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Creative Pathways Glasgow delve into the past to create a bright future

Young people on Creative Pathways in Glasgow took a trip to the archives department at the Mitchell Library to get inspiration for their upcoming sculpture project at the Claypits in north Glasgow.

Michael Gallagher, of GlasgowLife archives department, gave the team a wonderful insight into the changing landscape of the Claypits, presenting maps dating from the mid-nineteenth century up until the time of the World War One.

The group pored over various documents showing the physical and social changes that have occurred in the area. This was invaluable in helping inform ideas on materials and themes, and all this research work is giving the group a more complete view of what is required to complete their sculptural project.



The workshops - which have been running four days a week since 19th September - are also giving the young people the chance to develop artistically and try new creative techniques.

They teamed up with Impact Arts' Our Bright Future Youth Ambassador artist, Natasha De Vries to work on abstract expressionist art. The group excelled in the creative exercises, helping them think in a more abstract way about how they convey emotions, thoughts and feelings through painting and collage work.

The week ended with a day of making and using pinhole cameras. The group spent the day transforming boxes, soft-drink cans and duct tape into handmade cameras.



They also made a darkroom in the basement and developing solution from mint tea, vitamin-C tablets and bicarbonate of soda – a fun and entertaining science experiment.

After everything was ready, they headed to Alexandra Park to test out their cameras, yielding some interesting results. This was hugely popular with the group and they are continuing to refine the process.

Funding and support comes from Our Bright Future, Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland, the Scottish Children’s Lottery and Scottish Canals.

Our Bright Future supports 31 projects for young people across the UK. This week they kicked off their new hashtag #OwningIt, the brainchild of the Our Bright Future Youth Forum. This is to put across the message that the young people are taking ownership of the projects and leading progressive change in their communities.

In this vein, Creative Pathways are now building up to a public consultation event in north Glasgow ahead of their final showcase on Thursday 23rd November.


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