It has been one of the many amazing opportunities for young people that allows them to be creative and to express themselves through art and all different forms of artAlex, one of the young artists from Glasgow
The Celebrate ART project enabled young people to develop visual arts projects and act as artists, curators, educators, creative participants and evaluators by working with an artist in the co-production of creative work and events. The project also provided unique cultural opportunities for young people from across Scotland to meet both in person and virtually to collaborate and share their creativity.
Additionally, each gallery partner offered a further paid training opportunity for at least one young person. This traineeship model offered a training allowance equivalent to the living wage, supporting the young trainees to improve or progress in their chosen art form, education, training or employment.
The partner organisations brought existing expertise in working and engaging with young people in different ways and 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 project partners were:
- Engage Scotland
- The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh
- talc, The Templar Arts & Leisure Centre in Tarbert, Argyll
- Tramway in Glasgow
- The John Byrne Award
The young people who participated in this project were, of course, partners too.
The resulting artwork was shown in a series of high-profile exhibitions and showcased during 2018 in venues across Scotland, and The John Byrne Award made documentation films of the three gallery projects.