Our Shop Item of the Week is this playful painting on paper by Aspire artist Jacqui Smyth. 'Revlon Lipstick' has been created in our studios in the last couple of months, and the colour palette Smyth has used is just gorgeous! Usually focusing on music, bands and venues, this subject is a bit unusual for Smyth. Measuring 59x42cm, you can find 'Revlon Lipstick' in our online shop and our gallery shop at Trongate 103. For purchase at just £50, this artwork would brighten up any room any where!
Artwork of the Week features this expressive drawing of the 1921 Douglas Motorcycle 2¾HP. Project Ability Aspire artist Lewis Scott has created this large drawing with bold mark making and minimal use of colour. It is one of two drawings Scott has made of the British retro motorbike. This particular model was used by the military in World War I. You can see below the photograph Scott used to create this work of art.
The drawing is currently part of an exhibtion at the Polysemie gallery in Marseille titled, Project Ability: l’Art Brut en Ecosse. Scott is one of eight Project Ability artists invited to take part in this exhibition.
Today, please meet Jade Sturrock, one of our wonderful volunteers who has been supporting our Aspire artists on Tuesdays.
Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I am an artist currently living and working in Glasgow. I studied painting and printmaking at GSA and graduated in 2016. My practice primarily consists of a combination of painting and collage. I enjoy combining natural, organic forms and painterly mark making with found imagery, often taken from mass media to creative emotive juxtapositions, which all mostly revolve around the female body. I aim to re-configure ways in which the female form can be depicted and viewed, blurring the line between abstraction and representation. Bold colour or forms tend to draw in the viewer, before the fragmented nature of the image exposes a more ambiguous intention. Drawing upon female subjectivity, representation and sexuality, I enjoy re-coding conditions which are typically restrictive of women’s self expression and the unregulated body.
In what workshop did you volunteer?
I volunteered in the Aspire workshop on tuesday mornings.
Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I applied to volunteer initially because I have always had a strong interest in the therapeutic benefits of making art. I enjoy being around people and sharing ideas about thought processes whilst observing the enjoyment it brings. I also wanted to gain insight into what it was like for people to be creative in an open workshop setting where they can interact with one another and the sense of community it generates. Making art alone can often feel very self-serving so I was keen to support others to realise their creativity whilst opening my own mind up to different ways of doing things.
I also felt disheartened by art world politics and the lack of connection I was able to have with other creatives in my everyday life. Being slightly isolated from a wider artistic community since leaving art school, I wanted to be back in a creative environment. I was also aware of many of the constraints faced by artists such as funding, exposure and opportunities and admired the fact that Project ability Provided a safe space for people from all different backgrounds to make work.
Did your experience live up to your expectations?
The experience exceeded my expectations because I have been able to witness first hand how important the work and ethos of Project Ability really is in practice. I was a little nervous about not knowing how to help, or what I could do to best support the staff and the artists but everyone was super friendly, welcoming and supportive. It has been a real confidence booster to know that not only do I enjoy this kind of work, but that I am actually well suited to it and would be capable of continuing to do it in the future. I can’t describe how heartwarming it has been to observe the sense of achievement experienced by everyone involved in the workshops.
What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learned that the rules, boundaries and limitations that might exist in everyday life or in art world politics do not exist within the Aspire workshops. Creative processes are impulsive and immediate, and do not always need explanation or justification, which I have found completely fascinating and liberating to observe as an artist. In the past I have found that it is all too easy to get caught up in the rights and wrongs and fiddly details when making or perceiving things. Attending the Aspire workshops has opened my mind up to whole new ways of using materials and the importance of not getting too hung up the final outcome, but rather valuing the making as a cathartic process in its own right.
Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
I have been working a lot with Martin on a one to one basis, and he really stands out because his work is so expressive. He really enjoys being bold with his use of materials and the types of imagery he is inspired by. I have found it really rewarding to work with him because through sharing his ideas and running with them together I think he feels more confident about making things. He made a wonderful sculpture of an turtle called Sam out of clay which I think he was really proud of and I thought it was absolutely amazing.
I also really enjoyed the two exhibitions held in the Project Ability gallery back in March called ‘The Queen Mothers’ and ‘Kay, Sharif and Smyth’. I thought the expression and imagery were absolutely brilliant and they did a great job of bringing to light the viewpoints and expression of young female artists with disabilities. They were so strong and made an impact which will stick with me for a long time!
Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Absolutely. It pushes you out of your comfort zone but is such a rewarding experience and permanently alters how you perceive art making for the better. You really feel welcomed in to the Project Ability community.
"On Tuesday 15 May, we travelled back to Aberdeen for our final visit, to launch the fruits of all of our hard work over the course of the Ladysbridge Stories project. We kick started our visit with a lovely afternoon tea, during which the group reconnected and talked about their plans for the following night, when we would reveal the Ladysbridge Memory Map, designed and brought to life by all of the stories that the participants of the project so generously shared with us over the course of the project. Our launch night was set to be a celebration to top off what has been a hugely successful and wonderful project to be involved in.
On Wednesday we all attended the C-Change ‘Being Human’ conference, our partners in the Ladysbridge Stories project. Many of the delegates of the conference stayed on to share in our evening event. The night started with our key participants introducing themselves and the project, and the reveal of the Memory Map, a beautiful visual map that describes life at the hospital, from the perspective of the former patients and staff that we worked with over the course of the project. For the rest of the evening we all celebrated the group's achievements and enjoyed the talents of DJ Kit Kat Kenny, dancing the night away!
It has been a truly incredible project to have been involved in, spanning the year, starting with the launch in May 2017 when we first met some of our group and continuing with regular workshops and trips throughout the year. We really have met some incredible people, always willing to share and get involved, with all of their contributions making the final Memory Map so rich.
We would like to give a huge thank you to all of our wonderful participants, we have enjoyed your company very much and we hope we can work with you all again in the future."
-Sharon and Tracy
(Special thanks to Tracy's selfie stick!)
For our Shop Item of the Week we have these Scott Smith designed magnets of elephants and foxes. Made from laser cut plywood, they measure 8x6cm and are for sale at £5. You can find them in our online shop and our gallery shop at Trongate 103. Our shop is filled with unique artworks, all made or inspired by artworks created in our studios on the 3rd floor. Keep us in mind the next time you're looking for something different!
Our Artwork of the Week is this ceramic bust by Aspire artist Adnan Mohammed. This is one of several busts Adnan has made over the last year, which are currently on display in our Gallery II. Each one is unique and portrays a different character - sometimes a character from the tele, and other times straight from Adnan's imagination. They make a fascinating collection, and we are delighted to be showing them all together. Adnan is a very talented artist and in addition to his own practice he is currently involved in a project that sees him collborating with students from the Glasgow School of Art. We'll post more about that later! The title of this collection of cermaic works is, 'Features by Adnan', and you can see them at Trongate 103 until 26 May.
On Wednesday the 25th April the walking group met with Consuelo Servan to do a collaborative textile project at Pollok Park. Some of us met up at Project Ability to chat with Consuelo about ideas of what to make and look at examples.
We then took the bus over to Pollok and met up with some other members of the group. We took a long walk through the park, where we were photographing new growth and getting ideas for the piece. We were charged with collecting leaves and sticks or anything else we could use to print with.
The weather was very spotty switching from sunny to heavy rain quickly all afternoon, so we were able to make use of the ponchos the group has had for a while now. We walked for around an hour and a half to our destination, a old converted barn at the stables within the park. Once there, we had tea and cake and we all got to feed a rescue pony named Luna some carrots.
However by this point there was no time to make any art! So we arranged to work on the project in our studio on Friday the 27th in the morning. The whole group was not able to attend at this time but those of us who were there got to cut up some wonder screen prints of cacti and reform them into a new shape before painting with brushes and sticks.
The entire experience was filmed over both days and the film and art piece will be in a future exhibition Consuelo is having. Sadly this the last walking group we will be having at the moment, with hope to continue in the future.
Film by Tom Binns
Our current volunteers have been with us since the start of the year, and have been fantastic additions to our workshops. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of them, and are very proud to introduce them to you. This week, meet the brilliant Emma Helen Reid, who has been volunteering in our ReConnect workshops.
In 2017 I graduated from M.Litt Fine Art Practice – Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art. In my practice I explore personal, corporeal connections with technologies that are embedded in many of our lives. My work can include video, writing, technology, sound, textiles, performance.
Since January I’ve been volunteering with ReConnect on Tuesdays. It is an incredibly engaging and productive studio to be in, each artist is making their own work while being supported by their tutor Celine and other staff. The artists I’ve met here are working with a wide range of processes and materials including painting, drawing, ceramics, and glass.
I am currently working with a group of ReConnect artists to make drawing, writing, collage, and photographs exploring the theme ‘studio traces’. Through the workshop we’ve been thinking about the potential significance of the incidental marks that we leave behind in the process of making work. We’ve also been talking about the wonderful and important feeling of community in this studio. We will bring the work together to make a digital publication.
I am learning lots from the experience through getting to know everyone, learning about the work they are making, and hearing about the various motivations and intentions they have. I’m grateful I have been able to return for a second block to see the different ways that works are developing. It has been a pleasure to be a volunteer with Project Ability and to find out more about this inspiring organisation.
-Emma Helen Reid
This week's Shop Item of the Week is this adorably bizarre ceramic Piglet by Cameron Morgan. This little creature is one of many ceramic farm animals Morgan has made over the past year. We have sheep, sheep dogs, pigs, piglets and highland cows! If you like this little piglet you can find it in our online shop and also our gallery shop at Trongate 103. He fits right in the palm of your hand - almost.... and for £25.00 we don't expect it to be around too long!
One month to go until PROCESSIONS!
On Sunday 10th June, women and girls from across the UK will comwe together to create a vast participatory artwork taking place for one day in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
Processions will be a living portrait of UK women in the 21st century, a mass participation artwork celebrating one hundred years of votes for (some) women. Project Ability will be taking part in the march, with our very own banner currently being made by a group of women artists from across our programmes.
You can register for free to attend your nearest PROCESSIONS event at processions.co.uk/register
This week we bring you an exceptional painting as our Artwork of the Week – ‘Portrait of the Artist’s Mother’ by Angela McLauchlin. Currently on show as part of the l’Art Brut en Ecosse exhibition in the Polysemie Gallery in Marseilles, this piece is a striking example of Angela’s expressive style. Angela’s figures are bold, colourful, and stylised, which results in high impact, vibrant work. We love it!
The exhibition will run until the 9th of June 2018, so - if you're lucky enough to find yourself in the south of France - why not pay a visit?
Our Shop Item of the Week is this beautifully rendered ceramic croft by David McCracken. We've had our eye on the beautiful creations David has been working on for the past few months. We now have a collection of ceramic Scottish abodes in our shop and each one describes a different type of shelter commonly found in the highlands. As this one is, they are all exquisitely crafted with a real-life weathered look about them. Measuring 21x14x9 cm this unique piece of ceramics is priced at 50 pounds. You can purchase 'croft' from our online shop or come by to have a look at the whole collection at our gallery shop at Trongate 103.
Artwork of the Week features a photograph from Esther Ferrer's performance involving citizens of Glasgow volunteering in a performance of language and story telling. The composition of the performance remains the same each time it is executed by a different group of people. Esther Ferrer was invited to Glasgow to perform this piece at the Pearce Institute in Govan for part of Glasgow International. You can read more about the piece here. If you missed the performance you can watch it on screen at our Project Space at Trongate 103, 3rd Floor. It will be available to view for the duration of the festival, alongside the exhibtion 'House Party'. Gi ends on Monday the 7th at 5pm! A massive thank you to all of the amazing performers who volunteered their time to be part of this performance!
Ladysbridge Stories is a unique social history project which has been led by a group of amazing people who have a shared experience of having been a resident in Ladysbridge Hospital.
The group have met regularly over the past 10 months and are now ready to share their stories.
Join us on Wednesday 16 May in Aberdeen to mark Learning Disability Awareness Week and to celebrate this fantastic project. All welcome.
Rox Hotel 17-23 Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5PY
5.30pm: Drinks Reception
6 – 6.30pm: Welcome, Introductions, What happened?
6.30 – 9pm: Disco and Finger Buffet
RSVP Sheryl Walker at C-Change; firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 427 2946
Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland - Workshop at Project Ability
May 17th 2018, 1.30 – 2.30 pm
Project Ability is hosting a workshop with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scotland. We are inviting local groups to join a brief workshop on Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Funding.
HLF receives fewer funding applications from minority ethnic and cultural communities, disabled people and young people (15 – 25) and want to help more of these groups to celebrate their Heritage.
“I understand this may seem remote from your work but you don’t have to be a heritage organisation to apply to us. If your focus is community or culture, health or sport getting involved in a heritage project brings many benefits. Projects that explore cultures and memories can bring people closer together. Heritage focussed projects can include valuable training and learning. Getting out, meeting others and actively engaging with a heritage project also contributes to health and wellbeing.
HLF support all kinds of projects, as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities. Projects include capturing people’s, memories of a particular event or daily life: researching people and places or
looking after natural habitats and buildings. You may look at a story that is central to your organisation or bring people together to explore a new topic. Take a look at what we fund at hlf.org.uk to get an idea of the wide ranging projects we support.”
The workshop will last about an hour and is a chance to hear directly from the HLF staff about the HLF programmes, outcomes and process and discuss potential heritage projects.
Project Ability is currently working on a HLF Funded project in partnership with people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire on their memories of living in Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff (an institution for people with learning disabilities) in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. www.ladysbridgestories.com
The workshop will take place in our studio in Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
If you would like to come along please contact us on 0141 552 2822 or email@example.com
- Shop Item of the Week - Revlon Lipstick by Jacqui Smyth
- Artwork of the Week - ‘1921 Douglas Motorcycle’ by Lewis Scott
- Meet the Volunteers: Jade Sturrock
- Ladysbridge Stories celebrations
- Shop Item of the Week - Animal Magnets by Scott Smith
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