The familiar sound of bagpipes opened the CashBack to the Future 2019 showcase at the Barrowlands. Our piper, Dan, led us to the stage, where the show began with a screening of the East Ayrshire digital arts team’s Killy TV production. Broadcasting their version of a newscast, the young people showed us their particularly satirical vision of mythology and supernatural events in Scotland.
Nestled away in Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus, our fantastic band of East Ayrshire young people have been produced their stop motion animation, made mythical creatures out of willow and papier mache, and did some script writing. Young people had a chance to visit the National Museum of Scotland and members of the group got to hold a replica Jacobite shield! The East Ayrshire group has also been filming their own television show “Supernatural Scotland”, segment for “KTVN” (Killie television network) in Dean Castle Country Park. Everyone had a key role from camera, sound and acting to puppet masters! They have filmed bound-to-be-classic TV segments such as Bobby McRoss (a Scottish Bob Ross spoof show), finished their willow mythical creatures and getting back into heraldry themed printmaking!
The CashBack to the Future Renfrewshire team have had drawing, painting, collage, book making, storytelling, poetry, performance, singing, learning new musical instruments and have even formed their own Cashback band! They have been working hard in week three pulling all of their ideas together for the final showcase event!
Over fifty young people from all across the city have been dancing, acting, singing, painting and filming in an action-filled three weeks of the CashBack to the Future programme. Week three of the project has seen each of the groups flourish.
Since the CashBack to the Future programme started at the beginning of July, our artists and assistants have not stopped working. Do you want to get a sneak peek into what our young participants have been doing during these three weeks and what they are preparing for the showcase? We have asked the participants and tutors and these were their answers.
In CashBack to the Future no day is the same as the day before. However, something that has been common to all teams during this week has been group work, and linked to that, the increase of their communication and social skills. This has been demonstrated through young people forming a musical band, constructing a costume or discussing the social rules and diversity of fashion and body image, our young people have collaboratively worked to learn new skills and new perspectives.
Our summer art programme CashBack to the Future kicked off on the 2nd of July with over 150 participants, from the age of 12 to 19, from across Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Renfrewshire. The workshops will be running from Tuesday to Friday, 10am- 4pm, until the 26th July.
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