An extraordinary display of generosity and creativity as Glasgow Charity Fashion Show successfully raised over £47,000 for Impact Arts. This remarkable achievement was the result of a series of innovative fundraising events by the students, culminating in a spectacular fashion show that captivated the hearts and minds of all attendees.

Throughout the past year, Glasgow Charity Fashion orchestrated a diverse range of fundraising activities, each one contributing to the impressive total. From cake sales and pub quizzes, to sponsored swims, and taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk.

The highlight of the fundraising efforts was undoubtedly the fashion show, held at Glasgow’s iconic venue, The Old Fruitmarket. The event featured an eclectic mix of designs from both emerging and established designers, all of whom volunteered their time and talents. Showcasing their theme of “Dreams” aiming to provide “escapism in a world where reality can be nightmarish.”

Models strutted down the runway in stunning outfits, each piece a testament to the creativity and innovation thriving within the city. The fashion show not only provided a platform for local talent but also served as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of the arts. The finale of the show saw models walk down in dresses designed by some of our very own Craft Café members!

The substantial donation of over £47,000 will have a profound impact on Impact Arts and the communities we serve. With this generous donation, it will help us to expand our reach, offering more programmes and engaging with more individuals of all ages, from children to the elderly, fostering creativity and boosting mental health and well-being.

Impact Arts’ CEO, Fiona Doring, expressed heartfelt gratitude for the donation, stating, “We are incredibly thankful to Glasgow Charity Fashion Show and everyone who contributed to this amazing effort. This donation will make a significant difference in our ability to provide creative opportunities and support to those who need it most. The power of the arts to transform lives is immense, and with this support, we can continue to make a positive impact in our community.”

Last week our Craft Café Govan members launched their Back Court Concert exhibition at The Boardwalk.

The amazing work of 50 Craft Café members was celebrated with a beautiful showcase of their work from the past year. From an Indian ink project to watercolours from the community garden. As well as individual artwork from members past and present.

The main event was the Back Court Concerts project, celebrating the playful performances the members put on in the back courts as kids. Including a miniature tenements set, a crankie shadow puppet machine, and some performances by the members.

Thank you to everyone who came along and helped celebrate our amazing members. The exhibition will be on display till 17th November at The Boardwalk and we highly recommend you pop in to see the wonderful, nostalgic pieces of art!

Location: The Boardwalk, 105 Brunswick St, Glasgow

At the beginning of the year Lush approached Impact Arts to collaborate on a very exciting project! The beautiful cosmetics company were looking for new designs for their gorgeous knot wrap collection, to be launched alongside the opening on their new Glasgow Store. The Knot wraps are a sustainable way to wrap gifts and can be used over and over in a variety of different ways. Lush has a handy guide on their website showing some of the different folds and wraps that can be achieved for different items.

Our amazing Creative Pathways participants took on the brief and came up with various ideas and designs before settling on a final wrap agreed by Lush.

The design was influenced by the colours of autumn, woodland creatures and a clear sky on a crisp October night. It was developed by the young people in the group who wanted to combine their individual styles to create a Wimmelbilder style image in which the viewer sees something new every time they look at it.

The participants Knot Wrap can be purchased here and is available in their UK Stores.

In March we opened the doors of our new venue in Glasgow. The Boardwalk is a vibrant space for hire – with sprung-floors for dancers; a 120-seater theatre; and flexible meeting rooms. Hiring space in The Boardwalk helps fund the creative engagement work we do with communities across central Scotland.

Our launch showcased not just the space, but the work of Impact Arts participants – from our older people’s Craft Cafe members who sewed quilts and made paintings, to our youth projects like Creative Pathways and CashBack who worked on installations using film, ceramics and illustration. We had a silent disco with music from our criminal justice project, CoCo, and upcycled homewares from our tenancy sustainment programmes.

It made us proud to have past participant Sian Clark performing, and our Sketchy Youths running a screen printing workshop. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and offered kind wishes, on the day. We hope to see you back through our doors soon!

All photographs by Tiu Makkonen