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Opportunity for arts graduate in Glasgow: become our Youth Ambassador

We're offering young arts graduates an incredible opportunity to create environmentally themed art and get your start in the world of community arts!

As part of Impact Arts' Our Bright Future-funded work, the successful applicant will work for 20 weeks with community groups and schools in Dennistoun in Glasgow's East End.

Working two days a week, you will deliver a series of community consultation workshops which will inspire a final piece of public art.

You must be aged between 19 and 24 and be a graduate in the arts or other creative fields with a strong interest in the environment, environmental design and community arts.

Impact Arts is one of 31 organisations across the UK funded by Our Bright Future - a Big Lottery initiative aimed at getting young people driving progressive change in their communities.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th February 2018. For full information on applying, please visit the jobs section of our website.


Watch: Young people shaping positive future by Glasgow canalside

In November last year, a group of young people on our Creative Pathways employability programme created a series of amazing sculpture prototypes for the north Glasgow Clay Pits.

Here is a short video all about the fantastic work created by the young people, the highly-skilled and creative tutor team that led them and the real impact it had upon the young people's environmental awareness and their employment prospects.

This project was made possible thanks to funding from Inspiring Scotland, the Big Lottery Fund's Our Bright Future initiative, Scottish Canals, SCVO, SDS Glasgow, Scottish Children's Lottery and the Gannochy Trust.

You can find more information about our work with young people here on our website.


Creative Pathways North Ayrshire divert furniture from landfill with upcycled auction!

Young people on our Creative Pathways employability programme in North Ayrshire last night auctioned off beautifully-crafted pieces of furniture they upcycled as part of the ten week course.

Wardrobes, tables, cabinets, chairs and mirrors went under the hammer at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company.

The group – all aged 16 and 17 and not in work or education - have been sanding, painting and redesigning furniture donated by Cunninghame in order to stop it going to landfill.

Almost £200 was raised on the evening, and this will go back into creative programmes run by Impact Arts. The remaining items can be bid for online up until Thursday 14th December 2017.

Partially funded by Skills Development Scotland's Employability Fund, the course has taught practical skills while offering one-to-one support with job hunting and CV writing.

As well as developing massively as artists and designers through working with our artists Portia and Emmett, a number gained employment and college places off the back of the programme and Impact Arts will continue to offer support as others go for interviews.

Jamie and Declan are two participants who worked together to upcycle a TV cabinet which was sold on the night. They speak positively about how Creative Pathways has helped them.

Jamie, 17, said: "It’s been really good fun. I've learned new skills, met new people, and the tutors have been great - very kind, friendly and fun to work with.

"I knew I wanted to joinery and carpentry beforehand, and being on this course has helped a lot with getting to practice that side of things.

"If you ever get the opportunity to go to Impact Arts, I'd say definitely take it. It's not just about getting you out there - it also boosts your confidence, it's really helpful and it's a good laugh as well."

Declan, 17, said: "I’d never really worked with my hands before joining the course. Coming here and working on the TV cabinet made me realise that this is what I want to do.

"I enjoyed drawing, sketching things out and then making things. I didn't even know this would be something I could do before I came here, but ten weeks later I know it's what I want to do in the future.

"It was great to see things were actually selling as well! Loads of folk came and the majority of stuff has sold. It's a good feeling seeing it go to charity as well."

The programme is funded also by Our Bright Future, which backs projects encouraging young people to lead environmental change in their communities.

The partnership with Cunninghame Housing Association has also put environmental issues into focus, as the young people's work helped stop this furniture going unused or to landfill.

Nicola Wood co-ordinated the project for Impact Arts.

She says: “It’s been great to have recycling as a big part of this project, as green issues are always really important for the young people we work with.”

“The young people have been brilliant. They have taken to the woodworking techniques and employment side of the course really well, and selling their work at a public event will be great for their confidence.”

The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland, Tesco Bags of Help, Clydesdale Bank, Cunninghame Housing Association and Our Bright Future.

Young people in North Ayrshire to auction upcycled furniture for Impact Arts!

Young people on our creative employability programme in Irvine are this week set to auction upcycled furniture to raise money for Impact Arts' programmes!

Wardrobes, tables, cabinets, chairs and mirrors will be going under the hammer at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company at Heatherhouse Industrial Estate on Wednesday 6th December 2017 between 4pm and 6pm.

The group – all aged 16 and 17 and not in work or education - have been working with our artists Portia and Emmett to sand, paint and redesign old unwanted furniture in order to stop it going to landfill.

The project has been run in partnership with Cunninghame Housing Association’s furniture charity. They have provided the old furniture and the auction will be held at their premises.

Lauren, 16, has been taking part in the programme since the beginning of October.

She says: “We’ve been taking old furniture and working on it to get it to a standard that people will want to buy.

“After you’ve finished working on something, you feel great because you’ve made something that you can give to someone else to make use of.

“The course has been a big help for me. The staff go through your options, look at jobs and college places with you, and give you a better idea of what you want to do.

“It’s great that the money we raise will be going back to employment projects because there are young adults out there that need help finding out what to do with themselves.”

Nicola Wood is co-ordinating the project for Impact Arts.

She says: “It’s been great to have recycling as a big part of this project, as green issues are always really important for the young people we work with.”

“The young people have been brilliant. They have taken to the woodworking techniques and employment side of the course really well, and being able to sell their work at a public event will be great for their confidence.”

The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland, Tesco Bags of Help, Clydesdale Bank, Cunninghame Housing Association and Our Bright Future, which backs projects to get young people leading environmental change in their communities.

If you would like to attend on Wednesday, or would like more information, please contact Nicola Wood on 0141 575 3001 or emailnwood@impactarts.co.uk.


Young people unveil series of magnificent sculptures for Glasgow's canalside

Young people who have been working as part of our Creative Pathways employability programme in Glasgow for the past 10 weeks have unveiled a series of awe-inspiring abstract sculptures to line the side of the Forth & Clyde Canal.

The group - all unemployed and aged 16 or 17 - have been working with artists Kaitlyn DeBiasse and Allan Whyte since September. The young people have made incredible progress as artists, producing a strong, cohesive body of work that takes inspiration from environmental issues, disappearing industry and contemporary life in north Glasgow.

Becoming familiar with computer-aided design and 3D printing, the group have designed six stunning sculptures that show a mature understanding of how to use raw materials and negative space to convey meaning.

These sculptures were unveiled for the first time at the group's final exhibition event at north Glasgow's Whisky Bond arts venue on Thursday. The venue really enhanced the impact of the sculptures as the team showcased their work to friends, family and partners who have supported the project.

The project has received funding from Scottish Canals, and the team researched the history of the canals as well as gathering information from residents of the canalside through consultation events.

The group have also been concerned with environmental issues; it is one of 31 projects funded across the UK by Our Bright Future, a Big Lottery initiative that supports schemes that help young people lead progressive, environmental change in their communities.

The overarching theme of the sculpture work has been perspective: the way we look at people, places, the environment and ourselves.

You Are Here is a map of the Forth and Clyde that runs through the green space at the Possil Clay Pits, and is aimed at contrasting the greenery there with the industry that once dominated the area.

Based on the young people's prototype, this sculpture will now created by Glasgow Sculpture Studios and installed at the Clay Pits.


Four Shadows draws inspiration from the four high-rise flats at Westercommon, and are aimed at highlighting how people can arrive at differing views of the same subject or area - encouraging people to reconsider misconceptions they may have.

Inverted Space is a concrete block using negative space to create an inverted skyline, while The Barge of Unsinkable Dreams - which involved working with local nursery children - is a symbol of the life and industry of the canal.

Inverted Wave uses curved sheet metal to make the shape of a wave and symbolises the passing of time, while Ways of Seeing uses steel and coloured Perspex in order to complement the view of Glasgow seen from the hilltop at the Clay Pits green space.

There was an employability focus to the project, which is partially-funded by Skills Development Scotland. While engaging in practical art activities, the group have been getting one-to-one support with CV-writing, job-searching and interview skills.

Further support for the project came from the Scottish Children's Lottery, Inspiring Scotland, the Gannochy Trust and SCVO.

For more about our work with young people, please visit this section of our website.



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