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Our Story

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.

We are dedicated to creating a more inclusive, diverse and representative creative sector in Scotland and beyond. It is our belief that all young people should have the opportunity to explore their creativity and be equipped with the resources and support they need to reach their full potential.

Our bespoke creative workshops and educational resources enable young people aged 8-25 to express themselves and tell their stories, regardless of the barriers they may face. 

We believe that everyone has the right to be creative - and we are here to make that happen.

Our People

Founding director

Darren Osborne

Founding director

Colm Keegan

Partner facilitator

Douglas King

The importance of creative activities

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 growth

Creative 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 UK.

Nesta (2015)

To delve deeper into the research and pedagogies that shape our programmes, visit our bookshelf.

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