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February 2018: What we're doing

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 13th.

Advanced Creative Pathways 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 everyday”.


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 space at Buchanan Galleries on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of March.



Environmental work in schools

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 work. 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 thoughts.



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