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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 jenny@impactarts.co.uk.

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.


Children's artwork a new addition to summer festival lineup in Glasgow

Impact Arts' Young Gallery programme is in full swing for the final project of the school term!

Bringing together P7 pupils from 3 primary schools in Glasgow’s East End, the project is building towards a vibrant summer festival in Alexandra Park on 22nd June 2017.

Our artists have been visiting Haghill Park, Carntyne and St Thomas’ primary schools to inspire the young people and introduce them to new ways of creating art.

In the past few weeks, the group have been trying their hand a light-painting, face paint and customising t-shirts.

The young artists are working on custom t-shirts, flags and interactive artwork for the event, which will be about celebrating diversity and bringing the community together.

There will also be a parade, an “around-the-world” photo-booth and giant Jenga.

The project aims to pass on new artistic skills to the children taking part while getting them to think about identity, who they are, and how they fit into their community.

For more about Young Gallery and our work with children, please visit theChildren section of our website.


Welcome to the Jungle! A new Young Gallery exhibition launches

Children from four nurseries in the East End of Glasgow were very excited to see their artwork exhibited at a wild jungle installation at Impact Arts' Young Gallery space last week.

The children, between the ages of 3 and 5, have been working with our artists-in-residence since the beginning of February. They have been looking at jungle animals through interactive sessions that involved creating artwork as part of sensory play and storytelling.

The four nurseries taking part in this block of our Young Gallery programme were Elba Lane Nursery School, Bridgeton Family Learning Centre, Helenslea Nursery School and Green Trees.

The children made brightly-coloured elephant decorations, a crocodile out of eggboxes, jungle leaves, and paper flames. All this came together to form a living breathing jungle installation, featuring videos of the play sessions that produced the artwork.

As part of the work, children got experience working as artists, were active, learned about pattern and colour, worked together as a group and engaged their imaginations.

The Into the Jungle exhibition will be open from the public between 12pm and 5pm on Thursday 6th April 2017 and Friday 7th April 2017. It will then be open between 12pm and 5pm from Tuesday 11th April 2017 until Friday 14th April 2017.

The Young Gallery programme is supported by the Robertson Trust, the Rayne Foundation and Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Find out more about Impact Arts' work with children here.



A new project begins with Dalmarnock and St. Anne's Primaries!

We have started working with P6s from Dalmarnock and St Anne's Primary Schools in the East End of Glasgow as part of our Young Gallery programme.

The theme running throughout this project is the topic of games and creative play, so with that in mind we visited Baltic Street Adventure Playground in Dalmarnock to help spark off some inspiration!

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