Meet the Volunteers - Sonia Hufton

Our volunteer programme is just starting its fourth year, and we couldn't be more impressed with our amazing volunteers! This week, we would like to introduce you to Sonia Hufton, a recent graduate from GSA, and a great addition to our Art Matters team!

‘I graduated from Painting and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art in June 2014 and currently have a shared studio in Glasgow. My own practice focuses on expanded drawing and collage, I like using a process, which is not based on creating a slick collection of images, stuff more sticks together and eventually colours and found objects collate. Developing an artistic practice is fun, exasperating, and rewarding and allows you to sit for hours with colours and objects just thinking. I think it is wonderful that Project Ability exists to give artists with different backgrounds this same experience.

I spent most of my summers during art school getting a lot out of making art with groups of people, mostly children, in a variety of ways. It was so good to find somewhere as great as Project Ability to continue this after graduating. I volunteer with the Art Matters group on a Saturday and the artists I work with have such a positive attitude and strong interest in the work that they are creating. It has inspired me to get out of my own artistic blocks when I see them so fully engaged. Working one to one on projects with an individual, and watching another volunteer work one to one, has been invaluable in teaching me the balance of encouragement, teaching and leaving others to their own intuition. It is definitely something I feel I am still learning.  I look forward to continue doing so for another eight weeks. It is one of the highlights of my week chatting laughing, and getting to know the artists in the group. Being there on a Saturday always puts me in a good mood.’

Thank you Sonia!

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