The Young Gallery
Scotland’s first dedicated young people’s gallery
The Young Gallery is Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Legacy Project. It is a dedicated space where young people, and their family and friends, can celebrate their artistic achievements. The Young Gallery will run an ongoing programme of theme-based visual workshops for young people aged 3 – 18 years old, within schools and community groups. Young people will work with experienced artists over an eight week period, creating art work which will then form an exhibition in our dedicated space. The Gallery is based in Glasgow’s East End, an area that is undergoing wide-scale regeneration ahead of the Common Wealth Games 2014.
"The children were gobsmacked and chuffed to bits with the exhibition at The Young Gallery, especially when their parents came in to see it and purchased some of the pieces!" Margaret Beaton, Church House Youth Group
In its first year The Young Gallery aims to engage 200 young people, and to achieve an exhibition attendance of at least 1500 people connected to the young artists. Twelve local schools and community organisations have been identified and wish to be involved in the first year of The Young Gallery. From the second year the work of The Young Gallery will expand to a city-wide reach.
"Teachers have often commented on the significant number of boys who needed to be coaxed to participate. This project turned that on its head." Lesley Morrison Head Teacher, Westercraigs Nursery
We believe that by having access to arts, young people learn to express themselves positively and make sense of the world around them. Through engaging in The Young Gallery, participants will achieve increased confidence and self-esteem. Exhibiting their work publicly provides the advantage of being able to share their artistic skills with family, friends and peers. The formation of a dedicated quality arts space to showcase the work produced by the young people places emphasis on the fundamental value of the pieces they create. This will in turn assure them of their artistic contribution to the community.
"Everyone at Golfhill was thrilled with their experience of The Young Gallery. The whole experience was so worthwhile i am looking forward to working with Impact again soon!" Noelle Ryan, Teacher, Golfhill Primary
- To increase the aspirations of young people
- To increase the self-esteem and wellbeing of young people in areas of multiple deprivation
- To contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the East End of Glasgow leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games by providing a new, innovative space
- To strengthen family and community bonds through recognition of young people’s achievements by engagement in exhibitions and events held at The Young Gallery
- To increase participants’ ability to access to other galleries and wider arts venues
"Many of the children had never been to a gallery before and really enjoyed the experience. They were thrilled to see their work on display.Some of their family members came along also, and expressed enormous pride in the work and experience." Jonathan Cunningham Principal Teacher, Alexandra Parade Primary School
Workshops will include trips to contemporary art galleries and artist’s studios, which will allow participants to experience the power of the arts first hand, see the artistic process from conception to exhibition, and increase the accessibility of art venues.
All work from the programme will be professionally displayed and have an official opening for the young people, friends, family and invited guests at The Young Gallery. Each exhibition will then run for a period of two weeks, giving the local community the opportunity to interact with the arts on their doorstep.
Where can i find it?
The Gallery is based at 112 Sword Street,G31 1SF in Glasgow’s East End, an area that is undergoing wide-scale regeneration ahead of the Common Wealth Games 2014.
Contact 0141 575 3001 to find out more information about the Young Gallery.