As the New Year approaches, Project Ability would like to offer new opportunities for volunteering across our programmes, starting in January 2014.
We are looking for graduate artists with experience in ceramics or printmaking to support our ‘Aspire’ participants in the making of their artwork. Volunteers should be able to commit to at least one 2 hour workshop per week for a series of 8 weeks. Workshops take place twice a day Monday to Friday.
We also want to recruit six artists for our ‘Create’ Saturday workshop programme.
Two opportunities from 10 am to 12:30pm to volunteer with our youngest artists aged 5 – 12 years
Two opportunities from 1pm to 4pm to support young people aged 12 - 21 years.
Two opportunities to support our 21 – 28 year old artists, in our studio provision, ‘Art Matters’ from 4pm – 6pm.
These volunteer positions will run from Saturday 25st January until Saturday 15th March, with the possibility of an extension of a further block of 8 workshops.
Click here to download the volunteer application form.
‘The ReSearch Room’
2014 sees the start of an exciting new opportunity for artists to be involved with our organisation. ‘The ReSearch Room’ provides space and support to artists who have an interest in developing their practice through research and delivery in partnership with the artists at Project Ability. The ‘ReSearch’ programme will give artists of all experiences and abilities, the opportunity to work and learn from each other in a series of creative conversations.
At this stage, we are looking for artists who would like to take part in ‘ReSearch’ to submit their ideas of how they would approach developing a shared practice, working in a reciprocal partnership with an artist with different life experiences to themselves.
All of these volunteering positions are based at our workshop on the 3rd floor of Trongate 103. If you have any queries regarding these positions, please feel free to contact Volunteers Co-ordinator, Tracy Gorman. If you are interested in volunteering in one of these roles please complete the application form and return it to Tracy Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications is Friday 17th January 2014. Informal Interviews will be held the week Monday 27th January 2014.
The exhibition will open for the Pastels who will be playing a set of songs from their new album Slow Summits. There will be a Christmas Pound Appeal donation box on the night, to help us reach our £1,500 target!
Enjoy the music and the art, and don't forget to donate!
Thanks to Alison, Stephen, Mono and the Pastels for their time and generosity!
Opening: Saturday 07 December, 7pm
08 December - 06 January
MONO, 12 King's Court, Glasgow
For our last Meet the Volunteers of 2013, we would like to introduce you to the brilliant Clare Marks, who has been helping out with our film workshops.
We would like to say a big thank you to all our fabulous volunteers this year, you have all been a wonderful help and a pleasure to work with! There will be new volunteers opportunities coming up very soon, so keep an eye on the website.
‘I have had so much fun working with the young filmmakers at project ability! I have wanted to volunteer at Project Ability for some time, and now I have had the chance to be an assistant producer, model-maker, camerawoman and voiceover artist! I’ve been involved in making sci-fi, drama, comedy, action, it has been an absolute pleasure to get to do this.
The group I worked with are passionate, imaginative and talented, with a specific interest in making artworks onscreen, and all that surrounds the world of film-making. What a crew, I feel like this is an Oscar speech!
I graduated from GSA in Environmental Art in 2012, and wanted to make use of my video and audio making skills somehow. I contacted Project Ability to see how I could get involved and was pleased to learn about Young Talent on Screen. This is a really exciting workshop for young people to learn about the filmmaking process, through group work, discussion and experimentation. There is room here to have fun, but also to progress professionally, with goals such as appearing in film festivals. It has been inspiring to watch the creative process, individually and within the group. I can’t wait to do more!’
- Clare Marks
Thank you Clare, and thank you to all our fantastic volunteers of 2013!
We were overwhelmed by the wonderful feedback we've received during the opening of Pet Portraits! Thanks to everybody who came to see the show, and to our four legged friends Lola, Minnie and Parker, who graciously posed in front of some of their portraits!
The show runs until Friday 20 December, and we will have a late opening tomorrow night, Thurdsay 05 December, 6pm-8pm.
Make sure you pop by, it's a show you don't want to miss!
This is the launch of our annual Christmas Pound Appeal.
At this time of year when the order of the day is over-indulgence and plenty, rather than spending your money on POUNDS of CHOCOLATE, BISCUITS, CAKE and CARDS please give us a cash donation instead. We can now claim gift aid on all small cash donations and we will make every pound count.
Donations can be handed into the office and made securely online through Just Giving.
Our target this year is £1500 and we have already raised almost £850 from our fundraising comedy evening on the 14th November ……….. just £650 to go!
2013 has been an outstanding year and the board and staff at Project Ability send their warmest good wishes to everyone in our growing community of artists, their families and supporters.
Throughout the year the staff and tutors have been helped by a team of fantastic volunteers, amazing artists who have taken part in our residency programme, wonderful people who have given us their time and invigilated exhibitions and helpful, attentive parents and carers who support the artists young and old to attend our programmes and develop their artistic practice.
Thank you, from all of us!
Our new Friends and Family Fun programme starts with a festive themed workshop. Come along on the day and our artists will help you to create a beautiful, illuminated paper village.
These classes provide the opportunity for children and young people with disabilities and their friends and families to participate in an exciting programme of visual arts activities. What's more you can take away a goody bag of ideas and materials to help you continue structured arts activities at home.
All young people must be accompanied by an adult.
Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
Date- Saturday 14th December 2013
Cost- £5 per group
Please contact us on 0141 552 2822 to secure your place.
In February, as part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2013 we showcased the talents of our young film makers at the GFT to a hugely appreciative audience.
Also in February, the Lennox Castle Stories group were invited to attend Glasgow City Chambers to present their stories and talk about the project with local councillors.
In April to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day 2013 we opened, in the foyer of Trongate 103, You, Me and ASD, an exhibition of works by 40 artists with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. This exhibition was the outcome of a new partnership with the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) which saw 60 people supported by the ARC attending a series of art classes at Project Ability. Many participants have gone on to attend classes in our regular workshop programme.
On the 17th April 2012, Project Ability and C-Change launched the website www.lennoxcastlestories.co.uk. This remarkable social history project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, brought together ex-residents, ex-staff, professionals, family and friends to share their memories of living and working in Lennox Castle Hospital.
"It was great to hear the patients and their families talk about the project.”
“Happy but a bit sad about wasted lives.” “I didn’t like being in the castle.”
“I have enjoyed Project Ability, my bad memories of Lennox Castle are away now. I have met old friends and new ones.”
On Saturday 25 May, a selection of Project Ability short films was screened in GMAC. The films were made during the last year by young filmmakers. The cinema was packed with people, and afterwards, some of the filmmakers were handed a prestigious Arts Award.
Also in May, the Art Matters workshops turned one! Art Matters is a supported group for young adults aged 21-28yrs to meet, socialise and create great artwork.
In July, artist Simon McAuley attended a three week residency at the arts organisation Celf O Gwmpas in Llandrindod, mid-Wales. This fantastic opportunity saw Simon exploring the landscape and returning to his photographic practice.
In August, we launched the Pet Portraits project which has captured the imagination of all our artists, young and old, and opened in the gallery on the 30th November.
On August 5th, twenty seven artists from the Aspire programme opened an exhibition in Platform.
In September we launched the Project Ability Walking Group. This group meets every second Wednesday to go on a 3km walk around the city centre and east end of Glasgow taking photographs of their surroundings to create a visual mapping of the city.
We also published the memoirs of Marie Christie: 'I, Myself Marie Christie - Project Ability and the Lennox Castle Hospital Story'.
In October we launched the art in the gart gallery at Gartnavel Royal Hospital where we will curate three exhibitions a year.
And, the film Lennox Castle Stories was screened in the CCA as part of the Document 11 International Film Festival.
From the 3rd to the 6th October, Project Ability joined twenty European studios, galleries and museums for the third 2x2 International Outsider Art Fair at Kunsthaus Kannen, Munster, Germany. We exhibited work by artists Simon McAuley,Luigi Bertonesi and Marie Christie and ceramic sculptures by George Stevenson.
In November our first big fundraising event of the year at the Comedy Lounge raised £850.
In December we launch the 2013 Xmas Pounds Appeal and set a goal of £650 – to help us reach our end of year target of £1500.
A trailer advertising the Young Talent on Screen Film Fesitval has been expertly created by Owen Scullion and the YToS team. Excellent work!
Don't forget to send us your films! Click here for more information.
For this week's 'Meet the Volunteers', we would like to introduce you to Joy Bain, who has been helping out in our Aspire workshops.
‘I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1989, with a degree in Printed Textiles and Printmaking. For the past 20 years, I have had a studio at Wasps in Glasgow and have been a member of the Glasgow Print Studio, where I now teach woodcut. Since graduating, I have exhibited widely from London to New York, my work has a bold graphic style is easily recognisable.
I have always admired the work produced at Project Ability and I’m very happy to be part of this organisation as a volunteer. The enthusiasm of the people involved is infectious and the work created unique and extremely individual.’
Thanks a lot Joy! And thanks to all our wonderful volunteers! We will be advertising new volunteering positions next week, so keep an eye on the website!
After last week's walk when we passed by the Templeton Business Centre, we decided to visit the Glasgow School of Art to see the Interwoven Connections exhibition which features designs that were made in the building when it was a carpet factory.
From there we went to visit the McLellan Galleries which has recently reopened and is currently showing the RGI's annual open exhibition. We spent some time there looking at the work and each of us chose a piece that we liked to show to the rest of the group.
Once again we were lucky with the weather and Glasgow was bathed in wonderful sunlight. Perfect weather for photographs.
Cameron Morgan's work has been selected for Big-i - the third successive international exhibition by artists with learning disabilities selected from an open call for entries in September 2013.
Cameron's work 'Coconut Palms' will be exhibited in Resonating Resonance in various venues throughout Japan, starting in Bankstown International Exchange, Osaka, 23 November - 10 December 2013.
It's already week 5 of the current Young Talent on Screen block of workshops! All the young filmmakers have been working hard making posters, animations and trailers for the Film Festival, as well as discussing films and the latest submissions.
Our guest blogger this week is Raeesah Ismail.
"I’m Raeesah Ismail and I made a poster that represents an old programme called ‘Saved by the Bell’, and I think it went well. I even put all the characters, called A.C. Slater, Zack Morris, Lisa Turtle, Jessie Spano, Screech Powers, Kelly Cepowsky, and I even put a bell right in the middle, and the colours I used were blue, green, pink, purple, orange, red and yallow. And I like how I designed it with the colours I picked myself."
If you would like to submit a film for the Festival, please click here.
Edward Henry shows there is a colour and mood for every season in his suite of little paintings inspired by the months of the year. Edward’s paintings are certainly dramatic with his yellows, reds and oranges being particularly livid. His use of drawn lines makes you picture the artist drawing in premeditated movements with the application of paint suggesting a slower and more fluid process also at play.
These small paintings invite careful looking, and the slightest and most concealed marks count the most, collectively alluding to natural, ancient and divine situations.
These paintings have been made into a 2014 calendar, available to buy now in our shop!
Project Ability artist Cameron Morgan is planning a mural encompassing a timeline of Scottish culture and architecture for the Generation festival, as our celebration of 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland.
Cameron, who will start work in the gallery in June 2014, is currently researching imagery and taking photos with artist Jason Davies, from bold Scottish landscapes and castles to industrial revolution architecture, all the way to the ultra modern Hydro.
This promises to be a phenomenal work of art!
On the 13th November 2013, we were invited to Bergen, Norway to speak at a conference on delivering arts and culture for people with learning disabilities. Over 100 people with learning disabilities, artists and professionals working in education and social care attended the conference which was organised by the Bergen Kommune.
On the 12th November we were the guest of the Adviser of the Art, Culture and Mental Health Department of the Bergenhus og Årstad kulturkontor Cultural Office. In 2012, the city had launched an Art, Culture and Mental Health plan and during the day we visited a number of arts and social care projects across the city who were delivering the plan's strategy. We shared our practice, working across mental health and learning disabilities sectors and also met our friends at Gallery Vox. In February 2013 a number of artists from Project Ability contributed to their international touring postcard exhibition.
A big thank you from us all to everybody who made it to our Comedy Fundraiser, in partnership with the Comedy Lounge!
Thanks to you all, we raised a fantastic £825! Many artists came over for the event, and some even donated some of their work for the raffle or pop-up shop.
After the four comedy acts, our very own Murray Wilson took over the stage for the very awaited raffle! Congratulations to all the winners!
Harriet is working on a poster for the Young Talent on Screen Film Festival. She likes to incorporate her favourite characters into the poster art- such as Zoe and Mike.
Harriet is an excellent drawer and enjoys participating in the Friday film quiz.
The night we've all been waiting for is upon us! Project Ability's Comedy Fundraiser will take place tonight in the Comedy Lounge at Mansion House. We really cannot wait for what will be a fun filled evening of laughs and hi-jinks, while at the same time contributing to our cause. Doors are at 730pm, so do come along and join in the fun. Tickets will be available at the door, so don’t panic if you haven’t picked one up yet!
Sure to be one of tonight’s numerous highlights is the raffle, which is packed with truly fantastic prizes. They are as follows:
A bundle of 4 Project Ability Tea Towels, designed by our talented Create artists; 2 bottles of wine (hurray!); A bundle of Project Ability books and a calendar designed by Edward Henry; a pack of quality A3 sketchbooks, donated by W.Enterprises; Afternoon tea for two at the Butterfly and the Pig Tearooms; A lovely Lesley Nimmo drawing; 8 movie tickets to Cineworld Glasgow; 8 tickets to Jongleurs Comedy Showcase at the Comedy Club; A generous £50 worth of vouchers to spend on art materials at Great Art; A family ticket to Dick McWittington at SECC with John Barrowman and the Krankies.
Perhaps the star prize of the evening is TWO stunning original paintings by Simon McAuley; this is an exceptional prize, and whoever has their ticket pulled out of the hat for this one will no doubt be the envy of the event. We are eternally grateful to Simon for his kindness in donating these beautiful works of art.
Good luck, all!
Thank you to everybody who made it to Simon McAuley's opening of Light Space, and to his artist talk.
Many thanks to Simon for a very interesting talk (available to view online soon) and a wonderful show!
The show runs until Saturday 23 November, 5pm.
This week, we would like to introduce you to our wonderful volunteer Kevin Morris, who has been working with our Aspire group.
‘Working at Project Ability has been both a rewarding and positive experience, being able to meet and work with a range of talented groups, artists and staff has been truly inspiring. Having had previous experience of teaching and working with groups of various abilities, Project Ability has been a perfect opportunity to build on, develop and learn new skills in a creative and comfortable environment that everyone is part of and contributes to. I feel privileged and very grateful to be a part of this and look forward to spending more time with everyone involved.
Since graduating from The Glasgow School of Art in 2010 I have been predominantly working in ceramics, pursuing my own practice as well as working with others. I try to approach my work in an experimental way reacting to material and process as well as the landscape I find myself in. I am open to embracing new techniques in my work and value opportunities to pass on these skills as well as learn and work with other people.’
Thank you Kevin!
For last week's walk, the group started off with a stroll to the Barras. Most of us hadn't been there on a non-market day before so found it to be a completely different experience to be there when it is virtually deserted.
From there we walked across to the Templeton building on the edge of Glasgow Green and then along to look at some interesting old buildings on Greenhead Street before heading back to base through the Green.
Another interesting walk with lots to see.
For more photos, please visit our Facebook Page.
Our young filmmakers have been working hard! Last week, Owen and Peter worked on an animation film to advertise the festival, and TJ finished his poster for The Place Beyond the Pines. Here is what he had to say about it:
"The Place Beyond the Pines is about a biker performer, Luke Glanton who by coincidence finds out that he has a son called Jason from his former partner Rogue so in order to help his son he goes to rob banks to find enough money for Rogue and Jason. Then there's a second story about a rookie cop called Avery Cross who does anything in his power to find the criminal people want in his town.
The poster which I designed was an idea I got from the poster illustrator known as Saul Bass who created a strong style of film posters for the 50s and 60s."
Project Ability attended the Generation launch on Thursday 7 November at Tramway with Cameron Morgan.
Cameron has been attending Project Ability since 1991 and he will create an expansive mural in the gallery as our celebration of 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland. Cameron is planning a mural encompassing a timeline Scottish culture and architecture from the early 20th century to present day; from the humbler days of the trams, through to the ever-sprawling riverside regeneration including the ultramodern Hydro.
100 artists will exhibit their work in various venues across the country everywhere from Orkney to Dumfries as part of a major celebration of contemporary art in Scotland and this number is continuing to grow.
Generation will run from March to November 2014 alongside Glasgow’s 2014 cultural programme celebrating Scotland as host of the Commonwealth Games. Generation will be delivered through a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.
31st of October was the ideal day for a group of ReConnect artists to visit Edinburgh to see 'Witches and Wicked Bodies' at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
This exhibition of artworks, spanning more than 500 years, by artists from Albrecht Dürer to Cindy Sherman by way of Goya, Blake and many others gave a fascinating insight into the depiction of witches and the beliefs and superstitions surrounding ideas of them.
We thought we would give you a sneak peek of a work from our forthcoming exhibition, 'Light Space' by Simon McAuley as our Artwork of the Week!
This is one of Simon's new paintings, a series that he has been working on throughout 2013 and shows the artist's ongoing investigation into colour, brushwork and materiality in painting.
We can't wait to show you more of these beautiful works, so please join us on Wednesday 13 November 1-3pm, Project Ability Gallery, for the opening event and hear Simon give a short presentation of his work.
New 'Meet the Volunteers'! This week, let us introduce you to the delightful Kirstie Forbes, who has been helping out in our Saturday Visual Arts Classes.
‘Saturday is always the highlight of my week. To spend an afternoon a week in such a positive environment which has such a strong creative energy is so refreshing and uplifting. Hearing everyone's weekly stories and how they choose to express this through different mediums is really exciting to me and we all have so much fun in the process.
I have just graduated from GSA's Fine Art Photography department in which I was predominantly a film maker, My work centres around positivity and how we view things, my way of thinking seems very at home at Project Ability, which simply put, is Great!’
Thank you Kirstie!
Our last artist in residence this year is recent graduate Linda Mahoney. Here she tells us about her work and her experience at project Ability
You have been here for nearly a month, can you tell us more about what you have been up to?
First of all, before starting, I did quite a lot of work researching into the ideas that I had initially proposed (Linda proposed to explore existential philosophical ideas about the construction of ‘self’, and the prescriptive contemporary meanings of ‘self’ and from this research to explore ways in which people can deconstruct prejudiced attitudes.) Of course, when you look into existentialism, it is absolutely enormous, so I focused on Jean-Paul Sartre: he was looking at the self as an authentic being, and that we should endeavour to be authentic in ourselves and to others. It’s quite a humanist take on things, which I like. From that point, I started looking at the wider context of the self, in terms of the social and psychological things going on in the world. Those issues have always been part of my practice, looking at prejudice and how we are socially constructed. I started to look at some imagery, and tried not to get too caught up in my research but to actually start making work. Prejudiced attitudes to me are socially constructed mainly through the transmission of ideas from society, parents, culture and the mass media.
Research can take over sometimes, especially with such a vast subject.
Yes, research has always been one of my strengths, but I sometimes get caught up in it for too long, so it takes up too much time. So this time I knew I had the ideas, the imagery, so with some research done, I just got on with it and made work. I looked at the connections between the self and the outer world, which I see as quite broken: how we are breaking the planet with global warming for instance. I looked at this as a reflection of how we as a species and culture are also a bit broken. I looked at imagery of breaking, fragmenting, and cracking, that was my starting point.
From that, looking at your drawings and prints, some abstract shapes are emerging.
Yes, I wanted to loosen up with these drawings. I started looking at the San Andreas Fault line, this big crack in the earth. Although it’s a natural phenomenon, I really liked the imagery, it really inspired me, so I transferred this fragmentary shape into my drawings and prints. I really wanted to use drawing as part of my working process in order to see where it could take me.
It seems that you started with the self, but you then went a lot more outward looking, though still self-reflective.
Yes, still looking at the idea of self, while reflecting on the wider picture. For instance, I have been looking at breaking, cracking and fragmenting as a metaphor for the self and the world being broken. Looking at images of the broken planet as a metaphor for how the human condition is a bit broken. There is a broken building outside, being smashed down, and I find it fascinating, as it really connects with my theme. Seeing this building come down, you see deconstructed lives, rooms, and time. I couldn’t help myself and had to play with that imagery.
Have you been working with dry-point?
I began with some dry-point and then went on to use waterless lithography. It’s touch and go, and can be very frustrating, but I love it. I did an etching class at the Print Studios in parallel with the residency, and made some work there. It went hand in hand with the residency.
You graduated in June. How was it to go on to being in residence here?
It was really good, because when you come out, you ‘enter the abyss’. You’re in the real world… So to be invited to do this residency was fantastic, it gave me a goal. I was thrilled to do it.
Have you had much interactions with the artists here?
Yes, I got to know folk. I invited people to look at the work, and had very positive feedback. It’s been great, meeting people and getting an input from them. It’s also been great to see the work they are doing like the pet portraits.
What are your plans for the exhibition?
I shall be exhibiting some prints and some sculpture.
What are your plans after the residency?
I will continue to develop my working practice while developing my skills in printmaking, sculpture and other media. I’ll also be applying for residencies and opportunities for exhibiting my work and working with other people and groups. I am also interested in doing some workshops and teaching, and possibly some voluntary work. I am really into what I am doing at the moment, and where it’s going. I started off in quite a different place from where I have ended up. Focussing on ideas of the self and prejudiced attitudes, as well as existentialism was a great starting point for my work, quite different from the wider metaphor and this worldly theme, but for me it’s all connected, and I can really see it come together. I will definitely carry on with the themes of this work.
Linda's work will be exhibited in the project Ability gallery in January 2014, alongside the other artists in residence.
Project Ability artist Lea Cummings tells us more about the Outside In: Scotland project and his participation in it.
Outside In: Scotland runs until Saturday 09 November (open til 8pm on Thursday 07 November).
Our collaboration with Culture Label has evolved: we are now part of the Scottish Collection, which showcases works from 20 Scottish organisations.
"In an exclusive partnership with Creative Scotland, CultureLabel launches The Scottish Collection featuring a highly curated selection of original and limited edition contemporary artwork from 20 of Scotland's leading art galleries - all soon to be available to purchase using Own Art Online."
We have selected 10 artworks by Project Ability artists, including Lesley Nimmo, Cameron Morgan, Simon McAuley, and will upload new works regularly.
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- Slow Summit - Duncan Gray, Scott Smith and the Pastels in Mono
- Meet the Volunteers: Clare Marks
- Opening of Pet Portraits
- 2013 Christmas Pound Appeal
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