Everything we do relates to our passion for creativity:
empowering young people from all backgrounds with the tools, skills and confidence to pursue future careers within the rapidly growing creative industries.
To enable a greater number of young people to actively participate in projects that will uncover and nurture their creative talents and ambitions.
We approach this in 3 ways:
Delivering creative and cultural programmes with industry links in primary and secondary schools.
Partnering schools with local creative practitioners to help promote creative career pathways.
Re-investing our profits to fund free-to-access workshops in our most deprived communities.
This is us
We are 3 people with 6 hats.
We are qualified teachers with a passion for education and working with young people.
We are also experienced, successful and devoted creative practitioners in our specialised fields.
GSA Visual Communication graduate, Darren is an experienced graphic designer, production designer and actor. He is co-founder of BAFTA and BIFA nominated film production company 14c Studio, who released their first feature length film 'Super November' in 2018.
He is a qualified teacher of art and design (secondary).
GSA Fine Art graduate, Lydia has exhibited in galleries such as Glasgow Print Studio, The Royal Scottish Academy, and Holyrood. She is currently involved in a community art and research group based in Govan called ‘SWAC’. Her work is part of the Scottish National Collection.
She is a qualified teacher of art and design (secondary).
BA (Hons) graduate in Music and the Irish language from University College Dublin, current Masters in Education student at Strathclyde University. Colm is an award-winning Irish singer, most notably known for the six years he spent as principal singer of world music group Celtic Thunder.
He is a qualified teacher of Music (secondary).
We do this
We are passionate about creative and cultural education for many reasons.
Here are just a few:
Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree.Cultural Learning Alliance (2017)
Since 2011, the number of jobs in the creative industries have increased by 28.6% - more than double the average UK job growthCreative Industries Federation (2018)
Learning through arts and culture can improve attainment in Maths and English.Cultural Learning Alliance (2017)
97% of the Scottish population believes that creative activity is essential for young people’s learning and well-being.Scottish Opinion Survey TNS (2017)
Participation in structured arts activities can increase cognitive abilities by 17%.Cultural Learning Alliance (2017)
The UK will need one million new creative jobs by 2030.Nesta (2015)
Children who take part in arts activities in the home during their early years are ahead in reading and Maths at age nine.Cultural Learning Alliance (2017)
Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are 20% more likely to vote as young adults.Cultural Learning Alliance (2017)
87% of creative workers are at low or no risk of automation, compared with 40% of jobs in the UKNesta (2015)
To find out more about the theories and research that shape our programmes, visit our book shelf.
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