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Over 100 Primary 5s deck Springburn Park in rainbow of painted school flags!

Over 100 P5s from four Glasgow schools came together this morning to deck Springburn Park in a rainbow of painted school flags, created as part of our Young Gallery project!

The children worked with our artists Elina Bry and Susie Cassidy to create collaborative artworks about diversity and community - what makes us different and what brings us together. The children met, exhibited their flags, did demonstrations and came together for a mass aerobic workout to the tune of Eye of the Tiger!

Here's a short film from today about Festival in the Park and the power art has in bringing children together to tackle complex issues:



A massive well done to P5s from St. Denis' Primary, St. Martha's Primary, Quarrybrae Primary and St. Ninian's Primary Schools for their incredible work! Thanks also to Cllr. Graham Campbell for Springburn/Robroyston who made it along as well.

The project was possible thanks to funding from the schools, the Corra Foundation, YouthLink Scotland and the Co-op Community Fund.

Fairytale in Barrhead: young people donate handmade toys and planters to nursery

It was a fairytale finish to Creative Pathways Barrhead last week, as young people working on our employability programme donated fantasy-themed artwork and handmade toys to a local nursery school!

The group, who have been working at the ARC Centre in Auchenback, visited children at the nursery to present a handmade fairy garden and plant pots created from recycled wood.

They also taught the children how to make their o­wn fairies from glitter, string, wool and clothes pegs, while showing them how to plant flowers for their new garden.

It marked the end of a 12-week block of Creative Pathways, where unemployed young people have worked with artists Rosanna, Portia and Hannah on creative writing and craft projects, while getting help to find work.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Our Bright Future initiative and Barrhead Housing Association, the young people also learned more about their community, their environment and how to reduce waste.

For their final project, the group were set on doing something for the community. They decided to consult with children, parents and staff at the nearby Family Centre, asking them to vote on a range of ideas.

The winner was the fairy garden, and so the group set to work making things for the children using the creative skills they had developed during their time with Impact Arts.

Scott McCorkell, 17, is one of the participants on the programme who created pieces for the Family Centre:

“It’s been really fun getting to expand my skills, interact with new people and do something useful as well.

“It feels great doing something that people will like and that will actually be useful – it feels really fulfilling.”

Scott also spoke of how useful he found the project as a whole:

“I’ve learned how to make a CV, learned how to word myself in interviews better and also just generally becoming more confident. It’s been great.”

Frances Cathcart of Arthurlie Family Centre was delighted with the young people’s work.

“Our partnership with Impact Arts has been a great experience for the children.

“The planters the group have made are beautiful, and we now have a wonderful sensory area in the garden where children can learn and explore.

“The children also love playing with the little fairy garden, and making stories and fairies to play with.”

Heather Gault was Project Co-ordinator for Impact Arts on the programme. She says the young people’s work has paid off.

“I could not be more impressed by the work the participants have put in throughout the programme.

“The handover event was a brilliant day and it was so lovely to see the kids getting involved with making their own peg fairies and planting the sensory plants.

“The group and the artists should be very proud of themselves.”

Our next block of Creative Pathways in Barrhead, in partnership with Barrhead Housing Association, will begin in January 2019 and run for 12 weeks at the Dunterlie Resource Centre. More details to come...

Thanks to Barrhead Housing Association, the Big Lottery, Our Bright Future, Inspiring Scotland and the Scottish Government's People and Communities Fund for their funding and support on this programme.

Exhibition of community art by children and young people in Dennistoun next week!

We will be holding an exhibition and celebration event at Impact Arts' Dennistoun premises to mark the end of our Our Bright Future Youth Ambassador project!

Artist Natasha DeVries has been working with primary schools, secondary schools and community organisations in Dennistoun over the past 12 weeks.

Over 40 community members have contributed, creating images highlighting the evolving landscape in Dennistoun.

Each piece of handmade art combines to form a map. At the end of the exhibition, participants will be able to take away a section and have a piece of community art within their home.

The event will take place on Wednesday 13th December 2017 between 3pm and 5pm at The Factory, 319 Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 2TB.

All are welcome on the day and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend, please contact Matthew McWhinnie on 0141 575 3001 or email

The programme has been funded by Our Bright Future, Big Lottery Fund,Inspiring Scotland and SCVO.

Children's imaginations run wild through creative play in Barrhead!

Last week saw Impact Arts begin a new block of creative play sessions for children in Barrhead, aimed at sparking children's imaginations and getting them outdoor and active.

Our Creative Play Rangers Natalie, Tara and Sarah visited St. Mark's Primary School and Arthurlie Family Centre, telling tales of swamps, forrests and Gruffalos to get the children's imaginations going, get them exploring their environment and - most importantly - having lots of fun, whatever the weather!

These sessions - taking place after school and nursery - are entirely free. It's part of East Renfrewshire Council’s Early Years Places to Play initiative and funded by East Renfrewshire Early Years.

The sessions are running every Tuesday in November 2017:

St. Mark's Primary School

  • Tuesday 14th November 2017: 3pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 21st November 2017: 3pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 28th November 2017: 3pm - 4pm

Arthurlie Family Centre

  • Tuesday 14th November 2017: 4pm - 5pm
  • Tuesday 21st November 2017: 4pm - 5pm
  • Tuesday 28th November 2017: 4pm - 5pm

The sessions at St. Mark's are for Primary 4s, while the sessions at Arthurlie are aimed at 3-4 year olds.

For more information, please contact Impact Arts' Children's Co-ordinator on 0141 575 3001 or email

Young Gallery hits Alexandra Park in true Festival Style

Almost one hundred Primary 7s flooded into Alexandra Park on Thursday to mark the end of our latest block of our Young Gallery programme.

Children from St Thomas', Carntyne and Haghill Park primary schools were parading some very vibrant artwork they have produced over the past two months as part of an programme partially funded by Glasgow City Council's Sense Over Sectarianism initiative.

Following an anti-sectarian drama project through SoS, the children of the three schools came together over several weeks to produce artwork inspired by looking at cultures and customs from around the world.

This included colourful t-shirts, flags, umbrellas and personalised Jenga-bricks, while there was also an "around-the-world" photo booth and neon face-painting in true festival style.

Displayed around the fountain were vivid glow-in-the-dark portraits of the young artists themselves. These portraits went towards creating a three peace symbol artworks that will go in display in each of the three schools.

Rocco, 11, of St Thomas' said the best part was working with the different schools: “I already knew some people from the other schools but I haven't really work with them like this.

“It’s been good working with different people, making things from scrap, and I liked making the t-shirts and umbrellas.

“We talked about people using sectarian language to other people and how that can threaten them. I knew a little bit about it before but not a lot.”

Officers from Police Scotland showed up to speak to the pupils and also in attendance were local councillors Michelle Ferns, Allan Casey and Christina Cannon. Cllr. Casey was very enthusiastic about the event and atmosphere on the day.

“Looking at all the work they’ve been doing over the last six weeks and seeing them all so happy and involved has been a great thing," he said. "It’s fantastic work that Impact Arts have been doing with the local schools in the area."

“The team have done a great job in encouraging young ones to work together in different teams and joining up the schools. When they’re going into secondary school so soon, it’s vital to have that mix and those links in place before they do so.”

Alison Logan, who heads up the Sense Over Sectarianism initiative, said: "It’s really clear from watching the kids here, you can see them mixing together, you can see that difference is not something they’re accepting.

"The arts are a great way of getting to some difficult issues and allowing the space to explore that in a way that’s fun and engaging, but doesn’t step away from tackling a difficult issue.”

Jenny Coxon, Children's Co-ordinator for Impact Arts, said: “The young people really threw themselves into this project and saw the value of celebrating different identities and cultures, while recognising that we are united by more than what divides us.

“The East End of Glasgow is a very diverse area, so this was a great group of pupils to get thinking about background, tradition, culture and customs.

“The creative process is brilliant for ideas and forging connections on a deeper level, so it was fantastic to be able to bring the schools together over a prolonged period of time. It will be great for them to see their work celebrated at the centre of the community.”

  • Visit our Facebook page to view some brilliant photographs from the event, taken by young participants on our Creative Pathways in Barrhead.
  • For more about the Young Gallery programme and the engagement we do in schools and nurseries, please visit the Young Gallery section of the site.

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