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!
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!
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.
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!
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’.
The Heritage Lottery has awarded our artists a grant to research, reflect and interpret historical and contemporary art collections of work created by untrained artists, people in hospital and long stay institutions and others who have been and are, compelled to create for their own purpose.
Starting with Joyce Laing’s Art Extraordinary collection which is held by Glasgow Museums the artists will go on to access collections in public ownership to consider issues of ownership and artistic intent. At the end of the project they will share their individual responses in an exhibition of images and text.
Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and well done to our artists!
Our new residency programme started last month, with talented painter and recent graduate Yeonjoo Cho spending a month in our studios. She tells us more about her practice and her experience at Project Ability.
"I am a contemporary painter who explores gender, identity and culture through landscape paintings. I got a Master’s degree last September at the Glasgow School of Art and am currently thinking about a new art project which is more focused on the form of painting and feminist issues.
Since I have experienced being marginalised as a woman, or as an Asian or as both, I have been interested in many social issues related to equality. In addition, in Scotland, I was often considered as a stranger, struggling with communication in English and I roughly could understand and empathise with the aim of Project Ability: creating opportunities for people with disabilities through art.
Also, because most of the people I hung out with in Glasgow were people who studied art or who were in the art scene, I wanted to expose myself to a new environment which would allow me to meet people who have different backgrounds. Thus, when I read the notice of this residency programme, I thought there would be something I can share and learn from other artists at Project Ability.
And, as I expected, I met many artists who were very open minded toward a new artist who just became a member of the shared studio. Whenever they had a workshop, they stopped by my place to ask questions about my work and to share their experiences, which enabled me to blend in more easily. Since the atmosphere was very warm and everyone looked so passionate, I could be relaxed and push myself to think about my new art project. For me, it was like a perfect bridge which connects the art school or small isolated studio to the broader world. What I try to pursue through my art practice is not art for art’s sake but art which tells stories about me, other people and our society. And this one month was a nice opportunity to feel it in real life.
As an emerging artist who just graduated from art school, it was also a nice experience to have a studio and an access to other artists’ studios and workshops. Project Ability offered me lots of professional tools and materials to focus on my practice. Therefore, in practical aspects, it also helped me a lot to continue my practice and to do more experiments.
Overall, I got positive energy and inspiration from lots of supportive artists and staff members at Project Ability. I am hoping that there was something I contributed for the other artists as well."
Our Shop Item of the Week is this playful mixed media painting of the Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art. Painted by Martin Sloss, this painting packs a punch with its colour and form. Recently on display at the Glad Cafe on the South Side, it is back at Project Ability now and available to purchase from our online shop. Measuring 50x70cm, and available for purchase for £70, this original painting would make a lovely gift for someone special who loves Glasgow and art!
Artwork of the Week is this small portrait of Nick Drake painted by Create artist Peter Christie. The minimal lines and blurred edges create a soft unfinished look to the musician and song writer. Like his real life persona, this portrait leaves a lot of mystery and subtle charm to be discovered. Nick Drake the artist was known to avoid interviews and apparently the video camera as there are nothing but still images of him from his adult life and career.
'Nick Drake' is just one of many brilliant artworks on show in our 2018 Young Talent exhibition, which represents almost all of the young artists that work at Project Ability! With one week to go, there's still time to check it out.
It's coming to that time of year again when we start thinking ahead! Our Shop Item of the Week is hot off the press... These lovely calendars showcase images from our exhibition titled 'Scotland, the land beneath our feet', and they are filled with images of Scotland! They have just arrived with us and you can find them for purchase for £10, both in our gallery shop at Trongate 103 and our online shop just here.
This week we are celebrating Artwork of the Week with this colurful sea and city scape by Andrew Crosbie titled 'Malcesine on Lake Garda'. This canvas is currently in our gallery here at Trongate 103 as part of our Young Talent 2018 exhibtion, which is running until Saturday the 13th of October. Malcesine is a small town on the eastern shore of Lake Garda in northern Italy, and has been beautifully captured in this depiction by Crosbie. We are delighted to say this painting was purchased today from the Young Talent show, congratulations to the artist! There are still several amazing artworks still available from this exhibition, and it is well worth a look. We are open late today for 1st Thursday, serving wine and soft drinks. All welcome!
Is it too early to mention Christmas yet? Because we have just received our Christmas cards from the printers, and they look fantastic! This year, you will have a choice between Ashley Campbell's 'Snowman', James Pert's print 'Hygge' and Pauline Jackson's 'Rudolph'. Each pack of 10 cards is for sale for £5
Our brand new 2019 calendar is also now available to purchase in our shop, for only £10. Featuring paintings of Scottish landmarks and landscapes from last year's Christmas show 'Scotland, The Land Beneath our Feet', it is a thing of beauty!
Pop by our gallery shop and get yours now! A great way to get something different from the high street and to support our inspiring artists!
Last week, the group working on the Art Extraordinary exhibition meet with Claire and Cheryl in what was our last visit from GMRC. We are in no means finished with the project though. We have two visits planned one to GMRC to meet again with technician John to see the core building process, and one in Pollok to meet with the Leverndale group who are working on another case in the exhibition.
As well as that we will be meeting in the coming weeks to continue and finalise the various pieces of text for the project. We will also be photographing work by the group to be displayed alongside the Art Extraordinary and working on a design for a flyer or leaflet of some type to advertise the launch, which will take place some time in November. Keep an eye out for the date when we know!
Earlier this month, London-based artist Thompson Hall visited Project Ability with his ActionSpace Artist Facilitator Lisa Brown for a three day residency in our studios. Here is what he had to say about his experience.
"I would like to thank Project Ability for inviting me to spend time in their studio for a residency. Doing a short residency was one of the things I identified as the next step after the exhibition I created with my studio colleague Ian Wornast, My Life in London, which was shown at two venues in London earlier this year.
I feel that being around the other artists that I met at Project Ability was very inspiring because it enabled me to find out about their work and at the same time learn some new skills, such as making my own canvases and producing lots of prints from the drawings I did in my sketchbook on the train.
I also found working alongside Lisa Brown, my ActionSpace Artist Facilitator, who was making some work as well, was very useful and has inspired me to make more work and given me ideas for doing more things in the future.
I felt I enjoyed the whole experience in spending time just experimenting with different materials and not being under pressure to produce work for an exhibition. I also felt more relaxed around the people I met. I wish I could have spent more time with them to talk about my work and ask them questions about their work. I’m looking forward to visiting Project Ability again at the beginning of next year, when my exhibition will be in the gallery. I hope I will get to have more time getting to know your artists a lot more.
I was very happy to be there."
Thompson Hall is at Studio Artist at Action Space, a London based arts organisation that supports artists with Learning Disabilities.
Images from My Life in London and more of Thompson’s work can been seen here.
Our Shop Item of the Week features 'Girl and Kitten' by Jim Feeney. This painting measures 50x60cm and can be purchased from our online shop for £190. 'Girl and Kitten' also includes, in addition to the girl and kitten, a large amount of graffiti on the Glasgow tenement wall. The picture initially looks like a scene from 1950's or 60's Glasgow, but upon closer inspection of the graffiti text it is evident that it is a reflection of Glasgow's past and its present. The artist often uses graffiti as subject matter to express political views with a bit of humour, cynicism and nostalgia all rolled into one powerful little painting! Feeney recently had a series of paintings purchased by the NHS for display in their Glasgow offices, and he is currrently working on a new series of nostalgic Glasgow paintings. You can see more of Feeney's work here. If you are interested in purchasing this oil painting on canvas, you can find it here online!
"Last week the group of artists working on the Open Museum project met with Tony again and also John, the design and technical officer. John will be constructing the core of our display, the core is the section inside a display case that the pieces hang and sit on, it compromises a back and side with shelves custom built to suit the exhibit.
We will be able to go to GMRC and visit to see our specific core being built. We continued to work on our overall theme for the exhibition and what our 150 word statement will be. We also made final choices on the pieces we are putting in, each of us choosing two.
The next step is to finalise all the writing, including a label for each individual piece. We also discussed the opportunity to display photos of our work on the side panels of the display case. We also watched a short film about Angus McPhee by Nick Higgins titled 'Hidden Gifts, the Mystery of Angus McPhee', it was fascinating."
We were lucky enough to be joined by glass artist Rachel Elliott last Friday. Rachel took part in two events: an artist’s talk and a workshop session. Rachel studied Architectural Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2007. Since then she has established both a studio practice and a commercial practice.
Rachel talked us through a number of her creative pieces, the thinking behind them and some of the technical processes, which included mould making, kiln forming, screen printing, core casting and stained glass. She emphasised how much of what she’d learned, she’d done through experimentation, patience and persistence, trying processes repeated times until she was happy with the results.
Following the talk Rachel led a workshop in our studios introducing participants to glass transfers or decals, and some glass painting techniques. Rachel had prepared some decals that had been made from drawings by Project Ability artists. The group learnt how to adhere these to small tumblers, as well as how to work with enamel paints to add additional detail and colour. These will now need to be fired again in our kiln and then they will be safe to use for drinking out of.
Keep an eye on our shop, you might just see some of these new designs appearing for sale in the near future!
Our Open Museum project is progressing well and in last week's session the group got to meet two persons of great interest: artist and researcher Mike Inglis and art therapist and collector Joyce Laing. Mike was there in person to chat and show the group the short film he has made of interviews with Joyce, whereas Joyce was only present on the screen. Nonetheless, the group got to meet her in digital form and listen to her talking about her collection and some of the people connected to it.
The group have started to write about the artworks they have selected to be part of the exhibition and are looking forward to the next meeting when they will get to see more artworks and continue with the discussions.
Last week, the group spent most of the session in discussion and raised provocative questions such as “what is outsider art?”, “Should we even use the term ‘outsider art’?”, “What is art?” “How do we measure the value of art?”, “Is the term ‘outsider art’ exclusive?”
This led to conversations about Joyce Laing’s collecting and how she viewed ‘outsider art’ and importantly – why she called her collection “Art Extraordinary”. These questions will be explored further and will inform how the group wish to interpret the collection for display. During the session, scrapbooking was introduced as a way of both documenting and exploring objects for display.
In the next session, Edinburgh College of Art Lecturer Mike Inglis will visit the group and show his film and research about Joyce Laing, followed by more discussion with the group. This project is really starting to gather momentum, thanks to the commitment of every one involved!
We're kicking off our 2018 Young Talent show by featuring this lovely little creature as our Artwork of the Week! 'Otter' by Dearbhail McGrory is a small painting on canvas, and it does a fantastic job at portraying the otter scurrying along through his day. Dearbhail is one of 57 youg artists that make up this year's Young Talent exhibition. The show opens this evening (Thursday the 5th September) at 6pm, all welcome! In addition to the Young Talent exhibition, we are happy to announce Dominic Hemphill-Whyte as our Gallery II featured artist during Young Talent. You can read more about Dominic and his work here.
'£1.69 in Danglers' is our Shop Item of the Week! This limited edition print was created by Cameron Morgan and Charlie Hammond during their residency collaboration this past year. Signed by both artists, and measuring 84 x 59cm, this print can be purchased from our online shop for £185.00. There is a green version as well, as pictured below...
You can read more about Morgan and Hammond's project, and the exhibition their exhibition, 'Dangler's of Today', here.
"Last week our group visited Pollok Civic Realm in order to see the space where the exhibition we are curating is situated. The centre itself is a vast building containing a full leisure centre, health centre, library and nursery amongst other things.
We had a long visit in the dedicated museum space, getting a look at what was on display now and a good feel for the area. The case we will be working on also has side panels that we can fill with printed banners that we may use for some of our own work.
We then toured the facilities with a special objective: to observe just who was visiting the building, as they would be our audience. It seems that almost everyone from the surrounding area is a potential visitor, the cafe attracted high school students on their lunch break, adding a new demographic I certainly hadn't expected.
We then enjoyed sandwiches and cake, with a cup of tea before getting into another long discussion about our plans. We discussed our plan for the theme of the case and how we would advertise the new exhibition. We also touched on issues such as some items being light sensitive and not being able to be in the case for the whole year. A solution was to potentially change an item during the exhibit.
The next few weeks will be spent in the studio here at Project Ability meeting with other people from Glasgow Museums and choosing pieces. We will also begin to start writing both the overall blurb for the exhibit and the individual pieces blurb. It is an exciting project and a privilege to work on."
Cameron Morgan has now completed his fifth residency in one year, thanks to funding from Creative Scotland. This time, he went to Dunoon to spend four days with artist (and Project Ability tutor) Sandi Kiehlmann.
"Cameron and I began our collaboration by exploring the small seaside Victorian town of Dunoon on the west coast of Scotland where I live and have my studio. Cameron used his camera and we both used my iPad to take photos, in particular the Victorian Pier and Castle House Museum.
The museum visit was great to get a sense of the history of the town, and we both enthusiastically took photos of the displays, from children’s toys to a collection of hand made steamships and sail making tools. Frequently we were drawn to the same subject matter and excitedly discussed these beautiful historical objects and artefacts.
At the Dunoon Burgh Hall, I was exhibiting work as part of the Covepark Residency exhibition. Cameron liked the printed melamine plates pieces I was exhibiting and expressed an interest in exploring the souvenir plate theme. I liked the idea of creating collaborative work that could be reproduced in limited editions.
The following day we worked in the studio. Cameron made some drawings and paintings of the chickens in the garden, then spent the remainder of the day working on a large watercolour painting in the studio. I continued to experiment digitally with our work from the previous day, exploring ideas for digital print products such as plates, coasters, chopping board and fabrics.
The next day was the Cowal Gathering, an annual local Highland Games. Thuy, our wonderful volunteer from Budapest joined us for the festivities on a beautiful sunny day. We all enjoyed sitting in the field watching the hammer throwing and caber tossing, and wandering about the tents and attractions, people watching and taking photographs to the sound of pipe bands.Our last day was spent in the studio making artwork based on our photos from the Games. Cameron made his Highland Games paintings and I developed product ideas with them.
Cameron made a range of paintings including the above large watercolour painting of a detail of the Burgh Hall stairwell, it has amazing observational detail, perspective and patterning. The plan is to make a batik based on this painting. Cameron also made drawings and paintings of the chickens and goldfish before beginning on the Highland Games series of paintings.
I am keen to continue to develop print design ideas based on the artwork begun during the residency. The repeat prints of Cameron’s paintings reminded me of Nigerian wax print fabrics in their boldness of imagery and colour (pictured above)."
We all look forward to seeing the finished products!
Our new volunteers have just started in the workshops, getting to know the artists and the equipment. We hope they get as much from their experience as Stella Phibbs, who volunteered with us for a year and a half between 2016 and 2018. Here is what she wrote about her experience:
"It’s been an amazing experience volunteering at Project Ability with both adults and children, on the Aspire and Create programmes. (September 2016 – March 2018).
I am a visual artist and facilitator. As soon as I heard about Project Ability I was so keen to get involved! Thank you for this opportunity. It’s been so inspiring and uplifting to me.
On the Aspire programme, I was warmly welcomed by a lovely group of adult artists, tutors and other volunteers. What struck me was the community spirit, freedom to create art in any medium, incredible studio space and friendly, supportive atmosphere.
I gained so much inspiration from these artists and their spontaneous, playful approach. Also, their attention to detail and pride in their artwork was great to see. The group dynamic was very supportive, with adults of all ages creating art together in their own unique style. I love this sense of joy that art brings people, helping build self-confidence and connections with others.
Working with children on the Saturday Create programme has been fantastic too. These were generally much faster paced sessions, and I love how prolific the kids were, fully immersing themselves in the process of art-making, from sculpture, to intricate drawings, print-making, collage… It’s been lovely getting to know this group too, and seeing strong friendships grow.
Project Ability has reaffirmed my belief that art is a powerful tool, to heal, empower and transform peoples’ lives. Having facilitated arts workshops for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of people for several years, I am determined to continue my journey and broaden my experience in this field.
This September I will begin an MA in Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire.
Thank you everyone "
"A group of Project Ability artists went to the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre last week to view a collection of art. The collection was donated to Glasgow Museums by Joyce Laing who was an art therapist working with in-patients with mental health issues from the 60's until the 80's.
She collected art from her own patients and others she met at hospitals. The collection is vast, diverse and impressive. We didn't get to see all of it as there is so much in the entire collection.
After viewing it we went for a tea break and discussed what we had seen. This was when we learned more about the project we will be curating that will be displayed in a space in the Pollok Civic Realm.
We will select work from the collection and write about it. These texts will be displayed with the artworks and will be exhibited for a year. We will also be making our own artwork in response to the collection."
"As you all may or may not know, back in Shrewsbury where I live, I have set up and run ArtStudio01, an artist collective. In January 2016 we had a trip to Project Ability to see an exhibition of our work in the Project Ability gallery. This has made us realise that we also have artistic ambitions, and since then our studio group had increased to 9 artists, including myself as an artist and artists’ facilitator.
Because ArtStudio01 has grown and the artists want to show their work and develop their skills and creative practices, I wanted to visit and learn about what other learning disability art studios are doing so that I can develop our studio collective into an inclusive, thriving and successful artists’ hub.
I was recently awarded an Arts Council England, Grants for The Arts Award to do a research and development project into Learning Disability Arts, studio models and artists’ practice. I’m presently touring around on a series of #StudioVisits with my Producer on this project Jennifer Gilbert and Jackie Cooley as an associate artist of ArtStudio01. Project Ability was on our list and it was great to catch up with everyone in the studio too.
We talked, and talked, and talked with Elisabeth Gibson, the Director of Project Ability, who told us loads about the organisation, who does what, what exhibitions you do, how you sell work in the shop and all about the volunteers that support you and all about the artist residencies that happen in and outside of Project Ability. Omg you guys do so much!
A big part of my project is for ArtStudio01 to run our first artist in residence at our studios in Shrewsbury. So we also came to talk to Cameron Morgan who’s going to exhibit his work with us and join us for a short 3 day residency in March next year. We are very excited about this!
I also caught up with Simon McAuley who’s doing a research into identity, labels and self-defining or not as a Disabled Artist. I could have talked and debated all afternoon on this with Simon. It’s really fascinating research and at the core of my own practice as an artist and Disabled Artist. Hope to catch-up again to see where this takes you.
It was so lovely to be back in the studio at Project Ability, and thank you all for such a warm welcome. I’ve realised that as an Associate Artist of Project Ability I’ve lost touch with what you’ve all been doing so I must visit more often to keep in touch. I shall be making an annual visit from now on. See you all next summer!"
Project Ability’s 2018 Annual Christmas Exhibition
24 November – 22 December
Calling ALL artists!
Our annual Christmas exhibition of 2018 celebrates the artist! Our only theme this year is size: all works, whether framed or unframed, must be 30 x 30 cm. All work must hang on the wall.
We want to see your painting, drawing, print making, photography, collage and whatever other mediums represent you and your art practice.
We’re giving each artist complete freedom over subject matter, material and medium. There are no other rules to follow, just get out your ruler and measure your paper, canvas or whatever support you want to use.
This show will be uniformed in appearance by the size of each work, and apart from that it aims to celebrate the individual artist, and their individual practice.
The deadline for submitting work is 2 November. Submit your form and images by email. Artists will be notified by 5 November if their work has been selected. *Not all work submitted will be included in the exhibition*.
All accepted work must be delivered to Project Ability by 13 November. Project Ability has a commission on all sales of 40%.
If you have questions please email email@example.com
Up to 3 submissions per artist.
Please email your Submission Form (click to download) along with photos of the work to firstname.lastname@example.org A pdf version is available here. The information for submitting can be downloaded here.
Our Shop Item of the Week is this lovely little stained glass boat by Jan Thomson. Measuring 16x11cm, this sailboat would be a perfect gift for anyone that loves the sea. Jan Thomson has made a small selection of stained glass sailboats for our gallery shop, all in different sizes and colors. You can see a few more pictured below. If you would like to purchase the yellow and green sailboat you can find it available for £15 from our online shop and also our gallery shop at Trongate 103.
"I’ve know Cameron for many years, almost 18 to the day in fact, when I first started working at Project Ability. Whilst I’ve worked alongside him in many workshop situations, I’ve never had the opportunity to work directly with him to produce a body of work in partnership. To say I was delighted to have this opportunity would be an understatement.
We were allocated five intensive days in my studio in Quarriers village, where I introduced Cameron to my work space and some of the collection of objects that inspire me. I, like Cameron, am a bit of a collector of things. Most hold a feeling of nostalgia, inducing memories from my childhood. There’s a lot of chintz, china, and silverware, much of which remind me of things that could be found in my granny’s house. However, all of the objects I remember from the past, have long since been lost or given away and didn’t hold the same value as I have attached to them, to others in my family. Most of the things I have, I sourced through charity shop raids in a bid to recreate the memories of the ones that are now long gone. Many of these objects, feature in my own paintings, along with garden birds, another fascination of mine, and in a way another fragile and fleeting object.
We started on day one, with a flying visit to my home. Most of my collection of things are on display there and Cameron seemed to have an affinity with many of them too, happily snapping them with his camera and referencing his own memories attached to them. He was particularly drawn to some photographs of my daughter taken many years ago, of her playing in the cherry blossom of a beautiful tree we had in our back garden. This became our initial starting point in a theme of work that aims to celebrate home, the living room, and the mantle-piece, with a large helping of nostalgia thrown in.
“It’s a great studio Tracy has, out in the countryside, a smashing old building! We did a joint collaboration with the cherry blossoms, I did them and the branches and leaves, Tracy did the little birdies. It was different to work on Linen, it has a different texture. I’m very pleased with them! They work very well indeed! We worked like sausages!”
Our time together has been a beautiful whirlwind of creativity, we hit the ground running and did not waste a single minute in the studio, or as Cameron put so well, “we worked like sausages!” Over the past 5 days, my studio has been filled with music (and singing from us both) from artists of the past, such as Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and the Corries, to name but a few. I have learned that I share far more in common with Cameron than I ever knew, that we like a lot of the same things and I have immensely enjoyed his company.
“I’ve enjoyed working with you, it’s been good fun”
I couldn’t agree more with Cameron, we have produced more work than I could have anticipated too, with further works to be developed. Now that our 5 days are over, it kind of feels like only the beginning of something, not the end."
What do celery, a hot water bottle and a tambourine all have in common?
Last week our young Create artists were learning the art of Foley – the unique skill of sound creation for film and TV. Our project room became their recording studio for the week and an array of weird and wonderful objects became their instruments.
Inspired by the way sound can enhance and change our perception of film they created their own short story, complete with dramatic sound effects. Want to know more - watch this space for their finished film coming soon!
- Meet the Volunteers - Jenny Booth
- Sarah Kudirka showing in our Project Space
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- Artwork of the Week - ‘The Bedroom’ by Sian Mather
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