This week it's Aspire artist Ronald McCulloch's 'Jaguar' as our Artwork of the Week. Ronald has been attending the classes for a number of years, and his distinctive style always brings a smile. Ronald's work will be on exhibition in the Glad Cafe from the 2nd of June, so be sure to pop down and have a look!
This week’s Artwork of the Week is Tuesday Morning by Lucy Payne. This beautiful drawing is part of a new collection of studio portraits by Lucy Payne currently on display in Drawing People Drawing in Project Ability’s gallery.
In Tuesday Morning, Lucy has captured the very essence of Project Ability’s studio; the vibrancy of the workshop and of the artists who bring it to life on a daily basis. We can almost hear the chatter and the sound of pencils moving whilst the Tuesday morning Aspire group get to work.
A recent graduate from the Glasgow School of Art, Lucy previously volunteered with Project Ability’s Aspire programme and so has spent a great deal of time getting to know both the studios and the artists. What results in Drawing People Drawing is a very colourful, intimate and absorbing look at the way Project Ability’s studios and artists work.
Drawing People Drawing continues until 27 May and is accompanied by a new publication which features Lucy Payne’s illustrations alongside text from several of Project Ability’s artists. The publication was developed through a series of workshops with Joanna Peace and Anthony Autumn, and is available to buy in our gallery shop.
West Kilbride is Scotland’s first accredited craft town and The Barony Centre is the jewel in its crown.
The current exhibition, ‘Radical Craft’, was co-curated by Laura Hamilton, one of Project Ability’s board members, so the walking group took a trip by train to have a look.
You will see in the photographs that it is a wonderful and varied show with a fascinating range of materials and methods used in the making of the images and objects.
The group spent a long time looking at the exhibition with some guidance and information from Laura before cups of tea and a walk through the village.
There were several artist studios and shops along the way, most of which were unfortunately closed for the day, but a basket-making workshop was open and the group popped in there to have a look around and make a purchase.
This wonderful exhibition runs until 11th June so there is still some time to visit. You can find more information at http://www.crafttownscotland.org/forthcoming-exhibitions-2017/
Creative Scotland awarded over £1.2million through the Open Project Fund in March 2017 to 55 recipients, including individual artists, musicians, dancers, writers, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries. We are delighted to announce that our very own Cameron Morgan FRSA is one of the recipients!
The funding will enable Cameron Morgan to spend 12 months in Project Ability’s inclusive studio to reflect on his past body of work and research new creative practices. The project will include a residency at the Art House in Wakefield and the commissioning of three artists to invite him into their studios, where he will work alongside them to learn new skills and to further extend his creative practice.
The Art House is currently seeking a skilled printmaker to work with Cameron during his residency (more info here).
Congratulations to all the award recipients!
Join us on Friday 28th April, 12-1pm for the closing event of Tommy Mason's exhibition in the Trongate 103 foyer. Everybody welcome!
Aspire artist Tommy Mason's unique large scale paintings have taken over the Trongate 103 foyer as a celebration to World Autism Day, and will remain there until the 29th.
Tommy has been working with Project Ability for over 25 years, and the studio would not be the same without him. He helps to make Project Ability a creative and positive environment, and we are always happy to have the opportunity to share his art with the public. Tommy Mason’s style is one of a kind. Once you have seen his work you will forever recognise A Tommy Mason.
Project Ability is looking for a Freelance Arts Administrator to manage an outstanding programme of visual art activities and exhibition for children and young people with disabilities. The programme takes place in Project Ability’s studio in Trongate 103 in the centre of Glasgow and various off-site locations.
This is a freelance contract to cover a period of maternity leave. The fee is £7,200, 80 days over a period of 12 months.
Send completed application and your C.V to the Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
Closing date: 15th May. Interviews 23rd May.
Key duties and responsibility
- To work closely with the Artistic Director, staff team and artist tutors to plan and deliver a programme of workshops, exhibitions and events to support children and young people with disabilities to engage with contemporary visual art.
- To sustain existing and develop new partnerships with other key agencies – schools, community organisations and special interest groups to develop, coordinate and deliver an ambitious and high quality visual arts workshop and learning programme.
- To work with young people with disabilities to develop a programme of activities which support their creative learning and ambition.
- To supervise art tutors responsible for project delivery.
- To liaise with key stakeholders and funders.
- To effectively evaluate the programme against planned outcomes and to produce written reports as required.
Experience, knowledge and understanding
- Excellent track record of arts project administration.
- Ability to demonstrate a minimum of three years relevant work experience.
- Educated to degree or higher qualification in an arts related subject.
- Understanding the needs of children and young people.
- Understanding the special conditions required to give children and young people with additional support needs inclusive access to visual art.
- Experience of project monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience of report writing.
- Well organised with the ability to plan and deliver activities on time and within budget.
- Confident and articulate.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a small team.
Documents to download
After last year's successful collaboration, Glasgow Open House asked our Friday Aspire group to design once again the flags marking the venues taking part in this year's festival.
Glasgow Open House Arts is a small, not-for-profit group which celebrates Glasgow’s vibrant, insightful and industrious culture. They do this by inviting its residents to present art, music, and performance in their homes.
"This year, we’re working with two fantastic organisations based in Glasgow: The Coach House Trust and Project Ability. We will be creating joyful, colourful and characterful “way-finders”, which will be used during the festival weekend to mark the venues which house an exhibition or event. We had a wonderful time working with the Aspire Group artists. They have produced fantastic pieces which we can't wait to exhibit alongside the work in our programmed exhibitions."
The festival opens on the 28th April and runs until the 1st May.
Project Ability and C-Change have received £40,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Ladysbridge Hospital Project, in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Led by a project team managed by Project Ability and C-Change, the project focuses on the heritage of people with learning disabilities living in Aberdeenshire and nationally.
The project will enable people with learning disabilities who had lived at Ladysbridge Hospital in Banff, research the history of the hospital and the social history of people with learning disabilities and changing social conditions. Working with professional artists and supported by social care staff, the NHS Grampian Archivist and leading learning disability advocacy services, people with learning disabilities will share their stories in words and pictures to build a unique archive.
Ladysbridge Hospital was opened in 1865 and closed in 2003 and as many ex-patients had connections to the local area they remain to this day in and around Aberdeen having for the most part moved into their own accommodation. These people are now in their fifties, sixties and older and they want their stories to be documented and shared with their community. The project launch is on Tuesday 16th May, at Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre and is taking place to mark Learning Disability Week 2017. It is an opportunity to reflect on how the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland changed and how we can learn lessons from the past.
Commenting on the award, Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Director, Project Ability said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The story of how people with learning disabilities were treated in the not too distant past is a timely reminder of how much society has changed and how people with learning disabilities contribute to our communities.”
Sheryl Walker, PR & Projects Development Manager, C-Change said “We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery has provided the opportunity for C-Change and Project Ability to collaborate on a 2nd social history project. Ladysbridge Hospital is key part of Aberdeenshire's history and this project will help to raise awareness of how learning disability perception and policy has evolved over the years. It will be a privilege working with some of the ex-residents of Ladysbridge to share their personal memories of their experience of life in the hospital.”
Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to help communities learn about and take pride in their local heritage as well as training in new skills. Learning about history can be rewarding, fascinating and fun, and the story of Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff is no exception.”
(Images from the Lennox Castle Project)
This week’s Artwork of the Week is Lots of Cats by Ross Agnew. Lots of Cats is currently on display in Project Ability’s main gallery as part of our current exhibition, CATS… the 2nd instalment. This beautifully vibrant and playful piece combines paint and coloured pen on canvas to portray a cheerful group of feline friends playing amongst the flowers. Ross Agnew is a young artist who participates in Project Ability’s Create programme, and developed this piece over a period of several weeks. Often drawn to animals as a subject, Ross has made several fantastic cat themed pieces recently, and in fact one of these, Two Cats is also included in CATS… the 2nd instalment.
You can see Ross’s work in CATS… the 2nd instalment until 13 April. With over 40 artists on show, and over sixty artworks, this show is a must-see, particularly if you are a cat lover. Running alongside CATS, in Gallery II, we are showcasing new work by Ruth Mutch in Penguins on Screen, a unique exhibition of penguins in disguise as actors from our favourite television programs. Another show definitely not to be missed!
Found Impressions is a new film from Project Ability! The film was recently shown as part of Found Impressions..., an exhibition of work created by children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities, delivered by Project Ability in partnership with Glasgow Print Studio, PAMIS, The DASH Club and The Anchor Centre.
The film captures the making process and and offers an opportunity to hear parents, tutors and staff speak about their experiences.
Click here to see photos from Found Impressions..., the exhibition, and look out for a forthcoming publication, coming very soon!
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.
"I was very excited when Project Ability asked me to co-curate this exhibition with them.
The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World is an exhibition of the work of five learning disabled, and one non-disabled, artists who I have been mentoring and supporting back home in Shropshire and Birmingham.
The artists all have their own unique style of working and the themes are all very different too. There are landscapes, mood landscapes, trains, motorways, Japanese gardens, portraits, and abstract forms. Curating this exhibition meant that I had to really look hard to seek out the connections and relationships that were present in the works so that each artists work complimented the others.
I worked very closely with Heather, Project Ability's Exhibitions Coordinator on this. We unwrapped and laid the artwork around the gallery, stood back, looked, moved the work around into different positions and talked about the artists’ work and creative processes. This gave us a kind of story to tell; the artists’ journey in their creative professional development as they made their work over the last 12 months, as part of their mentoring and for this exhibition.
This is the first time that the artists have exhibited outside of the West Midlands in a professional gallery. It was important that the exhibition shows a strong cultural identity as well as showcasing the artists’ creative and artistic development through the mentoring.
The artists themselves will be visiting their exhibition 22-25 February through an Arts Council England and Lottery funded cultural exchange trip #Take6. I can't wait to see their reactions when they see their exhibition."
The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World continues until Saturday 25 February, open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm.
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.
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!
'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.
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.
'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!
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 email@example.com with any queries.
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.
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.
‘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!
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.
'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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
James Smith's exhibition 'Steampunk Chassis' is currently on display in our gallery until the 18th of June, and we have chosen a work from this as our Artwork of the Week. James works in a variety of mediums, always creating eye catching pieces. In his current exhibition, James has created a number of highly imaginative model tanks, using the popular Steampunk aesthetic. These machines, taken from a creative re-imagination of history, are expertly crafted; each model has its own character and its own intricacies, leading to a very engaging body of work indeed.
Come along to see the work in person in our gallery, which is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am until 5pm.
This week we bring you this beautiful abstract piece by Paul Dowden as our Artwork of the Week. Paul creates his pieces using various techniques and a plethora of materials, all coming together through time and patience to produce such stunning results. The techniques Dowden has perfected come from years of painting practice and experimentation with materials; colours and organic forms play off each other in an infinite number of arrangements, each producing these stunning examples of tone, technique and arrangement.
Paul’s work will be shown in our Gallery 2 space during his solo exhibition ‘The Rainbow Collection’ which opens next Thursday, the 2nd of June. Come along and see Paul’s excellent work, and while here, pop in to our main gallery space to have a look at fellow ReConnect artist James Smith’s exhibition ‘Steampunk Chassis’. James’ exhibition features a collection of Steampunk inspired models which he has skillfully and delicately created. Both exhibitions run from the 2nd until the 18th of June and are well worth a visit.
Artwork of the week this week could only have ever been The Tardis by John Cocozza. This sculpture has been hand crafted with the utmost patience and care taken by the artist, and can be seen on exhibition at KEY in Glasgow. It is one of the highlights of the exhibition, titled 'Flying Through Time', which features both Cocozza's work and some select pieces by artist Kevin Cantwell.
John's work often centres around his love of science fiction, and The Tardis is one of his most beloved flying machines. This piece is strong and sturdy, measuring about 80 cm high, and the attention to detail means the artist has included everything right down to a miniature poster printed out just as it is on the real Tardis. Inside the light at the top of the piece the artist has inserted an LED flashlight so once the light gets dim the Tardis glows.
Using recycled bottles, cardboard and other various arts and craft materials, this sculpture truly is a magnificent example of upcycled sculpture and an incredible accomplishment for the artist. John worked with Kevin Cantwell as part of our Research Rooms exhibition, during which time he was mentored by Kevin in the art of this type of sculpture. The Tardis is the first piece he has designed and created solely on his own, in the Aspire studios here at Project Ability. Visit Cocozza's artist page to see more of his work, and check out the exhibtion page to read more about his current show, 'Flying Through Time'.
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