Arty Party's Ray Jacobs and inclusive movement practitioner Rachel Ligget, worked with Project Ability artists and dancers from Indepen-dance, to create their own personal 'solos'.

'Four Solos in the Wild' features moving imagery and photography. Additionally, there is also a slide show of images documenting the workshops that took place at Project Ability and Trongate 103, in the week before the exhibition.

Juniper's solo is a beautiful look into one person's relationship with the wild. It is a moving short film, a dance and a story. “Always Here’ can be seen until 26 November.

 

This project is supported by Arts Council England, The Basil Houghton Memorial Trust, and Telford and Wrekin Council.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Gate of Life’ by Steven Reilly

Another stunning print from our Aspire workshop for Shop Item of the Week today, as we bring you ‘Gate of Life’ by Project Ability veteran Steven Reilly.  Steven’s print is a truly stunning piece, and one lucky person could own it for just £45. Steven’s work is very popular, so try not to miss out!

Available from our online shop

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Raffle Tickets and Christmas Party

Our Christmas raffle is well under way. Grab yourself a ticket ahead of the draw on Thursday night at our Christmas party

We've got a whole host of excellent prizes that have been generously donated by some of our fantastic supporters.

​​Prizes include:

  • Original artwork - 'Billy the Cat' by Tommy Mason, drypoint print
  • 1 night mid week B&B at Altachorvie Island Retreat, Isle of Arran
  • £50 voucher for Obu Pan Asian, Princess Square
  • £50 voucher for Barcas Taps, Princes Square
  • Afternoon tea for two at Cranachan, Princess Square
  • £20 Cass Art Voucher
  • £20 Marks and Spencer’s  voucher
  • 2 adults, 2 children Roller Stop voucher
  • 2 tickets for Glasgow Film Theatre
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Simon AIR game from A1 Comics
  • Little Pony Trading cards from A1 Comics
  • Driftwood sculpture

The raffle will be drawn at our Christmas party Thursday 15th December from 7pm.

Tickets are just £1 each and can be bought from our Gallery or at the party.

​Come along and join us for a evening of festive fun with Rapido Mariachi, DJ Pete Bowers, games, dancing and raffle all for £5!

All the proceeds contribute towards Project Ability's programme of artistic education and help us to transform the lives of people with disabilities of all ages through visual art.

'Billy the Cat' by Tommy Mason

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Four Solos in the Wild - Dance Workshops

As part of the Four Solos in the Wild exhibition, artist Ray Jacobs and inclusive movement practitioner Rachel Ligget facilitated three workshops with Project Ability in the lead up to the opening of the show.

Both Project Ability artists and members of Indepen-dance were invited to take part and create dance solos throughout the Trongate 103 building.

All photos by Ray Jacobs

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Meet the Volunteers – Short Film Series: Sarah-Kate Goodwin

This week we share with you the second in our series of volunteer films that have been made capturing the excellent work our volunteers do with the organisation. Today with hear from Sarah-Kate Goodwin who worked with our Create team.

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Artwork of the week- ‘Duck’ by Scott Smith

Artwork of the week features this lovely 'Duck' in duck egg blue on mottled grey/brown paper. 'Duck' is one of many beautifully drawn birds on display as part of Scott Smith's exhibition titled, 'Birds'. These pen drawings on paper are flying, swimming and waddling off to new homes at a quick pace, so if this one takes your fancy please be in touch with the gallery before it too flies the coop!
Scott Smith has been working within our Aspire studios for several years, and his work generally depicts people and animals with confident lines and a sense of the beautiful and the comical. He began drawing these birds just a few months ago and we are delighted to be showing them as a whole collection. They are all new and original works of art that have already proven to be very popular.
The drawing, sized 43 x 59 cm is priced at a very affordable £20. 'The artwork is framed for our exhibition and is available for purchase in the frame, ready to hang on any wall, for £75. Come by the gallery to check out 'Birds', in our Gallery II, until November 26.

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Shop Item of the Week - Christmas Cards!

We have a rather festive Shop Item of the Week for you today, as we bring you our new 2016 Christmas cards!  The cards were designed in our studios by Angela McLauchlin (My Christmas Tree) and Michael McMullen (Madonna and Child) and are just £5 per pack.


These cards are just filled with the Christmas spirit and are sure to be very popular, so be sure to get yours while you can!


Available from our gallery, reception, or our online shop.

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Fiddler on the Roof

Last week saw the excellent production of Fiddler on the Roof by Glasgow Light Opera Club (GLOC) at the King's Theatre.

Project Ability was lucky enough to be chosen as GLOC's charity this year. So out went our intrepid teams of staff and volunteers with buckets to make collections at the shows and spread the word about the work that we do here at Project Ability.

Thanks to the huge generosity of all the theatre goers who donated over the course of the week we raised an impressive £734.16 that will help to support our vital work.
Thanks to GLOC and the King's Theatre for having and to all the friendly people who donated to our collection.

If you would like to give regularly to Project Ability then you can join our Supporters Scheme for as little as £5 per month. Find out more about the scheme here

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Meet the Volunteers – Short Film Series: Jonathan Kirkwood

Since August 2010, the Volunteer Programme has steadily grown both in the scale and scope of opportunities for volunteering with Project Ability and in popularity amongst the artist community of Glasgow.  The programme has developed vastly over the years from its humble beginnings, offering opportunities to five graduate visual artists at any one time, to now over 20 artists, from a spectrum of stages in their career; spanning those still undergoing their training at art school, to those who already have significant experience as practicing professional artists. 
We have seen the volunteering roles evolve from an experience based opportunity for those who have never worked in the field of art and disability, to more sophisticated opportunities giving a chance for more confident artists to share their skills by designing and delivering workshops to our participants, with support from our Volunteers Co-ordinator and our experienced workshop tutors. 
In addition to our volunteering roles, several successful residency programmes have run throughout the duration of the volunteering programme. Over the years, a wide variety of residency opportunities have enhanced the volunteering programme, each offering a different kind of experience for artists to engage with both our organisation and the participants who attend. 
At the heart of our programme, are the volunteers themselves, each of whom have brought something new to the process.  We will be sharing seven short films over the coming weeks that showcase some of our volunteers and their unique time with us.
First we hear from Jonathan Kirkwood who volunteered with our Aspire group on a Friday.
You can also read Jonathan’s blog post here to find out more about his time with us
 

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Walking Group - Week 19: Bellahouston Park

Photo by Simon

Our walking group have visited Bellahouston Park a couple of times before, but each time they have been very unlucky with the weather and had to take cover inside. This time however, the weather was glorious so they were able to have a good look around and see parts of the park that they had missed before.

Photo by Celine

Photo by Alan

The main reason for their visit on this occasion was to see an exhibition of paintings by artist (and Project Ability tutor) Sharon Quigley in the Pavillion Gallery. Everyone was agreed that it was a beautiful exhibition.

Other highlights of the day were the maze, the Victorian walled garden and the sunken garden.

Sharon's exhibition runs until 4 December. Click here for more details.

Photo by Alan

Photo by Alan

Photo by Alan

Photo by Alan

Photo by Celine

Photo by Celine

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Simon

Photo by Simon

Photo by Simon

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Swans’ Poster by Scott Smith

Shop Item of the week time, and this week we bring you this simple yet beautiful poster, made from one of Scott Smith's excellent paintings.  Yours for just £6 - or £40 for a framed copy - these posters are also signed by the artist.  Scott's exhibition 'Birds' is currently on show in our Gallery 2 space until the 26th of November, so be sure to come down and have a look at the originals!

The poster is available from our online shop, or from our gallery. 

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Artwork of the week- ‘Let Go’ by Andrew Kelly

This week we feature a still shot from Andrew Kelly's short film 'Let Go'. This film is one of four exquisite performances produced and directed by Ray Jacobs from Arty Party. Andrew Kelly is one of four artists selected to take part in a residency, workshop and touring exhibition programme titled, 'Four Solos in the Wild'. Consisting of photographs and films, this work is on exhibition in our gallery until November 26th and has been touring the country since July 2016. The artists, Andrew Kelly, Graham Busby, Erika Juniper and Mervyn Bradley, worked intensively over a two week period in the woodlands of Pembrokeshire to orchestrate and tell stories through expressive dance and movement. The result is a hauntingly beautiful selection of imagery- both still and moving- saturated with the lush green forest colours and shown in the highest quality of production.

 

Photography by Chris Nash

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Meet the Volunteers - Clara Mullen

We've got another great volunteer to introduce this week - Clara Mullen.

Clara has been working with our Create Saturday Visual Arts Classes, and has been a fantastic addition to the team.

"Hearing about Project Ability through a friend I was eager to learn more about the organisation and become involved. I am currently in my final year of Textile design at the Glasgow School of Art and, alongside this, volunteer as part of the Saturday Create workshop. This is part of my week that allows me to work with a group of enthusiastic people and participate with them in a free exchange of artistic skills.

The Project Ability studio is an incredible place where the young participating artists have access to a wide range of exciting materials including ceramics and glassworks. The staff have created an open space that is centred around individuality and independence. Exploration is really encouraged and participants are able to choose what they wish to do, whether that’s something different every week or a single project that they continue to work on over a month or so. It has been great to see the artist’s model with clay, produce beautiful large scale drawing and create vibrant silk paintings among many more!

There is such a variety of making and it has been inspiring to see everyone’s particular style develop along with the work they produce.  Having struggled to find my own individual working process it has been great to see everyone work in this unselfconscious way. Each Saturday is a welcome addition to my art school week that in turn has influenced my own thought patterns and practice. It has been rewarding to share my own knowledge whilst also continuing to learn from both the other artists and tutors alike."

Clara Mullen

Thanks Clara!

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