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The Young Gallery: Arts Therapy Press Release



The Young Gallery: Art Therapy Programme


Impact Arts is launching a pioneering new Art Therapy programme through The Young Gallery this January. The Young Gallery is a dedicated and aspirational space where children aged 0-12 can celebrate their artistic achievements. Working with the Artist in Residence, children take part in theme-based arts workshops that lead to an exhibition in our dedicated space in Glasgow’s East End.

The Young Gallery: Arts Therapy Programme will offer an additional service as part of the existing Young Gallery programme, aimed specifically at children who are living with parents who have drug and alcohol addictions. In Glasgow’s East End, as many as 35% of children fall into this category.

The Young Gallery: Art Therapy programme is a creative lifeline that will support and empower children to cope with their home environment.

Impact Arts has been funded to work with almost 1000 children over a three year period. 840 children will experience The Young Gallery’s main programme through schools and nurseries in the area. 144 children will take part in specialist therapeutic arts activities in group settings delivered with partner agencies such as Nordoff Robbins Music Therapist. A further 30 children will receive more intensive one-to-one art therapy.

The art therapy sessions, taking place with degree-qualified Art Therapists will increase the children’s confidence and help them realise their potential through creativity, which in turn makes them more resilient and able to develop better coping strategies.

Rob Gallagher-Reilly, Programme Manager for Impact Arts said;

“Impact Arts has identified a strong need for a therapeutic programme which will address the negative effects of drug and alcohol misuse on children in the area. Unfortunately, Glasgow’s East End experiences these effects at some of the highest rates in Europe.

“Impact Arts is committed to achieving the benefits that this programme will bring to individual children, families and communities through this exciting and innovative project and will work closely with Health, Education and Social Work services in the East End to achieve best outcomes for the children who engage with the project. We believe The Young Gallery: Art Therapy Programme will have a profound effect on individual, family and community resilience.”

Lynne Carr, CEO Impact Arts said:

“This programme has been created in response to a need which was identified through our general Young Gallery programme. Developed specifically to provide art therapy to children whose family members are dealing with drug and alcohol additions, we are delighted to have been supported by Lloyds TSB Partnership Drugs Initiative, the Robertson Trust, Big Lottery Communities and Families, Glasgow City Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council and MacRobert Trust, the Rayne Foundation and SIS. Impact Arts uses the unique function of the arts to tackle some of society’s most challenging issues and we are very excited to be piloting this early years art therapy initiative in Glasgow’s East End.”

Impact Arts is running an information session on the programme on 25.02.15 at 2pm the Calton Heritage Centre.



More details are available here.

Register for this free event here.

Information session: 25.02.15 at 2pm the Calton Heritage Centre, 423 London Road, Glasgow, G40 1AG.

Funded by: Lloyds TSB Partnership Drugs Initiative, Social Investment Scotland, the Robertson Trust, Big Lottery Communities and Families, Glasgow City Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, MacRobert Trust and the Rayne Foundation.


Media enquiries please contact or 0141 575 3001

Further information and how to get involved please contact Rob Gallagher-Reilly, Programme Manager, 0141 575 3001 or email

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