The Young Gallery: Arts Therapy Press Release

Mon 19th January 2015

PRESS RELEASE

19.01.15

The
Young Gallery: Art Therapy Programme

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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.

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Details

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.

Contacts

Media enquiries please contact [email protected]
or 0141 575 3001

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

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