The Heritage Lottery Project involves a group of ReConnect artists who will research, reflect and interpret historical and contemporary art collections of work created by untrained artists, people in hospital and long stay institutions and others who have been and are, compelled to create for their own purpose.
The first part of the project – then the Open Museum Project- started with Joyce Laing’s Art Extraordinary collection which is held by Glasgow Museums. Six Project Ability artists were invited to interpret the work, write about it and curate an exhibition to be displayed at the Pollok Civic Realm. They worked with GMRC, Open Museums and Mike Inglis, a Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art.
For the next phase of the project, and with the support of Heritage Lottery Fund, they will go on to access collections in public ownership to consider issues of ownership and artistic intent. At the end of the project they will share their individual responses in an exhibition of images and text.