“The best thing I’ve ever done”: Creative Pathways showcase, Barrhead

Thu 30th March 2017

Our Creative Pathways participants in Barrhead treated
attendees at their final showcase exhibition to an impressive display of
photography, animation and digital artwork.

The participants, between the ages of 16 and 17, have been
engaged in the project since January. They have taken to the workshops enthusiastically, learning a variety of photographic and digital techniques, and
producing a mix of abstract work, wildlife snaps and fashion photography.

They also unveiled a brand new mural to adorn the main hall
of ARC, the Auchenback Resource Centre. Auchenback Active, who run the venue,
have been valued hosts and partners over the past 12 weeks, and treasurer Rita
Connolly had the honour of cutting the ribbon on the young people’s fine work.

Also in attendance were representatives from partner organisations Barrhead Housing Association and Skills Development Scotland.

As well as creative workshops, the young people have been picking
up employment skills through the project. They have been working on interview experience, CV skills, and have successfully completed units giving them
SQA-accredited employability awards.

All eight are now moving on to a next stage employability
course with Rathbone in Paisley.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said
Kemi-Lyn Thornton, a participant on the project. “You work with the best people
– you couldn’t meet better people.”

Joanne Branston was another participant. “I didn’t think I’d
enjoy it at first,” she said, “but when we got into doing it I really liked

“As you get into it, it was getting more interesting and all
the stuff we created turned out really good in the end.

“I most enjoyed learning new things, because I’d never done
photography before or anything like that.”

Heather Gault was the artist-in-residence in charge of delivering the project for
Impact Arts, along with creative assistant Susan Laws.

Heather said: “We’ve been really impressed by the effort
the young people have put in. They’ve tried their hand at techniques with
photography and graphics that are completely new to them, and many have found
in it a new passion.

“As we’ve seen the young people work together and learn new
skills, we’ve also seen positive changes in them, whether it be in
communication skills, teamwork or just in building a bit more confidence.

“These things are absolutely vital when giving young people
that little boost when trying to find work. Giving them the opportunity to see
their efforts valued and given pride of place at the showcase has been an added

The project was funded by Our Bright Future, Barrhead Housing Association, Inspiring Scotland’s 14:19 Fund, and the Scottish Government.

For more about Creative Pathways and similar programmes, please visit the young people section of our website.

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