Transforming Lives Through Creativity

We transform people’s lives through participation in creative activities. We use creative engagement to build people’s confidence and empower them to achieve their potential.

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    Improve Wellbeing

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    Improve Life Chances

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    Foster Creativity

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    Engage People

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    Connect Communities

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    Combat Loneliness

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Positive change through creativity

We help develop

Over the last year we have:

  • Engaged 3416 people
  • Delivered 147 projects
  • Hosted 60 events and exhibitions
  • Employed 53 artists and creatives
  • Supported 1187 people to improve their confidence
  • Supported 1001 people to improve their mental wellbeing
  • Supported young people to achieve 270 positive destination progressions

We are an award winning charity which strives to tackle inequalities in Scotland.

We specialise in using the arts to tackle inequalities, improve health and as a way to excite, involve and create meaningful impacts for the people and communities we work with.  

Established in 1994, we have engaged across 30 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities and with over 300,000 people.

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Creating opportunities for voices to be heard

Our ability to think and deliver creatively has ensured we are able to transform lives by reaching out to under-supported and underrepresented people where our alternative creative approach offers a new way to successfully engage with them.

Today Impact Arts builds on its strong foundations and values – ensuring that the people of Scotland are valued as a central, indispensable and celebrated part of our rich society.

Our vision is for a Scotland where people benefit from life transforming creativity that tackles inequalities and addresses poverty.

Our values are at the centre of all we do:

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    We are artists, makers, thinkers and innovators.

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    We are non-judgmental and embrace diversity.

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    We are compassionate, caring and person-centered.

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    We love to play and bring joy to people’s lives.

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    We are bold and ambitious and embrace challenges,

Our History


Glasgow City Centre

Impact Arts moves to Glasgow City Centre

Impact Arts opens Edinburgh premises in Montgomery Street Lane


UK Government Funding

Secured community Renewal Funding from the UK Government to deliver a range of projects in North Ayrshire


55 Staff!

Organisation grows to £2m turnover and 55 core staff

Impact Arts programmes go virtual due to Covid-19 and deliver over 800 art packs to participants


Employability Funding

Secured National Third Sector Challenge Fund for employability work



Launched CashBack to the Future


£1m Funding Secured

Lisa Gallagher (nee Maclean) become Director

Fiona Doring becomes Director

Secured £1m Our Bright Future environmental funding



David Shrigley becomes patron of The Young Gallery


Edinburgh Moves

Edinburgh office moved to the Printworks in Leith

Open the Young Gallery

Lynne Carr become CEO


Eco Chic Boutique

We launched the Eco Chic Boutique on High Street, Glasgow


Irvine We’ve Arrived

Opened Impact Arts premises at Bank Street, Irvine


Craft Café Exists

The first Craft Café was launched

Rachel Brown (nee Arnold) becomes Director


£4m Investment

Impact Arts secured Inspiring Scotland investment of £4m

Creative Pathways was launched


To Edinburgh!

We opened an Edinburgh office in Craigmillar


The Gallery

Opened Gallery 37


Creation Zone

Opened the Creation Zone, Gorbals

Opened the Home retail store on High street Glasgow


The Factory

Impact Arts moves to The Factory, Dennistoun

Launched Artist Mentoring Programme

The Music Project features Amy Macdonald


We Become a Charity

Impact Arts gains charitable status


The First Project

Launched Fab Pad


The First Employee

Mairi McLaren (nee Sanders) Header of Finance & Corporate Services joins Impact Arts

Woodlands mosaic bollards


Our First Location

Impact Arts get its first premises at Napiershall Street



Susan Aktemel (nee White) – founder established Impact Arts as a sole trader

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Our People

Meet The Team

Meet our team who are committed to tackling inequalities in Scotland through creative engagement. Our staff, artists and volunteers bring a diversity of skills and enthusiasm into their work and the lives of each of our participants.

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Dive into the details

Discover the details of our programmes and the impact of our work on children, young people, older people and communities across Scotland.

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Our Commitments

Ensuring we deliver

Impact Arts is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to ensuring fair working practices throughout our governance and operations.

We work with some incredible partners