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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, 'We 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 or 07436 225196 for more information.

or 07436 225196 for more information.

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