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Creative Pathways North Ayrshire kicks off with environmental art workshops!

A new block of Creative Pathways has kicked off in North Ayrshire, where 10 young people who are currently not in work education or training are working with our artists to pick up new creative and practical skills!

It’s been a busy first few weeks as they group – all aged 16-17 – have been learning the basics of photography, before creating colourful experiments through translating their pictures into trace monoprints.

Getting deeper into photographic techniques, the team built their own pinhole cameras out of recycled cardboard boxes, old cans and duct tape. They took to the local area to get some pictures and developed these in darkroom they prepared themselves in the Impact Arts office in Irvine.

They have also been making concrete plantpots, cast themselves by mixing cement and pouring it into recycled yoghurt pots, milk cartons and other vessels. They then decorated these using designs inspired by the abstract art of Jackson Pollock and Piet Mondrian.


This project is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland and Our Bright Future, which backs projects helping young people to lead progressive change in their communities.

The group will also receive one-to-one support with job hunting and CV writing and gain SQA qualifications in Employability.


Artist Portia Velarde is leading the project for Impact Arts, alongside assistant Allan Whyte. She says this is a fantastic opportunity for young people to unleash their creativity while learning about important issues.

“We are so pleased to be bringing Creative Pathways back to North Ayrshire after such fantastic outcomes from the previous project.

“The work will have a strong environmental focus, encouraging young people to really think about environmental issues facing their local community and the wider world.

“The course is designed to be fun and engaging whilst having a really positive impact on the lives of the participants – I can’t wait to see the brilliant ideas the group come up with this time.”


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