Tommy Mason exhibition closing event

Join us on Friday 28th April, 12-1pm for the closing event of Tommy Mason's exhibition in the Trongate 103 foyer. Everybody welcome!

Aspire artist Tommy Mason's unique large scale paintings have taken over the Trongate 103 foyer as a celebration to World Autism Day, and will remain there until the 29th. 

Tommy has been working with Project Ability for over 25 years, and the studio would not be the same without him. He helps to make Project Ability a creative and positive environment, and we are always happy to have the opportunity to share his art with the public. Tommy Mason’s style is one of a kind. Once you have seen his work you will forever recognise A Tommy Mason.

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Learning Disability Week - Aberdeen workshops

Project Ability and C-Change, in recognition and celebration of Learning Disability Week 2017, are delighted to invite you to join us for the launch of an exciting new social history project, based around the former Ladysbridge hospital in Aberdeenshire.

We are inviting people with learning disabilities in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including those who were former residents of this hospital, to tell your story, your way, in words and pictures.

Do you want to share your memories? Learn about the history of the Hospital? Find out about the research that is taking place across the country on the history and culture of learning disability?

We want to hear from you!  During the day you can talk, draw, write, reminisce, sing, dance... Expert art tutors are on hand to help.

Project Launch : Tuesday 16th of May 2017 between 10am - 3pm at the Aberdeen Arts Centre & Theatre (ACT Aberdeen).

Lunch is provided at 12 noon. In the afternoon at 2.00pm there will be a presentation by Sue Dumbleton from the Open University's Social History of Learning Disability Research Group about "The social history of people with learning disabilities in Scotland : 50 years of change.” (more info on the SHLD Research Group here).

The project continues with a programme of workshops and talks on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th May, 10.00am – 3.00pm with lunch provided at 12 noon. Join us at ACT Aberdeen, for the day, or drop by for a morning or afternoon session.

To book a place please contact our C-Change Aberdeen team:
Phone: 01224 974 737

The project is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

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Artwork of the week - the studio by Jonathan McKinstry

Artwork of the week is this portrait of the Project Ability studios, painted by Jonathan McKinstry! If you've seen Jonathan's work before you will have immediately recognised this masterpiece as his handy work. Jonathan has a loud energetic and exciting painting style. He loves comics and rich bright colours. This painting, measuring an impressive 90 x 200cm, is on stretched canvas and has been made over the last month in our Aspire studios. From left to right we have, Tommy, Sonia, Kate, Stephen, Cameron and John M.  It depicts the artists working on flags for Glasgow's upcoming Glasgow Open House 2017. Sonia and Kate were in working with the Aspire artists to make the flags which will act as markers for each of this year's venues. 

Jonathan has done a fantastic job capturing the dynamic atmosphere that makes up our Friday group of artists in Aspire. This painting ties in very well with our newest exhibition, which opens tomorrow afternoon with a reception from 4-6pm. Lucy Payne has created a collection of Project Ability studio portraits which will be on display along with a newspaper publication containing the illustrations and written text. To read more about this show check out 'Drawing People Drawing'.

As always, if you'd like more information about this painting, please contact the gallery at

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Walking Group -Week 7: Alexandra Park

The name Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic word 'Glaschu' which means 'green hollow' or 'dear green place'. The name is still a very appropriate one as there are more than 100 parks and green spaces scattered across the city.

One of the favourites of these is Alexandra Park to the east of the city in the easily accessible district of Dennistoun. Our walking group travelled there on a 38 bus and enjoyed a good leg-stretching walk. For most of the group it was their first visit to the park but for one person it brought back some early memories as her parents had lived next to the park and she had been their several times as a child. She remarked that it 'seemed much bigger then'.

There was a great deal of wildlife activity around the pond with squirrels, crows, pigeons, swans and many other water fowl so it was a bit of a nature lover's paradise with many photo opportunities.

After the tour of the park, many of the walkers went their separate ways but a couple of people carried on walking. The next stop was a visit to a little known statue of Buffalo Bill in the grounds of some flats on Whitehill Street. The sculpture is a bit of a mystery as several web searches have not revealed the name of the artist who made it, so if anyone knows, please tell us!

Finally, an impromtu visit to Market Galley on Duke Street to see 'The Minch' reveals a series of fascinating interactive installations by Suzanne Déry and Susannah Stark before a walk back into town.

You can find more info about Alexandra Park here  and 'The Minch' and Market Gallery here 

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We are looking for a Freelance Arts Administrator

Project Ability is looking for a Freelance Arts Administrator to manage an outstanding programme of visual art activities and exhibition for children and young people with disabilities. The programme takes place in Project Ability’s studio in Trongate 103 in the centre of Glasgow and various off-site locations.

This is a freelance contract to cover a period of maternity leave. The fee is £7,200, 80 days over a period of 12 months.

Send completed application and your C.V to the Operations Manager at or Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
Closing date: 15th May.  Interviews 23rd May.

Key duties and responsibility

  • To work closely with the Artistic Director, staff team and artist tutors to plan and deliver a programme of workshops, exhibitions and events to support children and young people with disabilities to engage with contemporary visual art.
  • To sustain existing and develop new partnerships with other key agencies – schools, community organisations and special interest groups to develop, coordinate and deliver an ambitious and high quality visual arts workshop and learning programme.
  • To work with young people with disabilities to develop a programme of activities which support their creative learning and ambition.
  • To supervise art tutors responsible for project delivery.
  • To liaise with key stakeholders and funders.
  • To effectively evaluate the programme against planned outcomes and to produce written reports as required.

Experience, knowledge and understanding

  • Excellent track record of arts project administration.
  • Ability to demonstrate a minimum of three years relevant work experience.
  • Educated to degree or higher qualification in an arts related subject.
  • Understanding the needs of children and young people.
  • Understanding the special conditions required to give children and young people with additional support needs inclusive access to visual art.
  • Experience of project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of report writing.

Person specification

  • Well organised with the ability to plan and deliver activities on time and within budget.
  • Confident and articulate.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a small team.

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Artwork of the week - Cleopatra by Ronnie McCulloch

Artwork of the week features 'Cleopatra', (initially mistaken for Mata Hari), painted by Aspire artist Ronnie McCulloch over the past few months.  The mark making and texture in this work fills the surface of the painting with bold blocks of colour and an array of different shapes and designs. Below is an image of the poster the artist worked from:

The original photograph depicts Marilyn Monroe being Cleopatra in a 1957 photo shoot recreatment of the Theda Bara's version of Cleopatra. A "Life" magazine spread photographed by Richard Avedon. Measuring 90x120cm, Ronnie's recreation of this exotic image makes for a striking and unique painting. 

'Cleopatra' will be on exhibit this year at Platform in Glasgow as part of our Annual Aspire Exhibition. If you are interested in finding out more about the painting, or the artist, please contact the gallery.

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Glasgow Open House 2017

After last year's successful collaboration, Glasgow Open House asked our Friday Aspire group to design once again the flags marking the venues taking part in this year's festival. 

Glasgow Open House Arts is a small, not-for-profit group which celebrates Glasgow’s vibrant, insightful and industrious culture. They do this by inviting its residents to present art, music, and performance in their homes.

"This year, we’re working with two fantastic organisations based in Glasgow: The Coach House Trust and Project Ability. We will be creating joyful, colourful and characterful “way-finders”, which will be used during the festival weekend to mark the venues which house an exhibition or event. We had a wonderful time working with the Aspire Group artists. They have produced fantastic pieces which we can't wait to exhibit alongside the work in our programmed exhibitions."

The festival opens on the 28th April and runs until the 1st May.

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Artwork of the week-  ‘Man and Horse with a Wee Dog’ by Tommy Mason

Artwork of the week is this rendition of Rousseau's 'Junier's Cart' by Aspire artist Tommy Mason. 'Man and Horse with a Wee Dog' is currently on exhibition in the foyer of Trongate 103, along with six other abstract paintings by Tommy. These paintings are bold, bright and beautiful. This piece is a rendition of a rather famous painting by Henri Rousseau, pictured here:


It is clear that the subjects have been borrowed from Rousseau's painting, but the style, charm and colour palette are all Mason's. Read more about Tommy and his work at his exhibition page here. The exhibtiion will be up until 29 April. In addition to the paintings on display we have many amazing  works of art by Tommy in our archive room. If you love these but don't have enough wall space, you are welcome to look through some of his smaller paintings, prints and drawings. 'Beasts and Funny Men' is just one example.

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Walking Group - Week 6: WASPS

The walking group doesn’t just give participants the opportunity to get out and about for a walk, it also opens doors to many interesting places and gives the group the chance to meet a range of talented people.

For last week’s outing, a visit to Wasps Studios in Hanson Street was organised to meet some of the artists that work in the ceramics and glass studios.

First was Glasgow Ceramics Studios to meet with Nicola Henderson who was previously an artist in residence at Project Ability. Nicola gave the group a short tour of the studios and then a look at some of the pieces she has been working on.

The group then popped in next door to Glasgow Glass Studio for another short tour and some chat with glass artists Fiona and Brian. It was a fascinating and informative afternoon.

For more information about the studios visit: and

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