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Our work with older people

Out of the Ordinary: a photography exhibition by Craft Cafe Govan

This March, older people who attend our Craft Cafe workshops in Govan will exhibit a selection of bold, bright and colourful photography at Glasgow's Botanic Gardens.

Out of the Ordinary is an exhibition of digital, macro, analogue & cyanotype photography exploring themes of the extraordinary in the everyday.

The exhibition will be open to the public at the Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, G12 0UE from Saturday 3rd March until Thursday 29th March 2018.

Work will focus on details of daily lives that normally go unnoticed, objects with special meaning, and daily rituals and routines that might seem trivial but are actually very important to us.

Every individual's photograph is a reflection of themselves - like an alternative self-portrait or a snapshot of their life. We have a diverse group at Craft Café and this rich photographic collection reflects their bright, colourful and individual characters.

Craft Café Govan workshops are funded by Elderpark Housing Association Limited and the Scottish Government's People and Communities fund.

The service is a vital community resource for older people in Govan, offering an opportunity for over-60s to engage their creativity, learn new artistic skills and socialise with community members their own age.

For more about Impact Arts' work with older people, please visit this section of our website.

Flyer for exhibition (PDF)


The Book of Favourites: An intergenerational project in Govan

In Govan, we've been bridging the gap between generations with a collaborative project involving older people and nursery age children.

Over-60s who attend our Craft Cafe workshops have been working with four-year-old children from nearby Rising Stars nursery on a fun illustration project involving drawing, colouring and painting.

Each week, the children spoke about what their favourite things were before drawing and colouring them, while the Craft Cafe members also sketched outlines of their own favourite things for the children to decorate with colour.

The result was The Book of Favourites, a quirky, colourful and imaginative sketchbook including illustrations of the group's favourite places, objects, animals and food.

Illustrations from the the book are now on display at The Studio, a shop window in Govan (at the corner of Crossloans Road and Uist Street) giving local people the chance to show their creativity to the rest of the community.

Charlotte Craig is Lead Tutor for the Craft Cafe in Govan, and she delivered the project alongside illustrator Ailsa Sutcliffe.

She says: "With this project, we aimed to connect the different age groups in the area. Creativity and arts is so often a common language between people with different experiences and backgrounds in life, so it was fantastic to offer an opportunity for different age groups to work together in this way.

"The final product is beautiful, filled with character, and really does incorporate the ideas of everybody who took part. We're really glad the project resulted in a high quality product that everybody who took part can feel proud of."

Craft Cafe workshops are for over-60s and run from Tuesday until Thursday each week from 10am until 4pm. They offer a safe, welcoming space for older people in the area to socialise and take part in varied artistic projects.

Funded by Elderpark Housing Association, they take place at the Elderpark Street Centre (82 Elderpark Street, Govan, Glasgow G51 3ST).

If you are interested in becoming a member or just learning more, please contact Charlotte Craig on 0141 575 3001 or atcharlotte.craig@impactarts.co.uk.

Craft Cafe Edinburgh takes over the top floor of Ocean Terminal for month-long exhibition!

Craft Cafe, our flagship older people's programme, last week launched an exhibition featuring a massive range of beautiful and personal artwork on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre.

As part of Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, the work will remain at Ocean Terminal - around the Image Collective gallery - for the entire month of October.

The exhibition features a staggeringly varied collection of work - including colourful abstract pieces, land and seascapes, water colour portraits of beloved pets and sketches from Craft Cafe workshops themselves.

Also on display - and on sale - are items from the Craft Cafe collections. These are furnishings and scarves using designs by older people who take part in Craft Cafe workshops.

Craft Cafe in Edinburgh takes place in Viewpoint care homes in two locations in the city, and a delighted coachful of members made the trip to see their artwork on display to the public.

Also being exhibited was a collaboration between our Craft Cafe Edinburgh participants and our other groups in Govan, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire - this was a vibrant tapestry featuring messages and illustrations, and bearing the Impact Arts mantra "Art Changes Lives".

Impact Arts have delivered Craft Cafe workshops in community and care home venues since 2011. The aim is to give older people a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment to develop creative skills while socialising with others their own age. You can watch a short film about Craft Cafe workshops here on YouTube.

The exhibition runs at Ocean Terminal between 10am and 4pm until Sunday 29th October 2017.



Craft Cafe events for Luminate Festival throughout October!

Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, is running for the entire month of October. Launched in 2012, the festival includes dance, drama, music, visual arts, storytelling, photography and crafts events across Scotland, all communicating the message that creativity has no age.

We are delighted that Craft Cafe, our flagship creative programme for over-60s, is well-represented in the 2017 festival. Running in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, we have exhibitions and open days taking in each of these areas over the next month.

The aim is to give people an idea of how Craft Cafe helps older people reach their creative potential in a safe and welcoming environment led by professional artists. We also hope to encourage new members to get involved!

Here's what we have coming up...


Craft Cafe Exhibition, Edinburgh
Saturday 6th October - Sunday 29th October 2017, 10am - 4pm each day
Image Collective Gallery, second floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, Ocean Dr, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

A collection of prints, drawings, paintings, sewn pieces and collaborative artwork by older people from across Scotland. There will be handmade zines of participants' work, a large-scale storytelling tapestry and new designs from the Craft Cafe textile range. Items will be available to purchase for anyone looking to pick up a unique, lovingly-crafted gift.

Craft Cafe Open Day, Johnstone
Friday 6th October 2017, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Farrier Court Sheltered Housing, 7 Farrier Court, Johnstone, PA5 8AQ

Impact Arts opens the doors of Craft Café workshops in Johnstone for fun-filled arts sessions and musical reminiscence. If you are 60+ and living in Renfrewshire, come along for art, tea and cake! Places are limited, so please call ahead - just contact Anne Marie Wilson on 07976 623 552 or email amwilson@impactarts.co.uk.


Craft Cafe Open Day, Barrhead

Wednesday 11th October 2017, 10.30am - 4pm
Barrhead Sheltered Housing, 113 Main St, Barrhead G78 1SB

Impact Arts opens the doors of Craft Café workshops in Barrhead for fun-filled arts sessions and musical reminiscence. If you are 60+ and living in East Renfrewshire, come along for art, tea and cake! Places are limited, so please call ahead - just contact Anne Marie Wilson on 07976 623 552 or email amwilson@impactarts.co.uk.


Craft Cafe Open Day, Govan
Tuesday 24th October 2017, 10am - 4pm
Elderpark Street Centre, 82 Elderpark Street, Govan, Glasgow

Impact Arts opens the doors of Craft Café Govan for a celebratory day of arts-filled fun. You will have the chance to experience the Craft Café atmosphere, meet the members, see the artwork and participate in creative workshops. Come along for tea, cake and art activities.

Special Craft Cafe artwork to be unveiled as part of Luminate Festival!

A special exhibition of artwork by over 40 older Craft Cafe participants will be unveiled in Edinburgh next month.

Focusing on the theme of Storytelling, this will be a collection of prints, drawings, paintings, sewn pieces and collaborative artwork by older people from across Scotland.

Also making up the exhibition will be handmade zines of participants' work, a large-scale storytelling tapestry and new designs from the Craft Cafe textile range.

Artwork and handmade items will be available to purchase for anyone looking to pick up a unique, lovingly-crafted gift.

The exhibition will take place at The Image Collective gallery on the second floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre (Ocean Dr, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ). It will be open to the public between Saturday 6th October and Sunday 29th October between 10am and 4pm.

The exhibition is running as part of the Luminate Festival 2017, Scotland's celebration of creative ageing.

Craft Cafe workshops run in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire. They offer a safe, creative environment for over-60s to socialise while getting involved in artistic projects. Workshops run in both community and care home settings.

The programme is funded and supported by Viewpoint Housing Association, Elderpark Housing Association, the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund, Barrhead Housing Association, Linstone Housing Association and FLAIR Housing Associations.

For more information about the Edinburgh exhibition, please contact Kate Bell at kate@impactarts.co.uk.


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