Places and Spaces - A Sense of Community and Belonging

In our research with care experienced young people and Abertay University, the top priority and key recommendations were to establish places and spaces for young people to create and develop together.

Throughout 2020/21, our 'creative home' was online and we evolved some amazing new projects as a result:

‘There are no words . . . !  You and your team have completely embraced (if embrace is actually an appropriate term for the impact of a global pandemic) this COVID world and, as ever, walked in the shoes of your clients through active listening and consultation. What you have achieved in a few weeks, is what would make anyone’s annual report look impressive.  Simply life-changing!’
 

Ruthanne Baxter, Museums Services Manager, University of Edinburgh

But in the background too we were, as a founding member of a new partnership and community interest company, buying The Pipe Factory in The Barras and Calton ward of Glasgow's East End. The Friends of The Pipe Factory CIC was formed with INCH Architecture + Design and Articulate amongst the founding members.  Our goal is to bring a much-loved historic building back to life and secure it for the long-term benefit of the community, young people, creative practitioners and social enterprises. Articulate and The Friends also played a pivotal role in the 100th-anniversary programme for The Barras market throughout 2021.

However, the first full physical manifestation of Articulate's commitment to The Promise is a 700 m2 city centre studio that is a powerful symbol of what we expect for care experienced young Scots and of our ongoing commitment to evolve a cultural hub rooted within the city arts community to support the well-being, enterprise and employability potential of its care experienced young people.  The team will now continually develop a diverse programme of arts, design and creative and cultural activities that will support the young people's interests.

The August 2022 diary is available here and the introduction / joining details are here.

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