Wed 23rd September 2020

Impact Arts are delighted to launch a free training programme to harness local talent and build
community capacity in North Ayrshire.

On behalf of Craft Town
Scotland, West Kilbride, Magnox Socio Economic Scheme, Creative Scotland Place
Partnership, and North Ayrshire Council; Impact Arts are delighted to offer a
unique and exciting opportunity to become a member of our North Ayrshire
Creative Team over the next 9 months.

The Makers &
Artists Mentoring Programme (M&AMP), will train ten Makers/Artists from
across North Ayrshire. The programme is open to those who are currently unemployed or
under-employed, and will focus on
a structured programme of training and hands-on experience in participatory
arts practice, reaching up to 300 people in communities across North Ayrshire
via bespoke projects.

After the programme, Makers/Artists will be equipped with the tools and
skills needed to have a viable and sustainable career within participatory and
community settings and/or to support the development of a Self-Employed
Portfolio Career. Key benefits are the additional one-to-one professional creative
and business Mentoring support offered to each trainee, from skilled and
respected Mentors, and access to industry contacts and networks.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for
Participatory Democracy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to support this
exciting project. It offers a unique opportunity for those interested in
pursuing a career in the arts to build up all-important skills, experience and
contacts by learning from some of the very best.

“We would urge anyone interested in a mentorship to get in touch
and see where it can take you.”

The programme runs
October 2020 – June 2021, and will be based in venues within the beautiful and
inspirational Craft Town in West Kilbride, initially.

Development and Funding

The development of M& began three years
ago, with the driver being the ambition to take forward the Craft Town Scotland
initiative by nurturing future talent from within North Ayrshire. £67,170 has now been secured via Magnox
Socio Economic Scheme, North Ayrshire Ventures Trust, Creative Scotland Place
Partnership, May Lockhart Trust, West Kilbride Community Trust and North
Ayrshire Council. Kay Hall, Co-opted Director (Projects) at WKCIL, said,
are absolutely delighted to be starting this creative programme which will
offer exciting opportunities to so many local people.’

How to apply

We are looking for talented Makers/ Artists of
all ages, seeking opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge required to
deliver high quality participatory arts projects and engage communities. We
encourage people with untypical CV’s (e.g. self-taught, working from home), not
just those with formal arts/craft degree/training to apply. No prior community experience is required.
Priority will be given to those living or working within North Ayrshire.

Open for applications: Thursday 24th September 2020 to Thursday 8th October (12pm closing date).

You can find out more about the programme and how to apply here or contact Christine Novosel, M& Coordinator at [email protected]
or 07436 225196 for more

or 07436 225196 for more

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