Project Ability Gallery
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.
Gallery, Association or society
Tues - Sat, 10.00-17.00
Closed: Mondays and Sundays
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.
Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art
#SummitPortrayed: Tanya Raabe-Webber
- 16 January — 5 March 2016 *on now
This exhibition of portraits represents the culmination of a project that saw the artist in residence with Project Ability during the ‘International Summit for learning disability artists and their supported studios’.
Acclaimed artist Tanya Raabe-Webber has a unique talent for capturing the essence of her subject’s personality with skillful expertise in painting and drawing. This body of work tells us a story about the community of artists that work at Project Ability, and other like-minded studios around the globe.
In 2015 Tanya was awarded a ‘Grants For The Arts, Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’ to be our artist in residence in the lead up to, and as part of, the International Summit. Tanya was with us for five weeks, and over the three day summit she used her talent to ‘document’ the different personalities present at the event (the residency run from February 23 to March 25, 2015, the International Summit from the 4 – 6 March).
During this time Tanya painted portraits of the artists, visitors and delegates; anyone at the summit who wanted to be painted! These portraits are full of character, action and inspiration. Tanya has captured the high spirits of the summit and so many of the friendly faces that made it such a great success.
Whilst the exhibition of these works is on display at our Trongate 103 gallery, Tanya will be painting one more portrait for the exhibition - of married couple Robert Softley Gale and Nathan Gale- live in the gallery for the public to watch from start to finish. This is a first for Project Ability, and we are very excited about this special event. Tanya’s friendly, relaxed approach to portraiture allows for conversation, questions and the opportunity for visitors to bring a sketch book and create their own portrait. (16-17 January, 1pm-4pm)
Similar to a court room sketch artist, Tanya’s ability to portray an event is a strong element to her practice, and a unique quality that brings life to the work, giving her audience the opportunity to get to know her subjects. If you were at the Summit last March, you’ll be sure to recognise a few faces in this exhibition!
Robert Softley Gale (http://www.softley.co.uk/) is Artistic Director for Birds of Paradise Theatre Company.
Nathan Gale, is a queer, non-binary disabled activist who campaigns for equal rights and recognition for all trans people. Nathan is a trainee solicitor working in the public sector.
- Any age
Project Ability Gallery
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