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Impact Arts

Glasgow, United Kingdom

About this organisation

Established in 1994, Impact Arts is a forward-thinking community arts organisation which uses the arts and creativity to enable and empower social change.

We consider the arts as a positive tool for change – helping people to:

  • Build confidence and attain new skills
  • Get back into work or education
  • Source work in the creative arts
  • Enjoy better health or simply improve quality of life

We work collaboratively with children, young people, older people and communities to achieve our aims. We work predominantly, but not exclusively, with vulnerable groups.

Impact Arts places innovation, enterprise and creativity alongside outstanding delivery, sound management and a strong ethos of partnership to tackle society's big issues.

Our talented in-house and freelance artists in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayrshire and beyond ensure that our artistic programmes, exhibitions, performances and events are of the highest quality. We exist to inspire creativity in people and regenerate our communities through a deep, rewarding relationship with the arts. #artchangeslives

Enterprise activity in schools

The Young Gallery, based in the East End of Glasgow, is Scotland's only dedicated gallery space for children up to 12 years old. Many of the children we work with have had extremely limited access to participation in artistic or creative processes before.

Through The Young Gallery workshop programme, we deliver a range of artist-led creative arts projects in schools and nurseries to inspire and empower children. Work created is celebrated in professionally curated exhibitions at the gallery, although the programme can also take place in schools. Artist David Shrigley is Patron of the Young Gallery and in the last 12 months, we have delivered over 560 creative workshops to children aged 0-12 years.

The Young Gallery Programme is a three-stage programme progressing children through the artist-led workshop programme to 1-to-1 Art Therapy.

It successfully:

  • builds children's confidence and resilience
  • helps to develop new creative skills
  • supports children through challenges in their lives, e.g. transitions at school or at home, coping with bereavement or family addiction issues

The programme also has an impact on the wider community, culminating in a launch event where parents, friends and family are invited to celebrate and view the work.

We also deliver our Young Gallery programme in other geographic locations. For more information or to discuss delivering a Young Gallery programme in your local area, please contact our Children's Co-ordinator, Jenny Coxon, on 0141 575 3001 or at jenny@impactarts.co.uk.

We can provide tailor-made projects that respond directly to the needs of the school and the local community. Using creative learning techniques and innovative approaches to delivery, we can work across a variety of themes including education, health and well-being, employability, environment, heritage and regeneration.

Our programmes provide opportunities for young people to build relevant skills using a range of digital technology and art methods, for e.g., digital photography, film/sound editing, soundscaping, animation, design, music, and performance.

Our children's programmes have helped to improve literacy and numeracy through dyslexia workshops and Imaginarium projects; improved social well-being through our play-inspired work; and opened the minds of children through sensory play and storytelling, culminating in children's artwork being displayed at a Wild Jungle Installation.

We have talented in-house and freelance artists who ensure that our artistic programmes, exhibitions, performances and events are of the highest quality. Our evaluation techniques can also help to evaluate the impact of the funding and the outcomes achieved. Our dedicated staff can also support planning and design processes by facilitating creative consultation events with key stakeholders in the local community.

Our work in secondary schools aligns with the Developing Young Workforce Agenda and specifically works with schools to support young people aged 14-16 years at risk of disengaging from mainstream education.

Creative Connections is an innovative pre-employability programme for young people aged 14+ who are experiencing difficulty or refusing to engage in the mainstream school curriculum. The programme has been developed to give young people the opportunity to work in a small (up to 15) group of peers on a creative project for 2 days per week over 5 weeks. The aim of the project is to develop confidence through accessible creative activities which will at the same time challenge the young people to engage in teamwork, employability and enterprise activities and creative learning and problem-solving. Activities include:

  • Visual Art
  • Product Design
  • Performance
  • Film Making

The aim of the project is to re-engage young people in education, employment or training, with an emphasis on returning to school in New Year. Additionally, young people would have the option to engage in Impact Arts' Creative Pathways / Connect two programmes once they reach school leaving age.

Our track record has shown that our intervention can increase school attendance from as little as 3% to 96% through dedicated support and a non-classroom based, creative approach.

Primarily aimed at those who are living with family members who have drug and alcohol addictions, our Art Therapy programme can help young people to resolve their issues, develop and manage their feelings and behaviours, reduce stress, and increase self-esteem. Art Therapy can also support those young people facing a range of issues – from anxiety and transitions to bullying and loss and bereavement.

Using art media as a primary mode of communication and expression, our dedicated art therapists can provide a supportive, safe and therapeutic environment for young people. Therapy sessions can take place in our dedicated Art Therapy room at Impact Arts main premises in Glasgow, or arrangements can be made to base therapy sessions at other locations.


In 2016/17:

We engaged 417 young people in our programmes.

  • 78% achieved positive destinations
  • 92% of young people on employability programmes received SQA or Arts Award accreditations
  • 73% reported better confidence and self-esteem
  • 123 young people undertook work experience placements

We engaged 550 children in our programmes.

  • 88% reported an increase in confidence
  • 84% reported an increase in creative arts skills
  • 90% of art therapy participants reported greater stability in life


For some children, art is a very good way to get rid of aggression and/or emotional distress. It can also be a good way for less academic children to show their creativity and talents. For some of our children, this was very apparent through their time with The Young Gallery, as it gave them the opportunity to succeed or to work within less restrictive frameworks – there was a huge element of self-satisfaction which aids their self-esteem.

Headteacher, Haghill Park Primary School

An art therapy approach is very much needed. Vulnerable children require quiet, private spaces to engage in allowing them to work out their feelings. The Young Gallery ATP approach will also mean that there is no stigma associated with accessing therapy, as it will be just seen as part of the creative process.

Early Years Specialist

We were really impressed with the project. Taking part was the most disengaged class in the school, but they really embraced this project, fully engaging with the activities and enjoying the experience.

Deputy Head Teacher

The change in my son is unbelievable. He is not anxious about leaving the car when I drop him off anymore, and he really enjoys his time at Impact Arts with his new friends. Thank you so much for all you are doing, you don't understand the difference this has made – I feel I have my boy back.

Mother of participant

Through taking part, I fell in love with drama again and realised how much I want to pursue it in the future. It has given me experience for the future, new friendships and confidence. I believe we should spread awareness of this opportunity so other young people can benefit as much as I have.

Programme participant

I have parents phoning me saying the behaviour at home has vastly improved. One participant is getting involved in family life again and is a pleasure to have about. His language is better and he is engaging in conversations. An increase in self-belief and confidence has enabled these young people to come back into school and attend classes.

St Andrew's RC Secondary School

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Scotland’s Enterprising Schools

Rouken Glen Park
Rouken Glen Rd
G46 7JN
United Kingdom

+44 (0)141 406 7722

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