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Celebrate ART is an exciting collaborative project developed by four partner organisations for the Year of Young People 2018 to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity of young people in and through the visual arts.

Celebrate ART talks to Alex from Engage on Vimeo.

Interested in learning more about what Celebrate ART participants have been getting up to at partner organisation Tramway? Youth trainee Isha Kausar Hakeem made a series of films to give us a unique insight into the process. Watch the rest here

Image courtesy of Tramway

Visual Art Performance: Saturday 7 July, 1pm
Exhibition: 7 July-26 August, Tramway upper foyer

A group of young artists aged 15-23 worked at Tramway from March - August on Celebrate ART, a project for the Year of Young People 2018 to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity of young people in and through the visual arts.

On Saturday 7 July the young artists presented a live visual art performance in Tramway’s main theatre, relating a story created by the group.  It included guest appearances by young dancers from Horizons, YDance’s integrated dance group for 13-19 year olds, as well as sculptural objects made by the artists. 

Following the performance, the sculptures were left in place for the rest of afternoon as an installation in the theatre. Upstairs, accompanying work including screenprints, sculpture and painting were exhibited until 26 August. Watch a video of the performance below. 

Celebrate ART: Performance at Glasgow Tramway from Engage on Vimeo.

Celebrate ART exhibition opening: You Have Beautiful I's

You Have Beautiful I’s is an exhibition created by young people aged 16–25 during the Celebrate ART, Art and Identity Project, which was delivered in collaboration with Access to Industry and The Fruitmarket Gallery.

The young people created work in response to ideas presented in The Fruitmarket Gallery, Lee Lozono exhibition. Working alongside the artist Louise Fraser and Celebrate ART youth trainee Natasha Ruwona the participants have developed new skills, experimented with a range of materials and also explored their own identities.

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Project Update

May 2018
Both Tramway and The Fruitmarket have recruited their groups of young people and youth trainees. The Art and Identity Project at the Fruitmarket is open to young people who are aged 16 – 25 who are not currently in education, training or employment or who may have experience of mental health issues, anxiety, Aspergers or Autism. The gallery have worked closely with Access to Industry to devise and recruit to their project, and the lead artist is Louise Fraser.

The Tramway group’s ages range from 15-24 and the young people bring a wide range of life stages and experiences to the project. Ruth Barker, the lead artist with this group, has spoken about how they have already had an intensive and incredibly productive set of day-long sessions so far. Ruth’s role has been to facilitate the conversations between them and to date the group have spent a day making large scale sculptures and a day making graphic posters for the event.

Our third gallery partner, TALC are currently recruiting their youth trainee. Project partners The John Byrne Award are working with each of the gallery venues separately to film the projects in progress and the celebratory events and exhibitions related to Celebrate ART. These films will be available online as part of the legacy of Celebrate ART and will be shown at #UNCON2, the second youth-led ‘Unconvention’ (National Children and Young People’s arts conference), which in 2018 will be developed as a celebratory event during the Year of Young People, to showcase the artistic and creative work of young people in Scotland. #UNCON2 will take place at Perth Theatre in September 2018.

April 2018
The young people working at The Fruitmarket Gallery, with artist Louise Fraser, will showcase their work on 16 & 17 June, with the young people developing work at Tramway, with artist Ruth Barker, following suit on 7 July. We’ll bring you lots more information about these events and others as they develop. 


The John Byrne Award will be working with all the artists and young people involved to create short films to document the project.

Our newest partner, Templar Arts & Leisure Centre, based in Tarbert, Argyll, have some exciting plans up their sleeve and have a super website with great documentation from previous projects.

Through Celebrate ART young people will develop visual arts projects and act as artists, curators, educators, creative participants and evaluators. Resulting art work will be shown in a series of high-profile exhibition/ showcase/ presentations during 2018 across several venues including Tramway in Glasgow and The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. The partners are:

  • Engage Scotland, the National Association for Gallery Education
  • The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
  • The John Byrne Award
  • Tramway, Glasgow
  • Templar Arts & Leisure Centre, Tarbert, Argyll.

The partner organisations bring existing expertise in working and engaging with young people in different ways and have decided to work together to:

  • develop and share good practice in working with young people
  • try out and share new approaches
  • cultivate new links across Scotland

The young people who participate in this project will of course be partners too.

Find out more about the Year of Young People 2018 here

Download the full project overview here

Celebrate ART
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