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Our work with young people

Free creative writing and theatre programme in Edinburgh

We're offering those aged 16+ who are out of work the chance to work with professional writers and dramatists as part of a free creative writing and drama course, taking inspiration from the hidden stories that make up the city of Edinburgh.

Participants will earn a £55 weekly training allowance and a contribution towards travel expenses (both subject to eligibility).

You will gain SQA qualifications and receive support with job-hunting, CV-writing and interview skills as part of this SDS Stage 2 and Stage 3 Employability Fund programme.

The programme is running now until 16th February 2018. Workshops take place between from Tuesday - Friday from 9.30am - 4pm each day. The venue is the Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU.

To sign up or make a referral - or if you would just like more information - please contact Impact Arts' lead tutor Rosanna Hall on 07795233408 or emailrhall@impactarts.co.uk.

Creative Pathways North Ayrshire divert furniture from landfill with upcycled auction!

Young people on our Creative Pathways employability programme in North Ayrshire last night auctioned off beautifully-crafted pieces of furniture they upcycled as part of the ten week course.

Wardrobes, tables, cabinets, chairs and mirrors went under the hammer at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company.

The group – all aged 16 and 17 and not in work or education - have been sanding, painting and redesigning furniture donated by Cunninghame in order to stop it going to landfill.

Almost £200 was raised on the evening, and this will go back into creative programmes run by Impact Arts. The remaining items can be bid for online up until Thursday 14th December 2017.

Partially funded by Skills Development Scotland's Employability Fund, the course has taught practical skills while offering one-to-one support with job hunting and CV writing.

As well as developing massively as artists and designers through working with our artists Portia and Emmett, a number gained employment and college places off the back of the programme and Impact Arts will continue to offer support as others go for interviews.

Jamie and Declan are two participants who worked together to upcycle a TV cabinet which was sold on the night. They speak positively about how Creative Pathways has helped them.

Jamie, 17, said: "It’s been really good fun. I've learned new skills, met new people, and the tutors have been great - very kind, friendly and fun to work with.

"I knew I wanted to joinery and carpentry beforehand, and being on this course has helped a lot with getting to practice that side of things.

"If you ever get the opportunity to go to Impact Arts, I'd say definitely take it. It's not just about getting you out there - it also boosts your confidence, it's really helpful and it's a good laugh as well."

Declan, 17, said: "I’d never really worked with my hands before joining the course. Coming here and working on the TV cabinet made me realise that this is what I want to do.

"I enjoyed drawing, sketching things out and then making things. I didn't even know this would be something I could do before I came here, but ten weeks later I know it's what I want to do in the future.

"It was great to see things were actually selling as well! Loads of folk came and the majority of stuff has sold. It's a good feeling seeing it go to charity as well."

The programme is funded also by Our Bright Future, which backs projects encouraging young people to lead environmental change in their communities.

The partnership with Cunninghame Housing Association has also put environmental issues into focus, as the young people's work helped stop this furniture going unused or to landfill.

Nicola Wood co-ordinated the project for Impact Arts.

She says: “It’s been great to have recycling as a big part of this project, as green issues are always really important for the young people we work with.”

“The young people have been brilliant. They have taken to the woodworking techniques and employment side of the course really well, and selling their work at a public event will be great for their confidence.”

The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland, Tesco Bags of Help, Clydesdale Bank, Cunninghame Housing Association and Our Bright Future.

Young people in North Ayrshire to auction upcycled furniture for Impact Arts!

Young people on our creative employability programme in Irvine are this week set to auction upcycled furniture to raise money for Impact Arts' programmes!

Wardrobes, tables, cabinets, chairs and mirrors will be going under the hammer at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company at Heatherhouse Industrial Estate on Wednesday 6th December 2017 between 4pm and 6pm.

The group – all aged 16 and 17 and not in work or education - have been working with our artists Portia and Emmett to sand, paint and redesign old unwanted furniture in order to stop it going to landfill.

The project has been run in partnership with Cunninghame Housing Association’s furniture charity. They have provided the old furniture and the auction will be held at their premises.

Lauren, 16, has been taking part in the programme since the beginning of October.

She says: “We’ve been taking old furniture and working on it to get it to a standard that people will want to buy.

“After you’ve finished working on something, you feel great because you’ve made something that you can give to someone else to make use of.

“The course has been a big help for me. The staff go through your options, look at jobs and college places with you, and give you a better idea of what you want to do.

“It’s great that the money we raise will be going back to employment projects because there are young adults out there that need help finding out what to do with themselves.”

Nicola Wood is co-ordinating the project for Impact Arts.

She says: “It’s been great to have recycling as a big part of this project, as green issues are always really important for the young people we work with.”

“The young people have been brilliant. They have taken to the woodworking techniques and employment side of the course really well, and being able to sell their work at a public event will be great for their confidence.”

The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland, Tesco Bags of Help, Clydesdale Bank, Cunninghame Housing Association and Our Bright Future, which backs projects to get young people leading environmental change in their communities.

If you would like to attend on Wednesday, or would like more information, please contact Nicola Wood on 0141 575 3001 or emailnwood@impactarts.co.uk.


Young people unveil series of magnificent sculptures for Glasgow's canalside

Young people who have been working as part of our Creative Pathways employability programme in Glasgow for the past 10 weeks have unveiled a series of awe-inspiring abstract sculptures to line the side of the Forth & Clyde Canal.

The group - all unemployed and aged 16 or 17 - have been working with artists Kaitlyn DeBiasse and Allan Whyte since September. The young people have made incredible progress as artists, producing a strong, cohesive body of work that takes inspiration from environmental issues, disappearing industry and contemporary life in north Glasgow.

Becoming familiar with computer-aided design and 3D printing, the group have designed six stunning sculptures that show a mature understanding of how to use raw materials and negative space to convey meaning.

These sculptures were unveiled for the first time at the group's final exhibition event at north Glasgow's Whisky Bond arts venue on Thursday. The venue really enhanced the impact of the sculptures as the team showcased their work to friends, family and partners who have supported the project.

The project has received funding from Scottish Canals, and the team researched the history of the canals as well as gathering information from residents of the canalside through consultation events.

The group have also been concerned with environmental issues; it is one of 31 projects funded across the UK by Our Bright Future, a Big Lottery initiative that supports schemes that help young people lead progressive, environmental change in their communities.

The overarching theme of the sculpture work has been perspective: the way we look at people, places, the environment and ourselves.

You Are Here is a map of the Forth and Clyde that runs through the green space at the Possil Clay Pits, and is aimed at contrasting the greenery there with the industry that once dominated the area.

Based on the young people's prototype, this sculpture will now created by Glasgow Sculpture Studios and installed at the Clay Pits.


Four Shadows draws inspiration from the four high-rise flats at Westercommon, and are aimed at highlighting how people can arrive at differing views of the same subject or area - encouraging people to reconsider misconceptions they may have.

Inverted Space is a concrete block using negative space to create an inverted skyline, while The Barge of Unsinkable Dreams - which involved working with local nursery children - is a symbol of the life and industry of the canal.

Inverted Wave uses curved sheet metal to make the shape of a wave and symbolises the passing of time, while Ways of Seeing uses steel and coloured Perspex in order to complement the view of Glasgow seen from the hilltop at the Clay Pits green space.

There was an employability focus to the project, which is partially-funded by Skills Development Scotland. While engaging in practical art activities, the group have been getting one-to-one support with CV-writing, job-searching and interview skills.

Further support for the project came from the Scottish Children's Lottery, Inspiring Scotland, the Gannochy Trust and SCVO.

For more about our work with young people, please visit this section of our website.



Creative Pathways Barrhead are on-brand with bold new identity for Christmas sale

Young people on our Creative Pathways employability course in Barrhead are standing out from the crowd with their own distinctive brand to promote their arts and crafts sale at a Christmas market this December.

Over the last two months the group have been working on ornaments, jewellery, cards, prints and textiles as part of arts workshops at The Arc community centre in Auchenback. They decided they would take a stall at Glasgow's Merchant Square during the festive period to sell these items.

But to give their work its own identity, they knew they needed to understand other brands and how graphic design impacts them. The group began a research and inspiration process.

Firstly, they took a trip to the Graphic Design Festival at the Lighthouse in Glasgow in October. They were impressed by the powerful graphic design on show; one design that really caught their eye was a poster for Les Siestes Electroniques, a French electronic music festival.

With ideas fresh in mind and following a brainstorming process, they undertook a graphic design exercise to create a logo. Out of these sessions also came a name for their brand: barc. (incorporating Barrhead and The Arc).

The group worked on a poster to publicise their Christmas Craft Sale. They scanned photography and linoprints created earlier on the course and manipulated these on Photoshop to create a festive but contemporary tree design.

Participant Sam then added a gradient and pulled the rest of the poster together, making it eye-catching, informative and communicating the creative personality behind their brand.

These posters will now be distributed in print and digitally through Impact Arts' social media and website.

The exercise was hugely valuable in getting the group thinking about marketing, working as graphic designers, and creating work that will make them stand out from the other retailers and craft sales vying for attention over the festive period.

The group's Christmas stall will be at Merchant Square in Glasgow on Friday 8th December 2017 between 12pm and 6pm. Come along and see some intricate, handmade craft items by young people and pick up unique gifts for loved ones this Christmas!



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