A new block of our Creative Pathways employability programme has kicked off in Barrhead, with young people learning how to use artistic techniques to promote environmental activism locally.
The group, who are all aged 16-25 and not currently in work, education or training, are working with artists Emmett and Portia.
As part of this programme, we will be collaborating with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) to get our young people making a difference to their local environment.
The team have already planted over forty trees in the local area, including oak, birch, silver birch, hazel and alder. Future sessions
with TCV will see the group making bird boxes and planters for local allotments.
The team have been getting used to their surroundings at Barrhead’s Dunterlie Community Centre, where a packed schedule of community work is kicking off.
The team have been exploring Barrhead, photographing the entire alphabet from shapes and patterns they find in the environment.
On an icy morning last week, the group took a long walk to Dams to Darnley Country Park. Equipped with their cameras, they documented the journey all the way, creating abstracts from frozen ice puddles. A long walk made longer by getting completely lost on the way back to Barrhead – but at least it helped everyone get a good night’s sleep.
The programme is running for ten weeks, up until 22nd March 2019, and there are still spaces. More information can be found here on the join a project section of our website. You can also call Heather at Impact Arts on 0141 575 3001 or email [email protected] for more information.
As well as learning loads of creative skills, participants get one-to-one support from Impact Arts’ employability staff while working towards completing SQA units.
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.