Artwork of the week - ‘Mobile’ by Cameron Morgan

We're celebrating the closing of two exhibitions this week with another brilliant slip-cast telephone made by Project Ability's Cameron Morgan. This candy coloured phone is the last in a series of slip-cast telephones which looks back at the evolution of this marvelous invention! 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' has been on show in our Gallery II for the past month, and tomorrow is the final day. Each of the phones on display is an edition of five, and each one is priced at £180. Read more about Cameron on his webpage, or check out the brand new TV Classics website to see what Cameron has been up to over the past year.

Tomorrow sees the final day of this exhibition as well as The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World; a beautiful exhibition of paintings and drawings made by six very talented artists from the West Midlands who have been involved in a mentoring programme with acclaimed portrait artist Tanya Raabe-Webber

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Artwork of the week - by JM Boyce

 

Artwork of the week features this beautiful painting on canvas by ReConnect artist JM Boyce. The Doberman Pinscher has a perfect sheen to his coat and it’s colouring is complimented by the deep magenta flowers and green foliage in the back ground.
JM Boyce is extremely gifted in painting and this subject matter is her specialty. She has been painting many different types of dogs for several years at the Project Ability studios, and, as is visible here, she has perfected the art. This painting measures 70 x 50 cm which makes the dog just about life size. It is picture perfect in every last detail and stroke of the brush. If you would like to see more of this artist’s work please contact the gallery.

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Artwork of the week -  #21 by Ross Prince

Ross Prince works in oil pastels on paper and canvas, creating 'mood landscapes' of various colours and compositions. #21 is an abstract drawing that has the look and feel of a painting. Using oil pastels in a creative and painterly way, Prince beautifully captures light and movement. Although he hasn't used any brushes, one can almost see the brush strokes that have made this artwork. The challenge of using this pallette should not be underestimated; we don't often see a painting with greens and oranges together in a harmonious way like this.

This is one of several 'mood scapes' by Ross in our current exhibition, 'The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World', which features six young artists from the West Midlands. This exhibition has been orchestrated by acclaimed artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, who also curated the exhibtion with Project Ability. Tanya also acted as mentor to these artists and has helped them to develop their artistic talent.

We are delighted that Tanya has secured funding to allow the artists to come to Project Ability for a two day Cultural Exchange, titled ‘Take 6’, which will include workshops at Project Ability and gallery visits around Glasgow. This has been funded by a ‘Grants For The Arts, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Artwork of the week - ‘Brick 1980’ by Cameron Morgan

 

Artwork of the week features this slip-cast ceramic  'Brick' mobile phone made by Cameron Morgan. Part of our current Gallery II exhibition, 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone', this 1980's style cell phone is an edition of six, and sized a bit larger than the real thing. There are four different types of phones in this show, each one an iconic piece of history and design.

In 1876, 29-year-old Scottish born Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone. This marked the beginning of an evolution of wired and wireless communication that has proven to be one of civilisation's greatest and most important achievements. 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' highlights this evolution through Morgan's usual vibrant and bold style. Priced at £180 each phone is a limited and signed edition of either six or seven. 

The exhibition is up until February 21st, along with 'The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World', at our first floor gallery at Trongate 103. Stop by for a look at the exhibitions and a browse of our gallery shop, which features a wide variety of hand made crafts and fine art - all made by our artists in our third floor studios!

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Shop Item of the Week - Moorhen by Lewis Scott

Our shop item this week is this beautiful ceramic Moorhen by Lewis Scott. The surface mark making on this piece really shows off the subtle multi coloured glazing of it plumage.
A must have for ceramic and bird lovers alike!

Available to buy from our Gallery or online shop for just £25.

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Meet the Volunteers - Short Film Series: Scott Lang

Today we share the last of our excellent short films offering an insight into volunteering with the organisation. This week we hear from Scott Lang.
Scott began his involvement with Project Ability through attending classes and cites this as his way back into creating artworks after a break. He then volunteered with us, before undertaking a ReSearch Residency.
The ReSearch Residency programme offers an artist a studio within our workshops for a month, where they can work alongside Project Ability artists to create new works.Scott talks about the inspiration behind his artwork and how the opportunity of having a studio space has allowed his work to develop.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer programme we are currently calling for applications for volunteers in 2017. Click here for all the details. Deadline Friday 6 January 2017.

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Shop Item of the Week - Mighty Women by Celine Mcilmunn

This week we have available a series of three prints from Celine Mcilmunn's powerful 'Mighty Women' series, featuring Hedy, Malala and Rosa.

These beautiful digital prints have been made from the original gouache painted artworks and are avaible to buy from our online shop here or in the Gallery.

The works feature in our Superheroes exhibition which run until 23 December 2016.

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Shop Item of the Week – Beside the Sea by David Bradley

Shop Item of the Week this week is this gorgeous painting by David Bradley.

'Beside the Sea' captures beautifully the essence of a wintry walk at the Scottish Seaside.
Available to buy from our online shop or in the Gallery.
 

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Artwork of the week - ‘Untitled Impressions’ by John McNaught

Artwork of the week is this beautiful painting on canvas by Project Ability artist John McNaught. John works in our Aspire studio and has been a member of Project Ability for several years. 'Untitled Impressions' takes its composition from the much loved subject matter of many impressionist painters - bridges, flowers and women in hats.

This painting is bursting with colour and warmth. Measuring 110 x 110cm it is a powerful and serene presence and would be a gorgeous addition to any home. This painting will soon be for sale in our gallery shop so please contact the gallery if you are interested. 

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Walking Group - Week 20: Stirling University

Photo by Celine

Stirling University is located several miles outside the city and is set in beautiful grounds with views to the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Dumyat Hill. On the day our walking group went to visit there was a sprinkling of snow on the hills and the trees were displaying their full autumnal colours.

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Simon

As well as a wonderful location, the university has a fabulous art collection which is on display throughout the corridors of Pathfoot building. One of the first pieces the group saw on entering the building was a painting made by Project Ability tutor Sharon Quigley whose work we went to see in Bellahouston Park on our last outing. As well as the more long term displays of works by Scottish luminaries such as Alasdair Gray, JD Fergusson and Norman McLaren there are areas put aside for shorter term exhibitions and our group found a small exhibition by Artlink and Reachout With Art In Mind along with a show of photographic works by Calum Colvin that included a couple of stereoscopic pieces to be viewed through 3d spectacles.

Photo by Scott

Photo by Scott

Photo by Alan S

Photo by Alan S

After a visit to the cafeteria the group went for a further walk in the grounds before returning to the city and catching the bus home.

Photo by Alan

Photo by Cameron

Photo by Alan

Photo by Cameron

You can find information about the art collection on their website here

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Artwork of the Week- ‘Always Here’ by Erika Juniper

 

'Always Here' by Erika Juniper is our artwork of the week. It is a four-minute video, filmed in the Tycanol Woods, while the artist was on residency. The solo material was created through a process of listening and responding to the self, the wild and the music. Project Ability is currently showing Erika's solo, along with three other artists’, until November 26. Each is accompanied by photographs and its own soundtrack, available through headphones.

Erika Juniper, along with fellow artist Andrew Kelly, both came to Glasgow to help lead workshops in our studios at Trongate 103. They, along with Arty Party's Ray Jacobs and inclusive movement practitioner Rachel Ligget, worked with Project Ability artists and dancers from Indepen-dance, to create their own personal 'solos'.

'Four Solos in the Wild' features moving imagery and photography. Additionally, there is also a slide show of images documenting the workshops that took place at Project Ability and Trongate 103, in the week before the exhibition.

Juniper's solo is a beautiful look into one person's relationship with the wild. It is a moving short film, a dance and a story. “Always Here’ can be seen until 26 November.

 

This project is supported by Arts Council England, The Basil Houghton Memorial Trust, and Telford and Wrekin Council.

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Artwork of the week- ‘Duck’ by Scott Smith

Artwork of the week features this lovely 'Duck' in duck egg blue on mottled grey/brown paper. 'Duck' is one of many beautifully drawn birds on display as part of Scott Smith's exhibition titled, 'Birds'. These pen drawings on paper are flying, swimming and waddling off to new homes at a quick pace, so if this one takes your fancy please be in touch with the gallery before it too flies the coop!
Scott Smith has been working within our Aspire studios for several years, and his work generally depicts people and animals with confident lines and a sense of the beautiful and the comical. He began drawing these birds just a few months ago and we are delighted to be showing them as a whole collection. They are all new and original works of art that have already proven to be very popular.
The drawing, sized 43 x 59 cm is priced at a very affordable £20. 'The artwork is framed for our exhibition and is available for purchase in the frame, ready to hang on any wall, for £75. Come by the gallery to check out 'Birds', in our Gallery II, until November 26.

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Walking Group - Week 19: Bellahouston Park

Photo by Simon

Our walking group have visited Bellahouston Park a couple of times before, but each time they have been very unlucky with the weather and had to take cover inside. This time however, the weather was glorious so they were able to have a good look around and see parts of the park that they had missed before.

Photo by Celine

Photo by Alan

The main reason for their visit on this occasion was to see an exhibition of paintings by artist (and Project Ability tutor) Sharon Quigley in the Pavillion Gallery. Everyone was agreed that it was a beautiful exhibition.

Other highlights of the day were the maze, the Victorian walled garden and the sunken garden.

Sharon's exhibition runs until 4 December. Click here for more details.

Photo by Alan

Photo by Alan

Photo by Alan

Photo by Alan

Photo by Celine

Photo by Celine

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Morag

Photo by Simon

Photo by Simon

Photo by Simon

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

Photo by Stuart

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Gun Smoke’ by Cameron Morgan

It's Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you this rather fetching print by the ever popular - and now rather famous - Cameron Morgan.  Cameron's work is highly recognisable, and this drypoint print has his signature style all over it! Cameron loves old Westerns, and he depicts a classic scene with real verve in this piece.

Yours for £45 from our online shop. Be fast on the draw! 

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Artwork of the week - Elvis Presley by Patrick Butterworth

'Elvis Presley' is our artwork of the week. Painted by Patrick Butterworth, and on exhibit in our Gallery II, this painting depicts the world famous iconic singer in all his glory. 'Americana' is the name of Patrick's solo exhibition and it is up until October 29. These paintings are exquisitely crafted and carry all the life of the musicians and actors they represent. This exhibition happens to be up at the same time as Glasgow's Americana music festival, which is happening around the city for the month of October. Project Ability has two other exhibitions up along with 'Americana', all until October 29!

Patrick's work can also be found for sale in our online shop!

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Exhibition Opportunity - Superheroes

Exhibition Opportunity
Public Call Out to Artists

Project Ability is looking for ‘Superheroes’!!! Our annual Christmas exhibition of 2016 will be all about these super human characters. We are looking for artworks of all mediums to include in this show.  This is an open call exhibition and we are looking for submissions* from the public, to exhibit alongside Project Ability artists.

The exhibition runs from 1st - 23rd December.

*not all submissions will be exhibited

Timetable for submitting entries
Artists working in all media are invited to submit up to three artworks.  The closing date for submission is is Saturday 12th November. All submissions should be handed into the Project Ability Gallery on the 1st floor of Trongate 103. Please email exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk with any queries.

Important
Attached to every artwork must be an identification label with title and artist contact details and selling price of the work (if applicable).

Times for Handing in and Collecting
Selected work must be delivered to Project Ability Gallery, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD in person by Saturday 12th November.
The artist will be notified if work is sold and unsold work must be collected from Project Ability Gallery between Tuesday 10th and Friday 13th January 2017, 10 – 5pm.

Artwork permitted
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of work. 2D and 3D work in all media is permitted, all works submitted must be unique original works.  2D work must be ready to hang.  3D work must be stable and safe to exhibit.

Sales
‘Superheroes’ is our annual fundraiser and artist’s agrees to donate to Project Ability a minimum of 40% from the sale of each item submitted.  Sales will be banked by Project Ability with the agreed percentage due to the artist to be paid as soon as possible after the exhibition.

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Spooky Movie Night 2016

 

After the success of last month's fundraising Quiz Night, we are launching our second fundraising event this year: Spooky Movie Night!

Join us on Thursday 27 October in your best spooky fancy dress (or not!) for the screening of cult-classic Frankenstein.

Each entry includes pizza, a drink and a free raffle ticket. We will draw the raffle on the night, and as usual you can expect some great prizes! The best fancy dress will win a prize too, so be creative!

Note: the number of places are limited, so make sure you book your ticket soon. We won't sell any tickets on the night as we need a bit of notice for the catering.

Tickets can be bought from our 3rd Floor reception or from our gallery.

Thursday 27 October, 7pm-9.30pm

3rd Floor, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

0141 552 2822

Cost: £10

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Artwork of the week - ‘Elaine’ by Lewis Scott

This week we bring you 'Elaine' by Lewis Scott as our Artwork of the week. This drawing is oil pastel on paper and sized at 60 x 83 cm. It is one of five portraits Lewis has made in the past year with us. Lewis works in our Aspire workshops and has been an artist at Project Ability for several years. His mark making is bold and strong, and his colours are rich and dense. 'Elaine' wears a black vest and bright pink t-shirt. The style is decisive and not at all precious. You can see the strength and energy that has gone into every colour and form, with no time wasted to clean up smudges and finger prints. To see the four other portraits by Lewis Scott please visit his webpage

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Artwork of the week - Cookie Monster by Aiden Kelly

'Cookie Monster' is the star of our Artwork of the week post! Made in our Create studios by Aiden Kelly, it sits proudly in our current exhibition Young Talent 2016. Complete with a plate of glittered cookies, he has his arms open wide in anticipation of his favourite meal of the day. Aiden created this sculpture from cardboard, paint and glitter over several weeks in our Saturday Create programme for young artists.

'Cookie Monster' is only on exhibition until tomorrow at 5pm, when our Young Talent exhibition closes for another year. The young artists who work at Project Ability are making amazing works of art all year long in our Trongate 103 studios, and August/September is the time when they get to choose their favourite masterpiece to go on display in the gallery. It is always a fun, creative and exciting show. This piece is just one of the brilliant artworks that make up this year's show. If you haven't seen it yet there is still time! 

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Artwork of the week- ‘Ringtone 1960’ by Cameron Morgan

 

This week we bring you 'Ringtone 1960' by Cameron Morgan as our artwork of the week. We are celebrating the start of the Unlimited Festival at the Tramway, which features Morgan's new show, 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone'. There are four types of phones on display in Tramway 5, each from a different decade. In addition to Cameron's phones,  the exhibition also showcases work by Koji Nishioka, Makoto Okawa and Yasuyuki Ueno.

'Ringtone 1960' is an editioned slip-cast ceramic piece, as are the other three types of phones Cameron exhibits as part of the Unlimited Festival at the Tramway. The Festival has a full brochure of performances and exhibitions to check out from now until September 25.  Unlimited at the Tramway offers Glasgow an international programme of performance, visual art, discussions and more celebrating extraordinary work by disabled artists - we are delighted Cameron has this opportunity to showcase this new body of work amongst such talented artists and performers.

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Argyle Street’ by Doreen Kay

This week, we bring you ‘Argyle Street’, a drypoint print by Project Ability artist Doreen Kay, as our Artwork of the Week! Doreen has managed to capture the essence and familiarity of Glasgow’s bustling Arygle Street perfectly in this piece, from the facades of the buildings to the buses on the road and group of figures waiting at the bus stop. The mood of a grey Glasgow day is conveyed through grey and blue ink tones. Doreen is a skilled draughtswoman and this strong ability has transferred beautifully into the medium of print.

Argyle Street’ will be included in the exhibition Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship in Cork, Ireland, along with a group of prints made by Project Ability artists who attend the Aspire programme. The artwork in Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship has been selected from worldwide submissions from artists working in supported studios, and runs from 9 September – 29 October 2016.

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Artwork of the week - ‘Glitter’ by Judith Abubakar

This week we bring you this mixed media canvas by Project Ability artist Judith Abubakar as our Artwork of the Week. Judith very often uses glitter and tissue paper to create her artworks. They are bright, colourful and full of energy. Working with these materials on a stretched canvas gives the finished piece a mix of both two and three dimensions. The bright pink back ground is applied first and given time to dry. Then the colours and composition of the glitter and tissue paper are carefully considered to make the work as brilliant and bold as possible. 'Glitter' is part of our Young Talent 2016 exhibition, on display in our gallery until Saturday the 24th of September. 

Each year our annual Young Talent exhibition showcases and celebrates the artwork created by children and young people from Project Ability’s Create Programme, now in its 16th year. Our Create programme engages with children and young people with disabilities in a wide range of creative activities including visual arts, film and new media. For more information about this exhibition follow this link.

Judith's piece is a small but mighty work of art. With its colour, contrast and sparkling glitter, it joyfully shares Judith's talent and creativity. 

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Artwork of the week- BB-8 by Alistair Downie

Artwork of the week is this ceramic sculpture of the droid BB-8 from the latest Star Wars film- The Force Awakens. The sculpture is about as cute as the real thing, and very skillfully made by Alistair Downie. Alistair is part of our Create programme for young artists. Our annual Young Talent exhibition will feature this work, along with about 40 other artists' works from our Create programme. Opening this Saturday at 2pm, we welcome all of our young artists, along with their friends and family- and the general public- to join us in celebrating the amazing Young Talent of 2016 at Project Ability!

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Artwork of the Week by Sam Perks

This abstract painting on paper is our chosen Artwork of the Week. As yet untitled, this is one of a selection of paintings that will be exhibited for the first time in our Gallery II later this month. Sam Perks works in our Create groups for young artists, and he has a very well developed and distinct painting style. Though his colour palette changes, the movement and brush strokes of his compositions can be recognised in each of Sam's paintings. Using bold brushwork and lots of dripping paint, these abstract paintings have an expressionistic feel to them.

Perks’ use and variation of colours are strong and confident, he has a talent for choosing a sophisticated colour scheme and making the most out of the complimentary and contrasting hues and shades. Sam often uses masking tape along the edge to create a clean white border around the image.  This further adds to the power and clarity of the expressive brushstrokes. Keep an eye on our exhibitions page for Sam Perk's first solo show in our Gallery II, opening on 16 August!

 

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Artwork of the week- ‘Untitled’ by Effie Powers

This original drawing on red paper is a wonderful example of Effie Power's drawing style. Very expressive and dense mark making creates a kind of calm frenzy of line and colour. It is easy to imagine the marks in motion; being created by the artist and given a life of their own, to carry on with a subtle notion of movement long after Powers has completed the work. This is just one of several drawings by Effie, created in our Aspire workshops, in 2016. Effie has a style of drawing all her own, and you can feel the energy that goes into each piece. They are both very strong and delicate at the same time.

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Cameron Morgan speaks to SCLD

Project Ability artist Cameron Morgan was recently appointed Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). He has been speaking to the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability about himself and his work; 

"I have been coming to Project Ability since 1991. I work in ceramics, painting and drawing – all types of mediums. I like learning new skills and at the moment I am learning how to slipcast. I am working on a series of telephones through the ages and Allan is showing me the way to make moulds.

I did artwork when I was a lad and have always done art of some sort – you get better as the years go on if you are prepared to work hard. I hope my work makes people smile. I want them to like it. If it makes them happy, I’m happy."

Click here to read Cameron's full blog on the SCLD website.

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Artwork of the week by Martin Sloss

Artwork of the week is 'untitled cottage' by Martin Sloss. Martin works at Project Ability as part of our Aspire programme, and currently has an exhibition here with fellow Aspire artist Ralph Douglas.  'Untitled cottage' is a beautiful painting that perfectly captures the feel of a country cottage; complete with fields, trees, rock paths and fences. The neutral tones of the colour palette, along with the different shades of purples and greens give this work a warm fresh feeling. The unusual layout and composition brings an abstract feel to the landscape, and allows the eye time and freedom to wander around the canvas, navigating and recognising all of Martin's subtle artistic gestures.


'Untitled cottage' is on exhibition as part of our current show at Project Ability, 'Ralph Douglas and Martin Sloss'. It is a gorgeous exhibition and well worth a visit if you enjoy painting. Martin has a unique approach to painting; he has had the opportunity to nurture his skill and talent at Project Ability, and we are very pleased he continues to share his creativity with us in the studios. This painting is for sale in our gallery and online as are most of the paintings in this exhibition. At £75.00 it would make a lovely addition to any home or office. You can see this painting in our gallery until July 9.

 

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Untitled (Dancers)’ by Ralph Douglas

This week we bring you 'Untitled (Dancers)' by Aspire artist Ralph Douglas as our Shop Item of the Week. Ralph's paintings are always very popular, and this one in particular displays Ralph's highly expressive style, making a very pleasing image indeed.  This stunning piece, along with a number of Ralph's other works, are now on show in our gallery as part of his joint exhibition with fellow Aspire artist Martin Sloss which will run until July 9th in our main gallery. 

The work has been made by Ralph in acrylic on stretched cavass, and can be yours for just £65. Available to purchace here

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Artwork of the week by Robert McCamley

Artwork of the week celebrates one of our much loved artists who passed away at the end of 2015. Robert McCamley was a charismatic character in the Project Ability studios as well as a very talented and inspiring artist. He worked with us for many years, and made many friends here. Today we held a reception, buffet style, in honour of Robert the artist and friend. 'The sun, the moon and the stars' is up in our Gallery II until July 9. This piece, of the leaning tower of Pisa, is a large drawing on paper, and a striking example of Robert's artistic talent.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the reception today, it was a beautiful way to remember Robert and his love of art. Project Ability would especially like to thank his family for their support and enthusiasm in the run up to the exhibition. He was clearly a man with much love and kindness in his life and we hope the exhibition reflects this.

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Artwork of the week - by Paul Dowden

 

Artwork of the week features this painting on panel by Paul Dowden, currently on exhibition as part of 'The Rainbow Collection', in our Gallery II. This painting is a beautiful example of Paul's work, showing many of the techniques he uses. Scratching, sanding, masking and polishing are just some of these processes. Finished with a supremely high polish-  this particular painting is reminiscent of 1950's design. The shade of red adds to this effect and the mark making appears to pay homage to Kandinsky and possibly Miro in a subtle way. It is a gorgeous painting and can be viewed as part of this exhibition until this Saturday.

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