Glasgow International, It’s In the Detail

Dates: 11 June, 2021 - 24 July, 2021
Location: Project Ability Gallery

Glasgow International, It’s In the Detail

Monochrome drawing of a man with hiking poles, with trees and cottages in the background, by Robin Wise

It’s in the Detail features work by three expert draughtsmen, all adult men with learning disabilities, and is part of Glasgow International 2021.

Drawing from memory and life, Leslie Thompson, Nils McDiarmid and Robin Wise use a similar detailed technique to create work that tells their unique stories.


The Artists

Leslie Thompson’s subjects include buildings, people, and animals, and he is influenced by his love of cartoon strips. His large scale, intricately detailed work reflects the busyness of his environment.

Nils McDiarmid is driven by his interest in hip-hop and RnB subcultures. He uses his practice to celebrate the artists he admires – physically bringing versions of them into his world.

Whilst McDiarmid and Thompson are based out of urban studios (Garvald in Edinburgh and Venture Arts in Manchester, respectively), Robin Wise lived in Newton Dee: a unique rural “village” designed for adults with learning disabilities, offering meaningful work and opportunities to its residents. His drawings radiate warmth and demonstrate a familiarity with the environments and subjects.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of exhibiting artist Robin Wise (1961 – 2021).


Visiting the exhibition

The gallery will be open Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm, from 11 July – 27 June with reduced hours TBD from the w/b 28 June.

We can’t wait to exhibit work in the flesh again! The gallery will, however, have a reduced capacity with 10 visitors at a time, and we do require people to:

  • Wear a face mask (if possible)
  • Keep two meters distance from other parties
  • Move round the gallery in a clockwise direction, following the floor markings


Header image by Robin Wise