a free art club for young people in dalkeith
Art Club exists because young people asked for it. They campaigned to have more creative activities and now they do! Art Club is a free youth-led project hosted by local charity, the Bill Russell Woodburn Youth Project. The club is for anyone aged 8-14 who lives in Dalkeith. We are able to offer free art activities and business skills because we receive grants and have the wonderful support of the community and local businesses behind us. Art Club has received money from Awards for All, Dalkeith Common Good Fund (administered by Midlothian Council), the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Basically Tool Hire, Dalkeith Singers, Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council, Cousland Village Hall Association and individuals from the local community and from across the world. Thanks everyone!
Want to learn more about what we do? Here's some information about the groups and projects we run.
We will be running 5 different courses for young people aged 8 - 14 who live in Dalkeith. Courses on offer include:
- Fabric Dyeing
- Street Art
- Soap Making
- and Pottery
There is a enterprise aspect to some of these courses and young people will not just learn the skill of making the products but also the skill in selling their work. These courses are going to fill up fast and will run from May 2018 - February 2019. If your interested please get in touch via our Facebook page or email email@example.com to receive more information and application forms.
Thursday Night Art Drop-In
At the drop-in young people have free access to art supplies and technology. New projects emerge from this group and we often hire local artists to tutor young people in their artistic interests. At the drop-in we encourage young people to come up with business proposals and we are able to act quickly to these ideas through our community sponsorship. The drop-in is funded partly by The Common Good Fund, which is managed by Midlothian Council, and is partly funded by our Art Club Sponsors. Anyone who lives in Dalkeith aged between 8-14 years old can drop in on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30pm at the Marc Building, 10 Woodburn Road, Dalkeith. It's also free!
Young people have been organising and putting on a series of events for the whole community to enjoy. They attend planning meetings, make decisions and and come together to set up and run them. It's a chance to interact with the local community, build skills and show the community what they can do. Keep your eye on our Facebook Page for new events.
Because the community have been so generous and kind to art club, we have been able to put on additional projects.
Young people learned to knit, designed a fish pattern, and released it on Facebook. We then started receiving lots of lovely knitted fish. Art Club joined forces with the Friday Knitting Project at Crystal Mount to provide more fish, octopus and seaweed. This was exhibited as part of the 'Art Street' Event on the 3rd of February outside the Marc Building. We would just love to do it every year.
With donations from the surrounding community, we were able to run a graffiti project. Young people designed and painted the shipping container next to the Marc Building in Woodburn, which helped to advertise the bike workshop that runs from it and brightens up the streets. At the 'Art Street' event the whole community joined in and painted the other sides! So nice to see art spilling out onto the street.
Receiving donations and sponsorship from the community is amazing and shows how much the community support young people and want the best for them. We use the money we receive to fund the ideas of young people. This can't always be planned in a funding bid so it's our way of keeping the club flexible and youth-led. If you like what we do, would you consider becoming a sponsor? You can sponsor Art Club by clicking on the links below. Just choose an amount that is right for you and you will be directed to GoCardless, a secure payment system. With the support of people like you we can keep Art Club free and directed by young people. We appreciate any support you can give. Thank-you!
NEW BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP LAUNCHED!
Would you like to become one of our business sponsors?
Starting at just £20 a month we will:
- Interview you and make a short promotional video which we will share online
- Give you a sponsorship certificate
- Give you some lovely Art Club gifts
To become a business sponsor get in touch with Donna Strachan at Ingingerness@gmail.com or phone 07988419086.