Artwork of the week - ‘Bicycle’ by Scott Smith

Artwork of the week is this drawing on card by Aspire artist Scott Smith. It is definitely a bicycle we're looking at but there appears to be something special about its design. It looks like some kind of hybrid - something between a bicycle and moped, in a classic lowrider style. Scott has been drawing a lot of different bikes lately, each one slightly different than the previous. Despite the simplicity in the lines each bike is full of defining features. This 'hybrid' is perhaps the most unusual style, and is the most complex design. Measuring 21 x 71cm it is the perfect size for any bike lover's wall!

Scott often works on a subject matter over and over for a short period of time. We recently exhibited a series of Birds by Scott Smith. Each of his birds was drawn with the same delicacy and attention to line as his bikes are. It is always fascinating watching Scott make his work. He is very decisive about his subject matter and can stay fixated on a particular object or thing for a few weeks before moving on to the next body of work. His artist's page shows just a small selection of some of his paintings and drawings. If you would like to see more of these beautiful bikes, or other works by Scott, please contact the gallery.

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The end of Thursday Night Social

It is with regret that we announce the end of the Thursday Night Social. 

Glasgow Life who provide Trongate 103 with front of house services is pulling out at the end of March and we can no longer deliver out of hours’ activity.

The situation might change, and the tenant organisations in Trongate 103 are asking Glasgow Life to work with us to find a solution, but for the foreseeable future Project Ability’s studio will close at 5pm.
We are looking into alternatives and will keep you posted.

The last Thursday Night Social will take place on Thursday 30 March.

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Shop item of the week - Black clay cats by Christina SooJa Massey

Shop item of the week features this beautiful sculpture of two cats. Shown from the back in this photo, you can see their two tails wrapped together into the shape of a love heart. Made from black clay, this small piece of sculpture is a one-off original by Project Ability artist Christina SooJa Massey. It measures 12 x 15 x 12 cm and is priced at £30. More photos can be seen in our online shop. You can purchase this piece either in our gallery shop at Trongate 103 or online. 

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Artwork of the week -  ‘Breaking Bad’ by Ruth Mutch


Artwork of the week features this adorably troublesome dynamic duo. Straight off the television and into the creative imagination of artist Ruth Mutch, these two penguins represent Walter and Jesse off the enormously popular programme Breaking Bad. We all are familiar with these two characters and seeing them in the guise of the penguin throws an interesting and somewhat ironic twist to their personas.

'Penguins on Screen' is an exhibition of new work by Ruth Mutch, and each piece depicts the characters of some of her favourite programmes and films, all through the cute and playful penguin. Ruth has had a long-standing adoration of the penguin, and many of her penguin artworks can be found on her Penguin Parade website. Ruth works both free-hand and on the computer, and with the help of her mother she has developed many penguin themed products such as mugs, pencil cases, coasters and more. A small selection of these are currently for sale in our shop. There are a few of Ruth's artworks listed on our online shop and even more in the actual gallery shop.

The show is up in our Gallery II until the 13th of April. 'Penguins on Screen' sits beside  'Cats... the 2nd instalment', which is in our main gallery space. Both shows are sure to put a smile on your face. 

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Walking Group - Week 5: Tramway

It’s been a while since our walking group has ventured south of the river so a visit to Tramway in Pollokshields was something to look forward to.

The walk from the city centre is a good leg stretcher with plenty of interest along the way. Tramway had three exhibitions to entertain the group; a video by Berlin based Oliver Laric, some large scale sculptures by Claire Barclay and a group show by the Tramway over 55s art group.

There was also time for a turn round the Hidden Gardens for those that felt like more walking before getting the bus back into town.

You can find out what’s on in Tramway on their website:

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The Ladysbridge Hospital Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Project Ability and C-Change have received £40,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Ladysbridge Hospital Project, in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Led by a project team managed by Project Ability and C-Change, the project focuses on the heritage of people with learning disabilities living in Aberdeenshire and nationally.

The project will enable people with learning disabilities who had lived at Ladysbridge Hospital in Banff, research the history of the hospital and the social history of people with learning disabilities and changing social conditions. Working with professional artists and supported by social care staff, the NHS Grampian Archivist and leading learning disability advocacy services, people with learning disabilities will share their stories in words and pictures to build a unique archive.

Ladysbridge Hospital was opened in 1865 and closed in 2003 and as many ex-patients had connections to the local area they remain to this day in and around Aberdeen having for the most part moved into their own accommodation. These people are now in their fifties, sixties and older and they want their stories to be documented and shared with their community. The project launch is on Tuesday 16th May, at Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre and is taking place to mark Learning Disability Week 2017. It is an opportunity to reflect on how the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland changed and how we can learn lessons from the past.

Commenting on the award, Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Director, Project Ability said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The story of how people with learning disabilities were treated in the not too distant past is a timely reminder of how much society has changed and how people with learning disabilities contribute to our communities.”
Sheryl Walker, PR & Projects Development Manager, C-Change said “We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery has provided the opportunity for C-Change and Project Ability to collaborate on a 2nd social history project. Ladysbridge Hospital is key part of Aberdeenshire's history and this project will help to raise awareness of how learning disability perception and policy has evolved over the years. It will be a privilege working with some of the ex-residents of Ladysbridge to share their personal memories of their experience of life in the hospital.”

Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to help communities learn about and take pride in their local heritage as well as training in new skills. Learning about history can be rewarding, fascinating and fun, and the story of Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff is no exception.”

(Images from the Lennox Castle Project)

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Artwork of the week - ‘Lots of Cats’ by Ross Agnew

This week’s Artwork of the Week is Lots of Cats by Ross Agnew. Lots of Cats is currently on display in Project Ability’s main gallery as part of our current exhibition, CATS… the 2nd instalment. This beautifully vibrant and playful piece combines paint and coloured pen on canvas to portray a cheerful group of feline friends playing amongst the flowers. Ross Agnew is a young artist who participates in Project Ability’s Create programme, and developed this piece over a period of several weeks. Often drawn to animals as a subject, Ross has made several fantastic cat themed pieces recently, and in fact one of these, Two Cats is also included in CATS… the 2nd instalment.

You can see Ross’s work in CATS… the 2nd instalment until 13 April. With over 40 artists on show, and over sixty artworks, this show is a must-see, particularly if you are a cat lover. Running alongside CATS, in Gallery II, we are showcasing new work by Ruth Mutch in Penguins on Screen, a unique exhibition of penguins in disguise as actors from our favourite television programs. Another show definitely not to be missed!

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Walking Group - Week 4: Milngavie

It seems that Milngavie is one of our walking group’s favourite destinations as they made another return visit there last week. One of the regular walkers lives there so he has good local knowledge of the best places to go for a dander.

First stop was Tannoch Loch, a small body of water with a broad range of waterfowl that came to the water’s edge to greet the group and be photographed.

One of the great attractions to Milngavie is the Lillie Gallery. The group have been to several exhibitions there and it has yet to disappoint. An exhibition of portraits of Scottish writers by photographer Angela Catlin filled the walls of the main gallery and in the two smaller galleries there were some paintings from the Lillie collection and a group show of work by artists from Dunoon. This last show was the main attraction for the group as one of our Project Ability tutors, Sandi Kiehlmann, was showing some of her latest textile pieces.

You can find out more about Lillie Gallery by clicking here.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Eeveelution’ by Ruth Mutch

Shop Item of the Week time yet again, and this week we are featuring a rather wonderful digital print - this is ‘Eeveelution’ by Ruth Mutch!  Ruth's penguins are - as always - expertly realised, a joy to behold, and just adorable. This print can be yours for as little as £25 from our online shop, so get a move on and capture it! 

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Artwork of the week - ‘Domain’ by Harris Burnett



Artwork of the week is this painting in acrylic on canvas by Project Ability artist Harris Burnett. 'Domain' is in our current exhibition, 'CATS, the 2nd Instalment'. This painting seems to playfully point out what any cat owner is well aware of : the cat is in charge and can rule the house as its own domain however it sees fit. This feline is surely well loved as the portait in the corner of the paintings shows. One can guess that the chair it is jumping off of is 'the cats chair', and no one else is allowed on it when the cat is about.

Our CATS exhibition is full of an amazing variety of these furry friends. If you are a cat lover then this show is a must-see. With over 40 artists on show, and over sixty artworks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In our Gallery II we are showcasing new work by Ruth Mutch. 'Penguins on Screen' is a unique exhibtion of penguins in disguise as actors from our favourite television programs. Both shows are up until April 15th.

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Found Impressions

Found Impressions is a new film from Project Ability! The film was recently shown as part of Found Impressions..., an exhibition of work created by children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities, delivered by Project Ability in partnership with Glasgow Print Studio, PAMIS, The DASH Club and The Anchor Centre.

The film captures the making process and and offers an opportunity to hear parents, tutors and staff speak about their experiences.

Click here to see photos from Found Impressions..., the exhibition, and look out for a forthcoming publication, coming very soon!

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Zebras’ poster by Brian McGinnis

For this week's Shop Item of the Week, we bring you Zebras, a brand new, limited edition poster by Brian McGinnis.

You could have this group of friendly zebras on your wall for only £6! We think they would also make a fantastic gift. Available online now, or from our gallery shop.

If you would like to have your poster framed, we can do that for you! Please contact the gallery on 0141 552 2822 or The framed price is £40.00 + delivery.

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