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Getting to know Impact Arts

This is the first in a series of posts where we will shine a spotlight on different members of our staff team in order to expose ‘the human element’ of Impact Arts.

Beth Farmer joined the Impact Arts team in August 2019 as the Listening Expert, a project role funded by The Listening Fund which aims to give a voice to children and young people in Scotland.

Beth first came to Glasgow to study Photography in 1998 and went on to work as a children’s portrait photographer after completing her course. In 2006 she went to live in The Netherlands for 10 years where she worked in logistics customer service for Intel and then on international projects as a business analyst and project manager.

Since relocating back to Glasgow in 2016, Beth has developed a passion for working with children and young people. She works for Creative Therapies with children in kinship care as an arts facilitator and founded social enterprise Print Clan which offers open access textile printing facilities and works with groups in communities across Glasgow.

Beth says; “I feel like my role as Listening Expert at Impact Arts combines my experience of working on projects, with children and young people and sits within a creative environment and I have absolutely loved being part of the Impact Arts Team so far.”


Beth’s main focus during her post is to lead a group of Impact Arts Youth Ambassadors named the Sketchy Youths. Beth says about the group, “I hope to provide them with structure and to empower them to build their own identity as a group, continue their journey with Impact Arts and become the voice of the young people who attend the organisation’s programmes.”

In due course Beth’s hope is that by inspiring the 'Sketchy Youth' members to become active in the group, they can represent young people in their local area and build an active network across Impact Arts’ programmes. Ultimately they will develop a strong online presence where they can share their stories and discuss themes which are important to them with a wider audience.

Beth’s artistic passion lies in textile printing and she is currently part of a research project which is in phase two: Aural Textiles. The initial goal of the project was to use sound as a starting point for textile design, via the use of spectrograms. Now in phase two, project members are collaborating with non-textile practitioners to create a body of experimental work which explores cross-practice collaboration and uses sound as a starting point for design more loosely. Watch this space for the upcoming exhibition!

If you would like to find out more about The Listening Project you can contact Beth on 0141 575 3001 or beth.farmer@impactarts.co.uk

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