Meet the Volunteers - Jenny Booth

Our current volunteers have been with us since summer, taking part in our different workshop programmes and being a fantastic addition to the Project ability team. Here, we learn more about the brilliant Jenny Booth, who has been volunteering in our Create workshops.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland here in Glasgow, where I studied Production arts and Design, my specialism being Set and Costume design.

In what workshop did you volunteer?
I volunteered for the Create workshops, with artists aged 16 - 21. I adored working with such an uninhibited and lovely group of young people, some of a similar age to myself.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I wanted to apply as a volunteer for lots of reasons; one being that I really admired the work of the organisation. Another huge factor for me was my future aspiration of studying art psychotherapy, this seemed like an amazing place to gain relevant and exciting experience. It also happened that the opportunity came along at a time when I decided to get back into my art practice and try to get out of full time work else where, I guess partly I applied to indulge in being around some pretty inspirational young artists in the hope that, while helping, it could motivate and inform my own practice too, something which has definitely happened in abundance.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
My experience absolutely lived up to my expectations and I love spending my Saturday afternoons in such a vibrant and creative space, the facilities are brilliant and everyone involved is a joy to be around.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learnt to look at my own practice in a more positive light and to really enjoy the process again. I have also hopefully picked up some new skills from the valuable experience in working with young people in a creative and relaxed environment.

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
It would be hard to pick a particular artist because i’m in awe of how much everyone gets stuck into new projects and sees their work through with rightful glowing admiration for their own creations. I have seen so much work over the past 8 weeks that I have thought were complete genius, one being Matthew’s drawing of the future, which had a picture a history museum filled with modern day things, such a brilliant concept!

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
I would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone considering!

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Sarah Kudirka showing in our Project Space

Contemporary artist Sarah Kudirka was here for a research residency in February 2018. She made art about walking in the city and looking up at the sky between buildings, over the Polaroids she took.

“The most productive month of my year, and possibly of my career!”

During her month here Sarah enjoyed being based in our Reconnect studio and became a keen member of the walking group too. Being surrounded by artists working so hard, she was inspired to complete 100 paintings over Polaroids during her residency. She also began working on three big canvases, one of which she has since finished (back in her studio in The Hidden Lane, Finnieston).

From Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 November Sarah will install the artworks from her residency in our Project Space and will be here from 10-2pm on both days, to chat about it. All welcome!

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Shop Item of the Week - Audrey Hepburn Tote Bag

Our Shop Item of the Week is this very limited edition Audrey Hepburn tote bag by Doreen Kay. The design is silk screen printed, machine washable and priced at £12. There are just a couple of these lovely cotton Hepburn bags available so if you're interested head over to our online shop just now! We are about to launch a whole new range of silk screen tote bags as part of our Pop Up Shop season! So watch this space for more beautiful, playful and creative silk screen tote bags by several different artists at Project Ability. Doreen Kay has done a gorgeous job with Audrey Hepburn and her ultra long cigarette holder, Breakfast at Tiffany's anyone? 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘The Bedroom’ by Sian Mather

Our Artwork of the Week is this absolutely beautiful ceramic tile by Sian Mather. 'The Bedroom', is a very recognisable picture, one any art student or art lover will know very well. One of the most striking elements of this picture is the fact that the perspective is incorrect. Most artists know this was a deliberate choice by Van Gogh. This excerpt of text explains it a bit more...The rules of perspective seem not to have been accurately applied throughout the painting, but this was a deliberate choice. Vincent told Theo in a letter that he had deliberately ‘flattened’ the interior and left out the shadows so that his picture would resemble a Japanese print. Van Gogh was very pleased with the painting: ‘When I saw my canvases again after my illness, what seemed to me the best was the bedroom.’

We love the way Mather has included every last detail, delicately and extremely skillfully with the glazes. Mather is a master of ceramic, and glazing, as her solo show at the Project Ability gallery clearly highlights. There are several gorgeous pieces in this show. If you're looking to start Christmas shopping early Mather's exhibition is a brilliant place to start. This tile, measuring 21 x 20cm is priced at just £75. There are many other small tiles that pay homage to some of our favourite artists, prices starting at £45. It is a unique and beautifully executed body of work on display in Sian Mather's first solo exhibition. Sian Mather, a solo showcase, is in the Project Ability gallery until 17 November.

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Heritage Lottery Project: visit to GMRC

Last Tuesday a group of artists from the Heritage Lottery Project went to Glasgow Museums Resource Centre to see the progress of the exhibition we are curating.

We meet with John and Tony and saw several of the pieces we had selected on the 'core' being built. The 'core' has been constructed from different wooded panels and is in two separate pieces allowing it to be placed inside the display case.

All our objects were not yet on it as several of the shelves and platforms were not yet attached.

Having no previous experience of working with a display case, learning about the core and how it is made in order to display the work as effectively as possible has been a fascinating experience for all of us. We also discussed the panels for the wall and planned advertising postcards for the launch event.

As of now we do not have a date set for the launch but it is looking like it will be in early December.
-Morag Macgilchrist

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Our pop-up shop is coming back to the gallery!

After last year’s success, our pop-up shop is back in the gallery this festive season! This time, you will be able to browse our pop-up shop for the duration of the Christmas exhibition 30 x 30.

Project Ability artists have spent the last few months working on new shop items and original artworks, which will be available to purchase from Saturday 24 November and until Friday 21 December. Cushions, ceramics, homeware, drawings, prints, mobiles, there’s something for every taste, and all at very affordable prices.

Pop by the Project Ability Gallery, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm (late opening Thursday 06 December, until 8pm) – you will find some unique gifts idea and know that each purchase helps support our amazing artists create more inspiring art!

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Supporters Evening 2018

This year, our annual Supporters Evening will take place on Friday 23 November, 4pm - 6pm. We would like to invite all our current Supporters and anyone who would be interested in becoming one to the exclusive preview of our Christmas exhibition 30 x 30. 

This event is a great opportunity to meet some of our artists, to see our show and pop up shop before they open to the public the following day, to visit our studios and to enjoy a glass of wine! We will have plenty of original artworks and unique gifts for sale, both in the gallery and in the shop.

This event also marks the start of a 12 months sponsorship towards our exhibitions programme by Mitchells Roberton and Culture & Business Fund Scotland.

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We are delighted to announce two new Gallery sponsors!

The Project Ability Gallery is pleased to announce we have two new sponsors! 

Mitchells Roberton is a medium-sized law firm based in Glasgow. As one of the oldest firms in Scotland, their roots can be traced back to the 1740s.

A couple of years ago we were introduced to Elizabeth Baker, who handles Business Development at Mitchells Roberton. Since then Elizabeth and her colleagues have been regular attendees to our exhibitions. In 2018, they approached us with a very generous and kind offer, wanting to help support our gallery and exhibitions programme. It’s not every day we are approached by a local business, which makes this new relationship all the more unique.
We are delighted to have Mitchells Roberton on board with us now, supporting the gallery for the next twelve months, through financial support and coming to our exhibition receptions and other events organised at Project Ability.

Through this offer of sponsorship from Mitchells Roberton, we were able to apply to the we were able to apply to Arts & Business Scotland’s Culture & Business Fund Scotland, which works to match fund new relationships such as ours that integrate business with the arts. We were very pleased to be awarded this fund as well, and thankful to both Mitchells Roberton and the Culture & Business Fund Scotland for their generosity.

It’s going to make this years’ exhibition programme all the more exciting, enabling us to expand our aims and enrich the experience at the  Project Ability Gallery for both the artists exhibiting and the audience and visitors who come to see the shows!

The first exhibition to be sponsored by Mitchells Roberton and Culture & Business Fund Scotland will be our annual Christmas fundraising exhibition, ‘30 x 30’.

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Shop Item of the Week - Ceramic Penguins!

It's that time of year again when these little guys start waddling out of the kiln. Our Shop Item of the Week is our newest selection of ceramic penguins! In four different glazes, and two different sizes, these little birds are all ready to fly away. 

Although, as we all know, penguins can't fly! So, are they a bird? According to the Oxford dictionary they are.... penguins can’t fly and we typically associate birds with soaring through the air. However, penguins are classified as birds (Aves) in zoological terms. They are black and white flightless seabirds of the family Spheniscidae which are found in the southern hemisphere, chiefly in the Antarctic (although several species live in more temperate regions).

You can find four of these flightless little birds in our online shop, priced at £8 and £12. 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘One’ by Stuart Low

Our Artwork of the Week comes straight off the wall of our Gallery II exhibition, 'Ten Bottles' by Stuart Low. One, pictured here, is a striking painting, working with a traditional still life compostition but adding a strong measure of the artist's own unique creativity. With a focus on line work, the textural qualities of the different subjects in the composition are each given their own identity through colour and line. The bright airy colour palette is a great contrast to the heavy line work going on all over the canvas. We love these paintings for their ingenuity and boldness. Stuart Low has a diverse practice that reaches far beyond his studio work alone. You can read more about this exhibition here, and the artist, here. The reception for this exhibition, and the solo showcase of work by Sian Mather, will both be held this evening from 6-8pm here at Trongate 103. All welcome!

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