Project Ability Gallery

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Project Ability is a developmental visual arts organisation that grew out of a yearlong project to mark the International Year of Disabled People in 1981. Since then we have been promoting equality of access to the arts by supporting people of all ages and abilities to take part in artistic projects, exhibitions and events.

Each week we provide artistic support, training and access to professional resources to around three hundred people. We work with children and adults with learning or developmental disabilities, people with mental ill health, and others who find it difficult to access mainstream activities.

Project Ability is based in Trongate 103, and has a fully accessible gallery and workshop spaces in Glasgow’s city centre. Our workshops take place both in Trongate 103, and in our extensive outreach programme in schools and community venues throughout Glasgow and the surrounding local authorities.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Association or society

Opening hours

Tues - Sat, 10.00-17.00

Closed: Mondays and Sundays

Admission charges

Free entry

Project Ability runs an exhibition programme that showcases work created in our projects as well as the work of local, national and international disabled artists and arts organisations.

We also run exhibitions in other organisations and offices.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Illustration of two penguins dressed in the style of 'Breaking Bad' tv characters

Penguins on Screen

  • 3 March — 13 April 2017 *on now

The creativity that goes into each of these characters knows no bounds - the transformation of the adorable penguin into so many other personalities is one of Ruth’s many talents.

As an artist in our ReConnect studio for several years now, Ruth is on the autistic spectrum and raising awareness of autism is very important to her. She engages proactively with many groups related to autism; very often through her art and her penguins. She has made and illustrated several books, won awards for her artworks, and had her drawings used to illustrate an online e-learning course about autism. Ruth has a website, a Facebook page and an Etsy page where she showcases and sells her work.

The body of work in this exhibition has been set against the back drop of the Hollywood screen. Using some of her favourite shows and films, Ruth has recreated the characters through the guise of the penguin. They are cute, loveable and quite recognisable as the actors they portray.

The artist will be exhibiting original drawings alongside prints, each work of art will be for sale. If you love the pictures, television and penguins, you will love Penguins on Screen!!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Ink and watercolour; A tiger walking amongst foliage under trees.

CATS... the 2nd instalment

  • 3 March — 13 April 2017 *on now

Project Ability would like to welcome our visitors to the 2nd instalment of CATS, an exhibition inspired by all things feline related; big cats, fluffy cats, kittens, lions, tigers, leopards and more! All of our artists across our Aspire, ReConnect and Create programmes have been asked to submit catworks for this show, and the response has been truly amazing! The variety of interpretation by our artists provided us with enough work for two exhibitions, and this is the 2nd and final instalment.

This open-call exhibition has given each of our artists the chance to work towards a selected theme, and be part of a large scale group exhibition. The result is a playful, adorable, and in some cases, ferocious showcase of artworks in many different mediums.

This theme was so popular among our artists that we had to divide the work up over two exhibitions. The 1st instalment took place in 2016. The work to go on display for the 2nd instalment has been ‘cat napping’ in our archive room for several months, and they are beginning to get restless!

Please join us for an opening reception on 2 March from 6 – 8pm. Our gallery shop will also have many cat related pieces and other original artworks for sale. We still have the 2017 Cat calendars in the shop, and the Cats publication as well!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Project Ability Gallery
Project Ability
Trongate 103
G1 5HD




0141 552 2822


0141 552 3490

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