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Art in the Community

Centre81 summer programme 2021
Creative Time – celebrating midsummer
Exploring the world of trees at Clydebank art group
Creative Time – looking up for the crescent moon
Newspaper kabuto
Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Atmospheric tree painting night
Spring growth and life emerging
Enso zen circles and old bone language at Maryhill Art Group
Spring experiments and lots of tensho!
Spring experiments and lots of tensho!
Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre
Shodo calligraphy at Ruchill Community Centre
Mysterious shapes and energy of trees
Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

In 2016 we began community art groups with funding partners and charities in and around Glasgow, helping young people, adults and communities come together to get creative and have fun with art. We help to build skills and confidence, nurturing inclusion and wellbeing. Blair works regularly especially with youth groups, read more below.

View our community groups in action and the fantastic artwork of the participants.

Expression, inclusion and creative development with Youth Arts and Adults

Maryhill Hub Mural Painting Project

From mid June to late August 2022 we worked with the Wyndford community in Maryhill, Glasgow, on a large mural for the local community centre The Maryhill Hub. Blair started initial work in June after being given a brief from the centre manager and Glasgow City Council, working closely with local charity North United Communites, to include themes of the community journey through the pandemic and the activities of young people through Covid times, as well as the freedoms that have been enjoyed by them since. Blair worked with young people over several sessions to express their ideas and designs, including favourite themes such as animals, anime inspired characters and emoji, and it was great to then see them subsequently enjoy help paint these on the wall 😄

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Maryhill Hub Mural Project

Sketchbooks from Millers Art, Glasgow
Sketchbooks project, Maryhill, Glasgow

Youth and Adult Art Groups

Since 2012 Blair runs arts workshops and events with children, young people, schools and families with groups including – drawing, doodling, painting, crafts, sketchbooks, origami, sculpture, Japanese & Chinese calligraphy, graffiti, creative writing, art with mindful meditation. He works regularly with community groups such as NUC, Centre 81, and G15, in Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire. He has led adults creative groups across Glasgow, and in the central belt of Scotland with fantastic participants up to the grand age of 103!

'Future' Aye Write! Festival 2017
‘Future’ Aye Write! Festival 2017

Literacy, Creative Writing and Art

In 2017 we worked with Two Hours Ltd and Glasgow Life (part of Glasgow City Council) on a publication ‘Future’ combining art and literacy as part of their theme ‘Learning for the Future’ for the Aye Write! Book Festival. We helped bring together writing and drawings from adult learners, breaking down boundaries between literacy and art, encouraging participants to use different approaches to express themselves.

Working with Charities, Organisations and Community Groups

We work closely with funding bodies, charities and partners, and creative collaborators to deliver high quality arts provision in areas that really need it, on diverse projects from anime to craft to creative writing to painting to land art. These include Creative Scotland (Youth Arts in 2021), North United Communities, Centre 81 (Clydebank), Parkhead Artist in Residence, Community Safety Glasgow, Glasgow Life (Glasgow City Council), Glasgow CAN, Flightpath Fund, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, G15 Youth Group, Wheatley Foundation and Housing Associations. Blair has also worked with the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art (board member and trustee) on community work, and with schools such as Hamilton College and Largs Academy.

Creative wellbeing group with older people in Lanark
Enjoyable doodling with older people

Online art community

Creative Time

Try out some fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to create and enjoy. It is a great way to keep in touch with us and our online community!

Creative Time

Happy Artists ❤️ – Testimonials

Creative Time – celebrating midsummer

“Like the acrylics. Confident to have a go. Try new ways of looking and conceptualising.”

Martin

Community art group


“I enjoyed colouring in the picture of Australia and using the paint pens that came from Japan.”

William

Art + Design + Creative Writing


Collaboration for Aye Write! book festival

“I enjoyed everything. Especially colouring and writing. The paint pens were bright and fantastic. I feel more confident and proud of my work after these art sessions.”

Mark

Art + Design + Creative Writing


“I have enjoying everything! With Blair I drew a pool table and a ninja warrior in UK. Quality colouring pens. I feel better about my artwork and would like to share it with other people.”

Pamela

Art + Design + Creative Writing


“The big artwork we did together was fun. The brushes were nice to use.”

Emma Jane

Art + Design + Creative Writing


“I enjoyed doing the large ink piece because we were able to draw our own concepts for the piece. I enjoyed using the ink. The group made me feel more confident to use different materials while drawing or doing art.”

Ross

Community art group

Community group funders

Thanks to our supporters and community group funders including –

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Glasgow Connected Arts Network
West Dunbartonshire Council
Flightpath