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Craft Town Scotland & Impact Arts proudly presents: Celebrate!

10 exceptional Makers and Artists have been on a professional training and mentoring journey for the past 9 months, using their creativity and newfound skills to collaborate with 20 community groups in North Ayrshire.

A showcase of their work is taking place at beautiful Barony Centre, from Monday 14th- Saturday 26th June and we are encouraging the public to go along and check it out!

Delivered by Impact Arts on behalf of Craft Town Scotland, West Kilbride, The Makers & Artists Mentoring Programme (M&) has been training ten Makers/Artists for the past 9 months. Working with Makers/Artists who are currently unemployed or under-employed, and focusing 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.

Artist and participant Katie Lowe said; “I joined M& as I felt that it was an amazing opportunity to explore community arts and discover more outside my own discipline of silver jewellery. I have never wanted to, or felt motivated focusing on one thing. I have really enjoyed motivating others to have a go at drawing within my community arts projects. Feedback has been so positive and many have said that they find drawing relaxing, good for the mind and meditative. Some have even said they will continue to keep drawing in a sketch book, which is extremely encouraging! I have really pushed sculpting and printing as much as I could during this past year.”

The group have been working with Schools and community groups across North Ayrshire on various different projects, including;

Primary 7’s from Hayocks Primary in Stevenson, where they pupils have been decorating fabric flags to brighten up schools gates. The classes are studying WW2 at the moment with a theme around hope and transitioning from a dark time to a more uplifting time as well as the changes coming out of lockdown.

St Anthony’s Primary, in Saltcoats, through North Ayrshire Active Schools programme, the P6s are exploring clay figures and shapes, and re-imagining a story inspired by a ceramic scavenger hunt around the school yard.

South Ardrossan Larder & Food Bank have been taking part in abstract line drawing challenges and a scavenger hunt book to inspire children to see their everyday places a little bit differently.

They have also worked with residents at Abbotsford Nursing Home in Ardrossan, running craft activities, including decoupage glass jars, ‘painting with scissors’ collages and stitched coasters.

These are just some of the amazing groups the markers and artists have been working with across North Ayrshire. If you want to come along and see some of the work then be sure to head along to The Barony Centre between the 14th – 26th June.

Kay Hall, from West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd, said; “It has been such a privilege for Craft Town Scotland to be able to offer this project particularly during such challenging times. We have enjoyed watching the educational programme roll out, offering creativity and business skills, and to see experienced mentors encouraging individual development and providing support. The group of 10 artists and mentors have created a diverse network and bring many creative experiences to be shared with community groups. I am looking forward to seeing these creative arts projects documented and displayed in the ‘Create Connect Celebrate Exhibition’ at the Barony Centre in mid-June. We hope sincerely that many of those involved will continue creating with us well into the future.”

Address: The Barony Centre, Main Street, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR.

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