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Impact Arts are Key Partner in the Ayrshine Initiative

Young People are Given the Chance to Shine in Ayrshire with £399,000 Funding from Creative Scotland

Impact Arts will work in partnership with Ayr Gaiety Partnership and several other youth and arts providers to deliver the Youth Arts Hub for Ayrshire through Ayrshine. Ayrshine is a youth-led arts initiative connecting artists, young people, public organisations and the voluntary sector across Ayrshire. Its key elements include Ayrshine TV, new and existing events, a youth arts circuit and innovation projects. The main focus for Ayrshine activities is to support and extend youth arts activity outside formal schooling and education.

Youth Arts Hub partners for this area include URTV, North, South and East Ayrshire Councils, University of the West of Scotland and Ayrshire College.

Lynne Carr, Chief Executive Impact Arts said:

“We’re so happy to be one of the lead partners in this initiative. We’ve had a presence in the Ayrshire region for nearly 10 years and in that time we’ve worked with hundreds of young people. This joined up approach with key partners is going to ensure that we can enable hundreds more to change their lives through the arts.”

Jeremy Wyatt, Executive Director, Ayr Gaiety Partnership said:

“We are delighted that Creative Scotland have decided to back the Ayrshire partnership. There are already productive new relationships forming and I expect the funding to be a catalyst for many more. Our first step will be setting up the youth panel to lead on the key decisions going forward.”

Leonie Bell, Director of Arts & Engagement, Creative Scotland, said:

“Through making connections and developing new projects these Hubs will enable more children and young people to take part in creative activities close to where they live.

“These Hubs will not only create opportunities for young people to shine and express themselves creatively; but also by placing them at the heart of the creation and delivery of the new work, the young people will develop skills and expertise which will be invaluable to their futures.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Sectary for Culture Secretary, said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting all of Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve in the arts, and to make Scotland an international leader for creativity for children and young people. The Youth Arts Hubs will build on the well-established links between culture, education, youth employment and personal development, and will help us to deliver a step change in our youth arts provision in Scotland.”


Notes to Editors:

Time to Shine: The Hubs are a key element of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine. The strategy sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and creativity. For further information please see:

The £3.1m announced today is part of £5m funding awarded to Creative Scotland from Scottish Governments Young Scots Fund over the next two years to support initiatives based on key objectives of Time to Shine, Scotland National Youth Arts Strategy.

The Young Scots Fund was a significant initiative launched in the 2012-13 budget worth £50m that would invest over the following four years in emerging young talent in sport, enterprise and creativity. This investment in our young people is an investment in a better future for Scotland. It will range across a number of projects. It will provide opportunities for developing, encouraging and building talent, for Young Scots to excel and realise their potential as our future entrepreneurs, creative practitioners and sports champions.

Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively. For further information on Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

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At Impact Arts we believe that everyone can be creative so we use the arts to help people make positive lasting change in their lives, whether they are 3 or 93 years old. Across our flagship programmes, we work with young people to help them increase their future life prospects, and older people to prevent isolation and loneliness and encourage social inclusion. Established in 1994 from our base in Glasgow we now operate across Scotland. contact

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