We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Project Ability on an exhibition for the Art Lover’s Café this winter. Project Ability, established in 1984, is a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation based at Trongate 103. They create opportunities for people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental ill-health, aged 5 years to 80 plus, to express themselves and achieve their artistic potential. They work in partnership with people with disabilities and their support agencies across the UK and develop local, national and international arts projects, creating opportunities for people to network, share their practice and exhibit their work.
Simon McAuley – Dry Drift
Simon McAuley is a painter and photographer based in Glasgow who attends Project Ability’s ReConnect programme. His practice is a personal investigation into radically reducing conventions of painting, landscape and the aesthetics of late modernity. His process-driven oil painting and photographic experimentations test material and conceptual possibilities through an approach of “learning as you go along.” His use of colour creates subtle compositions which distort the natural, while the abstracted forms in his photography, play with minimalism, scale and perception.
Dry Drift is a collection of works made between 2012 – 2016 reflecting Simon’s broad practice and sensibility. In Simon’s words: “I have moved through variations of practice in relation to paint and how it links with what I pursue. Sometimes I will lean on process based work, and on what are seen as reductions, such as materiality, or mixing colour, or mark making. At other times I will enjoy a rawness and spontaneity. The aesthetic evolving by various means.”
Cameron Morgan – The Wakefield Collection
Cameron Morgan is a multi-disciplinary, self-taught artist based in Glasgow who attends Project Ability’s Aspire programme. His prolific practice spans ceramics, painting, drawing, print-making and large-scale murals. Cameron’s signature vibrant aesthetic comes through all of his work, with saturated colours, bold lines and humorous characters. His imaginative hand explores everything from TV shows to everyday objects to the natural world.
This collection of prints was originally made by Cameron in 2017 during a residency and exhibition at The Art House, Wakefield where he experimented with screen-printing alongside expert print-makers, testing bold ideas, playing with colour and abstraction and developing new pathways in his work.
All work will be for sale and 80% of proceeds from exhibition sales will go directly to the artists and to the important work Project Ability do. You can also help them in supporting artists by donating via their website: