We're celebrating the closing of two exhibitions this week with another brilliant slip-cast telephone made by Project Ability's Cameron Morgan. This candy coloured phone is the last in a series of slip-cast telephones which looks back at the evolution of this marvelous invention! 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' has been on show in our Gallery II for the past month, and tomorrow is the final day. Each of the phones on display is an edition of five, and each one is priced at £180. Read more about Cameron on his webpage, or check out the brand new TV Classics website to see what Cameron has been up to over the past year.
Tomorrow sees the final day of this exhibition as well as The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World; a beautiful exhibition of paintings and drawings made by six very talented artists from the West Midlands who have been involved in a mentoring programme with acclaimed portrait artist Tanya Raabe-Webber.
"For anyone who has yet to visit The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane, now is a good time to go as the place is heaving with interesting exhibitions. Mind you, even without the exhibitions it’s a great place to visit as from the top of the building there are wonderful views across the city in every direction.
On the day that our group visited, the lift to the indoor viewing platform was out of order so they bravely took the tower staircase up to the outdoor one. It’s quite a tiring climb but the views from the top make it more than worth the effort.
After some time in the Lighthouse looking at the views and the exhibitions the group took a walk across to the nearby St Enoch Centre to have a look in The Unexpected Artist.
This is a relatively new shop which houses an exhibition space and a couple of areas for resident artists to work in. The group were welcomed by one of the artists who carried on working on his painting while the group had a look around.
A fine day for views and viewings."
More information about the Unexpected Artist can be found here.
This week's Shop Item of the Week is Four Little Birds by Liz Blair.
This beautifully vibrant painting is perfect for springtime and is available from our gallery shop or online for only £50! These little birds are sure to fly off the shelf soon, so be quick!
Artwork of the week features this beautiful painting on canvas by ReConnect artist JM Boyce. The Doberman Pinscher has a perfect sheen to his coat and it’s colouring is complimented by the deep magenta flowers and green foliage in the back ground.
JM Boyce is extremely gifted in painting and this subject matter is her specialty. She has been painting many different types of dogs for several years at the Project Ability studios, and, as is visible here, she has perfected the art. This painting measures 70 x 50 cm which makes the dog just about life size. It is picture perfect in every last detail and stroke of the brush. If you would like to see more of this artist’s work please contact the gallery.
"I was very excited when Project Ability asked me to co-curate this exhibition with them.
The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World is an exhibition of the work of five learning disabled, and one non-disabled, artists who I have been mentoring and supporting back home in Shropshire and Birmingham.
The artists all have their own unique style of working and the themes are all very different too. There are landscapes, mood landscapes, trains, motorways, Japanese gardens, portraits, and abstract forms. Curating this exhibition meant that I had to really look hard to seek out the connections and relationships that were present in the works so that each artists work complimented the others.
I worked very closely with Heather, Project Ability's Exhibitions Coordinator on this. We unwrapped and laid the artwork around the gallery, stood back, looked, moved the work around into different positions and talked about the artists’ work and creative processes. This gave us a kind of story to tell; the artists’ journey in their creative professional development as they made their work over the last 12 months, as part of their mentoring and for this exhibition.
This is the first time that the artists have exhibited outside of the West Midlands in a professional gallery. It was important that the exhibition shows a strong cultural identity as well as showcasing the artists’ creative and artistic development through the mentoring.
The artists themselves will be visiting their exhibition 22-25 February through an Arts Council England and Lottery funded cultural exchange trip #Take6. I can't wait to see their reactions when they see their exhibition."
The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World continues until Saturday 25 February, open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm.
Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you this rather fetching canvas bag, hand painted by the ever popular artist Tommy Mason. Amazingly, this bag is only £15 from our online shop, so you'd better be quick if you fancy purchasing something truly unique!
This week, our Artwork of the Week is this beautiful plaster relief by young artist Aymen Sohail.
A wonderful exploration of mark making, Aymen has brought together a range of shapes and forms to create a vibrant and cheerful landscape complete with sunshine, grass, trees and even a stripy zebra.
You can see Aymen’s piece currently on display in Project Ability’s third floor Project Space as part of ‘Found Impressions…’ Delivered by Project Ability in partnership with Glasgow Print Studio, PAMIS, The DASH Club and The Anchor Centre, ‘Found Impressions…’ is an exhibition celebrating the work created by children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities, and includes a short film capturing the making process.
Exhibition dates: 13-18 February 2017
Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm (closed Tuesday afternoon)
Our walking group didn't stray too far from home last week with visits to some nearby arts venues.
First stop was The Briggait, a magnificent historic building next to the river Clyde and headquarters of Wasps studios. The building was Glasgow's fish market for over 100 years and after a short spell as a shopping centre in the early 1980s, it lay empty before it was converted to artist's studios and exhibition spaces.
The next stop was another historic building; The Gallery of Modern Art.
This building was originally built as a townhouse for a wealthy tobacco merchant and slave trader before spending time as a bank, a library and then it's current function as home to much of Glasgow's collection of modern art and visiting exhibitions of contemporary art from across the world. It is perhaps most famous now for the statue of the Duke of Wellington that stands outside its entrance and often sporting some iconic headgear.
Join The RSA and Project Ability for an evening of art and creativity on Thursday 23rd February, 6-8pm.
Artists, including RSA Fellow Cameron Morgan and award winning artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, will be on hand to talk us through two exhibitions which will be on show – Put Your Sweet Lips Closer to the Phone and The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World.
There will be drinks available and a chance to visit the exhibitions, the Project Ability Studios and to network with other Fellows.
The event is free to attend but places are limited. Please register your attendance here via Eventbrite.
Cameron Morgan has been working as an artist with Project Ability’s Aspire programme since 1991 and in this time he has gone from strength to strength with his studio practice, exhibitions and commissions. In May of 2016 his recognition was further enforced when Cameron was awarded a life time Fellowship to the RSA.
Tanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed award winning disabled artist working with contemporary portraiture, and collaborative arts practice specialising in supporting learning disability artists to develop their practice in mainstream inclusive settings within high profile public art galleries and venues.
The RSA Fellowship is a global network of 28,000 people who support the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action.
Ross Prince works in oil pastels on paper and canvas, creating 'mood landscapes' of various colours and compositions. #21 is an abstract drawing that has the look and feel of a painting. Using oil pastels in a creative and painterly way, Prince beautifully captures light and movement. Although he hasn't used any brushes, one can almost see the brush strokes that have made this artwork. The challenge of using this pallette should not be underestimated; we don't often see a painting with greens and oranges together in a harmonious way like this.
This is one of several 'mood scapes' by Ross in our current exhibition, 'The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World', which features six young artists from the West Midlands. This exhibition has been orchestrated by acclaimed artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, who also curated the exhibtion with Project Ability. Tanya also acted as mentor to these artists and has helped them to develop their artistic talent.
We are delighted that Tanya has secured funding to allow the artists to come to Project Ability for a two day Cultural Exchange, titled ‘Take 6’, which will include workshops at Project Ability and gallery visits around Glasgow. This has been funded by a ‘Grants For The Arts, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Project Ability has been shortlisted to receive a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive a cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. By voting for Project Ability, you will be helping our walking group!
Project Ability’s walking group helps people with disabilities and mental ill health meet up once a week to walk to cultural and heritage places of interest. They benefit from the exercise and from exploring their community.
“We are delighted to be on the shortlist for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Our walking group is accessed by people of all ages; it is a sociable, supportive group which welcomes everyone and gets people out and about and better connected to their community.” – Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Artistic Director, Project Ability.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 1 to 25 February on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.
Cast your vote using the token given to you at the check-out each time you shop.
Local participating stores include:
Argyle Street Tesco Express, G2 8LY
Cochrane Sq Tesco Express, G1 1EJ
Sauchiehall Street Tesco Express, G2 3LW
York Hill Tesco Express, G3 8ND
Glasgow Trongate Tesco Express, G1 5HF
Byres Road Tesco Metro, G12 8AW
Napierhill Tesco Express, G20 7YA
Queen Street Tesco Express, G20 8NX
St Enochs Tesco Metro, G1 4BW
North Street Tesco Express, G3 7DA
Maryhill Tesco Extra, G20 9SH
Merchant City Tesco Express, G1 5AA
Renfield Street Tesco Express, G2 5AH
Sauchiehall Street Tesco Metro, G2 3HQ
Great Western Road Tesco Express, G4 9HS
To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the tesco website here.
- Artwork of the week - ‘Mobile’ by Cameron Morgan
- Walking Group - Week 3: The Lighthouse
- Shop Item of the Week - ‘Four Little Birds’ by Liz Blair
- Artwork of the week - by JM Boyce
- Tanya Raabe-Webber on co-curating ‘The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World’
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- Recruitment & Volunteering
- Trongate 103
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