The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Fruitmarket Gallery brings to Scotland some of the world’s most important contemporary artists. They recognise that art can change lives and offer an intimate encounter with art for free. The gallery welcomes all audiences, making it easy for everyone to engage with art, encouraging questions and supporting debate.
The Fruitmarket’s Celebrate ART project, Art and Identity, included weekly studio-based sessions delivered from April to June 2018 in collaboration with Access to Industry. This project used creative arts to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people, providing a safe and confidential space in which participants could express their thoughts and feelings using a variety of media.
Seven young people worked alongside artist Louise Fraser, youth trainee Natasha Ruwona and Access to Industry case workers Graham Redpath and Karen Lally. The project enabled the participants to develop a range of new creative skills, experiment with different materials and explore their own identities, whilst receiving guidance and support from Access to Industry to find routes into employment, education and training.
At the Celebrate ART Showcase event which took place in Glasgow in November 2018 The Fruitmarket presented an interactive performance co-produced with young people working with Louise Fraser, Natasha Ruwona and Creative Electric director, Heather Marshall. Creative Electric is a critically acclaimed theatre company who create contemporary performances based on real experiences.
Art and Identity, The Fruitmarket’s Celebrate ART project was part of the gallery’s Connecting Communities programme, which is generously supported by the William Grant Foundation and Baillie Gifford.
Tramway is a leading international art-space which commissions, produces and presents contemporary arts projects and has been at the heart of the changes that have seen Glasgow re-born as one of Europe’s leading centres for contemporary visual arts. Based in the south of the city and a former tram depot, Tramway has a high quality, agenda setting, experimental and dynamic programme; it is one of the most sought after and prestigious spaces in Scotland for artists to present new work. Tramway enjoys a very strong reputation for working closely with and being artist led in its approach.
Between March and July 2018, Tramway worked with a group of emerging young artists aged 15 to 23 exploring their place in the world through a story they created of addiction, dependency, loss, personal change and growth.
The group developed skills in contemporary visual art and event production, including three paid internships from video documentation through to curation.
In July 2018 the young artists presented a live visual art performance in Tramway’s main theatre, and they showed the reinterpreted sculptures and artwork created for this performance at the Celebrate ART Showcase exhibition at Maryhill Burgh Halls in November 2018.
Templar Art & Leisure Centre
The Templar Art & Leisure Centre (TALC) was built wholly with Lottery Funding and opened in 2002. It is managed overall by the Trustees, who are publicly elected by the community, but the day-to-day management is undertaken by a management committee, mainly put forward by users of the Centre. TALC is located at the beautiful harbour front in Tarbert – a small fishing village in Kintyre, Argyll.
The aim of the Trust is to facilitate members of the community to form interest groups which will add value to their lives; to provide a building which is available at low cost to these groups and flexible for many uses. The aim of the Trust is to promote and enable access to visual arts, creative technologies, music and dance to the community – for growth and development.
There are several tutors providing classes in arts and crafts and music and approximately 20 community groups using the building.
talc’s project offered young people based in rural Argyll who had an interest in working in the creative industries a series of workshops in a variety of digital and analogue techniques, exhibition opportunities, portfolio preparation courses and work tasters leading to support to complete bespoke individual visual art projects. Additionally, two young people were offered paid youth trainee opportunities. The participants and trainees benefited from this realistic introduction to the experience of working as an artist
The young people from Argyll worked with themes related to the sea. They developed utopian architectural ideas on how it might be possible to live in the sea and took inspiration from the beauty of the sea, waves and drifts to create patterns to be used as a print on fabric, or laser cut as a sculptural element. Their work was displayed at Edinburgh Art Festival in the summer of 2018, at Maryhill Burgh Halls in November 2018 before being exhibited at the Rockfield Centre in Oban on 8/9 December 2018. All the young people’s artworks used a mix of digital and analogue art techniques and were partly responsive — they reacted to the visitor’s presence. Visually they related to contemporary and parametric design, and the sound elements fed back to the visitor’s touch.
One of the projects shown was a collaboration between a young artist and a young scientist, to create an audio-visual piece about sound pollution in the sea.
Year of the Young People
In 2018, Scotland put its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Year of Young People 2018 was a year-long programme of events and activities that gave young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.
Celebrate ART is mentioned on the following pages: 11, 29, 31, 45, 66, 67
The John Byrne Award
The John Byrne Award is a competition delivered by Scottish charity, The Iris Initiative. The competition is open to 16–25 year olds living in Scotland which supports the creative expression of values. Young people are invited to submit any piece of original, creative work along with 200 words describing what values their entry represents and why that value is important to them. Entries are accepted 365 days a year via email and Facebook. All entries are exhibited on an online gallery. Each month the best entry is promoted on social media and in The Herald newspaper. The competition culminates in an annual awards ceremony in February attended by 300 guests.
The John Byrne Award worked alongside the young people at each of the partner venues to document the projects as they developed.