Week 1 of CashBack to the Future: Wildly and majestically creating art

Fri 05th July 2019

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.


The theme of this year is Wild and Majestic, adopting the name of the summer exhibition at of the National Museum of Scotland, located in Edinburgh. This inspiring theme gives young people the opportunity to engage with romantic visions of Scottish heritage through the arts. Featuring rich displays and iconic objects such as a velvet dress worn by Princess Victoria and the original score of The Hebrides concert overture by Mendelssohn, inspired by a journey from Fort William to Mull, this exhibition uncovers how romantic interpretations of the cultural traditions of the Scottish Highlands and Islands became enduring symbols of the Scottish identity.



Visiting this exhibition the young people have engaged with their local heritage through tours and learning sessions, and have gained inspiration from the wonderful collections and knowledgeable staff team. The galleries ‘The Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk’ and ‘Making and Creating’, for instance, have encouraged young people to think about the alternative ideals of beauty and have revealed them techniques and inspirations behind the work or art makers and designers. These and other exhibitions have inspired their imagination and have been the jumping off points for their creative projects. Furthermore, the trips to the National Museum of Scotland have particularly invited them to reflect on the meaning and relevance of ideas that define Scotland today.



Week one has all been about setting the scene, giving each young person a taster of the different art forms available, and allowing them to discover and experiment with materials, musical instruments and movement that will be used to create their final pieces. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, with the majority not previously engaging in arts or heritage before. Our talented tutor team have guided them through this first week, sharing their own passion for arts and encouraging our young people to explore their own creativity, take risks and be curious. CashBack to the Future 2019 promises a wildly majestic vision of Scotland which will be showcased at the Glasgow Barrowlands on the 25th of July!



Want a bit more information about the Cashback to the Future? Download our new Brochure for 2019!

If you have any questions, please contact Impact Arts on 0141 575 3001 or email [email protected].


Cashback to the Future is funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative, which backs projects supporting disadvantaged young people.

CashBack to the Future is supported by National Museums Scotland through funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust programme.

In North Ayrshire, CashBack to the Future is supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Young Roots Fund.

A special thanks to our community partners, Glasgow Kelvin College, National Museum of Scotland, Ayrshire College, and Tannahill Centre.

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