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.
Black and White 'Saloon' western scene painting


  • 7 — 29 October 2016 *on now

Many of his paintings are taken from film stills, and meticulously translated onto canvas in close to picture perfect realism. It is often hard to tell from a short distance away if these pieces are paintings or photographic reproductions taken from the films they portray. He is a master with paint and brush and you can see the love he has for his subject matter in each picture he paints.

The characters speak for themselves and we can see them as both the actors they really are and the gun slingers they portray on screen. The ‘wild wild west’ in North America has a legendary status worldwide, and it is hard not to be fascinated by the stories from this period. Lawlessness and rebellion are rife in these times and this can be seen and felt in the paintings that make up Americana.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to exhibit these paintings as a whole body of work. They have been months and even years in the making, and will be appreciated and admired both for their skill in execution and the stories they tell.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Yellow background with fragments of super 8mm film and splicing tape.


  • 7 — 29 October 2016 *on now

The exhibition focuses on the production, process and presentation of experimental approaches to Super 8mm film and moving image.

Super 8mm film is a medium that favours trial, error and mistakes, embracing them as an essential part of the creative process. The exhibiting artists took part in a series of walks and workshops led by Alexander Storey-Gordon, with the aim to re/introduce participants to this medium and a variety of ways of creating, manipulating and thinking about moving image. ‘EDIT EDIT’ uses this versatile material as a way to interact expressively with our surrounding environment and engage with the idea of time and movement within this environment.

This exhibition is part of the 2016 Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (SMHAFF).

Participating artists:

Lea Cummings

Rainoir Clark

Simon McAuley

George Williamson

Alexander Storey Gordon

Celine Mcilmunn

Suitable for

  • Any age


Four Solos in the Wild

Four Solos in the Wild

  • 4 — 26 November 2016

Project Ability is pleased to present ‘Four Solos in the Wild’, a touring exhibition originating in the Tycanol Woods of Pembrokeshire - a powerful exhibition by four disabled performers featuring short films and photography.

The performers, Graham Busby, Mervyn Bradley, Erika Juniper and Andrew Kelly, spent two weeks in atmospheric wild woodland in Pembrokeshire, exploring and responding to the landscape. From this experience they made powerful dance solos that were captured on camera and film.

Each performer has a very individual and personal relationship with the wild; expressed through the movement, dances and stories they created. Their performances are shared through the mediums of short film directed by Ray Jacobs and photographed by dance photographer Chris Nash. The film’s soundtrack includes music by Deuair- a vocal, harp and fiddle duet who explored tunes from the locality and worked alongside the dancers throughout the project.
The four performers are members of Arty Party, a Shropshire based charity which gives opportunities for learning disabled people to explore, create and share their art. The project is directed by movement and film artist Ray Jacobs. Ray’s most recent work ‘Bastion’ recently received a grand prix de jury at Cannes.
In addition to the exhibition, Ray, along with inclusive movement practitioner Rachel Ligget and two learning disabled performers, will be facilitating three workshops in the Project Ability gallery in the lead up to the opening of the show. Both Project Ability artists and members of Indepen-dance have been invited to take part.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Project Ability Gallery
Project Ability
Trongate 103
G1 5HD




0141 552 2822


0141 552 3490

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