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Impact Arts’ Craft Café Members Make Do and Mend for Glasgow Life’s Fabulous Forties Event!

Older people’s arts and crafts project contributes bunting and banners for anniversary event at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Impact Arts’ Craft Café members are delighted to be involved in the Fabulous Forties event at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this Sunday (9th of February). Craft Café is Impact Arts’ solution to reducing isolation and loneliness amongst older people aged 55+. It offers members a safe, social and creative environment where they can learn new skills and renew social networks. There are two Craft Cafés, one based in Castlemilk and one in Govan. Members get together in their respective areas four times a week with a professional artist and are free to explore their creativity in a supportive atmosphere.

Craft Café members have been busy making decorations which include bunting, rosettes and mini spitfires for the one day event hosted by Glasgow Life. The Fabulous Forties celebrates the anniversary of the Centre Hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum becoming a showroom for a range of Utility furniture available to buy under rationing. Produced by the Government, the furniture was laid out for the Scottish public to view for the first time in 1943.

It’s not the first time that Craft Café has teamed up with Glasgow life: in 2012 the Craft Café members were pleased to create bunting, rosettes and medals as part of an intergenerational programme for Olympic Torch Relay Event.

James Gow, Lead Tutor for Craft Café said:

“The Govan and Castlemilk Craft Café members are so excited about the event. They have put in a lot of hard work on the hand crafted bunting and other banners and can’t wait to see them on display for the public to enjoy. A lot of the members were quite isolated before they joined Craft Café programme, so to be involved in a big project like this is really exciting for them.”




9th February 2013, Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Free - Drop-in - no ticket required

For a summary of events please visit

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