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
- 2 — 29 April 2017 *on now
Project Ability is proud to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Aspire artist Tommy Mason.
In celebration of World Autism Day, we will be taking over the Trongate 103 foyer walls with a truly unique and exciting array of large scale abstract paintings.
Tommy has been working with Project Ability for over 25 years, and the studio would not be the same without him. He helps to make Project Ability a creative and positive environment, and we are always happy to have the opportunity to share his art with the public.
Tommy Mason’s style is one of a kind. Once you have seen his work you will forever recognize A Tommy Mason. He has a quietly bold colour palette and his renditions of real life are beyond our wildest imagination. He creates his work almost effortlessly, without hesitation or self-consciousness. He is much loved in the studio by tutors and fellow artists alike for his warmth and inspirational creativity. With a playful sense of humor he composes his canvases full of his signature people/animals and trees. Despite having a strict vocabulary of forms, Tommy Mason’s artworks are always changing and evolving; he is an artist who carries forward his subjects from one painting to the next whilst keeping them fresh and unique.
In addition to large canvases, Tommy can be found filling up sketchbook upon sketchbook. He is as prolific an artist as they come, and is happy to work with pens, pencils, paint and more. We could fill the Tate Modern ten times over with the artworks he has made here at Project Ability, but for now we will be exhibiting a selection of his newest and largest paintings here at Trongate 103.
Drawing People Drawing
- 21 April — 27 May 2017 *on now
Drawing People Drawing is a colourful exhibition documenting the studios of Project Ability, and the artists that make the studio environment come to life. Project Ability commissioned Lucy Payne after seeing her degree show work for the Glasgow School of Art. Her illustrative style is all her own and we will treasure these illustrations as a character study of Project Ability. She has captured the creativity and life that makes up the workshops here on the 3rd floor of Trongate 103, and we are proud to present to the public this exquisite body of work.
“I am a recent graduate from the Glasgow School of Art where I studied Illustration. During my time at university I also volunteered at Project Ability. Within drawing my interest lies in observing and recording from life. I find drawing a portrait a unique way to get to know and understand a person. It can evoke conversation and the artist is welcomed into the personal space of the sitter.
My time working at Project Ability has been spread out across 4 months, therefore providing much time to get to know many of the individuals that create work in the studios. With such a busy and vibrant atmosphere I felt instantly welcome and found the process of drawing people a very sociable experience.
Drawing People Drawing is a selection of 10 studies depicting the people who use the studios at Project Ability. These illustrations developed into an honest and intimate portrait of artists absorbed within the act of making. They also depict the studios themselves, highlighting the many ways in which the spaces are used and the potential for creativity that they hold.”
The drawings are also part of a publication which saw several of our artists working with Joanna Peace and Anthony Autumn to create text to accompany the drawings in a printed publication. This publication is for sale in our gallery shop and online. The writing workshops, led by Joanna and Anthony, provided an opportunity for the artists at Project Ability to share their thoughts about the studios and the creative environment they help to create here.
Project Ability Gallery
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