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Project Ability


Project Ability is Scotland's leading visual arts development company working to promote equality of access to the visual arts. Based in Glasgow at the Centre For Developmental Arts we have over fifteen years experience in developing and delivering creative programmes of support for people who have a learning / developmental disability.


At the Centre For Developmental Arts we manage a daily workshop programme which is designed to support people with learning difficulties to engage with a wide range of artistic processes within a high quality participatory programme.


In order to extend access to the programme to involve people with different kinds of support needs we have developed a new workshop model. This workshop is designed to be creative, fun and entirely responsive to the needs of the individual! Participants will work in small groups over a short time and have the opportunity ( with the support of a professional, experienced artist ) to explore a wide range of creative media and visual arts processes - paint, clay, paper, printmaking, textiles.


Each workshop will develop over eight weeks and will consist of a maximum of five participants. The workshops will run throughout the year. Designed to work alongside other areas of our workshop programme the participants will benefit socially and creatively from the unique, artistic and interactive environment at the Centre for Developmental Arts.


This workshop is an excellent introduction to Project Ability and our developmental workshop programme.


Art Trek


Art Trek Ltd is an innovative and exciting arts co-operative run by five disabled artists.

They formed the business in 1997, in order to support each other in the development of their artistic careers.


The five artists are using the co-operative as a vehicle to provide opportunities to develop and widen their individual artistic practice, take on public commissions and create workshop and teaching opportunities.


Interest in the co-operative and the artists has come from a wide range of people. They value the creative expression of the artists and consider it a relevant and important contribution to society's cultural richness.


Trongate Studios


In 1994 Project Ability founded a new arts initiative called the trongate studios adjacent to the Centre for Developmental Arts, to provide long term studio space for people with mental health needs.


Located in the heart of the Merchant City in Glasgow, the Trongate Studios is a unique project with 8000 sq. ft. of studio space. It has a membership of 70 people.

Using the visual arts as a catalyst, the Trongate Studios aims to combat the demoralising effects of mental ill health for people who are returning to the community after a period of hospitalisation. The membership encompasses every level of artistic ability. The Studios are staffed by a full-time Co-ordinator and two part-time arts workers who support members in developing their artistic skills and knowledge. For those who wish to develop or explore new ways of working, opportunities are provided to work in a variety of techniques.


Drawing Painting Ceramics Photography


Printmaking Textiles Video Digital art


Studio space and materials are provided free of charge and there is a regular programme of workshops run by the studios co-ordinator, arts workers and visiting artists.


The studios encourages the development of individual artistic abilities in a creative and supportive environment. By actively participating and engaging in dialogue with professional artists, members may experience a range of benefits that will positively affect their mental health.


Individuals are seen as artists and members of the Trongate Studios rather than clients within the mental health system. The philosophy behind the Trongate Studios is that through positive encouragement and support members will develop a sense of self-esteem and confidence. This will assist their re-integration into society.

The Trongate Studios is firmly established within the social care, healthcare and cultural community of Glasgow and has growing links throughout Europe.


The studios are open all day, Monday to Friday.


For further information, contact:
Kirstin Bannerman
Development Worker
Project Ability
18, Albion Street
G1 1LH
Tel: 0141 552 2822


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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210