Walking Group - Week 1: GoMA

Our walking group kicked off 2018 with a visit to Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art to see the current exhibitions there. There was a rich variety of works to see in every part of the building with a wide range of themes, styles and mediums on display.

Two solo and two group exhibitions are in the four main galleries along with permanent displays that document the history of the building from the residence of a wealthy merchant to the municipal gallery it is today in the balcony spaces. It was a lot to take in.

One of the exhibitions, Taste, which can be found in gallery 2, is composed of works from the Glasgow Museum's collection and includes pieces by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fischli/Weiss, Andy Goldsworthy, David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, David Shrigley, Stanley Spencer and Andy Warhol. This will be an ongoing exhibition that will will periodically change with rotations taking placing over the coming years. A highlight for our group was the short film The Way Things Go by Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. You can watch a short excerpt here.

Other exhibitions on the day were: solo exhibitions by Aaron Angell and Stephen Sutcliffe and Polygraphs: Truth, evidence and the authentic voice, a group exhibition that explores our connections to the arms trade, slave trade and feminism and includes works by Barbara Kruger, kennardphillips, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hito Steyerland, Alasdair Gray and ex-Project Ability tutor Beth Forde.

More information on all these exhibitions and more can be found here.

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We need you!

Action Space artist Nnena Kalu will be in residence at Project Ability in April and will make a large installation in our gallery for Glasgow International.

We are looking for large quantities of the following materials:

-old VHS videos
-offcuts of carpet or fabric
-plastic wrap, bubble wrap
-coloured tape

If you have any of these lying about that you are not using, we will happily take it off your hands! Just get in touch info@project-ability.co.uk or drop them at:
Project ability, 3rd floor, Trongate 103, Glasgow G1 5HD. 

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Shop Item of the Week - 2018 Superheroes Calendars!

Shop Item of the Week; our last few Superheroes calendars! If you haven't picked up one up yet there is still time. We only have ten of these left, and then they are gone forever. The superhero artworks inside all come from our Superhero exhibition from 2016. You can check out some images from the exhibition here. Below are a few images from the calendar itself. You can come by our gallery shop for a look or buy one now from our online shop! Ten pounds!


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Artwork of the week - ‘Sunbathing in Largs’ by Doreen Kay

Artwork of the week is 'Sunbathing in Largs' by Doreen Kay. This painting is another one that is currently on show in Mono as part of the Project Ability @ Mono exhibition. This painting was created in our Aspire workshops in 2017, and we all fell in love with it. Doreen Kay has a varied practice of painting, drawing and textile work. Often she paints herself on holiday, as is the case with this painting. The figures in the work are dramatically posed, making a striking composition. We love this painting and although it is still January, it brings hope of warmer weather and sunshine!

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Scottish Harbour Scene’ by David Bradley

Shop Item of the Week brings in 2018 with this lovely Scottish landscape by David Bradley. This vibrant painting measures 24 x 37.5 and is for sale both in our gallery shop and our online shop for £40.Our gallery shop is closed until January 20th, but our online shop is always open!

Bradley has been working at Project Ability for several years and has developed a great style for painting the human figure alongside the Scottish landscape. The simplicity of forms and vibrant fresh colours are signatures of Bradley's style. Although he removes all complexities from his compositions he captures the movements of people very delicately and usually adds a bit of playful distortion to his perspective. Together these stylistic traits have made his landscape paintings quite popular in our shop. This is a one of a kind so if you're interested you can find it in our online  shop or contact us if you want to see it in person first.

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Artwork of the week - Swimming Pool by Scott Smith

Our first Artwork of the Week in 2018 is this stunning drawing by Smith Scott. This simple portrayal of a large swimming pool is currently on exhibtion in Mono at King's Court in Glasgow. Just around the corner from us! We are currently showing work by nine artists working with us. Mono has been a great supported of Project Ability and the artists who work with us, and we are always excited to show work with them. If you haven't seen the show yet there's still time. The work will be on exhibit until January 14th. You can read a bit more about the show here.  And if you'd like to see more of Scott Smith's artwork you can check out his artist's page here.

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