Our 100 Portraits

Our 100 portraits

About Our 100 Portraits

Project Ability has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a project called Our 100 Portraits. Our 100 Portraits will use portraiture to capture a snapshot of the learning disability community in Scotland during the pandemic.

The project aims to identify the people who are important to our learning disabled artists, telling these stories through the power of portraiture.

Much of the project will take place online. There will be regular meetings and interviews with policymakers and influencers in the learning disability community – in collaboration with the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability. The artists will also work with human geographer Cheryl McGeachan from Glasgow University.

The artists are working from home at their kitchen tables and home studios, sharing their opinions, thoughts and approaches around this project. The artists are exploring the breadth of portraiture: focusing on genres and techniques both familiar and new. They will explore portraiture as a means to tell stories, using it to celebrate the lives of people in the learning disabled community.

All artists working in our studios at Project Ability have been invited to take part in this project. Artists are supported by Project Ability tutors: Alison Mitchell, Sharon Quigley, Meredith Crone, and Sandi Kiehlmann.

Core Artists

Cameron Morgan, Doreen Kay, Jonathan McKinstry, Paul Rankin, John McNaught
Facilitated by Valerie O’Regan (artist/tutor)


The project will take place over four blocks of 5 weeks starting in October/November 2020, then January/February 2021, April/May 2021 and June/July 2021. There will be a final exhibition of the work created in October 2021.


With thanks to Heritage Lottery for funding Our 100 Portraits


Block 1: Portraiture – Image and Identity


Block 2: Identifying Key People for Portraits