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Sign up now: CashBack to the Future returns for Summer 2019!

Aged 12-19? What are you doing this summer?

The CashBack to the Future summer programme is back this July! Over 200 young people in Scotland will have have the chance to work with an amazing team of artists, musicians and performers as part of free creative workshops.

The programme, running in Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, exists to amplify the creative voices of disadvantaged young people. Workshops will run from July 2nd until July 26th 2019, culminating in an electrifying national showcase!

You can download our new summer 2019 brochure and find more information about signing up here on the CashBack to the Future 2019 section of the website.

The programme is funded by the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities initiative which uses the seized proceeds of crime to back community projects for young people. Additional funding and support comes from National Museums Scotland, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Glasgow Kelvin College.

Barrhead young people hold community arts day at Dunterlie Community Centre

Young people on our Creative Pathways employability programme at Barrhead's Dunterlie Community Centre held a massively successful community fun day last Wednesday.

This was an opportunity to showcase the creative environmental activism they've been involved in since January. The group led workshops on how to make bird feeders from plastic bottles, and gathered feedback from the community on designs to transform the shutter areas at the Centre.

There was also a live DJ, face-painting, arts and crafts stalls and a mini alpaca farm for meeting, greeting and feeding!

The final few weeks of the Creative Pathways programme were filled with much activity. This included preparing for the showcase, taking part in an intergenerational workshop at Impact Arts' Craft Cafe in Govan and a cultural trip to Glasgow.



The Craft Cafe workshop was a hit and the group had a great time developing their drawing skills through a range of fun drawing exercises led by Impact Arts' artist Hannah. The group got to know the Craft Cafe regulars and had a good look at all the mark-making and drawing they have been doing.

The group have also been working with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) during their time in Dunterlie. On their final session, they picked up a huge amount of litter from the local area. Local people have been vocal on how much better the area is looking, and how great it is to see young people out doing their bit for the environment.

On their final day, the team celebrated the success of the project through taking a cultural trip to Glasgow, visiting the Hunterian Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. They got to see Dippy the Dinosaur and twelve sketches by Leonardo Da Vinci.



The group will now continue to receive support from Impact Arts' Opportunities team to find spaces in employment, education and training.

The programme was funded by Barrhead Housing Association, Our Bright Future, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Scottish Government's People and Communities Fund.

Aged 16-17? Not in work? Join Creative Pathways Glasgow!

Aged 16-17? Live in Glasgow? Not currently in employment education or training?

We're currently looking for young people in Glasgow to join our Creative Pathways programme - an employability focused arts programme which will teach you about design, environmental art and green activism.

Those taking part will earn a £55 weekly training allowance while working from Tuesday - Friday with our artists as part of fun, fast-paced creative workshops.

You will also be support with CV-building, interview skills and job-hunting, and will have the chance to complete an SQA Stage 3 award in Employability.

The programme kicks off on the week commencing the 8th April and will run until Friday 28th June 2019 at The Factory, 319 Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 2UF.

We have ten spaces - interested and want to find out more? Contact Project Co-ordinator Aileen on 0141 575 3001 or email

The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Our Bright Future and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Creative conservation and design in Dunterlie!

Our Creative Pathways group in Barrhead have been incredibly busy using their art and design skills to promote environmental advocacy on a local level.

Based at the Dunterlie Resource Centre, the young people have been working with local community groups in the area as part of green arts projects.

They have partnered with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), a group dedicated to improving greenspaces in Dunterlie and Barrhead for wildlife and people, and have also been working with Dunterlie's youth group to create designs for local art.

The team, working with our artists Emmett and Portia, are also looking at ways their designs could be used to brighten up the Dunterlie Resource Centre they have working in since January this year.

In the past week, TCV worked with our young people to show them how to build bird boxes. The group got on with the task in hand, following the process from start to finish: measuring, sawing, hammering, drilling and sealing the boxes until they were ready for painting.

These bird boxes will be installed in the greenspaces surrounding Dunterlie to encourage more wildlife to nest in the area. The group have also planted fifty trees in the nearby park.

Meanwhile, the group have been looking at the meaning behind arts and decoration more broadly. A Through the Keyhole-style exercise saw the team attempting to figure out whose home was whose from pictures – a fascinating way of looking at the art behind the person, and one that threw up quite a few surprises and debates.

This fed into a workshop the team delivered with the Dunterlie Youth Group (aged 8-12). They discussed theory of colour and the different meanings and emotions. After much debate, the youth group created individual designs for the shutters, which the Creative Pathways team took elements from for final designs potentially for the shutters at the centre in Dunterlie.

Meanwhile, the group continue to get support from Impact Arts’ Opportunities Co-ordinator Maggie to help them find spaces in employment, training or education for when the course ends in March.

The programme is open to 16-25 year olds who are not in employment, education or training. If you are interested, please contact Heather Gault on 0141 575 3001 or email

This programme is funded by Barrhead Housing Association, the Big Lottery Fund's Our Bright Future initiative, and the Scottish Government's People and Communities fund.

Mark-making, animation and disrupting by design in North Ayrshire!

Young people in North Ayrshire are making their mark in Irvine, working with artist Ruth Switalski as part of a new block of our Creative Pathways employability programme!

The group of four – all aged 16-17 and are looking for opportunities in work, education or training – have been learning techniques in drawing, mark-making and stop-motion animation, while getting involved in the planning and preparation of Impact Arts’ Designed by Disruption event.

The first workshops saw the group exploring the mark-making potential of various tools and drawing mediums. Working in ink, graphite, chalk and charcoal, the group produced collaborative drawings made in response to descriptive words and abstract ideas.

As creative ideas developed from these initial exercises, workshops began to focus more on moving image. Looking at the artists like William Kentridge, everybody worked on single-page stop-motion animation and further explored dynamic, expressive mark-making.

Planning then began on Designed by Disruption, an Impact Arts event to be held at our premises in Irvine. Designed by Disruption was part of the Scottish Government’s Firestarter Festival, which looks at how creative practitioners and thinkers can help "disrupt" and redesign public services.

The group were excited to handed the brief for the event. They decided to showcase experimental film and animation works they had been making, as well as inviting previous participants Callum (now an Impact Arts Creative Assistant) and Tyler for an “in-conversation” discussion with artists Ruth and Christine.

The group reflected on their experiences of the Creative Pathways programme, spoke about how it differs from school, and what their plans are for the future. It was a resounding success, with amazing film work and thoughtful, inspirational discussion about what we do at Impact Arts.

The event also formed the basis of the Enterprise Activity section of the group’s SQA Employability Award, which each participant is working towards. The team are now looking at CV skills, interview skills, portfolio building and their Steps to Work award, as they prepare for a final showcase event on Wednesday 13th March 2019 – more details to come!

The programme is funded by Our Bright Future, the National Lottery Community Fund and Skills Development Scotland.

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