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Our work with young people

Behind the process: timelapse by Barrhead's Creative Pathways team

The young people on our Creative Pathways: Environmental Design course in Barrhead have been getting hands-on experience of a huge number of creative and design techniques.

Here's an example. They were looking for an interesting way to visualise their planning processes, as they build towards an environmental project at a local greenspace. They produced a chalkboard incorporating silhouettes of the team into the border.

The team traced, taped, and spray-painted their likenesses around the border of a painted plywood board. The process helped them gain a greater understanding of digital and physical design.

Recording the process by film, they then had the opportunity to pick up an understanding of film-making skills by editing the footage into this fantastic timelapse. Have a look below!

The Creative Pathways: Environmental Design is for young unemployed people, engaging them in creative activities while simultaneously preparing them for work through employability training. It is funded by Barrhead Housing Association, Inspiring Scotland's 14:19 Fund and the Big Lottery Fund's Our Bright Future initiative.

Aged 16-19? Environmental arts project coming to Barrhead!

A new Creative Pathways: Environmental Design programme will be starting in Barrhead this June.

If you are aged 16-19 years old, not in employment, education or training you can get paid £55 per week plus travel to learn new skills and make new friends.

You will pick learn artistic skills and take part in creative projects which raise awareness of environmental issues.

You will also receive help with your CV and job-hunting, as well as have the opportunity to earn an accredited award.

The programme will run from Tuesday 6th June until Friday 8th Sept 2017, from Tuesday until Friday, 9:30am – 4pm.

If you are interested, please contact Nicola Wood at or call 0141 575 3001.

This project is funded by Big Lottery: Our Bright Future, Barrhead Housing Association and Inspiring Scotland.

Cashback to the Future: Coming July 2017

Impact Arts will be running free creative workshops for 14-19 year olds this July in Glasgow, Edinburgh and North Ayrshire.

Lasting four weeks, this will give young people the chance to work with artists and tutors on music, performance and digital art projects, culminating in performances in each area.

Venues are TBC, but Impact Arts currently looking for indications of interest from referrers and young people. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with developments, please contact Impact Arts’ Kallum Campbell at

The programme is funded by phase 4 of the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme, which uses the proceeds of crime to back community projects helping disadvantaged young people.

For more about our work with young people, please visit the young people's section of our website.

Young people explore concept of identity at Selfies Showcase in Edinburgh

An exhibition of young people’s experimental photography focusing on the concept of identity went on show to the public at Edinburgh’s 6VT Youth Café last week.

Selfies Showcase gathered together work by young people taking part on a 6-week Impact Arts project.

The exhibition celebrated self-identity through photography and digital manipulation, with the work playing with shadows, reflections, silhouettes and masquerade to explore how we relate to ourselves.

The participants also had the chance to work with our artist-in-residence Stella Phipps on drawings, collages, face-painting and gifs, and they relished the chance to indulge their imaginations while picking up new artistic techniques.

“The project was brill,” said Izzi, a student who wove his interest in football, rugby and boxing into his work.

“I enjoyed learning Photoshop the most and I’ll continue to use it to explore my interests of sport.”

As part of our work with young people, Impact Arts can deliver short-term projects in partnership with local youth organisations. If you are interested, please contact Dianne Miller on 0141 575 3002 or email

For more about Impact Arts' creative programmes for young people, please visit the young people's section of our website.

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  • Thanks for coming! Amazing work by children and young people with plenty of thoughts on their local environment… 9 hours ago
  • RT @Nic_ImpactArts: I have loved this project, such brilliant, thought provoking work from young people and our youth ambassador Natash…… 9 hours ago
  • The inspiration and starting point of the project was geography, map-making and the environment within Dennistoun -……12 hours ago



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