On the Road: Kirkintilloch

“I liked mixing the colours of paint. I liked making the bird clock and the silk paint, I hope there will be more classes.
"Art class is good fun. Everyone is friendly."

These are some of the responses we've had from people who attended our recent workshops in the Barony Chambers in Kirkintilloch. With different activities each week, participants had a go at glass painting, silk painting, making clay animals, painting canvas bags and making working clocks.

Our tutors Jason and Celine seem to have enjoyed the workshops as much as the participants and are looking forward to a return visit in October.

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Residency: Cameron Morgan and Tracy Gorman

"I’ve know Cameron for many years, almost 18 to the day in fact, when I first started working at Project Ability. Whilst I’ve worked alongside him in many workshop situations, I’ve never had the opportunity to work directly with him to produce a body of work in partnership. To say I was delighted to have this opportunity would be an understatement.

We were allocated five intensive days in my studio in Quarriers village, where I introduced Cameron to my work space and some of the collection of objects that inspire me. I, like Cameron, am a bit of a collector of things. Most hold a feeling of nostalgia, inducing memories from my childhood. There’s a lot of chintz, china, and silverware, much of which remind me of things that could be found in my granny’s house. However, all of the objects I remember from the past, have long since been lost or given away and didn’t hold the same value as I have attached to them, to others in my family. Most of the things I have, I sourced through charity shop raids in a bid to recreate the memories of the ones that are now long gone.  Many of these objects, feature in my own paintings, along with garden birds, another fascination of mine, and in a way another fragile and fleeting object.

We started on day one, with a flying visit to my home. Most of my collection of things are on display there and Cameron seemed to have an affinity with many of them too, happily snapping them with his camera and referencing his own memories attached to them. He was particularly drawn to some photographs of my daughter taken many years ago, of her playing in the cherry blossom of a beautiful tree we had in our back garden. This became our initial starting point in a theme of work that aims to celebrate home, the living room, and the mantle-piece, with a large helping of nostalgia thrown in.

“It’s a great studio Tracy has, out in the countryside, a smashing old building! We did a joint collaboration with the cherry blossoms, I did them and the branches and leaves, Tracy did the little birdies. It was different to work on Linen, it has a different texture.  I’m very pleased with them! They work very well indeed! We worked like sausages!”
Cameron Morgan

Our time together has been a beautiful whirlwind of creativity, we hit the ground running and did not waste a single minute in the studio, or as Cameron put so well, “we worked like sausages!” Over the past 5 days, my studio has been filled with music (and singing from us both) from artists of the past, such as Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and the Corries, to name but a few. I have learned that I share far more in common with Cameron than I ever knew, that we like a lot of the same things and I have immensely enjoyed his company.

“I’ve enjoyed working with you, it’s been good fun”
Cameron Morgan

I couldn’t agree more with Cameron, we have produced more work than I could have anticipated too, with further works to be developed. Now that our 5 days are over, it kind of feels like only the beginning of something, not the end."

-Tracy Gorman

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Grosser Schritt (Big Step)’ by Claudia Gorsch

Our Artwork of the Week is 'Grosser Schritt (Big Step)' by Claudia Gorsch. Along with the rest of the artwork in our current show, 'Neu Begegnung', this painting has traveled from Berlin to Glasgow to be part of the Festival 2018. We love this optimistic and energetic depiction of a woman taking a very big leap! The freedom and happiness on show here is enough to brighten anyone's day. The exhibition 'Neu Begegnung' is all work made by artists who attend an art studio at St. Hedwig Krakenhaus in Berlin. We've teamed up with St Hedwig as part of Festival 2018 and had the pleasure of not just hosting their artwork in our current exhibition, but we've also had the pleasure of hosting four of the German artists and two staff from St Hedwig. It's been a brilliant experience for everyone. The exhibtion is up until 1 September!

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Seminar and ReConnect Book Launch in the gallery!

This past Friday Project Ability hosted a seminar and book launch as part of the Festival 2018 cultural programme. It was a pleasure to welcome everyone into the gallery, where our current show, ‘Neu Begegnung’, by artists working at the St Hedwig Krakenhaus in Berlin, is on display.

     

  

Festival 2018 supported Project Ability in inviting four of the Berlin artists and two staff from St Hedwig to visit the city for four days. The seminar was aimed to introduce Project Ability to our guests, and share with the public a bit about our ReConnect studios. The tutor from St Hedwig, Ms Paula Schmidt-Dudek spoke about their studio environment and the artists that work there. It was interesting to learn some of the differences and similarities between our two studios. A few artists working in Project Ability’s ReConnect studios spoke as well and a copy of the new ReConnect publication was given to each of the artists.

We ended the afternoon with tours around our workshops on the third floor, sharing with the artists from Berlin our studio and giving them an opportunity to find out more about us, and we had lots of questions for them too. We were sad to see our new friends leave, but we are very happy to have had the chance to meet them and bring their work over from Berlin. We are also delighted at the invitation to exhibit in Berlin with them next year!

A big big thank you to Festival 2018 and St. Hedwig Krakenhaus in Berlin!

 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Wasserball’ by Norbert Dichantz

Artwork of the Week celebrates the beginning of the European Championships in Glasgow, which all kicks off today! 'Wasserball' by Norbert Dichantz is in our new show which opens today titled 'Neu Begegnung'. As part of Festival 2018, we have teamed up with artists at St. Hedwig Krakenhaus in Berlin, Germany. Dichantz is one of four artists working at St. Hedwig that will be traveling to Glasgow for four days to part of the celebrations here in the city. There are 32 artists represented in 'Neu Begegnung', all based in Berlin and working at St. Hedwig. We are very pleased to be hosting this exhibition and very excited for the arrival of our six guests, who will be flying over later today from Berlin!

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Ladysbridge Stories visits Project Ability

This weekend we were delighted to have a visit from Ladysbridge Stories participant Davy Jones, who travelled from Aberdeen to share his life-stories and artwork with Project Ability's artists at Trongate 103. It was a day of enthusiastic, informal discussion and creativity, comparing life within Scotland's long-stay hospitals, between the 1970's until their closure in the early 2000's.

In the morning Davy led us through the history of Ladysbridge and his journey to a life in the community, illustrated by archival photography, whilst Cameron Morgan gave an account of his own early life in the Royal National Hospital, Larbert. Doreen Kay spent 10 years as a patient at Lennox Castle Hospital in Campsie Glen and recounted her memories of those times and in contrast John Cocozza gave an insight into life growing up at home within the community.

What shines through starkly is the similarity of experience between those growing up in institutional care, from the categorisation of patients into low, medium and high grade,
the crowded bed-to-bed dormitories, the lack of privacy and the denial of choice in where you went, what you wore or what you ate.

Since the very first Ladysbridge Stories sessions we've been repeatedly drawn back to the historic records of Ladysbridge Hospital, stored within the NHS Grampian Archive in Aberdeen. We've explored the format of the folded patients records, using this as inspiration for the folding of the Ladysbridge Memory Map. In the afternoon we revisited the wonderful marbling which lines the heavy, leather-bound patient's casebooks, to create our own marbled artworks, combining this with imagery collaged from archive photography of the hospitals grounds and austere interiors. The outcomes are stunning,  atmospheric landscapes  within which the distinctive villas and houses of Ladysbridge swirl.

What an inspiring and moving day. It was great to have Davy as our guest!

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Performance workshop: Foley Art

What do celery, a hot water bottle and a tambourine all have in common?

Last week our young Create artists were learning the art of Foley – the unique skill of sound creation for film and TV. Our project room became their recording studio for the week and an array of weird and wonderful objects became their instruments. 

Inspired by the way sound can enhance and change our perception of film they created their own short story, complete with dramatic sound effects.  Want to know more - watch this space for their finished film coming soon!

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Fixie Bike Dish’ by Scott Smith

Our Shop Item of the Week is this platter with bicycle drawings by Scott Smith. There are three different fixie bikes on this dish, each one drawn by Aspire artist Scott Smith. One of Scott's passions, apart from making art, is helping to repair and clean bicycles. He regularly helps out as his local bicycle shop and through this he has become very familiar with all of the different types of bikes. We love a good fixie, and can't get enough of these lovely drawings. The original drawings themselves have all been purchased by Project Ability shop visitors, but the images live on!  Measuring 30 x 16 x 4cm you can find this piece in our online shop and also our gallery shop at Trongate 103 for £20. There are several styles of these porcelain dishes, all with a different arrangement of Scott Smith drawings.

 

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Canoeists’ by Tommy Kemp

Artwork of the Week is 'Canoeists' by Tommy Kemp. This drawing is filled with dense, heavy felt pen, covering the entire sheet of paper with dark shades of red and purple. Together they create a beautiful night-time effect, and the water and sky seem to be saturated by what one can imagine is the moonlight. This drawing is one of many brilliant artworks displayed in our current show, 'Hooked By A Duck'. This show is only up for another few days, so if you haven't seen it yet, you have until Saturday at 5pm.

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Back in Aberdeen!

Just when we thought it was all over! We were delighted to hear recently that our Ladysbridge project has been extended to allow us to develop a publication to accompany our fantastic memory map.

Today we had the great pleasure of returning to Aberdeen, where we’ve been gathering more valuable memories and insights, into the lives of our participants both in their lives today and formerly, when they were residents in the hospital.  It never fails to impress us just how much detail people can remember from their pasts and how fascinating it is to share in their memories. 

Over the course of this project we have captured these memories, visually, on film and in written form.  We have also enjoyed the fantastic support of archivist, Fiona Musk, giving us the unique opportunity to place the memories that our participants have shared, alongside the statistical records held about the hospital at various times in history. This project has allowed a more rich and well balanced history of the hospital to be recorded, including the first hand experiences of the people who lived there, some for many years of their lives.

Our publication, due to be completed by the end of next month, will catalogue some of the fascinating facts that we have learned throughout this project. We very much look forward to sharing this with you soon!

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Seminar & Book Launch: Friday 03 August

As part of the Festival 2018 we have teamed up with artists working at the supported studio within St Hedwig Hospital in Berlin and will be exhibiting works by over 15 artists from Germany, with a small number of them visiting Glasgow during the Festival. We are taking this opportunity to hold a seminar on Friday 03 August which will look at the ways in which individual artists can gain confidence, skills and a sense of community through working in a supported studio.

We’ve asked artists from Berlin and Glasgow to share their thoughts about their artistic practice and the way in which a supported studio such as Project Ability and St Hedwig Hospital can help individuals with lived experience of mental ill health to achieve their artistic potential. For anyone interested in finding out about Project Ability, we will be introducing the organisation and talking a bit about all three of our studio programmes, but the focus will be on our ReConnect studios. We are delighted to be able to invite the public to this event, which is part of the official Festival 2018 programme.

In addition to promoting the exhibition of work from Berlin, which will be on show in the gallery,’ Neu Begegnung’, we will be taking the opportunity to present the release of a publication showcasing artworks and text by most of our current ReConnect artists.

Friday 03 August, Project Ability Gallery, 1st Floor, Trongate 103. Arrive at 12.30pm for tea and coffee ahead of the seminar which runs from 1-2pm. We will be offering tours of the Project Ability studios from 2-2.30pm for anyone who is interested. This will be an informal event and there will be time for questions after.

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Shop Item of the Week - Selection of 5 greeting cards!

As our Shop Item of the Week we are offering five of our newest greeting cards to be purchased as a pack for just £11. That's £1.50 less than if they were bought separately. These are a great selection with a wide variety of images and each card is made from a different Project Ability artists' work. You can find these for sale individually on our website and shop but if you'd like them all you can have them by following this link to our shop. These greeting cards are great for any occasion and a brilliant way to support Project Ability and the artists that work here! These artworks shown in these five cards are by: Doreen Kay, Edward Henry, Michael McMullen, Cameron Morgan and Angela McLauchlin.  

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Badminton Court’ by James Pert

Artwork of the Week features this pen drawing by James Pert of a badminton court. James Pert has been attending Project Ability's Aspire workshops for almost two years now, and has created some amazing work. In addition to his artistic talent, Pert is also an avid badminton player. He competes regularly and just this past February he won the LD men’s doubles Division 1 with fellow player Hunter. You can check out an article about the Scottish 4 Nations ParaBadminton Championships here! Pert has a great selection of drawings on his webpage. 'Badminton Court' is currently on show in our gallery at Trongate 103 in the exhibition curated by James Jimbo, titled 'Hooked By A Duck'. It's up until July 28th and well worth a look.

 

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Opportunity: Artist residencies

As one opportunity closes, another opens! This coming autumn / winter, Project Ability is delighted to be able to offer 3 opportunities to Glasgow based visual artists, interested in experiencing our unique working studio environment. Our residency programme gives opportunity to artists to develop their practice within our busy working studios, over the course of one calendar month. Your experience with us will give you the opportunity to engage with our artists, be inspired by their innovative artistic practices and give you time and space to make work. Free access to our facilities and materials is included in this residency.

Opportunities are available for the months of September, November 2018, and February 2019. Interested artists are invited to submit a short proposal of how they would use their time, along with an artist CV, and up to 5 images of recent work.

All applications and enquiries to be sent to our Volunteers Co-ordinator, Tracy Gorman at volunteers@project-ability.co.uk . Deadline for all applications is Friday 24th August 2018. Please also state your preferred month on application. Good Luck!

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On the Road: Kirkintilloch

Two of our tutors have been working with a group in the Barony Chambers in Kirkintilloch. They are now halfway through a block of six weekly workshops with a different activity each week.

So far they have had a go at glass painting, clay modelling and silk painting.

An added extra was some fan decoration which was very welcome to help stay cool in the wonderful warm weather we've been having!

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Meet the Maker - Gregor Wright

We were joined on Friday 6th July by visual artist Gregor Wright for the latest in the Meet the Maker series, where artists and makers share insights into their creative practice with us.

Gregor studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2001, and has been practicing as an artist in the city ever since. Gregor shared with us some insights from his recent collaboration with Cameron Morgan, resulting in the pop up exhibition, Abstract Domestic.

Gregor showed us images of works by painters George Condo and Philip Guston, and talked about what he found inspiring about them. He talked specifically about their relationship with abstract and figurative painting and their use of colour; in the case of George Condo, his kaleidoscopic range, and with Philip Guston a more controlled palette. He referred back to the conversations he and Cameron had had during their collaboration, around use of figuration and abstraction, and how this had evolved from working together.

Gregor also shared with us images from his series of Cyborg drawings that he’s been working on over the last few years. Gregor talked about how, by defining these as portraits, it gave the works specific rules and parameters connected to portraiture that he could operate in. However by the fact that these portraits are of cyborgs rather than humans, it gives him the freedom to break some of the rules, particularly in relation to use of colour and form.

Gregor also showed us the recent digital drawings he’s been working on, that were built up of many layers of different types of digital mark making and a wide palette of colours. He was captivated by the speed that he was able to create these drawings at, and how this allowed him to work through ideas that on canvas would take much longer, as he had to wait for paints to dry before applying another colour. 

It was an inspiring and thought provoking talk and gave many artists and particularly painters in the audience much to think about.
Thank you Gregor.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘Linda and Harry’ by Tommy Mason

We'd like to take this opportunity as Shop Item of the Week time to introduce 'Linda and Harry'. Made from spoon and paintbrush, Linda and Harry have been created and designed by Aspire artist Tommy Mason. They can be hung together or separatley, but they are best suited together! You can see them on display in our gallery shop and also our online shop. They each measure approximately 32 x 15cm and are being sold as a pair for £30. There's only one Linda and one Harry!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ by Steven Reilly

Artwork of the Week is this night time landscape portrait of 'Tam o' Shanter' on his horse. Made up and made famous by Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter is depicted here by Project Ability artist Steven Reilly. This drawing is on display in the exhibtion, Hooked By A Duck which opens this evening from 6 - 8pm. Hooked By A Duck is a group exhibition of 27 Project Ability artists.The work has all been chosen by Glasgow artist James Jimbo. You can read more about it here.

Come by this evening, or anytime before the 29th of July, to see 'Tam o' Shanter' and many other fantastic paintings and drawings.

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Shop Item of the Week - ‘There’s no place like home’ greeting card

Our Shop Item of the Week features a rather well known and fabulous set of slippers! It is a greeting card made from a photograph of Cameron Morgan's ceramic ruby slippers, taken straight out of the 'Wizard of Oz'. This gorgeous pair make a fun and glamourous greeting card, for just about any special occassion. At £2.50 each this greeting card measures 21x15cm and is a perfect way to let someone know you're thinking about them. 'There's no place like home' greeting card can be purchased from our gallery shop at Trongate 103 and online just here! The ceramic slippers are actually on display in our Gallery II space, on the 1st floor at Trongate 103. Come by for a look!

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Artwork of the Week - ‘The Duke’ by Cameron Morgan

'The Duke' by Cameron Morgan is our Artwork of the Week! Currently on display as part of a collection of ceramic footwear, 'The Duke' can be seen in our Gallery II. 'These Boots Were Made' is a small showcase of new ceramic works by Morgan, all inspired by classic footwear. We have a reception this evening for the event, (6-8pm), along with the opening of our flash exhibition, 'Abstract Domestic', which exhibits work made by Cameron Morgan and Gregor Wright, the culmination of a collaborative residency project between the two. 

 

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Meet the Volunteers - Bethan Turner

Bethan Turner was one of our brilliant volunteers earlier this year. Here she tells us what she gained from her experience.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
Graduate artist from Newcastle University, I currently work in the medium of printing, specifically screen print in collaboration with another artist exploring the medium through experiments with shape and colour. I also work with installation and sculpture.

In what workshop did you volunteer?
Saturday mornings in the ‘Create’ class.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
I am a practising artist and a support worker for young adults with learning disabilities. It became apparent through my role how important community projects and activities are for the people I support for both daily stimulation and becoming more involved in the Glasgow community. I want to support and help projects such as Project Ability in any way I can because they are so important to the community. I also wanted to expand my knowledge on art techniques and different ways of working with art with people with limited abilities to use in my role as a support worker and for classes I run independently. I also wanted to gain more experience with working with children as I hope one day to go into teaching. I wanted to be part of such an amazing project and meet new people and artists.

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
In every way and actually exceeded them.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learnt some amazing techniques to help people with limited abilities create really interesting artworks. It also gave me the confidence to assist other people with the creation of their art and I now run my own small art class for adults with learning disabilities for an organisation called Share Scotland.

Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art work that has stood out for you?
Gabriel and Guy constantly creating unique and interesting work, the freedom in which the art is produced really shows through the works.

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Absolutely

Any other comments?
Project Ability is an amazing project that is in no way tokenistic and provides every individual with the access to amazing arts resources in an excellent, creative environment. I am inspired by the outlook of the studios and the freedom each person has in the creation of their art works. I have never come across anything quite like it and I think it is a vital and important part of Glasgow’s creative scene and Glasgow’s community as a whole.

Thank you Bethan! If you would like to volunteer with Project Ability, we are currently accepting applications (deadline 13 July) - please click here for more info.

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Meet the Volunteers - Angeli Bhose

Ever thought about volunteering with Project Ability? We are currently looking for new volunteers (more info here). And what best than to hear directly from our previous volunteers what they gained from their experience? Here is the amazing Angeli Bhose, telling us about her time in our Aspire studios.

Are you a graduate or undergraduate artist? Can you tell us what course you are on, or a little about your art practice?
I graduated from my undergraduate degree in Fine Art two years ago. I studied at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, and moved to Glasgow soon after graduating.  Currently, I make drawings, performances, texts and ceramics, and I like to work in collaboration with others. 

In what workshop did you volunteer?
I volunteered in the Monday afternoon Aspire workshop, which was a great way to brighten up drizzly winter Mondays!  There were around 8 artists in the group, which meant that I was able to chat to everyone each week, and had the chance to see their works developing. Some artists had an established practice, which they chipped away at each week, whilst others used a diverse range of mediums and styles, trying something new each week. It was great to be in conversation with the artists about the new things they wanted to try, and how we were going to make them happen.

Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
Having moved to Glasgow fairly recently, I applied to volunteer hoping I would get the chance to engage with more people and get more involved in the arts community. Project Ability seemed like a hub of creative energy!

Did your experience live up to your expectations?
I had heard that Project ability was a great place to volunteer, so my expectations were high, but the experience has certainly lived up to it. Even though I wasn’t there for long, I felt like a valued member of the community.

What have you learned from your experience with us?
I have learned when it’s helpful to suggest a new technique or medium to expand from the works an artist is doing, and when it’s best support the artist to develop their artwork exactly as they would like to!

Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
I would definitely recommend volunteering with Project Ability as a way to meet new people, and spend time in a joyful creative environment.

Any other comments?
Thanks for a great opportunity!

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Project Ability at Art Car Boot

We are delighted to announce that we will be at Art Car Boot in SWG3 this weekend (07-08 July), with a selection of prints, drawings & canvases for sale.

Come see us and get yourself a unique piece of art from one of our amazing artists!

ART CAR BOOT part of the HYPERMARKET series at SWG3. Featuring limited editions, prints, artist books and unique works (drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography) by 100 contemporary artists including: Beagles and Ramsay, Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Rachel Duckhouse, Helen de Main, David Eustace, Michael Fullerton, Alistair Gow, Ilana Halperin, Mads Holm, Jim Lambie, Tessa Lynch, France-Lise McGurn, Toby Paterson, Ciara Phillips, Baldvin Ringsted, Kate V Robertson, Bronwen Sleigh, Abigail Simmonds, Ross Sinclair, Gregor Wright + many more.

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Meet the Volunteers - Mattie Roberts

"When I moved to Glasgow in September to start an MLitt in Curatorial Practice, Project Ability was already on my agenda. I’d previously volunteered at an organisation in Hume, Manchester called Venture Arts and an artist from there, Leslie Thompson, had a solo exhibition in Project Ability’s gallery space, when I first moved up, which was really amazing.

I wanted to volunteer as I really enjoy being around people making, observing different people's creative process. The Aspire workshops I volunteered with on Wednesday mornings and afternoons and Thursday mornings, are attended by such an amazing range of artists who all have such different approaches to art-making and it is really exciting just to be around that. I also wanted to understand better how I can work as a curator in an inclusive way; supporting artists and audiences often excluded from consideration. This of course going to be a continuing learning process, but I definitely feel that spending time at Project Ability has been a helpful step. It has been really great to spend time in an organisation and with artists that offer an alternative perspective on art and curatorial practice to ones I already access, through the art school or university. Being in a space where studios, offices, gallery are all housed under the one roof, not separated from each other, is so exciting; all parts of cultural and creative production being visible.

Towards the end of the placement I began preparations for an exhibition of work by Project Ability artist James Hardie, that I co-curated with Lizzie Urquhart, a fellow Project Ability volunteer. We showed the exhibition during Disability Awareness Week in Project Ability’s Project Space. As well as wanting to produce a high-quality exhibition of James Hardie’s work that both Project Ability artists and the wider public would enjoy attending we also wanted to, by presenting James’ work, identify him as an artist worthy of exhibition and recognition.

To anyone considering volunteering with Project Ability I would definitely say go for it. It’s such an exciting creative environment to be in, with so many amazing artists approaching their work from completely different angles, and that in itself is incredibly rewarding and creatively stimulating."

Thank you very much Mattie! If you wantb to volunteer with Project Ability, we are currently accepting applications. Click here for more info. 

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A great end to a great project

For the past eight weeks, a group of students from Glasgow School of Art has been meeting with a group of Project Ability artists, spending a day per week in the studios together, conversing and making. This pilot project has now come to an end, and the students & Project Ability artists met today for a feedback session and to see their work exhibited in our Project Space.

"It is refreshing to have this available to us, where there's no inhibition, a freedom for the sake of making."

"When you are put in the right place with good people, good things happen."

"I am far more confident about 4th year."

"It brought back the innocence of art."

 

"The project has completely exceeded our expectations, the blend of our participants with a selected group of students from GSA, could not have come together more beautifully.  Today we celebrated the work made, the friendships forged and talked about the importance of having opportunities such as this one.  The process was simple, we brought together artists and gave them space to work, to communicate and collaborate and they all did just that."
Tracy Gorman - Tutor

Many thanks to Lesley Black at GSA, Tracy Gorman and all the students and artists involved: James Pert, Adnan Mohammed, Judith Abubakar, Peter Johnston, Susan Breckenridge, Jennifer Cuthill, Naoko Kizaki, Kate Lingard, Ash Morgan, Holly Smith.

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Outreach workshops in Gartnavel Hospital

A group of patients from the Henderson Ward in Gartnavel Hospital has been participating in a series of workshops with tutor Meredith Crone.

"In mid-April the Project Ability Art Group on Henderson Ward were invited to participate in a Human Geography Research Project. We were asked to explore the patient’s experience of using spaces in a Psychiatric Hospital.

We engaged with this theme for one session only. Patients were presented with photos of different areas of the hospital and asked what kind of feelings or memories these places evoked.

Some of these photos were selected then collaged and made into photo montages with the addition of text, drawing and painting.

When I returned to Henderson ward in June we picked up on the idea of contours and repeated rhythms to emphasise form. This led to some really interesting mark making with ink and dip pens."

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Shop Item of the Week - Jarvis Cocker by Jaqui Smyth

Shop Item of the Week this week is this rather cool pen on paper work by Aspire artist Jaqui Smyth. Jaqui loves her indie music, and this peace portrays the enigmatic legend that is Jarvis Cocker. Jaqui’s work is very popular in our studios, and this piece can be your very own for just £45. Buy it here!

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PROCESSIONS

We were honoured to be part of PROCESSIONS, a public artwork taking place in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and London and celebrating 100 years of women getting the right to vote. A group of women from our different programmes made a beautiful banner with tutor Sandi Kiehlmann, and some of them carried it in the streets of the Scottish capital on Sunday 10th June. One of these artists, Morag Macgilchrist, tells us more about her experience.

"I attended the PROCESSIONS march on Sunday 10th June with other members of Project Ability. I had been a part of the group who had made the banner and wanted to see it carried though Edinburgh. When we arrived at the starting point at The Meadows, the park was already full of groups, mostly of women and girls and banners, lots of banners. These were not just the words on a pillowcase you see at concerts or protests, these were hand-crafted, stitched and took hours to make. Some were huge, even bigger than our large one. Others were smaller but no less well crafted. Many children carried their own handmade works, drawings on canvas and small flags were popular.

We were asked to form queues behind a series of large flags, each with a colour, purple, green and white, the suffragette colours, in order to receive a scarf to wear. We went to one of the purple queues. Our queue ended up being last to leave, making us at the end, which also meant they were giving away all the leftover scarves and many people were able to get two or three colours. Some people braided three together which looked great. I had purple and white.

Eventually we were on our way following the procession through the old town past the National Museum and over the bridge onto Princes Street before crossing back over and down Royal Mile. We then walked past the Scottish Parliament building and into Hollyrood park where there was a piper and a samba band. The weather was wonderful all day, dry and warm but not too hot. I wasn't carrying our large banner but the two ladies who were said that a few gusts of wind catching it at times were the only difficulty they had and that heat and weight were not an issue. I did wear one of our two smaller banners that hung from my neck, along with my scarfs giving me a full colour pallet. It was a great day and an honour to be involved in marking this historic even with something that in turn may be remembered historically itself."
-Morag Macgilchrist

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Volunteering opportunities

Last week we celebrated Volunteers’ Week and this week we are delighted to advertise new opportunities within our volunteering programme. 

Our studios offer a vibrant and colourful working environment for our artists, tutors and volunteers alike. Volunteering with Project Ability will challenge you, no matter what stage you are at in your career, introducing you to new ways of making art and give you a unique opportunity to meet all of our artists. For more insight into former volunteer’s experiences, please look at our ‘Meet the Volunteer’ feature on our website. 

We are welcoming applications to support our autumn programme and are looking for visual artists at any stage of their career or training. We would also especially like to invite artists with a knowledge of ceramics or print-making, to apply to support our ‘Aspire’ participants in the making of their artwork. Our Aspire programme is for adults with learning disabilities.    Volunteers should be able to commit to at least 2 hours a week, each week, for 8 weeks.  Workshops take place from 10am – 12noon and 1pm– 3pm, Monday to Thursday and 10 – 3pm on Friday.

In addition we would also like to recruit artists for our ‘Create’ Saturday young people’s workshop programme, with opportunities from 10 am to 12:30pm to volunteer with our youngest artists aged 5 – 12 years and from 1pm to 4pm to support young people aged 12 - 21 years. We also have further opportunities to volunteer with Art Matters, a designated studio time for young adults 21 – 28 years, from 4pm – 6pm. Successful applicants should, as much as possible, be able to commit to 8  Saturday sessions, with further opportunity to extend their experience possible.  

Finally, we have further opportunity to volunteer within our ReConnect programme, which supports artists with lived experience of mental ill health. ReConnect supports artists to develop their individual art practices in a supported studio environment. We would like to recruit visual artists who enjoy engaging with others and talking about art, who would like to support and contribute to our open studio. Opportunities are available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 10am – 1pm.

All of our volunteering roles are subject to an application and selection process. CVs alone will not be considered. Please follow the link to our application form and submit your application to our volunteer co-ordinator, Tracy Gorman at volunteers@project-ability.co.uk. The deadline for all applications is Friday 13th July 2018. Applications received after this date cannot be considered. If you have any questions about any of the opportunities please contact Tracy and in the meantime, good luck!

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Shop Item of the Week - Artemisia poster by Celine Mcilmunn

Shop Item of the Week is this poster print of a painting by Celine Mcilmunn titled 'Artemisia'. This image is one of six paintings Mcilmunn has created as part of her 'Mighty Women' series. Each image depicts a strong powerful woman from history. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – c. 1656) was a painter who specialized in painting pictures of strong and suffering women from myths, allegories, and the Bible- victims, suicides, warriors. In an era when female painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and had international clientele.

We've just added this poster to our online shop, where you can find it for sale at £15. The 'Mighty Woman' posters can also be found in our gallery shop at Trongate 103.

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