Another delightful creation by Aspire artist Doreen Kay has been chosen as our Shop Item of the Week. Doreen has made a number of bags which have found their way in to the Project Ability shop, and they do not last long! Get yours now for just for just £20.
Shop Item of the Week is 'Cleopatra' by Ronald McCulloch. This is an amazing painting with so much going on. The composition is inspired from a photo shoot of Marilyn Monroe posing as actress Theda Bara from the silent film Cleopatra, taken by photographer Richard Avedon.
We love this painting and after being out and about as part of a few exhibitions in the last year, it has now arrived in our gallery shop! Measuring 90 x 120 cm, this acrylic canvas is stretched and ready to hang. You can find it in our online shop for £120. Below is an image of the photograph McCulloch used as a reference to make this wild painting!!
For the second in our series of Meet the Maker events, we travelled up to Garnethill to Fireworks Studio to meet ceramicist Garnet McCulloch and get a tour of his studio there.
The studio consists of a shop space at the front, and then various workshops spaces for constructing ceramics, glazing and firing them, as well as a space dedicated to running ceramics classes in the back.
Garnet showed us round and talked about how he started out in ceramics and how he worked to the point where he is now. Originally from Canada, Garnet began studying ceramics in 1994. He was instantly hooked by the process of working with clay and specifically throwing pots on the wheel. His dedication to the craft was inspiring as he talked about how much time he has spent honing his skills over the years. He also talked us through his process of making new pieces, and how he often looks at objects made by others within the history of ceramics for inspiration, with a particular interest in Korean and Japanese ceramics.
He gave us a demonstration on the wheel and it was fascinating to watch him throw a pot in a matter of minutes. He also showed us a range of tools, many of which he had adapted himself, that he used to build and finish the pieces to his own exact specifications. Watching the small adjustments and learnt techniques of such a skilled crafts person was certainly inspiring to all of those who attended. We all left feeling enthused and many were keen to get back into the ceramics workshop at Project Ability to try out some of the things that they had seen.
The next event in the series will be a Textile Printing Workshop with designer Mhari McMullan, taking place on Tuesday 5th September at Project Ability and is open to all artists working at the studios.
Shop Item of the Week is this lovely drypoint print by Tommy Mason. Titled 'Hill', this piece measures 20 x 28 cm and is priced at £25. You can view it on our online shop here, or pop by the gallery to see it in person. As always, if you would like this print framed, we can assist. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0141 552 2822.
Tommy Mason has work in a show that opens this evening at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Organised by RECOAT, 'This WIll Ruin Everything' features the work of 40 fine artists who cross over into design. We are delighted that Tommy has been invited to exhibit with RECOAT. Please follow this link for more info about his exhibition.
‘Donkey’ is our shop item of the week! This simplified impression of the big eared horse is a bright and cheerful painting. Measuring 30x30cm, it is on stretched canvas and ready to hang. Simple blocks of fresh vivid colours give this painting its charm.
Ian Doak works in our Aspire programme. As he has done with this character, he often outlines his subject with a bold continuous line of colour. Ian seems to effortlessly create a picture that leaves a lasting and memorable impression on the viewer. This little guy can be yours for just £40 pounds. Purchase ‘Donkey’ from our online shop or visit us at Trongate 103 where you’ll find it hanging in our gallery shop.
Shop Item of the Week time, and this week we bring you another fine piece by Aspire artist Tommy Mason. Tommy's well received exhibition has just ended, and now we can offer one of his drawings in our shop for just £30! Tommy's work is always growing in popularity, so now is a good time to snap one up! Available from our online shop.
Shop Item of the Week time yet again, and this week we are featuring a rather wonderful digital print - this is ‘Eeveelution’ by Ruth Mutch! Ruth's penguins are - as always - expertly realised, a joy to behold, and just adorable. This print can be yours for as little as £25 from our online shop, so get a move on and capture it!
For this week's Shop Item of the Week, we bring you Zebras, a brand new, limited edition poster by Brian McGinnis.
You could have this group of friendly zebras on your wall for only £6! We think they would also make a fantastic gift. Available online now, or from our gallery shop.
If you would like to have your poster framed, we can do that for you! Please contact the gallery on 0141 552 2822 or email@example.com. The framed price is £40.00 + delivery.
We're celebrating the closing of two exhibitions this week with another brilliant slip-cast telephone made by Project Ability's Cameron Morgan. This candy coloured phone is the last in a series of slip-cast telephones which looks back at the evolution of this marvelous invention! 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' has been on show in our Gallery II for the past month, and tomorrow is the final day. Each of the phones on display is an edition of five, and each one is priced at £180. Read more about Cameron on his webpage, or check out the brand new TV Classics website to see what Cameron has been up to over the past year.
Tomorrow sees the final day of this exhibition as well as The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World; a beautiful exhibition of paintings and drawings made by six very talented artists from the West Midlands who have been involved in a mentoring programme with acclaimed portrait artist Tanya Raabe-Webber.
This week's Shop Item of the Week is Four Little Birds by Liz Blair.
This beautifully vibrant painting is perfect for springtime and is available from our gallery shop or online for only £50! These little birds are sure to fly off the shelf soon, so be quick!
Artwork of the week features this beautiful painting on canvas by ReConnect artist JM Boyce. The Doberman Pinscher has a perfect sheen to his coat and it’s colouring is complimented by the deep magenta flowers and green foliage in the back ground.
JM Boyce is extremely gifted in painting and this subject matter is her specialty. She has been painting many different types of dogs for several years at the Project Ability studios, and, as is visible here, she has perfected the art. This painting measures 70 x 50 cm which makes the dog just about life size. It is picture perfect in every last detail and stroke of the brush. If you would like to see more of this artist’s work please contact the gallery.
Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you this rather fetching canvas bag, hand painted by the ever popular artist Tommy Mason. Amazingly, this bag is only £15 from our online shop, so you'd better be quick if you fancy purchasing something truly unique!
Artwork of the week features this slip-cast ceramic 'Brick' mobile phone made by Cameron Morgan. Part of our current Gallery II exhibition, 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone', this 1980's style cell phone is an edition of six, and sized a bit larger than the real thing. There are four different types of phones in this show, each one an iconic piece of history and design.
In 1876, 29-year-old Scottish born Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone. This marked the beginning of an evolution of wired and wireless communication that has proven to be one of civilisation's greatest and most important achievements. 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone' highlights this evolution through Morgan's usual vibrant and bold style. Priced at £180 each phone is a limited and signed edition of either six or seven.
The exhibition is up until February 21st, along with 'The Artists of the West Midlands: A New World', at our first floor gallery at Trongate 103. Stop by for a look at the exhibitions and a browse of our gallery shop, which features a wide variety of hand made crafts and fine art - all made by our artists in our third floor studios!
Our shop item this week is this beautiful ceramic Moorhen by Lewis Scott. The surface mark making on this piece really shows off the subtle multi coloured glazing of it plumage.
A must have for ceramic and bird lovers alike!
Available to buy from our Gallery or online shop for just £25.
This week we have available a series of three prints from Celine Mcilmunn's powerful 'Mighty Women' series, featuring Hedy, Malala and Rosa.
These beautiful digital prints have been made from the original gouache painted artworks and are avaible to buy from our online shop here or in the Gallery.
The works feature in our Superheroes exhibition which run until 23 December 2016.
Shop Item of the Week this week is this gorgeous painting by David Bradley.
'Beside the Sea' captures beautifully the essence of a wintry walk at the Scottish Seaside.
Available to buy from our online shop or in the Gallery.
Artwork of the week is this beautiful painting on canvas by Project Ability artist John McNaught. John works in our Aspire studio and has been a member of Project Ability for several years. 'Untitled Impressions' takes its composition from the much loved subject matter of many impressionist painters - bridges, flowers and women in hats.
This painting is bursting with colour and warmth. Measuring 110 x 110cm it is a powerful and serene presence and would be a gorgeous addition to any home. This painting will soon be for sale in our gallery shop so please contact the gallery if you are interested.
It’s Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we have some festive cheer to brighten up everyone’s day. These freshly fired ceramic snowflakes would look fantastic on any tree, fireplace, or wherever you’d like to hang your decorations from!
Now available from our gallery shop, these Christmas treats are yours for just £3 each, or get 2 for £5! Be quick!
Another stunning print from our Aspire workshop for Shop Item of the Week today, as we bring you ‘Gate of Life’ by Project Ability veteran Steven Reilly. Steven’s print is a truly stunning piece, and one lucky person could own it for just £45. Steven’s work is very popular, so try not to miss out!
Available from our online shop.
Artwork of the week features this lovely 'Duck' in duck egg blue on mottled grey/brown paper. 'Duck' is one of many beautifully drawn birds on display as part of Scott Smith's exhibition titled, 'Birds'. These pen drawings on paper are flying, swimming and waddling off to new homes at a quick pace, so if this one takes your fancy please be in touch with the gallery before it too flies the coop!
Scott Smith has been working within our Aspire studios for several years, and his work generally depicts people and animals with confident lines and a sense of the beautiful and the comical. He began drawing these birds just a few months ago and we are delighted to be showing them as a whole collection. They are all new and original works of art that have already proven to be very popular.
The drawing, sized 43 x 59 cm is priced at a very affordable £20. 'The artwork is framed for our exhibition and is available for purchase in the frame, ready to hang on any wall, for £75. Come by the gallery to check out 'Birds', in our Gallery II, until November 26.
We have a rather festive Shop Item of the Week for you today, as we bring you our new 2016 Christmas cards! The cards were designed in our studios by Angela McLauchlin (My Christmas Tree) and Michael McMullen (Madonna and Child) and are just £5 per pack.
These cards are just filled with the Christmas spirit and are sure to be very popular, so be sure to get yours while you can!
Available from our gallery, reception, or our online shop.
Shop Item of the week time, and this week we bring you this simple yet beautiful poster, made from one of Scott Smith's excellent paintings. Yours for just £6 - or £40 for a framed copy - these posters are also signed by the artist. Scott's exhibition 'Birds' is currently on show in our Gallery 2 space until the 26th of November, so be sure to come down and have a look at the originals!
The poster is available from our online shop, or from our gallery.
It's Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you this rather fetching print by the ever popular - and now rather famous - Cameron Morgan. Cameron's work is highly recognisable, and this drypoint print has his signature style all over it! Cameron loves old Westerns, and he depicts a classic scene with real verve in this piece.
Yours for £45 from our online shop. Be fast on the draw!
Shop Item of the Week this week is a 2017 calendar created with some of the favourite works which were included in our CATS exhibition earlier this year. From January through to December, this calendar offers joyful, cat themed works created by the Project Ability across all our programmes. Yours for just £10, this feline filled treat makes a great gift for any cat lover!
Available in our gallery shop, or online here.
'Elvis Presley' is our artwork of the week. Painted by Patrick Butterworth, and on exhibit in our Gallery II, this painting depicts the world famous iconic singer in all his glory. 'Americana' is the name of Patrick's solo exhibition and it is up until October 29. These paintings are exquisitely crafted and carry all the life of the musicians and actors they represent. This exhibition happens to be up at the same time as Glasgow's Americana music festival, which is happening around the city for the month of October. Project Ability has two other exhibitions up along with 'Americana', all until October 29!
Patrick's work can also be found for sale in our online shop!
Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you a rather delightful little wildlife painting. Expertly painted by the ever prolific Edward Henry of the Aspire programme, this charming piece can be yours for an absolute pinch at just £30 from our online shop. Better swoop fast or this one will take off!
Today we bring you a rather sporty Shop Item of the Week as a nod to the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio. ReConnect artist Ruth Mutch created a much loved penguin themed series of postcards for the Commonwealth Games, and it seems right for them to be featured once again in this time of exciting sporting activity. We have wrestling, judo, badminton, boxing, cycling - the lot!
Click here to see all we have available from our online shop.
Shop Item of the Week is this wonderful handmade bag by Aspire artist Doreen Kay. This rather stunning item can, amazingly, be yours for a snip at just £12, so make sure to get in quickly if you want to be the very lucky owner!
Shop Item of the Week time again, and this week we bring you something rather unique - an exquisite handmade glass cat, crafted by ReConnect artist Jan Thomson. This is a very pretty object indeed, and it won't be long before it finds a new home. The little creature also proudly wears a fully functioning bell, so no need to worry about it catching any birds! This little gem can be yours for just £37 from our online shop, so be ready to pounce!
Artwork of the week is 'untitled cottage' by Martin Sloss. Martin works at Project Ability as part of our Aspire programme, and currently has an exhibition here with fellow Aspire artist Ralph Douglas. 'Untitled cottage' is a beautiful painting that perfectly captures the feel of a country cottage; complete with fields, trees, rock paths and fences. The neutral tones of the colour palette, along with the different shades of purples and greens give this work a warm fresh feeling. The unusual layout and composition brings an abstract feel to the landscape, and allows the eye time and freedom to wander around the canvas, navigating and recognising all of Martin's subtle artistic gestures.
'Untitled cottage' is on exhibition as part of our current show at Project Ability, 'Ralph Douglas and Martin Sloss'. It is a gorgeous exhibition and well worth a visit if you enjoy painting. Martin has a unique approach to painting; he has had the opportunity to nurture his skill and talent at Project Ability, and we are very pleased he continues to share his creativity with us in the studios. This painting is for sale in our gallery and online as are most of the paintings in this exhibition. At £75.00 it would make a lovely addition to any home or office. You can see this painting in our gallery until July 9.
- Meet the Volunteers - Cathy Dowling
- Walking Group - Week 18: Panopticon & Holmwood House
- Team Jacobs: Just under £300 to go to reach £2500
- Shop Item of the Week - Hand Painted Canvas Bag by Doreen Kay
- Artwork of the Week - ‘Bruce Forsyth’ by John Cocozza
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