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Mark-making, animation and disrupting by design in North Ayrshire!

Young people in North Ayrshire are making their mark in Irvine, working with artist Ruth Switalski as part of a new block of our Creative Pathways employability programme!

The group of four – all aged 16-17 and are looking for opportunities in work, education or training – have been learning techniques in drawing, mark-making and stop-motion animation, while getting involved in the planning and preparation of Impact Arts’ Designed by Disruption event.

The first workshops saw the group exploring the mark-making potential of various tools and drawing mediums. Working in ink, graphite, chalk and charcoal, the group produced collaborative drawings made in response to descriptive words and abstract ideas.

As creative ideas developed from these initial exercises, workshops began to focus more on moving image. Looking at the artists like William Kentridge, everybody worked on single-page stop-motion animation and further explored dynamic, expressive mark-making.

Planning then began on Designed by Disruption, an Impact Arts event to be held at our premises in Irvine. Designed by Disruption was part of the Scottish Government’s Firestarter Festival, which looks at how creative practitioners and thinkers can help "disrupt" and redesign public services.

The group were excited to handed the brief for the event. They decided to showcase experimental film and animation works they had been making, as well as inviting previous participants Callum (now an Impact Arts Creative Assistant) and Tyler for an “in-conversation” discussion with artists Ruth and Christine.

The group reflected on their experiences of the Creative Pathways programme, spoke about how it differs from school, and what their plans are for the future. It was a resounding success, with amazing film work and thoughtful, inspirational discussion about what we do at Impact Arts.

The event also formed the basis of the Enterprise Activity section of the group’s SQA Employability Award, which each participant is working towards. The team are now looking at CV skills, interview skills, portfolio building and their Steps to Work award, as they prepare for a final showcase event on Wednesday 13th March 2019 – more details to come!

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



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