It’s Gallery 37 time again, and Impact Arts are bringing their popular workshops to Arran for the first time. From the 5th to the 7th of February, young people aged 14-19 in Arran have the opportunity to work with professional artists and learn a range of creative skills for free, before taking part in an exciting showcase.
More than 85% of young people who take part report improved confidence and successfully return to school or progress to college.
Impact Arts will be delivering the Gallery 37 workshops as part of a weekend of creativity on the island. The Ayrshire Youth Arts Network (AYAN) is also delivering an intensive film making course with Peter Murray from the Media Trust and film maker Jennifer Jones to 20 young people. The group will be trained on using equipment, designing a brief, filming and editing and will present their films at the Gallery 37 Showcase in Brodick Hall on Sunday afternoon.
Over 100 people have taken part in Gallery 37 in Ayrshire since last year, and over the past 5 weeks, 20 young people from across Irvine have been taking part in evening workshops in drama and animation. They have been treated to some special sessions with Julie Tsang, a playwright and performer from Glasgow and Janis Hart, a leading Scottish set and costume designer.
Julie led a workshop at the Redburn Youth Café to help the group of budding thespians learn new skills in stage craft and scriptwriting. Janis led a session at Fullarton Community Centre to help the young animators create miniature sets to house their animation projects. The young people’s skills will be celebrated at a special event in the Harbour Arts Centre on the 15th of February.
Young people from Ayrshire still have a chance to get involved with Gallery 37 as the project will be taking over the Harbour Arts Centre for a whole weekend from Friday the 12th to Sunday the 15th of February. Performance, animation, film making, video editing and green screen workshops will be on offer, allowing young people to create their own short film and stage performance.
Amy, aged 17, took part in Gallery 37 in October and had this to say of her experience:
“Through taking part in Gallery 37, I fell in love with drama again and realised how much I want to pursue it in the future. This opportunity has provided me with experience for the future, new friendships, and it has improved my confidence.
“I believe young people should take part so that they can get as much out of it as I did!”
Please see flyers for more detail on the workshops.