Meet the Volunteers – Short Film Series: Jonathan Kirkwood

Since August 2010, the Volunteer Programme has steadily grown both in the scale and scope of opportunities for volunteering with Project Ability and in popularity amongst the artist community of Glasgow.  The programme has developed vastly over the years from its humble beginnings, offering opportunities to five graduate visual artists at any one time, to now over 20 artists, from a spectrum of stages in their career; spanning those still undergoing their training at art school, to those who already have significant experience as practicing professional artists. 
We have seen the volunteering roles evolve from an experience based opportunity for those who have never worked in the field of art and disability, to more sophisticated opportunities giving a chance for more confident artists to share their skills by designing and delivering workshops to our participants, with support from our Volunteers Co-ordinator and our experienced workshop tutors. 
In addition to our volunteering roles, several successful residency programmes have run throughout the duration of the volunteering programme. Over the years, a wide variety of residency opportunities have enhanced the volunteering programme, each offering a different kind of experience for artists to engage with both our organisation and the participants who attend. 
At the heart of our programme, are the volunteers themselves, each of whom have brought something new to the process.  We will be sharing seven short films over the coming weeks that showcase some of our volunteers and their unique time with us.
First we hear from Jonathan Kirkwood who volunteered with our Aspire group on a Friday.
You can also read Jonathan’s blog post here to find out more about his time with us
 

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