Glasgow CAN is the new name for our network. In 2013, NGARN (North Glasgow Arts and Regeneration Network) merged with WAN (West Arts Network), growing our current reach and operating area to around 40% of Glasgow city: the north and the west.
NGARN had been in existence since 2002 when local arts organisations, individual artists and statutory bodies came together to increase the impact of arts and regeneration work in the disadvantaged areas of North Glasgow. Over the years, they forged long lasting and successful collaborations between arts, youth, health, employability, learning and safety sectors, attracting significant non-arts funding for high quality, participative arts activity.
WAN had been running in a similar vein since 2008, prioritising work in areas of disadvantage where there is a lack of high quality arts provision. Non-arts funders include Glasgow City Council (formerly Community Planning’s Fairer Scotland Fund) and GCC area grants, NHS Keep Well, sponsorship from housing associations such as NG Homes and Big Lottery.
Notable examples of their work include the promotion and development of the Arts Award qualification, including securing Scotland’s first training agency contract for Arts Award from Trinity College London which has exceeded capacity and resulted (after only one year) in the creation of See Think Make, a social enterprise looking to develop Arts Award across Scotland including accreditation with SQA with start-up finance from TCL.
In 2010, jointly they mounted the largest participative arts festival ever to happen in North Glasgow, The Festival of the Imagination. In a temporary village of tents in Springburn Park, the free festival ran for 5 days, attracting 4000 people through the door, worked with over 40 local volunteers and created 12 summer-long paid placements for 16-19 year olds.
Glasgow CAN’s currently has around 30 active members. These include: Glasgow Life, conFab, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, Depot Arts, New Rhythms For Glasgow, Project Ability, Children’s Classic Concerts, Glasgow, Sculpture Studio, Maryhill Integration Network, AlbScot, Eco Drama and Universal Comedy.
Their current programme has 6 distinct areas:
· Scottish Refugee Festival
· Arts & Health
· Bus Art Trail for ‘Doors Open Day’
· Winter Festival
· Youth Arts, including the continued development of Arts Award,
For further info’, contact:
Glasgow Connected Arts Network CIC
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