Highlights of 2013

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.

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