February 2018: What we’re doing

Thu 01st February 2018

What are we delivering
in February 2018? Read on and find out more about what’s planned for our creative programmes with children, young people, older people and communities…

Expanding our work in Renfrewshire

The Paisley 2021 bid for UK City of Culture certainly captured the imaginations of the people of Paisley and surrounding
areas, putting the spotlight on the city’s cultural heritage and potential. We
are delighted to be expanding our work in the Renfrewshire area, with
two very exciting new six-month programmes kicking off in Paisley on February

Advanced Creative
will offer unemployed 16-19 year olds from Renfrewshire the chance
to take their first steps towards a career in the creative industries, offering paid traineeships as they work with professional artists to learn more
about photography, animation, 3D printing and other forms of digital art.

We’ll also be kicking off the Creative Mentoring Programme for unemployed 20-29 year old college
or university graduates living in Renfrewshire. Ten participants will get close
support from artists and creatives while getting hands-on experience in the
world of community arts.


Cashback to the
Future: Creative Evenings

Our Cashback to the Future summer programme was a hugely
inspiring experience for everyone involved in Impact Arts. The young people
taking part in visual art, music, performance and digital art workshops
achieved amazing things with the help of a special tutor team, and things were
capped with three unforgettable showcase events.

Now – with one eye on this year’s Cashback summer programme in Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and
Renfrewshire – we’re starting a new block of Cashback Evenings: weekly sessions to get participants familiar
with our tutors and their methods of working ahead of recruitment for the
summer season.

In Irvine and Kilmarnock, we are running weekly Cashback filmmaking and music workshops,
while next week in Glasgow we will begin music
and drama sessions
based at The Factory in Dennistoun. More information on
Edinburgh to come soon…


Art therapy in Glasgow’s East End

We continue to deliver one-to-one art therapy sessions for
children in the East End of Glasgow affected by parental or familial alcohol or
drug misuse. This work is greatly beneficial in giving children a safe and
contained environment in which to express their thoughts and feelings, and – in
the long-term – helping them build self-esteem and develop better coping
skills. Find out more here on our website.


Craft Cafe: arts workshops for older people

Craft Café – our flagship creative programme for older
people – will continue to run in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East
Renfrewshire. Find out more information
on workshop times and how to be part of them here

Craft Café Govan
are hard at work on a photography exhibition which will run at
the Botanic Gardens between Saturday 3rd March and Friday 30th
March 2018. Building on last year’s massively successful Tall Ship exhibition,
this colour photography showcase promises to explore the “extraordinary in the


Make it Your Own

Make it Your Own, our creative programme in partnership with
Renfrewshire Council, passes on crafting, upcycling, decorating and other hands-on
skills to Council tenants moving into their first-time tenancy. Equipping
participants with handy household techniques for the future, the aim is to make
tenancies more sustainable and help turn these new residences into somewhere that
feels like home.

With plenty of new participants waiting to start, our
artists Linda and Susan will be delivering Make it Your Own workshops in
Paisley throughout February.


Boosting youth employability through art

A busy month too in our creative employability work for
young people. Three Creative Pathways programmes are ongoing – one in
Edinburgh, one in Barrhead and one in Livingston – giving the participants access
to creative expertise while helping them with CV-writing, job-seeking skills
and interviews.

  • In Edinburgh, the team are writing poems, short
    stories, scripts, dramatic monologues and comedy sketches.
  • In Livingston, participants are learning
    techniques in upcycling and designing their own furniture.
  • In Barrhead, the focus is on photography,
    graphic design, branding and crafting – as the team create items to sell at a
    pop-up shop planned for the good.scot space at Buchanan Galleries on the 23rd, 24th
    and 25th of March.



Environmental work in

Our artists this month will also be working in secondary schools
in Paisley, Barrhead and North Ayrshire as part of Our Bright Future-funded environmental
. Our artists will be working with groups of young people who are
disengaging from education, encouraging the young people to think about their
environment and what it means to them while creating artwork inspired by these



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