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Oven life: Creative Pathways Glasgow kick off a pizza-packed programme

Young people on Creative Pathways Glasgow are baking a name for themselves - they’ve chosen a pizza theme for the environmentally-conscious work they’re engaged in over the next few months.

Artists Mina Heydari-Waite and Allan Whyte are working with 16-17 year olds, teaching artistic techniques while exploring environmental issues and devising ways of promoting green messages in their communities.

At workshops running each week at our Factory premises in Dennistoun, the young people have been trying their hand at screen-printing, natural dyes, paper collage and pinhole camera photography.

The group have also been discussing environmental issues locally – identifying problems such as pollution, litter, vandalism and overcrowded public transport.

They have decided to use their time with Creative Pathways to plan a pizza-packed community event in Glasgow and design a community toolkit that can be used by others the world over.



The team were donated an environmentally-friendly portable pizza oven by Edinburgh-based company Ooni. The team assembled the oven and have been using it each Friday to hone their pizza practice.

They have also struck up a friendly relationship with the Zero Waste Market in Dennistoun, who have donated package-free vegetables and oil.

The project is running until June, when the young people will used recovered and recycled materials to build their own pizza oven at a community garden in Glasgow.

To mark this event, they will create a riso-print publication outlining the steps they took so others can follow their example.

In the meantime, the group – who are not currently in employment, education or training – are getting support from Impact Arts to find opportunities for them to move into once the course finishes.


The programme is funded by Our Bright Future, the National Lottery Community Fund and Skills Development Scotland.

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