Meet the Volunteers - Roisin Cairney

Roisin Cairney has been a great addition to our Saturday Create workshop team working with children and young people. Here is what she had to say about her time volunteering with Project Ability.

“I was drawn to Project Ability through regularly attending the exhibitions. The work that the students were making was exciting with an energy to them and each artist has their own well-developed style. I wanted to be part of this and in doing so gain experience in helping people to develop their art.

When I first started, I was very nervous and didn’t know where to begin but the staff and the children were very helpful in showing me the ropes. I found that when I relaxed and just got stuck in I learned very quickly about each child and their process. Each child is completely different and it's exciting to see the different ways of working and helping to develop their individual methods.

The kids are very intuitive but they are also perfectionists and take great pride in making the best work possible which has taught me a lot in my own practice, by taking this step back: watching and teaching the children has given me more patience within my own process.

It has been a great experience working with the staff, the kids and other volunteers and I've learned lots from my time here. I hope to continue to work with others when I complete my studies.”

Thank you Roisin

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Shop Item of the Week - Moorhen by Lewis Scott

Our shop item this week is this beautiful ceramic Moorhen by Lewis Scott. The surface mark making on this piece really shows off the subtle multi coloured glazing of it plumage.
A must have for ceramic and bird lovers alike!

Available to buy from our Gallery or online shop for just £25.

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Meet the Volunteers - Short Film Series: Scott Lang

Today we share the last of our excellent short films offering an insight into volunteering with the organisation. This week we hear from Scott Lang.
Scott began his involvement with Project Ability through attending classes and cites this as his way back into creating artworks after a break. He then volunteered with us, before undertaking a ReSearch Residency.
The ReSearch Residency programme offers an artist a studio within our workshops for a month, where they can work alongside Project Ability artists to create new works.Scott talks about the inspiration behind his artwork and how the opportunity of having a studio space has allowed his work to develop.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer programme we are currently calling for applications for volunteers in 2017. Click here for all the details. Deadline Friday 6 January 2017.

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Christmas Party 2016

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Christmas Party last week, and helped to make it a truly memorable night! We had excellent music from Rapido Mariachi and DJ Pete Bowers, both of which got a good crowd dancing on our specially created glittery dancefloor!

This year’s raffle was particularly successful with a dazzling array of prizes and an abundance of tickets sold. There were some gorgeous original artworks in the mix, as well as food and drinks vouchers and even a night away in a B&B on Arran. Thanks to all those who generously donated prizes and to all those who bought tickets.


Altogether we raised over £650!

This makes an excellent close for our fundraising activities this year, and a brilliant boost to supporting our ongoing activity in 2017.

Happy holidays to one and all and look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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Artwork of the week - ‘The Thing’ by Lewis Scott

Artwork of the week is The Thing by Lewis Scott.  Our Superheroes show has proven very popular, and there's still one week left before it's gone forever! The Thing measures 40x56 cm unframed and 53x70cm in its beech wood frame (£40/£65). He is a bit of scary and a bit of fun, both at the same time. If you're still looking for gift ideas, this exhibtion will not disappoint. We're open until Friday the 23rd, all welcome! 

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Shop Item of the Week - Mighty Women by Celine Mcilmunn

This week we have available a series of three prints from Celine Mcilmunn's powerful 'Mighty Women' series, featuring Hedy, Malala and Rosa.

These beautiful digital prints have been made from the original gouache painted artworks and are avaible to buy from our online shop here or in the Gallery.

The works feature in our Superheroes exhibition which run until 23 December 2016.

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Walking Group - Week 22: Milngavie

Photo by Alan

The Lillie Gallery in Milngavie is a popular spot with our walking group and they have visited several times before and always received a warm welcome. On this occasion they were met by James, the gallery manager, who gave an introduction to the current exhibition of works by Joan Eardley.

Photo by Doalty

Before visiting the gallery, the group went for a short walk through the village and then along a pathway by the Allander Water.

Alongside the Joan Eardley exhibition, the Lillie currently have their Christmas show which is a mix of paintings, prints and craft pieces.

Photo by Julie

Photo by Julie

Click here to find out more information about these exhibitions.

Photo by Simon

Photo by Simon

Photo by Simon

Photo by Doalty

Photo by Doalty

Photo by Alan

Photo by William

Photo by William

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Meet the Volunteers - Ruth Laird

Today we are happy to introduce volunteer Ruth Laird who has been a fantastic addition to our Saturday Create Visual Art Classes team. Here is what Ruth had to say about her time volunteering with us;


“I’ve really enjoyed my experience at Project Ability, where I volunteer on the ‘Create’ Saturday workshops. There is a great atmosphere in the studio, and it is such an inspiring and non-judgemental space for the young people to create in. When I arrive every Saturday I feel a sense of relief and welcome break from my usual work, and find myself going away from sessions with a renewed excitement at the possibilities of various creative techniques and materials.

In my own practice as a jewellery designer I sometimes get bogged down in the details involved in creating a finished piece, so it’s liberating to watch alternative approaches to the creative process. The young artists are really inspiring in the way they choose which materials they want to explore. The freedom to choose is greatly encouraged in the workshops, whether they stick to one technique over the course of a few sessions or prefer to try out different things every week. Through painting, clay-modelling, 3D prop building and using a variety of materials, amazing works of art are created, with artists displaying a clear sense of enjoyment in what they do.

From watching the young artists work I have often learnt a new technique or been able to recall something which I had long forgotten. After each session I find I have a better and more varied understanding of materials and how to apply my own skills to assist with different processes. Being involved in this environment is a weekly reminder to me that the process of creating is just as important as the end result.”

Thanks Ruth!

If you’re interested in getting involved in our volunteering programme we are currently calling for applications. Click here for the full details. Deadline Friday 6 January 2017.

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Meet the Volunteers - Short Film Series: Saula Zuk

This week as part of our Short Film Series we are introducing volunteer Saula Zuk. Saula worked with some of the children and young people on our Saturday Create Visual Art Classes. She reflects on the importance of art as a therapy and how art can help with wellbeing. Watch her film and find out more.
If you found Saula's story inspiring, why not join our volunteer programme? We are currently calling for applications. Click here for all the details. Deadline Friday 6 January 2017.

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Shop Item of the Week – Beside the Sea by David Bradley

Shop Item of the Week this week is this gorgeous painting by David Bradley.

'Beside the Sea' captures beautifully the essence of a wintry walk at the Scottish Seaside.
Available to buy from our online shop or in the Gallery.
 

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Artwork of the week - Hedgehog by Michael Yelding

                                                         

 

A wee break from our amazing Superheroes exhibition to show our admiration for another type of creature.....Hedgehog by Michael Yelding is our artwork of the week! He's only just come out of the kiln and has already left the building. The artist made this little creature on request, in our Aspire workshops, as a gift for a friend. We're hoping there might be some more Hedgehogs in the new year from Michael! 

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Meet the Volunteers - Short Film Series: Isabella Bunnel

As part of our Meet the Volunteers Short Film Series we are sharing a film about volunteer Isabella Bunnel's experience of working with us. Isabella volunteered with our ReConnect our visual arts programme for adults with mental ill health. Isabella is a freelance illustrator and reflects on what she's been able to offer the artist's that she's worked with, but also what she has learned through the experience of working with them.

Watch the film and find out more. If you are interested in joining our volunteer programme, we are currently calling for applications. Click here for all the details. Deadline Friday 6 January 2017.

You can see all the films that are part of this series by clicking here.

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Walking Group - Week 21: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Photo by Stuart

The bus journey to the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) was long and winding and our group was a little late in arriving but they were greeted by a smiling Joanna who was to be the tour guide for our visit.

Only 2% of Glasgow's collection of over one million objects is on show at any given time and the GMRC houses all the pieces that are not currently on display either in Glasgow or on loan to other galleries and museums throughout the world. There are more than 3000 paintings in storage there and it was this particular area of the collections that this visit focused on.

Photo by Stuart

Joanna had selected a few pieces to show the group to start the tour, including the oldest painting in the collection, a portrait of Saint Laurence which dates back 400 years. The group were then invited to request pieces by particular artists that they would like to see. It was a fascinating tour which left everyone wanting to see more.

Photo by Scott

Photo by Scott

The GMRC is open to visitors for tours at 2:30pm each day apart from Mondays. All tours must be booked in advance. For further information click here

There is also an online resource where you can look at images and read information about many of the pieces in the collections here

Photo by Simon

Photo by Simon

Photo by Dennis

Photo by Dennis

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Celine

Photo by Celine

Photo by Alan 

Photo by Alan

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New Volunteering Opportunities - Starting January 2017

It will soon be the New Year and to start 2017 with a fresh wave of new opportunities, Project Ability is offering visual artists in Glasgow, the chance to be part of our vibrant volunteering team. Opportunities are available across our creative programmes starting in January 2017.

We are welcoming applications from both graduate and undergraduate artists, with experience in ceramics or printmaking and across the visual arts, to support our Aspire participants in the making of their artwork.  Our Aspire programme is for adults with learning disabilities. Volunteers should be able to commit to at least 2 hours a week for 8 weeks.  Workshops take place from 10am – 12noon and 1pm– 3pm, Monday to Thursday and 10am – 3pm on Friday.

We also have an opportunity to volunteer with our Thursday Night Social group, an evening workshop giving opportunity for adults, from across our programmes, to socialise and make art.

New opportunities are also available in our Create Saturday workshop programme, with places available to volunteer with our youngest artists, age 5 -12 years, from 10 am - 12:30pm and from 1pm - 4pm to support young people aged 12 - 21 years. 

We also have further opportunities to volunteer with Art Matters; a designated studio time for young adults 21 – 28 years, from 4:30pm – 6:30pm on a Saturday.

Successful applicants should, as much as possible, be able to commit to 8 sessions in one given workshop, with further opportunity to extend their experience possible.  

Finally we have opportunities to volunteer within our ReConnect programme, which supports artists with lived experience of mental ill health.  ReConnect supports artists to develop their individual art practices in a supported studio environment. We would like to recruit visual artists who enjoy engaging with others and talking about art, who would like to support and contribute to our open studio. Opportunities are available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 10am - 1pm.

Volunteering with Project Ability will challenge you, no matter what stage you are at in your career.  It can open up your practice and introduce you to new ways of making art, we hope you will be energised and inspired by your experience with us.  Please look at our Meet the Volunteers feature on our website for a flavour of the past and varied experiences of our previous volunteers. 

To make an application please complete our form, click here to download a copy. If you have any questions about any of our opportunities or our application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Tracy Gorman, our Volunteers Co-ordinator at volunteers@project-ability.co.uk

Deadline for all applications is Friday 6th January 2017.

Good Luck.

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Meet the Volunteers – Katie Weir

The fantastic Katie Weir has been a part of our Saturday Create workshops working with children and young people. She’s been a great member of the team and we’ll be sad to see her go.
Hear what she has to say about her time volunteering with us;

“Volunteering within the Create Visual Arts programme at Project Ability has been an incredible experience and I feel so honoured to have been given the opportunity. I am a Sculpture and Environmental Art Student currently in my 2nd year at The Glasgow School of Art where I love to experiment in the studio with different materials creating textural and sensory stimulated environments for people to interact with.

The Create Saturday Visual Art Class is a wonderful creative environment offering the children a chance to experiment and play with new materials and make new friends. Every week I can’t wait for another Saturday in the studio to see the children gain so much enjoyment and hearing all their funny stories, they never fail to make me laugh!

Working with children has been a really rewarding experience that has enabled me to build a rapport with each individual and to help them to develop their skills through a process that works for them. I find it really admiral and refreshing to see how carefree and playful they are when they create and the act of decision making that goes with it. They are so confident and trusting in their instincts when making and it is so lovely to see.


This has been a truly wonderful experience and I will be sad when it comes to an end! The children have been a delight to meet and work with and have inspired me to want to pursue a career in working with children in the future. Thank you!”

Thank you Katie!

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