Exhibition showcasing the journey of three artists who volunteered or are still volunteering at Project Ability: Kevin Cantwell, Simon McAuley and Phoebe Barnicoat
“I graduated in 2014 from the University of West of Scotland, with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Art Practice. I have been a self-employed commercial artist since 2004, I took the decision to return to education in 2010, to get an improved understanding of what the best way to use my creativity, which could be a benefit by help others in a creative environment. The passing on of creative skills is an essential part of my practice along with the use of recycled materials that supports the environment.
In getting to know everyone who is part of Project Ability, I have been given an unlimited opportunity to learn from them. They have educated me in so many new ways, from working in ceramics to communicating with and assisting the young people’s individual needs. I have found that being in such a creative environment is of a great advantageous for those involved, and each time I leave the studio I feel inspired by all the people who get so much joy from their own artistic inspirations.
It is a privilege to have the opportunity and experience with an exceptionally worthwhile organisation, such as the Project Ability community workshops. Thank you”
‘After graduating from Painting and Printmaking at GSA in 2013, I was keen to pursue my interest in art therapy and Project Ability gave me the chance to do so! Working at the Saturday ‘Create’ workshops with young adults I have had the pleasure of meeting a variety of fascinating artists. Everyone has individually let me into their own world stimulating exciting discussions and passionate art making. I have gained strong connections amongst the group and will often find myself suddenly thinking of an artist or a film to recommend to one of the students during the week.
I feel honoured to be part of such a vibrant, stimulating and inspiring organisation! I have learnt a lot about how to manage projects particularly with young adults who may have quite a certain vision of what they would like to get out of the workshops. Thus Project Ability creates a free atmosphere enabling the students to experiment with their own ideas in a comfortable environment that has been such a wonderful experience to work within.
I really can’t stress more how brilliant volunteering at Project Ability has been. Not only has it been fascinating but I’ve had so many laughs and great conversations that I look forward to coming in every week for more!’