Impact Arts’ Cashback for Communities-funded programme – entitled Cashback to the Future – this year engaged over 100 young people in Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Renfrewshire in in-depth creative workshops led by artists who offered masterclasses in visual arts music, performance and digital work.
Aimed at 12-19 year olds who are all vulnerable in some way due to mental health concerns or social/economic background. These workshops offered a free, safe and creative space for participants to be inventive and imaginative.
I was the lead artist for visual art in the Edinburgh part of the project. We were based in the learning centre of the National Museum of Scotland. I designed the activities to be fun and engaging and tried to created a relaxed and social atmosphere.
We started with some short activities to introduce the course and get to know each other, moving on to building skills and learning new techniques.
Light Graffiti – always a great starter as it is fun and physical and you dont need to worry about how good you are at drawing.
Shaving foam printing, nails art, paper craft, thread painting, yarn bombing, willow construction……all the fun!
From this point the participants were free to develop their own personal work for exhibition using their new skills. We also worked on a series of large scale collaborative works.
Showcasing our work
We showcased our work firstly in Edinburgh for our family and friends and then we took our work to Paisley Abbey to share our work with all the other young people involved in the project across all areas.