Project Ability is excited to announce that we will be screening work from our Introduction to Film Workshops 2012/13 and Arts Awards Programme at GMAC, 5th Floor, Trongate 103 Glasgow G1 5HD on Saturday 25th May at 12noon.
Additionally, Arts Award participants who’s folios were submitted for moderation and passed will receive their Bronze Level Arts Award Certificate on the day.
Places are limited, if you would like to attend this event please contact us on 0141 552 2822.
Image: still frame from Greg and the Aliens by Rory MacDonald
Our current exhibition Solo Showcase: George Stevenson features a series of ceramic sculptures which he made in collaboration with artist, Sally Hackett; exploring abstract forms and an organic approach to artistic collaboration.
Watch here a short interview of Sally talking about their collaboration.
Yesterday, we opened George Stevenson's show as part of our solo showcase season presenting a series of ceramic sculptures, made in collaboration with artist Sally Hackett.
This short film gets up close with the objects and reveals George's first glimpse of the work on show in the gallery.
The exhibition continues until Saturday 18 May, open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm - another short showcase not to be missed!
Filmed over two days in April 2013 at Project Ability's studio in Glasgow, this study of artist Simon McAuley portrays his artistic process, and demonstrates the work developing over this period of time.
Filming and music by Max McIlmunn.
With The Voice, Britain's Got Talent and other talent shows back on the telly, we couldn't resist showing you this short movie by Pauline Jackson.
Written and directed by Pauline during last year's Arts Awards workshops, this is a fresh and funny little gem.
Project Ability is currently running three film making workshops, so you can be sure that there will be plenty more films to show you in the near future. In the meantime, you can always have a look at the ones already up on our Youtube channel.
Only two days until the launch of the Lennox Castle Stories website!
Join us on Wednesday 17 April, 2pm-4pm, for an afternoon of conversation, hear how the project developed, what we learnt, and the participants’ stories.
The project has garnered a lot of interest over the last 12 months, with great attendance to our events and several articles in the press (including today's Daily Record!). Come see the results of the year-long project, and hear the former residents' stories in their own words.
The new block of Create workshops will start at the end of this week, so make sure you book your place in time! We still have a few places available in our Saturday Visual Arts Classes, except in the 8-12yrs workshop which is sold out.
Over the last twelve months a remarkable group of people have come together to make art, learn new skills, tell their stories, rekindle friendships, remember and immortalise in words and images the story of Lennox Castle Hospital.
The stories span many years. Some people went to the “castle” in the 1950’s and 60’s leaving when it finally closed in 2002. The individual stories have been captured on paper, in words, in print and on film and now this important contemporary collection of memories can be found on www.lennoxcastlestories.co.uk
Join us for an afternoon of conversation, hear how the project developed and what we learnt and the participants’ stories.
17th April, 2 – 4pm at Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow G1 5HD
We have uploaded ten new films to Project Ability’s You Tube account. Made by our talented young film makers the films are outstanding. They are original; fresh, funny, charming and clever. Pauline Jackson’s Shine Like a Diamond will make you smile, wonder at part 1. of A Reindeers’ Tale by Ian Bruin. Follow the twists and turns of Sam McIlmunn’s film noir A Mistake Somewhere. Long, short, complex, experimental there is a film for everyone.
Several of the film makers are at college or applying to college to study aspects of film production such as animation, graphics, model making. We wish them well in their studies and are proud of the part we have in building their career.
Our thanks to the project funder - Cashback for Communities and the efforts of our fundraisers who in 2012 secured over £10,000.00 to replace our worn out film equipment with state of the art HD technology.
On Saturday 9th February Project Ability’s young film makers, friends, parents, grandparents, next door neighbours and more piled into the GFT to watch their latest cinematic creations. One hundred people turned up to show their support. There were Aliens, Superheros and Villains, Jenny and Penny, Rudolph, Rabbits and much more. We laughed, cried, gasped in delight. The films were clever, original and often very, very funny.
Last years’ fundraising campaign to purchase new equipment ensured the work was technically strong but the real strength of the work lay in the originality of the scripts and the young people’s imagination, hard work and sense of fun. Well done!
Don't forget to join Project Ability this Saturday 9th February, 12noon at the GFT as we showcase the talents of our young film makers as part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2013. See exciting new work from our Arts Award Film Programme for young people aged 14 to 25. There will be live action, animation, comedies and sci-fi alongside some Project Ability classics. Hear from the film makers themselves as they are invited on stage to introduce their work.
This event has been organised by young people aged 16-25 as part of our Young Talent on Screen Programme.
Tickets are available form the GFT Box Office on the day of the event.
Friday evening's Young Talent on Screen group were treated to an exciting and informative talk by Matthew Hellett from Oska Bright. Matthew spoke of his experience as an Oska Bright Committee Member, organising the Oska Bright Film Festivals, as well as his time with Oska Bright on the Road, delivering workshops and seminars.
As well as lots of useful tips and information for our young festival organisers Matthew also treated the group to a screening of some of Oska Bright's award winning films.
We would all like to say a big thank you to Matthew and Lizzie for travelling all the way to Glasgow to work with our young people and staff. If you would like to see Matthew's video diary of his journey please visit the Oska Bright Blog.
If you would like more information on how to enter your own film to the 2013 Oska Bright Festival please click here.
Join Project Ability on Saturday 9th February, 12noon at the GFT as we showcase the talents of our young film makers as part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2013. See exciting new work from our Arts Award Film Programme for young people aged 14 to 25. There will be live action, animation, comedies and sci-fi alongside some Project Ability classics. Hear from the film makers themselves as they are invited on stage to introduce their work.
This event has been organised by young people aged 16-25 as part of our Young Talent on Screen Programme.
Tickets are available form the GFT Box Office on the day of the event.
Project Ability's Young Film Makers Equipment Fund has received another generous donation, this time from Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation. This brings our new overall total up by £800 to a staggering £11158 - 148% of our original £7500 target!
A big thank you to them and everyone else who has supported the young film makers fundraising efforts.
The People's Postcode Trust have helped the Create Young Film Makers Equipment Fund reach its goal with a generous donation of £7300. This takes the final total over the £7500 target to an incredible £10358 and means our video cameras, computers and software can all be upgraded, making the film programme for children and young people more accessible and better quality.
A big thank you to everyone who has supported the appeal through fundraising and personal donations. To find out more about The Peoples Postcode Lottery click here.
We look forward to seeing what exciting work our young film makers create with the new equipment!
The winners will be selected by two panels of judges, a Youth Jury and a Professional Jury and will be announced in November. Congratulations to our young film makers on being shortlisted and good luck with the competition!
Project Ability were recently asked to supply a variety of artwork for the set of the film, Not Another Happy Ending. We were greatly privileged to be part of the backdrop of the story, gracing the walls of the houses of the characters with paintings of the Olympic Village, Strawberry Cream Tarts, UFOs and an ode to the ‘Great Glasgow Fish Tea’.
Not Another Happy Ending is a love story between publisher and author, charting the story of a struggling publisher who discovers his only successful author has writers’ block and he knows he has to inspire her or he is finished. On the success of her first novel, Jane Lockhart (played by Karen Gillan) has achieved critical acclaim and ultimately, happiness too. How will the publisher (played by Stanley Weber) inspire her to write again when her only inspiration is unhappiness?
See the film and spot Project Ability artists’ work in the backdrop on its release in October 2012…
Not Another Happy Ending is produced by Claire Mundell and Wendy Griffin at Synchronicity Films, written by David Solomons and directed by John McKay.
Project Ability are excited to announce that our Young Film Makers Equipment Fund Appeal has been sponsored as a Waitrose Local Charity for the month of August. Our local Waitrose store on Byres Road will share £1000 between 3 charities in August, with customer votes deciding what percentage of this money will go to each charitable organisation. So get down to Waitrose on Byres Road today and support Project Ability to raise funds for new equipment to make our film making programme more accessible and successful than ever before!
For further information on our Young Film Makers Equipment Fund Appeal, including information on how to donate, please click here.
Art Matters: Project Ability is pleased to offer our "older" young people an exciting new Saturday Class. In addition to our Saturday Visual Arts workshops, which will now cater only for 5-21 year olds, Project Ability are launching their new ‘Art Matters’ Saturday classes for 21-28 year olds. Art Matters starts Saturday 18th August 2012.
Current participants who are over 21 will now join this exciting new class at the slightly later and longer time of 4:30-6:30pm.
This 2 hour class will run in 8 week blocks on the same days as the Saturday Visual Arts Classes. It will provide a supported environment to meet other young people, socialise and create great artwork - whether you are interested in painting, film making, ceramics or any other visual arts.
For further informaiton please visit our programme section on the website by clicking here.
Saturday Visual Art Classes
The Saturday Visual Arts classes for children and young people aged 5-21 are back from 18th August. If you are on our mailing list you will receive your booking form through the post shortly. If you are new to the Saturday workshops and would like more information please click here.
If you are over 21 and normally attend the Create Saturday Classes you can now attend the new 'Art Matters' group.
Introduction to Film Workshops
Project Ability's ever popular Introduction to Film workshops are back in August! So if you are aged 6-12 and are interested in film making and animation why not come along to our Wednesday evening classes. More information on the workshops can be found here.
Project Ability’s Create Programme is offering an exciting new opportunity for young people aged 14-25 years to participate in a film making programme with a twist! Instead of just making a film you will research an arts hero, keep a log of your progression from week to week, share your findings and new skills with others and explore new areas of film making and critiquing as an audience member. At the end of the programme your folio of research, evidence and findings will be assessed by a member of the Arts Awards Team who will be responsible for approving awards. Arts Awards is an accredited programme managed by Trinity College London.
This 18 week Programme will require a great deal of commitment and effort. Classes will run on the following dates:
Date: Tuesday 7th August – 11th December (excluding 16th October)
Date: Thursday 9th August – 13th December (excluding 18th October)
More information on Arts Awards can be found on their Website.
We are a group of young film makers who are clever, resourceful, creative, imaginative and very, very good at making films! Each year beginners and more experienced film makers produce up to 20 films.
Our work is of an exceptionally high standard and has won many awards and recognition including recent screenings at the Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2011, Co-operative Film Festival 2010, first prize in the one minute movie section of the Kids for Kids Film Festival 2010 and most recently runner up in the Glasgow Film Theatre’s Wee Movies competition in Aug 2011.
We understand how important it is that everyone should be able to have a go at expressing their ideas and talents through film making. Some of us have even used the work produced at Project Ability to springboard our careers and further study in the creative industries.
Our film making equipment is well used and needs upgraded. Some of our cameras are older than many of us! They are heavy, complicated, dated and cumbersome and for many difficult to use. We need light weight, modern, HD, user friendly equipment which makes filmmaking accessible to children and young people of all ages and abilities and allows the older film makers to create high quality work that we can share with pride.
We want to buy:
- One broadcast quality video camera Canon XF100 High Definition Professional Camcorder (£2500)
- Two Apple Macbook pro laptops (£1500 each)
- Dragonframe professional animation stop motion software (£200)
- Four ipads for our younger filmmakers (£400 each)
If you would like to make a donation you can:
Text: FILM12 £1to 70070 (or £2, £3, £4, £5, £10)
Or visit our JustGiving Page to donate online:
Create's young filmmakers had a great time on Tuesday evening with a fantastic opportunity to work with two professional make-up artists. From bruised eyes to sawn off fingers the young filmmakers created some scarily realistic wounds and injuries using specialist make-up and techniques. Check out more of their work here if you dare!
Gerard McMenemy (Connect Artist) spent approximately 3 months filming, recording sound and editing, with the assistance of Ailidh MacGregor one of our volunteers here at Project Ability, and he has successfully produced a wonderfully informative and visually appealing short film about Glasgow City Centre. Having never worked with a video camera before he very much enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about camera techniques. Gerard is keen to develop his new found skills further and particularly enjoyed working in the documentary style which he used for this film, although recording the voiceover was quite nerve-wracking and he would definitely read from a script next time. Gerard already had some knowledge of the areas of Glasgow he speaks about in the film but he also did some research to make sure that all the information was accurate.
Earlier this year, a group of young filmmakers produced four 90 seconds comedy shorts for First Light. The films are now available to see on Youtube.
From the older group:
-The Empty: A surreal adventure when a group of young people are left alone with an empty house and decide to throw a party.
-An Important Documentary: A light-hearted mockumentary about disability documentaries.
From the younger group:
All films are supported by the lottery through the BFI's First Light initiative.
Create are pleased to announce the first of our new ‘Art Matters’ classes starting in August 2012 at our Trongate 103 studios.
‘Art Matters’ is a supported group for older young people to meet, socialise and create great artwork. Young adults over 21 who are independently driven in their work can access this programme; whether you are interested in painting, film making, ceramics or any other visual arts come along to our weekly workshops and develop your creative skills and ideas.
Workshops run in blocks of eight weeks, four times a year. The first one will start on Saturday 18 August.
Cost: £5 per workshop (pay per week)
Age: 21yrs +
Project Ability has an exciting opportunity for young filmmakers to take part in a Special Effects Make-up Taster Class. This 45 minute workshop will provide a short demonstration on some of the key areas of special effects make-up with the chance to recreate one of these looks yourself!
Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Time: 14-18yrs – 6-6:45pm / 18-25yrs – 7-7:45pm
To book your place please call us on 0141 5522822.
Please note that this opportunity was first offered to recent First Light Participants and is now open to our other young film makers. We anticipate high demand for these classes so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Please wear old clothing and inform us when booking of any skin conditions or allergies which may be affected by the application of make-up.
Friday 23 March was the final day of the first block of workshops as part of the C-Change and Project Ability project ‘Remembering Lennox Castle’. Here is what one of our tutors, Tracy, had to say about it:
"Today was the last of our four initial workshops, with everyone continuing to be bursting full of enthusiasm. Drawings made over the last few weeks have been used to create fantastic animations, with images of foliage and the wildlife remembered in the grounds of the castle, coming to life. The work is now really starting to become personal to each of our participants, with many of our group having very clear ideas of what they want to produce in their workshop time. All sorts of media are now confidently being explored including drawing and paintings, film, animation techniques, print making, creative writing and ceramics. More memories were shared today and more and more drawings and stories created, everyone really has worked hard. The commitment to the workshops over the past few weeks has been tremendous and it has been fantastic to watch the group develop. We are all very much looking forward to the next block due to start in May."
The staff at Project Ability and C-Change have been blown away by the participants' contributions and their generosity in sharing their story. The first project Steering Group meeting is scheduled for Thursday 5th April at 13:30 at Project Ability. We will review our progress and plan the next stage of the project.
The next workshops are on Friday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th May from 10:00 – 12:30 at Project Ability. Please remember to bring along your photographs and mementos to include on the website.
You can read more about the project on C-Change's blog.
The First Light Comedy Shorts premiere at the GFT last Saturday was a great success.
It was fantastic for the young filmmakers and their families to experience their 90 second cinematic creations on the big screen. All of the filmmakers involved worked really hard and should feel very proud indeed! A big thank you to all the children and young people involved, as well as to tutors Kate and Allan, you all did a wonderful job.
Keep an eye on the website, we will upload the films soon!
We are very pleased to announce that the four comedy-shorts funded by First Light and written, directed and produced by young people with disabilities aged 14-25yrs will be screened at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Saturday 10 March at 12pm, until 12.30pm.
The four short films are:
- An Important Documentary
- Neds on a Train
- The Empty
- Wizzy and Friends: a Typical Summers Day
There will also be a screening of work produced during our Introduction to Film Workshops by young participants aged 6-12yrs.
Free entry. Please make sure to arrive early as the screening will start at 12pm.
GFT, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Supported by the Lottery through the BFI’s First Light initiative
The First Light Film Workshops are in their fourth week now, and both groups seem to be having a great time!
The young filmmakers have been storyboarding, making props and animation drawings, and already started filming their comedy shorts.
The four films they are working on are:
- The Empty, a comical yet cautionary tale of a house party gone wrong.
- Disability - Media Portrayal, a witty mockumentary style film which explores the media portrayal of disability.
- Wizzy's Adventures, another exciting chapter in the Adventures of Wizzy the Wizard and friends.
- Re-animate, a film exploring key environmental issues through models and sets created form recycled materials.
Keep an eye on the website for more photos and more updates!
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- Meet the Volunteers: Katie Hawson
- Opening of Catherine Rankine’s Solo Showcase
- Screening of Project Ability films at GMAC on Saturday 25th May
- Open Gallery - George Stevenson Solo Showcase
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