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SPARC is a dynamic community arts-based organisation originally developed in answer to community interest and need for accessible opportunities in the arts and culture within West Dunbartonshire.

Our key purpose is to nurture and develop individual and community creativity, identity and culture. Through involvement, promotion and discovery of the arts and personal creativity, SPARC provides inclusive opportunities for participation in a diverse range of high quality multi-arts-based activities.

Our creative activity opportunities are developed for, and in association with, individuals, groups and partners. This includes working closely with professional, highly qualified community focussed artists to deliver arts projects tailored to our clients needs.

SPARC encourages the use and exploration of individual and collective
creativity in order to:

o Encourage awareness of the arts as a tool to address local issues.
o Articulate the needs of the local community through the arts.
o Improve individual and community identity.
o Promote and support positive impact on skills, training and employment
o Explore opportunities for members of the community to take an active
role in the regeneration of their area.
o Support the national priorities for education

Community members and partners, in association with SPARC, will have the
opportunity to:
o Inspire, influence and access a diverse range of activities across the
o Identify and address community issues.
o Take an active role in the community's positive development.
o Form proactive and dynamic relationships with artists and other
community members.

If you are interested in developing a project in association with SPARC please contact us to discuss your ideas. Information about previous SPARC multi-arts projects can be found in the projects area of our website. SPARC is a registered charity and receives funding from both local and
national bodies. SPARC also work in association with public, voluntary and private sector partners and clients.



West Dunbartonshire Council   Y-sort it
Healthy Living Initiative  Youth agencies
National Museums of Scotland  Unity trust
Strathclyde Police, Local businesses Tullochan Trust
Housing Associations   Women's refuge
Community Links West Dunbartonshire West Dunbartonshire Partnership


Tasters – opportunities for all ages and abilities to try out and explore new, fun and exciting arts activities, working alongside specialists in the related fields. Activities can last anything from 1 hour to 2 days, depending on art form and client requirements.

Excursions – a stimulating option to step out of the usual and take a trip to see a cultural event – everything from the Edinburgh festival to dance shows to art galleries. Excursions usually last a half day depending on travel time.

All trips are accompanied by artists to interact with the group and develop responses to the type of activity attended.

Project blocks – these regular workshops provide more in-depth opportunities to develop creative work on a theme or idea. Our flexible delivery approach includes: initial meetings to establish participant and
partner needs and arts preferences, development of a programme alongside professional artists and partners, and outputs which show participant and group development. Project blocks are a great way to explore the arts, creativity and personal development.

Long term projects – an option to build on previous work (tasters, excursions, project blocks) and also give more significant opportunities for personal and skills development through the programmed activities.

Festivals – a lively and diverse way to celebrate a particular local or national event or art form for the good of the whole community or group. The programme of activities would be tailored to the outcomes you want to achieve – increased awareness of the arts, the area, the theme, the event,

Training – training offered in a wide variety of arts activities and promotion.Including ways to incorporate the arts in the delivery of your objectives – for either community or schools.

For further info`, contact:

Isla McAllister
Unit 15
Leven Valley Enterprise Centre
Castlehill Road
G82 5BN
Tel: 01389 – 761827


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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210