Artwork of the week - ‘Laundry Day’ by Jim Feeney

'Laundry Day' by Jim Feeney is our Artwork of the week! This painting has Feeney's signature brick reds and browns, surrounding the figure in the foreground and the laundry hanging above her. As usual with Jim Feeney's paintings, there's little guessing that Glasgow is the depicted subject, and certain visual clues help to place the scene quite awhile back in Glasgow's contemporary history. 

This is a very fine example of Jim's work, beautifully painted and nostalgic. You can see more of Jim's newest oil paintings in our Gallery II until 23 September. Titled 'squalor', this exhibition focuses on Glasgow, its people and its streets. Read more about the show here and stop in when you can. We also have Leslie Thompson's solo show in the main gallery, up until 23 September as well.

 

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Walking Group - Week 16: Glasgow School of Art

"On Wednesday 23rd August the Walking Group were invited to a tour of the Against Landscape exhibition in the Reid Gallery at the Glasgow School of Art.

We were treated to lovely weather and enjoyed a stroll though the city from Trongate 103 up to GSA, via George Square. Once there we met Caroline Grape who would show us around and talk about the pieces and artists a little. She was very nice and had a lot of information about the work and also how the gallery works.

The GSA students themselves invigilate the gallery between lectures, giving them an experience in another area of the broader field of art. We saw many works in a wide variety of mediums including video installations, photography, paintings and sculpture.

We were also shown how the exhibition had been installed via basic wooden stacking blocks made especially so they could travel and be used to display work anywhere. It was actually the final day of this particular exhibition but the gallery space was fantastic and I would recommend keeping a look out for further exhibits on there, you can check out their website at http://www.gsa.ac.uk/visit-gsa/exhibitions/"
-Morag McGilchrist

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Project Ability at GSA Freshers Week

As part of GSA's Freshers week, Project Ability will have a table in The Student Association's Assembly Hall where students can come along and find out more about what goes on in the Project Ability studios. Artists John Cocozza and Steven Reilly will be on hand for one of our very popular live portrait sessions: just drop by and get your portrait drawn to take home with you. There will be some freebies too, so make sure to pop by!  11am to 5pm on Tuesday 12th of September.

As well as this, we will be creating our own mural in the Vic Bar with Jonathan McKinstry on Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th. Watch the artist whip up his own version of The Last Supper, and see if you can pinpoint his many pop culture references.  

A selection of paintings from our Friday Group artists will also be on display upstairs in the Vic towards the end of the month. This promises to be a great few days, don't miss out! 

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Meet the Maker: Garnet McCulloch

For the second in our series of Meet the Maker events, we travelled up to Garnethill to Fireworks Studio to meet ceramicist Garnet McCulloch and get a tour of his studio there.

The studio consists of a shop space at the front, and then various workshops spaces for constructing ceramics, glazing and firing them, as well as a space dedicated to running ceramics classes in the back.

Garnet showed us round and talked about how he started out in ceramics and how he worked to the point where he is now. Originally from Canada, Garnet began studying ceramics in 1994. He was instantly hooked by the process of working with clay and specifically throwing pots on the wheel. His dedication to the craft was inspiring as he talked about how much time he has spent honing his skills over the years. He also talked us through his process of making new pieces, and how he often looks at objects made by others within the history of ceramics for inspiration, with a particular interest in Korean and Japanese ceramics.

He gave us a demonstration on the wheel and it was fascinating to watch him throw a pot in a matter of minutes. He also showed us a range of tools, many of which he had adapted himself, that he used to build and finish the pieces to his own exact specifications. Watching the small adjustments and learnt techniques of such a skilled crafts person was certainly inspiring to all of those who attended. We all left feeling enthused and many were keen to get back into the ceramics workshop at Project Ability to try out some of the things that they had seen.

The next event in the series will be a Textile Printing Workshop with designer Mhari McMullan, taking place on Tuesday 5th September at Project Ability and is open to all artists working at the studios. 

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Fundraising day at Jacobs raises over £700 for Project Ability!

On Wednesday the Jacobs Finance Team were holding a fundraising day collecting funds for Project Ability, the chosen charity for the Jacobs team taking part in the Great Scottish run on October 1st this year.

"A few different raffles were held with the most popular being Captain Morton’s Treasure Chest, where one lucky winner won a hamper filled with all sorts of goodies.

Great work was also done by our skilled bakers who set up a cake sale/tuck shop selling off some impressive creations, this sale proved very popular with staff from all over the building.

Overall the fundraising day generated a fantastic £772 which will be added to our fundraising page, this also brings our overall target of collecting £2000 for Project Ability definitely within reach."

If you would like to support the Jacobs team and Project Ability, please help them reach their target and donate via Local Giving.

Many thanks to everybody at Jacobs in Glasgow for all your efforts!

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Trongate 103’ by Leslie Thompson

 

We're having a bit of a Leslie Thompson week here at Project Ability, to celebrate his solo exhibition, 'Leslie Thompson the Superstar Artist Drawer'! We've taken this opportunity to feature Leslie's work not only in our Artwork of the Week post, but in our Shop Item of the Week post as well! 

This is a print of a large drawing Leslie made a few years ago when he first visited us, during the International Summit for learning disabled artists and their support studios. Thompson drew the view out of our third floor studios, and you can see it exquisitely details the tenements along King Street, headed towards Mono and King's Court. It is a gorgeous drawing, and the prints are just as special. The print can be purchased in two sizes, A4 at £10 each and A3 at £15 each. It is an ink jet print on heavy weight textured paper.

We offer affordable framing sevices as well, just contact us at exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk for a framing quote if you're interested! You can buy the print unframed just now in our online shop, or come by the gallery and have a look at it in our gallery shop at Trongate 103. While here you can check out Leslie's exhibition and also 'squalor' an exhibition of new paintings by ReConnect artist Jim Feeney.

 

Below is a close up of one section of the the print which shows the fine line work and attention to detail;

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Artwork of the week - ‘Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks’ by Leslie Thompson

'Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks' is our Artwork of the Week! This drawing was made by Leslie Thompson, who had his first Scotttish solo show open with us last Friday. The exhibition, titled 'Leslie Thompson the Superstar Artist Drawer' is packed full of exciting and fascinating works of art. Leslie Thompson is from Manchester and works with Venture Arts studios, and is a prolific artist. This exhibition shows off some of his most impressive artworks which includes drawing, textile and scultpure. 'Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks' is a fun colourful artwork that packs a punch! Below is a photograph of Leslie when he was at Project Ability last Friday for the opening of his exhibition!

The show is well worth a stop into Trongate 103. It is truly an impressive exhibition showing a variety of Thompson's exquisite work.

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Walking Group - Week 15: Galgael

On Wednesday 17th August the walking group got the opportunity to visit and receive a tour of The GalGael Project in Ibrox. We meet with Dorothy Graham, Programmes Manager, and were immediately treated to a tea or coffee before we even started our tour, a very welcomed idea.

We split into two groups for tours as there was a large group of us that day, and in a fun way to choose who went first we decided those who had hot drinks should stay and finish them! As a tea drinker, I took the second tour. Dorothy explained the history of the project which was started in 1997 by Colin Macleod, a community activist who wanted to build a sense of community after failing to stop the motorway being built. He had family roots in the northern Scottish islands and was interested in sailing and boat building, especially traditional wooden boats.

The project began as a boat building one and grew into other wood crafts, with boat building still at its heart: on our visit no less than three boats were in various stages of completion. Participants learn basic wood cutting and carving skills before going in to build simple items like boxes. Once the basic skills are mastered they can choose to make just about anything, we saw small ornamental items, furniture, musical instruments (including a harp and piano) large scale ornamental pieces and even a spinning wheel.

On the tour we were taken through the workshop and shown the various areas of space available, including some areas rented by professional wood craftsmen who then work alongside the other participants. No prior experience is needed and we were told most people have never worked with wood before they started.

They have an open evening every Thursday and we were invited along if we could make it, it is open to anyone and a meal is served -participants and community members alike attend with family and it sounds like a great social gathering. The project was amazing and I would suggest anyone interested in working with wood take a look at their website which can be found at http://www.galgael.org/
-Morag McGilchrist

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Wanted for exhibition: DOLLS

Public call out to artists! Wanted for exhibition: DOLLS

Not just a child’s toy, the doll has been part of civilization since as far back as 2000 BC. The Paddle Doll, pictured above, is thought to be one of the oldest type of doll.

Every civilisation has their own evolution and history of doll making. Materials such as corn, bone, clay, cotton, wood and much more have all been used to make dolls. They’ve acted as fertility charms, company in the afterlife and as important symbols during religious ceremonies.
Project Ability is looking for artists to explore the idea of the doll for an exhibition in January 2018.

Russian Nesting dolls, (the matryoshkas) have been around since 1890 and have become much loved by all cultures. More recently, of course, are plastic and rubber dolls like the infamous Barbie and action figurines such as GI Joe and Marvel.

We are looking for artists who are already working with this idea, or artists who would like to try something new. As usual, we are hoping for extremely creative and unusual works of art. We want to celebrate the many charms and eccentricities of the doll.

Important info & dates:

Where: Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow
When: 20 January – 24 February 2018

Deadlines:
Email submission only: on or before 3 November 2017
Please include: title, description of the piece, size, materials and an artist’s price. If exhibited, we will add 40% onto your artist’s price. You may choose for the work not to be for sale.

We will notify all applicants that their submission has been received.

Notification of successful artworks: by 17 November
Delivery of work: on or before 8 December (artist responsible for all carriage costs)

Other info: Artwork must be ready for display with instructions if needed
Artists can submit up to three artworks & up to three images per artwork
Please email questions & submissions to: exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk

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Ladysbridge Stories - September workshops

The Ladysbridge Stories workshops return to the Arts Centre Aberdeen on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September.

On Tuesday 12 September, there will be a bus trip to the site of Ladysbridge Hospital in Banff: meet outside ACT at 10am and return at 4pm. Lunch will be provided in a local cafe. Pleas book your place by the 1st September.

On Wednesday 13 September, in the morning, we will be visiting the NHS Archives of the Ladysbridge Hospital, located at Robert Gordon University. Meet up at ACT at 10am, we will be back for lunch and will follow up with an afternoon session of workshops and discussions until 3pm. Lunch, tea and coffee provided.

On Thursday 14 September, we will host a day of visual arts workshops from 10am-2pm at the ACT. Lunch will be provided.

All three days' sessions are FREE. For more information and to book your place on the bus trip, please contact Project Ability: info@project-ability.co.uk or 0141 552 2822.

Click here to read more about our Ladysbridge Stories project, in partnerhsip with C-Change and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Cafetiere’ by Robert Cornish

'Cafetiere' by Robert Cornish is our shop item of the week! Measuring 30 x 24 cm this original drypoint print is priced at £25. It would make a lovely addition to any coffee lover's kitchen! You can purchase 'Cafetiere' from our online shop. If you are interested in having the piece framed, please contact the gallery, exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk

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Artwork of the week - ‘Cleaning Up’ by Jim Feeney

Artwork of the week features a painting from one of our two exhibitions which open tomorrow. 'Cleaning Up' by Jim Feeney is painted in oil on stretched canvas. It takes us back a few decades in Glasgow's history;  evident through the dresses worn by the two young girls. Jim Feeney paints mainly Glasgow scenes, often from long ago, and usually in areas of squalor. The graffiti on the walls allows us a look into the mind of the artist and gives you an idea of the things that play on Feeney's mind.

Feeney has a selection of new paintings on display in our Gallery II from tomorrow. Titled 'squalor', this selection of work is a very fine example of Feeney's skills in painting with oil. He has a distinct and easily recognisable style, often using rich blues and reds which stand out against the grays and rust colours so familiar to anyone who's lived in or around Glasgow's tenements.

You can read about this exhibition here, and everyone is welcome along to see the show, tomorrow for the preview from 1 -3pm, or anytime after that until 23 September. At the same time we are also showing a large selection of work by Venture Arts, Manchester based artist Leslie Thompson.

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On the Road: Dundee - Douglas Community Centre

"At the end of July Cameron Morgan and I ventured out on another intrepid 'On the Road' trip. Although no strangers to Dundee, we were visiting the Douglas Community Centre for the very first time, which seemed like a busy hub for the surrounding local area. It was there that we met a group of artists who made some really impressive and highly individual designs for our canvas tote bag project.

A nice surprise for Cameron was the chance to hook up with his pal Ross Inglis. Cameron and Ross met when they were both recipients of the RSA Lifetime Fellowship Awards in 2016 and Cameron also attended this year's ceremony while Ross played the bagpipes.

We 're hoping to build closer links with the group at the Douglas Community Centre, Dundee and collaborate on some more art in the near future."
-Meredith Crone, Project Ability tutor

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‘All About Hamish’ - A collaborative project by Jan Thomson and Sarah Bowers

'All About Hamish' is a collaborative project by ReConnect artist Jan Thomson and volunteer Sarah Bowers, focused on creatively exploring ideas around the concepts of self and self-esteem through the character of Hamish. The project has been a chance for Sarah and Jan to develop a creative partnership and to generate a final window installation using stain glass and vinyl in the ReConnect studio space.

Using the Project Ability logo -christened Hamish by the ReConnect group- to create a focal character for the conversation, they collectively discussed their individual responses to a broad palette of colours, reflecting the complex range of emotions present within us at certain points.

The final design works with the existing curve of the studio windows to express this spectrum of different states of being, with the figure of Hamish moving through this arch of emotions.

The project was a chance for Jan and Sarah to learn together and teach one another while building confidence in the mediums of stain glass and vinyl. And we must say, it looks fantastic in the ReConnect studios!

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Bike Race’ by Steven Reilly

 

Shop Item of the week... 'Bike Race' by Steven Reilly. This playful painting has all the usual charm of a Steven Reilly. Smiling faces and a strong composition and colour palette. This painting is in acrylic on stretched canvas and is 90 x 90 cm. Priced at £75 it would be a brilliant gift for an avid cyclist. You can find this painting in our online shop here. It's an original, so once it's gone, it's gone!

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Artwork of the week - ‘Me watching Peter Pan on the proper video’ by Leslie Thompson

Artwork of the week features this colourful masterpiece portraying the artist in his home watching Peter Pan while his mother is baking up a storm in the kitchen.This is a sneak preview of our next exhibition! Project Ability is delighted to welcome Leslie Thompson into our studos and gallery for his first solo show... 'Leslie Thompson the Superstar Artist Drawer'. Thompson will be exhibiting a brilliant selection of his drawings, textiles and small furniture pieces in our gallery from 19 August - 23 September. 

Leslie works in the studios of Venture Arts, based in Manchester, and is traveling up for the exhibition opening next Friday. We are planning a 'cartoon afternoon' in the gallery as part of the reception, which will include Leslie's favourite, 'Peter Pan'. This event, on 18 August from 1 - 3pm,  is open to the public so if you are interested  please drop by. It will be an opportunity to meet the artist who will be joined by some of Project Ability's Aspire artists and tutors. All welcome!  

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The Great Scottish Run: Jacobs are fundraising for Project Ability

The Great Scottish Run 2017 is under two months away, and the Jacobs Glasgow team has been training hard for the event. The team, composed of people with different abilities, from experienced runners to beginners, are using this as motivation to start exercising regularly, and have chosen to fundraise for Project Ability while doing so! 

"At Jacobs, our people across the globe showcase a spirit of volunteerism and community action. This October, a group of 25 people from our Glasgow UK office have committed to taking part in the Great Scottish Run 2017. Project Ability was chosen from a group of local charities based on Jacobs vision to help make a difference in the local community. We recognise the valuable work done by Project Ability and are very happy to give some support for this work to continue."

You can support the team by donating securely to their Local Giving page, no amount is too small! They have already raised just under £700, and hope to reach their target of £2000 by the time of the event.

Many thanks to all the Jacobs runners for choosing us, and good luck for the run!

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Walking Group -  Week 14: Edinburgh Art Festival

Running alongside the Edinburgh International and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals is the Edinburgh Art Festival, an exciting programme of exhibitions and events across the city.

Our walking group outing last week began with a bus journey to the capital followed by an energetic walk from the bus station to Inverleith House.

The house is set in the grounds of the Botanic Gardens and is currently showing Plant Scenery of the World, a varied exhibition of contemporary and historical works looking at the history of botanical collections and display.

A hike back into the city led to Fruitmarket Gallery to see an exhibition by Brazilian artist Jac Leirner, a wonderful display of works made from everyday materials collected by the artist.

You can see the full Art Festival programme at https://edinburghartfestival.com/
Inverleith House exhibition info at http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/edinburgh/inverleith-house
and Jac Leirner exhibition at http://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Cottage on a Hill’ by John McNaught

Shop Item of the Week features this beautiful painting titled 'Cottage on a Hill' by John McNaught. John works in our Aspire studios and has been a regular here for several years. He is a highly skilled painter and can create a gorgeous piece both in regards to compostion and colour. 'Cottage on a Hill' is no exception. This painting is in acrylic on stretched canvas and measures 80 x 80cm. Priced at just £80 it is a perfect addition to any home. If you are interested in the painting you can contact us for additional photos if you like, or come by to see it in person. You can find it in our online shop if you would like to take a closer look just now!

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Artwork of the week - ‘View from the Big Plane’ by Rachel Hook

 

This week's Artwork of the Week is this candy coloured work on paper by one of our young artists, Rachel Hook. 'View from the Big Plane' is inspired by Rachel's holidays, as many of her drawings are. It is a bright composition of blocks of colour and continuous line. You can imagine the landscape below marked by fields and rivers, houses and mountains.This piece is on exhibition in our Gallery II just now, until the 12th of August. Rachel has worked in our Create programme for young people and has made a vast amount of work this year. She is a very talented and dedicated artist, and Project Ability was very pleased to offer her the solo show in our Gallery II during the Young Talent exhibition. Both shows are up for another week! 

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