Summer performance workshops

The second of our week-long summer performance workshops drew to a close today with our troupe of young artists performing their piece for family and friends in the gallery here at Project Ability.

Responding to the Young Talent exhibition, the young artists spent the week devising their piece with drama artist Clare Human and music tutor Allan McKeown.

‘I love acting and working with the props’ – Carole

The young artists experimented with sound and music, colour and costume, texture and movement, and these multi-sensory workshops have been a great opportunity to explore art via a more unconventional channel.

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Shop of the week - ‘Beastie Owl Cat’ by Lewis Scott

 

Shop item of the week is this little creature, 'Beastie Owl Cat' by Lewis Scott! Created in oil bar and pastel, this delightful drawing on paper measures 59x42 cm. Lewis Scott works in Project Ability's Aspire studios. His use of line and colour is both bold and loose. You can see some of his other artwork on his artist's page.

'Beastie Owl Cat' would love to become your new best friend.... if you're interested you can find him here, in our online shop for £30. If you would like us to frame the drawing just let us know. exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk / 0141 552 2822

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Artwork of the Week - ‘The Three Stooges’ by Cameron Morgan

'The Three Stooges' by Cameron Morgan is our artwork of the week! This screen print takes inspiration from a recent trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Bretton. 'The Three Stooges' comes from the 80 strong assembly of identical two-metre-tall graphite figures titled, 'Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness' by British-Trinidadian artist, Zak Ove. Cameron Morgan visited the scultpure park during a two week residency at The Art House in Wakefield where he was working with printmaker Richard Marsden. 'The Three Stooges' is part of an exhibition of prints and mixed media pieces that will preview tonight at The Art House. You can read more about this exhibition, titled 'First Edition' here. We've also made an online book featuring images of all of the work in the exhibition. These prints are all small editions of ten and they are for sale. Please contact the gallery if you are interested, exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk or 0141 552 2822. 

If you are a visual artist and would be interested in sharing your skills with Cameron, please follow this link to read about an opportunity to do just that.

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Meet the Maker: Lucy Gordon

Last Friday, we launched a new series of talks, visits and workshops called Meet the Maker that Project Ability artists are invited to attend. Over the course of the next few months we are inviting artists and makers working in the city to present their work, either at Project Ability or in their own studios. We hope to introduce our artists to new works and give them an opportunity to find out more in depth about different artist’s practices. We also hope to give insight into artist’s professional practice and how they present their work in exhibitions, events and online.

For the first in this series we were delighted to be joined by Lucy Gordon. Lucy is a painter and illustrator, who lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2002 and since then has continued to develop her practice in her home studio, exhibiting regularly and presenting her work at makers markets. Within her works she uses literary references, childhood memories and everyday banality, to create fun and often surreal images of animals.

The event was really well attended by artist’s working on our Aspire and Reconnect programmes. Lucy showed some great examples of her work and talked about her experience of being an artist which sparked a lot of discussion and questions amongst the group.

The next event in this series is happening on Friday 25th August, 1-2pm, when we will be taking a trip to Fireworks Studio to meet ceramicist Garnet McCulloch.
http://www.lucygordonart.co.uk/

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First Edition opens tonight in The Art House

Last June, Cameron Morgan spent two weeks in residency at The Art House in Wakefield, where he experimented with screen-printing.

The work produced is now being exhibited in a solo show titled First Edition, at The Art House, until 31 August. Opening: Wednesday 26 July, 5pm-9pm.

If you can't make it to the exhibition, have a look at Cameron's prints in our online book. 

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Royal visit at Project Ability

On Monday 24th July, we were delighted to welcome Princess Eugenie in our studios, accompanied by Glasgow's Lord Provost Eva Bolander.

After a short meeting with our Director Elisabeth Gibson, where she learnt more about our charity and the work we do, the Princess was introduced to the Aspire, ReConnect and Create artists present on the day and spent some time in the workshops.

She took time to talk with everybody, signed our comments book and even took part in our young people's performance workshop!

"What an amazing organisation. Thank you for sharing with me and I hope to see you all soon. 
Eugenie"

For more photos of the Princess's visit, please see our Facebook Page. 

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Artist Residency / Creative Partnership opportunity

Project Ability has a new opportunity for a visual artist to develop a creative partnership with artist Cameron Morgan, FRSA

Cameron Morgan is a prominent learning disability artist.  He has received a professional development award from Creative Scotland to support his continuing artistic practice.  He is based in Glasgow and works in Project Ability’s studio in Trongate 103.

Fee: £2000
Closing date: 25th August 2017, 5pm.
Interviews: 1st September 2017, Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD

This is a call for an artist to open their studio to Morgan and share their practice.  It’s a “residency”, in your own studio; a day a week over 12 weeks to reflect, create, experiment, and learn while collaborating, conversing and working alongside Morgan.
What you choose to do and the approach taken will be a conversation negotiated between you, Morgan and facilitated by Project Ability.  Possible project outcomes if new work is made is a shared exhibition or artist talk.
This is the first of three opportunities that will be offered over 12 months.  Your commitment to the partnership will be approx. 12 days, 60 hours.

Morgan has exhibited widely and received public and critical accolades for his work.  He is expert in creating temporary gallery installations; large scale paintings worked directly onto the fabric of the gallery and his humorous ceramic sculptures.  He spent much of 2016, in the studio working on his Glasgow International commission TV Classics Part 1 (http://www.tvclassicspart1.co.uk): Project Ability, April 2016 and Put Your Sweet Lips Closer to the Phone: Tramway, September 2016. 

Learning disabled artists are under-represented in every area of contemporary visual arts; their work is not held in national collections and it has little exposure in public galleries.  The work is seldom researched, documented or critiqued.  There are a few notable artists who are change makers.  Through their talent and determination and the expertise of their support studios, their work is reaching audiences.  Cameron Morgan is a change maker.

The project explores the nature of artistic collaboration, knowledge and skill exchange and works towards a more equal and improved integration of inclusive arts practice. Project Ability supports artists with learning disabilities to develop their artistic practice and contribute to the contemporary visual art landscape. 

Interested? Send a covering letter describing your interest in the project, your C.V. and 6 images to director@project-ability.co.uk by Friday 25th August. 

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Wyllie’s Paper Boat’ by Michael McMullen

 

Michael McMullen's 'Wyllie's Paper Boat' is our Shop Item of the Week! There is no mistaking this image! Scotland' s treasure George Wyllie created the QM  Paper Boat  which traveled the world, but this painting is clearly portraying the QM's time in Glasgow, evident by the Finnieston crane in the distance. It is a fantastic painting that captures a grand moment in Glasgow's history of art. For anyone not familiar with the Paper boat, you can read more about it here...  There is also a great video that can be seen here.  

At closer inspection one can begin to see not only the paper boat, but what looks like the 'Straw Locomotive' in the distance, suspended from the crane.

     

Born in Glasgow in 1921, George Wyllie first became a sailor and then a customs officer, but rapidly acquired a national and international reputation as an artist and sculptor. He is an inspiration to many artists, and, as a 'non-art- educated artist, he helped to break down barriers around the idea of the 'outisider' artist. McMullen's painting perfectly portrays the charm, humour and grandness of the 'Paper Boat' project,  and as a painting it celebrates Glasgow, Wyllie and the arts!

Measuring 90 x 90cm, this acrylic painting on canvas can be purchased from our gallery shop, or online, for £75. If you would like to view the painting, or see additional photographs, just let us know... 0141 552 2822, exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk.

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Artwork of the week - by Martin Sloss

Artwork of the week features this beautiful seascape by Aspire artist Martin Sloss. This painting is on exhibition at Platform in Easterhouse as part of Project Ability’s annual show. This is a rare opportunity in our exhibition calendar for artists in our Aspire programme to exhibit large scale paintings.
Martin is becoming a master of land and sea scapes, working with a serene colour palette and mixing the real with the abstract.  His multicoloured fingerprint sized splotches of paint sit on the canvas like the sun shimmering off the sea with a vast city off in the distance. The overall subtly of colour and form has created a serenely captivating painting. This seascape can be seen at Platform, The Bridge, until August 27th. If you are interested in learning more about Martin Sloss and his work please contact the gallery. More of his work can be viewed online here.

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Shop Item of the Week - by Tommy Mason

Shop Item of the Week is this lovely drypoint print by Tommy Mason. Titled 'Hill', this piece measures 20 x 28 cm and is priced at £25. You can view it on our online shop here, or pop by the gallery to see it in person. As always, if you would like this print framed, we can assist. Just contact us at exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk or ring 0141 552 2822.

Tommy Mason has work in a show that opens this evening at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Organised by RECOAT, 'This WIll Ruin Everything' features the work of 40 fine artists who cross over into design. We are delighted that Tommy has been invited to exhibit with RECOAT. Please follow this link for more info about his exhibition.

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Summer workshops public performance

The first of our two week-long performance workshops will be drawing to a close on Friday. The young artists involved spent the week experimenting with music, textures and movement, responding to our current exhibition Young Talent through the medium of performance art.

Led by drama artist Clare Hume and with tutor Allan McKeown, these multi-sensory workshops have been a great opportunity for our participants to explore art via a more unconventional channel.

The group will be showcasing a performance for the public on Friday 14 July, at 1.30pm in Trongate 103. Everybody welcome!

Next workshop: week starting 24th July. There are still a few places available, call us on 0141 552 2822 to book a place. 

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Artwork of the week - by Jack Hynes

Artwork of the week features this painting on canvas by Jack Hynes. Jack works in our Create programme for young artists and this painting is currently on show as part of our Young Talent exhibition. It is a gorgeous abstract painting with lots of texture and expressive mark making. The colours and energy in this piece are very strong with the raw canvas showing through over a large part of the surface of the work. Measuring 70 x 44 cm, it is a great wee abstract painting that packs a punch! It is for sale in our gallery just now for 60 pounds. Please be in touch if you are interested. 0141 552 2822 / exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk

Young Talent is an annual exhibition which features work by all of our young artists who wish to take part. It is exciting and fun, you can read more about it here. The show is up until 12 August.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Donkey’ by Ian Doak

‘Donkey’ is our shop item of the week! This simplified impression of the big eared horse is a bright and cheerful painting. Measuring 30x30cm, it is on stretched canvas and ready to hang. Simple blocks of fresh vivid colours give this painting its charm.
Ian Doak works in our Aspire programme. As he has done with this character, he often outlines his subject with a bold continuous line of colour.  Ian seems to effortlessly create a picture that leaves a lasting and memorable impression on the viewer. This little guy can be yours for just £40 pounds. Purchase ‘Donkey’ from our online shop or visit us at Trongate 103 where you’ll find it hanging in our gallery shop.

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Artwork of the week - ‘Horse’ by Kyle Morrison

Artwork of the week is this painting on paper of a ‘Horse’ by Kyle Morrison. Kyle is part of our Create programme for young artists. This painting is one of two horses he has in the Young Talent exhibition which opens in the Project Ability gallery this Saturday, July 8th, at 1pm.

This ‘Horse’ is reminiscent of historic cave paintings found in places such as the Lascaux Cave in France. The simplicity of form and colour looks as though it has been borrowed from these paintings from the Stone Ages. Kyle has done a series of these Horse paintings and each has its own subtle variations in the same way as the cave paintings do.

    

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Meet the Volunteers - Monika Grubizna

Monika Grubizna volunteered with our Aspire group from January this year until the end of the last block. It has been a pleasure having her as part of the team.

"I started volunteering with Project Ability shortly after relocating to Glasgow and found everyone very welcoming, friendly and helpful. I’ve had previous experience with running creative workshops for both children and adults, but never had a chance to work alongside artists who experienced any kind of cognitive difficulties, so the Aspire program has been a great opportunity for me to observe, learn and gain new outlook on the creative process and the therapeutic value of artistic expression.

The Aspire group is a lovely mix of sparkling personalities. Everybody has been working in a wonderfully relaxed manner, immersing themselves in the process without fear or pressure.
At first I felt a bit lost without a set “class” agenda, but soon I realised that the group has its own flow: everyone sets their separate goal and pace when making art. The laid back atmosphere and happy chatter add to the creative air.

The studio spaces and the variety of professional equipment are really impressive. We could choose almost any technique to put our ideas into life and there was a complete freedom in doing so. The tutors were always there to provide feedback and advice. Working in such a relaxed and supportive environment has been incredibly fulfilling. Thank you!"

Thank you to Monica and all our wonderful volunteers! We now look forward to meeting the next group of artists who will join us starting in August!

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Cameron Morgan - Arthouse residency Week 2

"A great second week with Cameron in The Arthouse, Wakefield!

We had 3 very successful days in the studio with the hugely talented Richard Marsden, finishing off prints and started 2 new ones.

The drawings Cameron made after our trip to The Yorkshire sculpture park was turned into a 5 colour screen print. Quite the task, but not only did Richard and Cameron manage to get the colours separated and screens made, they also managed to make many great prints from the screens. The colours chosen really worked well and popped.

Cameron now knows every stage involved in making screenprints, from simple 2 colour prints right up to a massive 5 colour print,and loved the whole process.

We also managed to have days out to The Yorkshire sculpture park, Barbara Hepworth museum and the beautiful city of York, I’m sure these will inspire many more pieces from cameron in the future. I must admit it wasn’t all so cultural as we also spent an evening watching Wonderwoman in the cinema and each morning started with a swim.

All in all a great week! So many new skills added and inspirational artwork seen."
-Jason Davis

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Ladysbridge Stories now on social media!

'Ladysbridge Stories', our collaborative project with C-Change, is now on social media!

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to be kept updated about this captivating social history project focusing on the stories of people with learning disabilities who lived in the Ladysbridge Hospital in Aberdeenshire.

A dedicated website is currently under construction and will be launched in the coming weeks. If you have any information about the Ladysbridge Hospital or would like to share your story, please contact us on info@project-ability.co.uk or 0141 552 2822.

Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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