For this week’s Meet the Volunteers, let us introduce you to Katie Ward, a Glasgow based artist who has been a fantastic addition to our Aspire workshops.
‘After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Fine Art, I have expanded my experiences through further study abroad, scholarships, artist residencies, internships, teaching, tutoring and support work.
Since moving to Glasgow in February 2014 I have continued to stimulate my artistic practice, developing my painting in my Merchant City studio and printmaking regularly at Glasgow Print Studio, in order to produce works for exhibiting widely across Scotland. The inspiration behind my work is derived from an interpretation of personal experience, as I take influence from an expansive array of sources, absorbed from my own consciousness of place, atmosphere, identity, and perception. I believe through the Creative Arts, we can use our voice to communicate feelings and experiences, as a narrative, in which to affect others and invoke reflection. This has led me to explore the art from which this very stir begins to occur for me….and I have been truly inspired by the work I have seen being produced and exhibited by the artists at Project Ability.
I began my eight weeks of volunteering working with the Aspire programme as I wanted to support the opportunity for participants to express themselves and achieve artistic excellence in this way. The experience has reinforced to me that through making a direct, genuine, and effective contribution to the Creative Arts by way of teaching and tutoring , a wealth of rewards, inspiration, and satisfaction, can be gained.
Predominately working with participants in the field of printmaking, I have supported artists with advice and guidance to facilitate and enable the production of diverse and inspirational works. The creative abilities demonstrated by the participants during this time has been astounding, and at the end of each class, I have often been left in awe whilst reflecting over the abundance of stunning artworks. Every artist has such a unique way of working, and the tutors do an incredible job at homing into this for every individual so as they can tune into their specific ideas and intentions for a piece. Through observing this, I have extended my awareness of the specific communication and teaching skills required for working with people from diverse backgrounds and dedicated needs, whilst being able to fully appreciate the level of professionalism and sensitivity held by all the staff at Project Ability.
I have found it to be a wholly rewarding experience, constantly filling me with inspiration, whilst reinforcing my enthusiasm for teaching and tutoring, as a means of supporting the work of Project Ability. I am delighted to continue my time at Project Ability with a further eight weeks on the Aspire programme.’
Thank you Katie!