PROCESSIONS

We were honoured to be part of PROCESSIONS, a public artwork taking place in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and London and celebrating 100 years of women getting the right to vote. A group of women from our different programmes made a beautiful banner with tutor Sandi Kiehlmann, and some of them carried it in the streets of the Scottish capital on Sunday 10th June. One of these artists, Morag Macgilchrist, tells us more about her experience.

"I attended the PROCESSIONS march on Sunday 10th June with other members of Project Ability. I had been a part of the group who had made the banner and wanted to see it carried though Edinburgh. When we arrived at the starting point at The Meadows, the park was already full of groups, mostly of women and girls and banners, lots of banners. These were not just the words on a pillowcase you see at concerts or protests, these were hand-crafted, stitched and took hours to make. Some were huge, even bigger than our large one. Others were smaller but no less well crafted. Many children carried their own handmade works, drawings on canvas and small flags were popular.

We were asked to form queues behind a series of large flags, each with a colour, purple, green and white, the suffragette colours, in order to receive a scarf to wear. We went to one of the purple queues. Our queue ended up being last to leave, making us at the end, which also meant they were giving away all the leftover scarves and many people were able to get two or three colours. Some people braided three together which looked great. I had purple and white.

Eventually we were on our way following the procession through the old town past the National Museum and over the bridge onto Princes Street before crossing back over and down Royal Mile. We then walked past the Scottish Parliament building and into Hollyrood park where there was a piper and a samba band. The weather was wonderful all day, dry and warm but not too hot. I wasn't carrying our large banner but the two ladies who were said that a few gusts of wind catching it at times were the only difficulty they had and that heat and weight were not an issue. I did wear one of our two smaller banners that hung from my neck, along with my scarfs giving me a full colour pallet. It was a great day and an honour to be involved in marking this historic even with something that in turn may be remembered historically itself."
-Morag Macgilchrist

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Volunteering opportunities

Last week we celebrated Volunteers’ Week and this week we are delighted to advertise new opportunities within our volunteering programme. 

Our studios offer a vibrant and colourful working environment for our artists, tutors and volunteers alike. Volunteering with Project Ability will challenge you, no matter what stage you are at in your career, introducing you to new ways of making art and give you a unique opportunity to meet all of our artists. For more insight into former volunteer’s experiences, please look at our ‘Meet the Volunteer’ feature on our website. 

We are welcoming applications to support our autumn programme and are looking for visual artists at any stage of their career or training. We would also especially like to invite artists with a knowledge of ceramics or print-making, to apply to support our ‘Aspire’ participants in the making of their artwork. Our Aspire programme is for adults with learning disabilities.    Volunteers should be able to commit to at least 2 hours a week, each week, for 8 weeks.  Workshops take place from 10am – 12noon and 1pm– 3pm, Monday to Thursday and 10 – 3pm on Friday.

In addition we would also like to recruit artists for our ‘Create’ Saturday young people’s workshop programme, with opportunities from 10 am to 12:30pm to volunteer with our youngest artists aged 5 – 12 years and from 1pm to 4pm to support young people aged 12 - 21 years. We also have further opportunities to volunteer with Art Matters, a designated studio time for young adults 21 – 28 years, from 4pm – 6pm. Successful applicants should, as much as possible, be able to commit to 8  Saturday sessions, with further opportunity to extend their experience possible.  

Finally, we have further opportunity to volunteer within our ReConnect programme, which supports artists with lived experience of mental ill health. ReConnect supports artists to develop their individual art practices in a supported studio environment. We would like to recruit visual artists who enjoy engaging with others and talking about art, who would like to support and contribute to our open studio. Opportunities are available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 10am – 1pm.

All of our volunteering roles are subject to an application and selection process. CVs alone will not be considered. Please follow the link to our application form and submit your application to our volunteer co-ordinator, Tracy Gorman at volunteers@project-ability.co.uk. The deadline for all applications is Friday 13th July 2018. Applications received after this date cannot be considered. If you have any questions about any of the opportunities please contact Tracy and in the meantime, good luck!

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Shop Item of the Week - Artemisia poster by Celine Mcilmunn

Shop Item of the Week is this poster print of a painting by Celine Mcilmunn titled 'Artemisia'. This image is one of six paintings Mcilmunn has created as part of her 'Mighty Women' series. Each image depicts a strong powerful woman from history. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – c. 1656) was a painter who specialized in painting pictures of strong and suffering women from myths, allegories, and the Bible- victims, suicides, warriors. In an era when female painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and had international clientele.

We've just added this poster to our online shop, where you can find it for sale at £15. The 'Mighty Woman' posters can also be found in our gallery shop at Trongate 103.

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Artwork of the Week -  ‘Rêves rouille’ by Izabella Ortiz

Artwork of the week features this gorgeous mixed media painting by Izabella Ortiz. This intricate artwork is currently on display in our gallery as part of the 'Polysémie Collection - Les Amis de Marseille' exhibition.

With an Australian mother and a French-Colombian father, as a child Izabella Ortiz has lived in France, Australia and also Alaska. Isabella Ortiz is the result of the union of various cultures, and that is how her work painting is impregnated by Inut, Aboriginal and Indians myths, tales and legends. 

Her work is so detailed it really should be seen in person. Come by Trongate 103 to have a look at this powerful and unusual exhibition!

 

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Meet the Volunteers - Hanne Lillee

Since it is #VolunteersWeek, we bring you another 'Meet the Volunteers' today: the wonderful Hanne Lillee, who has been a great addition to the Aspire team.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I’m a Glasgow based artist working within sculpture and photography. I hold a MFA in Fine art from Goldsmiths University.

In what workshop did you volunteer?
Aspire, Monday morning class.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I applied to volunteer because I wanted to gain more experience in supporting artists with learning difficulties.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
Yes, it was wonderful to be able to help the artists achieve their artistic intentions. The impressive facilities at Project Ability means the artists have various mediums to work within, and it is always great to help an artist explore a new medium and the possibilities that comes with that.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
Art making can sometimes get a little too serious, and helping the artists at Project Ability has reminded me that art making also should be fun, spontaneous  and exciting!

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
Michael who attends the Monday morning and afternoon classes have been working on a fantastic pencil drawing on a large canvas. He has a great line and attention to detail!

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Certainly.

Thanks Hanne!

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Meet the Volunteers - Alison Brown

This week is #VolunteersWeek, and we want to take this opportunity to thank all our incredible volunteers, past and present. 'Meet the Volunteers' gives you a glimpse into our volunteering programme and into what spending a few hours a week in our studios brings to our volunteer's practice. Alison Brown is one of our current ReConnect volunteers, and she answers our question in today's feature.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I graduated from Glasgow School of Art quite a while ago – but in the meantime had worked in radio and television, and had a family. For years I knew that I really wanted to get back to art and design, but struggled to get started again. When I finally left broadcasting, I experimented with image sequences and surface pattern in drawings, prints and collages. Also I like to draw people as often as I can - I’m fascinated by faces and spend a lot of time in cafes scribbling unsuspecting coffee drinkers.
                                                                              
In what workshop did you volunteer?
The ReConnect Workshop on Friday morning.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?

I had admired work done by Project Ability artists for years, and always thought it would be great to get involved. Beyond wanting to do something positive for other artists, I was also keen to learn about working with people in this kind of setting. I wanted to build a knowledge of how to encourage and support people to explore their artistic potential, alongside the fact that I really like working with people - I find the process of meeting and making connections with individuals really fascinating.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
I really has! And surpassed them. I look forward to each session, to find out how things are going with everyone in the studio. The Friday artists have been a real joy to work with. Everyone is so dedicated to their work, creative and fascinating to talk to. There’s an incredible range of work being created, and I’m so impressed by the way in which people are keen to push forward and gain new skills and insights.

What I didn’t anticipate was the level of interest and support I would get back from everyone, which has been very inspiring. To be honest, I was a little nervous at first, but everyone in the studio was so welcoming that I soon felt like part of the family. It’s been years since I’ve spent time in a shared creative space and find it very motivating. I’ve been inspired to try things that I’ve seen in studio, and also try long-neglected mediums that I thought I was no good with. Being at Project Ability has reminded me too that it’s good to experiment and ‘play’ with my work, and be confident in what I am creating.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
It’s been great to work with adult artists, as previously many of the workshops I had run or assisted with previously were for children. Beforehand I thought that this would add extra layers of complexity to the experience; that people would be looking for more detail and specific help or guidance. What I found is that it’s not as straightforward as that - the support I offer actually really depends on the person I’m speaking to and what’s happening with them that day. My contribution could be as simple as giving a bit of encouragement and finding materials, or something more demanding. I’ve discovered that it helps to keep an open mind and be flexible.

I’ve learned a lot about focus. The ability to use work as a focus beyond everything else that’s going on in life can be central to an artist’s practice, and I’ve begun to discover how to use focus, and sometimes the skill of re-focussing, as a way of getting around blockages or bad days.

I’m fascinated by the way that the work opens up lines of communication between individuals, and gives a central point of contact. In my non-voluntary working life, I’ve always had to do the talking…and be the person who is persuading and generally making things happen. At Project Ability, I’ve been working on being calmer, letting people come to their own conclusions in their time. I’ve been working on listening rather than filling the space with my thoughts or ideas… I’m finding out how to step back and allow things to happen.

And finally, persistence is a great thing! There’s nearly always a little more paint you can ease from a tube…

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
It’s really difficult to pick out one person to be honest, I really like so many of the people I’ve met and the pieces they’ve produced….I couldn’t just pick out one…

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Definitely…in fact I already have.

Any other comments?
Thank you for such a fantastic experience. I have gained so much, I just hope I’ve made a useful contribution in return. I’m not usually lost for words, but I’ve found it really difficult to put into words what this experience has meant to me.  Thank you to all in the Friday ReConnect studio and Celine.

Thank you Alison!

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Corseford School workshops

Corseford School pupils have been working hard this last term, alongside our tutor Tracy Gorman.

"Many beautiful pieces of art have been achieved by all of the young people at the school. They have all developed new skills in print-making, collage and painting to name a few. They have also looked at famous artists such as Picasso and Paul Klee and made art inspired by their work.

Some of the favourite pieces created by the Primary children were made using fruits and vegetables, which they enjoyed not only printing with, but smelling and tasting before they were dipped in luscious paint! Each of the children made beautiful press prints and created a ‘fruit bowl’ filled with the lovely fruits and veg they had fun experiencing.

Another favourite lesson was inspired by one of the secondary class’s topics about Africa. Each of the pupils worked hard on a silhouette painting, taking time to create a beautiful sunset, sponging on a range of warm colours, before finishing off with their choice of African animal stencilled using a dramatic black paint. I’m sure you’ll agree the results are great!"
-Tracy Gorman

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Artwork of the Week - Untitled by Dominique Liccia

Artwork of the Week this week is Dominique Liccia’s untitled pen and ink piece.  This work, which is part of ‘Polysémie Collection - Les Amis de Marseille’ - an exhibition soon to be on display in our gallery - is really something! The modest use of pen and ink to create such intricate art is truly captivating, and you can really sense the hours of work on the page to make these otherworldly machines and figures. 

The exhibition includes numerous, excellent works, and runs from the 2nd of June until the 30th of June, with an evening event taking place on the 7th form 6-8pm. Exhibiting artists include: David Abisror, Philippe Azema, Davide Cicolani, Davood Koochaki, Dominique Liccia, Izabella Ortiz, Evelyne Postic, and Maurizio Zappon. One not to be missed!

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Nnena Kalu - online book

Nnena Kalu's incredible installation came down this morning, but you can now see her creative process and the resulting artwork in an online book.

‘I found the repetition of movement soothing to watch. The use of materials is clever and colour is fun!’ (Kim Pickett, York)

‘This is one of the best exhibitions in G.I. I love Nnena’s work, I’m really excited to see what she makes in the future. Congratulations!’ (Amy Crear, Shetland)

‘Uplifting, a total sensation of energy, love, fun and happiness. A perfect start to my 2 day GI 2018, thank you Nnena.’ (T. Wilkinson, Granton)

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Shop Item of the Week - Revlon Lipstick by Jacqui Smyth

Our Shop Item of the Week is this playful painting on paper by Aspire artist Jacqui Smyth. 'Revlon Lipstick' has been created in our studios in the last couple of months, and the colour palette Smyth has used is just gorgeous! Usually focusing on music, bands and venues, this subject is a bit unusual for Smyth. Measuring 59x42cm, you can find 'Revlon Lipstick' in our online shop and our gallery shop at Trongate 103. For purchase at just £50, this artwork would brighten up any room any where!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘1921 Douglas Motorcycle’ by Lewis Scott

Artwork of the Week features this expressive drawing of the 1921 Douglas Motorcycle 2¾HP. Project Ability Aspire artist Lewis Scott has created this large drawing with bold mark making and minimal use of colour. It is one of two drawings Scott has made of the British retro motorbike. This particular model was used by the military in World War I. You can see below the photograph Scott used to create this work of art.

The drawing is currently part of an exhibtion at the Polysemie gallery in Marseille titled, Project Ability: l’Art Brut en Ecosse. Scott is one of eight Project Ability artists invited to take part in this exhibition. 

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Meet the Volunteers: Jade Sturrock

Today, please meet Jade Sturrock, one of our wonderful volunteers who has been supporting our Aspire artists on Tuesdays. 

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I am an artist currently living and working in Glasgow. I studied painting and printmaking at GSA and graduated in 2016. My practice  primarily consists of a combination of painting and collage. I enjoy combining natural, organic forms and painterly mark making with found imagery, often taken from mass media to creative emotive juxtapositions, which all mostly revolve around the female body. I aim to re-configure ways in which the female form can be depicted and viewed, blurring the line between abstraction and representation. Bold colour or forms tend to draw in the viewer, before the fragmented nature of the image exposes a more ambiguous intention. Drawing upon female subjectivity, representation and sexuality, I enjoy re-coding conditions which are typically restrictive of women’s self expression and the unregulated body.

In what workshop did you volunteer?
I volunteered in the Aspire workshop on tuesday mornings.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I applied to volunteer initially because I have always had a strong interest in the therapeutic benefits of making art. I enjoy being around people and sharing ideas about thought processes whilst observing the enjoyment  it brings. I also wanted to gain insight into what it was like for people to be creative in an open workshop setting where they can interact with one another and the sense of community it generates. Making art alone can often feel very self-serving so I was keen to support others to realise their creativity whilst opening my own mind up to different ways of doing things.
I also felt disheartened by art world politics and the lack of connection I was able to have with other creatives in my everyday life. Being slightly isolated from a wider artistic community since leaving art school, I  wanted to be back in a creative environment. I was also aware of many of the constraints faced by artists such as funding, exposure and opportunities and admired the fact that Project ability Provided a safe space for people from all different backgrounds to make work.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
The experience exceeded my expectations because I have been able to witness first hand how important the work and ethos of Project Ability really is in practice. I was a little nervous about not knowing how to help, or what I could do to best support the staff and the artists but everyone was super friendly, welcoming and supportive. It has been a real confidence booster to know that not only do I enjoy this kind of work, but that I am actually well suited to it and would be capable of continuing to do it in the future. I can’t describe how heartwarming it has been to observe the sense of achievement experienced by everyone involved in the workshops.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learned that the rules, boundaries and limitations that might exist in everyday life or in art world politics do not exist within the Aspire workshops. Creative processes are impulsive and immediate, and do not always need explanation or justification, which I have found completely fascinating and liberating to observe as an artist. In the past I have found that it is all too easy to get caught up in the rights and wrongs and fiddly details when making or perceiving things. Attending the Aspire workshops has opened my mind up to whole new ways of using materials and the importance of not getting too hung up the final outcome, but rather valuing the making as a cathartic process in its own right.

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
I have been working a lot with Martin on a one to one basis, and he really stands out because his work is so expressive. He really enjoys being bold with his use of materials and the types of imagery he is inspired by. I have found it really rewarding to work with him because through sharing his ideas and running with them together I think he feels more confident about making things. He made a wonderful sculpture of an turtle called Sam out of clay which I think he was really proud of and I thought it was absolutely amazing.
I also really enjoyed the two exhibitions held in the Project Ability gallery back in March called ‘The Queen Mothers’ and ‘Kay, Sharif and Smyth’. I thought the expression and imagery were absolutely brilliant and they did a great job of bringing to light the viewpoints and expression of young female artists with disabilities. They were so strong and made an impact which will stick with me for a long time!

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Absolutely. It pushes you out of your comfort zone but is such a rewarding experience and permanently alters how you perceive art making for the better. You really feel welcomed in to the Project Ability community.

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Ladysbridge Stories celebrations

"On Tuesday 15 May, we travelled back to Aberdeen for our final visit, to launch the fruits of all of our hard work over the course of the Ladysbridge Stories project. We kick started our visit with a lovely afternoon tea, during which the group reconnected and talked about their plans for the following night, when we would reveal the Ladysbridge Memory Map, designed and brought to life by all of the stories that the participants of the project so generously shared with us over the course of the project. Our launch night was set to be a celebration to top off what has been a hugely successful and wonderful project to be involved in.

On Wednesday we all attended the C-Change ‘Being Human’ conference, our partners in the Ladysbridge Stories project. Many of the delegates of the conference stayed on to share in our evening event. The night started with our key participants introducing themselves and the project, and the reveal of the Memory Map, a beautiful visual map that describes life at the hospital, from the perspective of the former patients and staff that we worked with over the course of the project. For the rest of the evening we all celebrated the group's achievements and enjoyed the talents of DJ Kit Kat Kenny, dancing the night away!

It has been a truly incredible project to have been involved in, spanning the year, starting with the launch in May 2017 when we first met some of our group and continuing with regular workshops and trips throughout the year. We really have met some incredible people, always willing to share and get involved, with all of their contributions making the final Memory Map so rich.

We would like to give a huge thank you to all of our wonderful participants, we have enjoyed your company very much and we hope we can work with you all again in the future."
-Sharon and Tracy

(Special thanks to Tracy's selfie stick!)

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Shop Item of the Week - Animal Magnets by Scott Smith

For our Shop Item of the Week we have these Scott Smith designed magnets of elephants and foxes. Made from laser cut plywood, they measure 8x6cm and are for sale at £5. You can find them in our online shop and our gallery shop at Trongate 103. Our shop is filled with unique artworks, all made or inspired by artworks created in our studios on the 3rd floor. Keep us in mind the next time you're looking for something different!

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Artwork of the Week by Adnan Mohammed

Our Artwork of the Week is this ceramic bust by Aspire artist Adnan Mohammed. This is one of several busts Adnan has made over the last year, which are currently on display in our Gallery II. Each one is unique and portrays a different character - sometimes a character from the tele, and other times straight from Adnan's imagination. They make a fascinating collection, and we are delighted to be showing them all together. Adnan is a very talented artist and in addition to his own practice he is currently involved in a project that sees him collborating with students from the Glasgow School of Art. We'll post more about that later! The title of this collection of cermaic works is, 'Features by Adnan', and you can see them at Trongate 103 until 26 May. 

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Walking Growth Research with Consuelo Servan

On Wednesday the 25th April the walking group met with Consuelo Servan to do a collaborative textile project at Pollok Park. Some of us met up at Project Ability to chat with Consuelo about ideas of what to make and look at examples.

We then took the bus over to Pollok and met up with some other members of the group. We took a long walk through the park, where we were photographing new growth and getting ideas for the piece. We were charged with collecting leaves and sticks or anything else we could use to print with.

The weather was very spotty switching from sunny to heavy rain quickly all afternoon, so we were able to make use of the ponchos the group has had for a while now. We walked for around an hour and a half to our destination, a old converted barn at the stables within the park. Once there, we had tea and cake and we all got to feed a rescue pony named Luna some carrots.

However by this point there was no time to make any art! So we arranged to work on the project in our studio on Friday the 27th in the morning. The whole group was not able to attend at this time but those of us who were there got to cut up some wonder screen prints of cacti and reform them into a new shape before painting with brushes and sticks.

The entire experience was filmed over both days and the film and art piece will be in a future exhibition Consuelo is having. Sadly this the last walking group we will be having at the moment, with hope to continue in the future. 
-Morag MacGilchrist

Film by Tom Binns

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Meet the Volunteers - Emma Helen Reid

Our current volunteers have been with us since the start of the year, and have been fantastic additions to our workshops. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of them, and are very proud to introduce them to you. This week, meet the brilliant Emma Helen Reid, who has been volunteering in our ReConnect workshops. 

In 2017 I graduated from M.Litt Fine Art Practice – Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art. In my practice I explore personal, corporeal connections with technologies that are embedded in many of our lives. My work can include video, writing, technology, sound, textiles, performance.

Since January I’ve been volunteering with ReConnect on Tuesdays. It is an incredibly engaging and productive studio to be in, each artist is making their own work while being supported by their tutor Celine and other staff. The artists I’ve met here are working with a wide range of processes and materials including painting, drawing, ceramics, and glass.

I am currently working with a group of ReConnect artists to make drawing, writing, collage, and photographs exploring the theme ‘studio traces’. Through the workshop we’ve been thinking about the potential significance of the incidental marks that we leave behind in the process of making work. We’ve also been talking about the wonderful and important feeling of community in this studio. We will bring the work together to make a digital publication.

I am learning lots from the experience through getting to know everyone, learning about the work they are making, and hearing about the various motivations and intentions they have. I’m grateful I have been able to return for a second block to see the different ways that works are developing. It has been a pleasure to be a volunteer with Project Ability and to find out more about this inspiring organisation.
-Emma Helen Reid

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Shop Item of the Week - Piglet by Cameron Morgan

This week's Shop Item of the Week is this adorably bizarre ceramic Piglet by Cameron Morgan. This little creature is one of many ceramic farm animals Morgan has made over the past year. We have sheep, sheep dogs, pigs, piglets and highland cows! If you like this little piglet you can find it in our online shop and also our gallery shop at Trongate 103. He fits right in the palm of your hand - almost.... and for £25.00 we don't expect it to be around too long!

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One month until PROCESSIONS

One month to go until PROCESSIONS!

On Sunday 10th June, women and girls from across the UK will comwe together to create a vast participatory artwork taking place for one day in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

Processions will be a living portrait of UK women in the 21st century, a mass participation artwork celebrating one hundred years of votes for (some) women. Project Ability will be taking part in the march, with our very own banner currently being made by a group of women artists from across our programmes.

You can register for free to attend your nearest PROCESSIONS event at processions.co.uk/register

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Artwork of the week - ‘Portrait of the Artist’s Mother’ by Angela McLauchlin

This week we bring you an exceptional painting as our Artwork of the Week – ‘Portrait of the Artist’s Mother’ by Angela McLauchlin. Currently on show as part of the l’Art Brut en Ecosse exhibition in the Polysemie Gallery in Marseilles, this piece is a striking example of Angela’s expressive style.  Angela’s figures are bold, colourful, and stylised, which results in high impact, vibrant work. We love it!

The exhibition will run until the 9th of June 2018, so - if you're lucky enough to find yourself in the south of France - why not pay a visit?

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘croft’ by David McCracken

Our Shop Item of the Week is this beautifully rendered ceramic croft by David McCracken. We've had our eye on the beautiful creations David has been working on for the past few months. We now have a collection of ceramic Scottish abodes in our shop and each one describes a different type of shelter commonly found in the highlands. As this one is, they are all exquisitely crafted with a real-life weathered look about them. Measuring 21x14x9 cm this unique piece of ceramics is priced at 50 pounds. You can purchase 'croft' from our online shop or come by to have a look at the whole collection at our gallery shop at Trongate 103.

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Artwork of the Week - ‘I’m Going to Tell You About My Life’

Artwork of the Week features a photograph from Esther Ferrer's performance involving citizens of Glasgow volunteering in a performance of language and story telling. The composition of the performance remains the same each time it is executed by a different group of people. Esther Ferrer was invited to Glasgow to perform this piece at the Pearce Institute in Govan for part of Glasgow International. You can read more about the piece here. If you missed the performance you can watch it on screen at our Project Space at Trongate 103, 3rd Floor. It will be available to view for the duration of the festival, alongside the exhibtion 'House Party'. Gi ends on Monday the 7th at 5pm!  A massive thank you to all of the amazing performers who volunteered their time to be part of this performance!

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LDAW - Ladysbridge Stories event

Ladysbridge Stories is a unique social history project which has been led by a group of amazing people who have a shared experience of having been a resident in Ladysbridge Hospital.
The group have met regularly over the past 10 months and are now ready to share their stories.

Join us on Wednesday 16 May in Aberdeen to mark Learning Disability Awareness Week and to celebrate this fantastic project. All welcome.

Rox Hotel 17-23 Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5PY
5.30pm: Drinks Reception
6 – 6.30pm: Welcome, Introductions, What happened?
6.30 – 9pm: Disco and Finger Buffet

RSVP Sheryl Walker at C-Change; sheryl.walker@c-change.org.uk or 0141 427 2946

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Heritage Lottery Fund Workshops

Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland - Workshop at Project Ability
May 17th 2018, 1.30 – 2.30 pm


Project Ability is hosting a workshop with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scotland. We are inviting local groups to join a brief workshop on Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Funding.

HLF receives fewer funding applications from minority ethnic and cultural communities, disabled people and young people (15 – 25) and want to help more of these groups to celebrate their Heritage.

“I understand this may seem remote from your work but you don’t have to be a heritage organisation to apply to us. If your focus is community or culture, health or sport getting involved in a heritage project brings many benefits. Projects that explore cultures and memories can bring people closer together. Heritage focussed projects can include valuable training and learning. Getting out, meeting others and actively engaging with a heritage project also contributes to health and wellbeing.

HLF support all kinds of projects, as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities. Projects include capturing people’s, memories of a particular event or daily life: researching people and places or
looking after natural habitats and buildings. You may look at a story that is central to your organisation or bring people together to explore a new topic. Take a look at what we fund at hlf.org.uk to get an idea of the wide ranging projects we support.”

The workshop will last about an hour and is a chance to hear directly from the HLF staff about the HLF programmes, outcomes and process and discuss potential heritage projects.

Project Ability is currently working on a HLF Funded project in partnership with people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire on their memories of living in Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff (an institution for people with learning disabilities) in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. www.ladysbridgestories.com

The workshop will take place in our studio in Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
If you would like to come along please contact us on 0141 552 2822 or info@project-ability.co.uk

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Bear Cub’ by John Cocozza

This week we bring you John Cocozza's 'Bear Cub' as our Shop Item of the Week! This one-off drypoint print can be purchased in our online shop or our gallery shop at Trongate 103. It is an adorably vicious looking cub and one of a small series of bear prints Cocozza has produced recently. You can see more of Cocozza's work hereOutside In have been featuring Cocozza's work all throug out the month of April as their 'Artist of the Month'!

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“I am going to tell you about my performance experience”

On Sunday 22 April, a group of volunteer performers took part in Spanish artist Esther Ferrer's performance 'I Am Going To Tell You About My Life'. The piece showcases a group of people talking about their life in different languages and BSL. The performance was organised by Monica Laiseca at the Glasgow School of Art and by Project Ability. ReConnect artist Simon McAuley was one of the performers, here is what he said about the event.

"This was the first time I have performed as an artist and so I was a little nervous. Everyone involved was really supportive and there was a sense of being part of something important. Some of the participants were experienced performers and for others it was a first. The process was really interesting and everyone's confidence grew as we rehearsed. We could really feel the project taking shape. To learn about performance art through the piece and from Esther felt like such a privilege. I am so glad I participated and met such inspiring people. I could see why performance artists were so passionate about their medium. I am looking forward to seeing the film of the piece in Project Ability's gallery."

The video of the performance will be on display in our exhibition 'House Party' featuring works by Esther Ferrer, Louise Ahl and Fritz Welch, Jessica Higgins, Sandra Johnston and Pester & Rossi. Project Room, 3rd floor, Trongate 103, until 07 May.

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Shop Item of the Week -  Porcelain Fox Plate, Scott Smith design

Shop Item of the Week is this feldspar porcelain plate with a Scott Smith fox drawing fired onto it. We've taken a small selection of Smith's beasties and made a limited edition set of dishes. In addition to this lovely  fox we have birds and elephants, with more to come. We have a small selection of these in our gallery shop so pop in for a look! We have our Glasgow International show on just now so there's lots to see. You can also purchase the plate on our online shop. They are dishwasher safe and this dish is 20cm diameter and available for purchase for just  £12.

These are a limited edition so they won't be around forever!

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Artwork of the Week - by Nnena Kalu

Artwork of the Week features a beautiful abstract drawing by our Glasgow International artist Nnena Kalu

For Glasgow International 2018 Project Ability invited installation artist Nnena Kalu to work in the gallery. As Artist in Residence for the first week of the festival, visitors are invited to watch Kalu as she creates a large scale sculptural installation.

Kalu is an artist working with ActionSpace, a London based visual arts organisation that supports artists with learning disabilities. To create her installations, she binds and layers materials to create large, colourful structures that wrap themselves around the gallery, reacting to the size, shape and environment of each new setting.

In addition to Kalu's installations she also often works on large drawings in her studio at ActionSpace. Usually working on two drawings at a time, arranged in a corner, the artist works fast and steadily. Come by the Project Ability gallery at Trongate 103 to see the installation and some of the her drawings. 

 

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Artwork of the Week - by Rehan Yousuf

Artwork of the Week is this watercolour and ink painting by Rehan Yousuf. Rehan has a vibrant colour palette and fluidity of penwork. He is one of eight artists from Project Ability who have been selected to be part of the Spring of Contemporary Art at the Galerie Polysémie in Marseille. The show opens on May 9th and exhibiting together with Rehan Yousuf will also be Project Ability artsists, Angela McLauchlin, Esme McLeod, John Cocozza, Lewis Scott, Michael McMullen, Robert Reddick, Tommy Kemp, and Tommy Mason. We're very excited to be involved in this city wide exposition of fine art! If you happen to be in Marseille this May stop in for a look.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘A Musical Guide to Scotland’ Tea Towel

 

Shop Item of the Week! We've got this lovely new tea towel, hot off the press. The printed image is a line drawing by Project Ability artist Michael Earll. You can see over the outline of Scotland he's skillfully hand drawn and written the names of many of Scotland's most loved musicians and bands. Have you got a favourite Scottish band? Chances are you'll find it on this tea towel. For only £8 this is a brilliant piece of Scottish merchandise! You can find them in our gallery shop at Trongate 103 or just here on our website

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