Meet the Volunteers - Ruth Laird

Today we are happy to introduce volunteer Ruth Laird who has been a fantastic addition to our Saturday Create Visual Art Classes team. Here is what Ruth had to say about her time volunteering with us;


“I’ve really enjoyed my experience at Project Ability, where I volunteer on the ‘Create’ Saturday workshops. There is a great atmosphere in the studio, and it is such an inspiring and non-judgemental space for the young people to create in. When I arrive every Saturday I feel a sense of relief and welcome break from my usual work, and find myself going away from sessions with a renewed excitement at the possibilities of various creative techniques and materials.

In my own practice as a jewellery designer I sometimes get bogged down in the details involved in creating a finished piece, so it’s liberating to watch alternative approaches to the creative process. The young artists are really inspiring in the way they choose which materials they want to explore. The freedom to choose is greatly encouraged in the workshops, whether they stick to one technique over the course of a few sessions or prefer to try out different things every week. Through painting, clay-modelling, 3D prop building and using a variety of materials, amazing works of art are created, with artists displaying a clear sense of enjoyment in what they do.

From watching the young artists work I have often learnt a new technique or been able to recall something which I had long forgotten. After each session I find I have a better and more varied understanding of materials and how to apply my own skills to assist with different processes. Being involved in this environment is a weekly reminder to me that the process of creating is just as important as the end result.”

Thanks Ruth!

If you’re interested in getting involved in our volunteering programme we are currently calling for applications. Click here for the full details. Deadline Friday 6 January 2017.

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