Free Summer Arts Programme

Young people in South Lanarkshire and other areas across Scotland are invited to sign up for free workshops in art and music. These free summer courses are running in South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Edinburgh. Nearest one is in Blantyre at David Livingstone Birthplace Museum.

Impact Arts’ CashBack to the Future programme offers five weeks of creative workshops to 14-19 year olds who are facing barriers to inclusion.

Five weeks creative Arts Programme at David Livingstone Birthplace Museum. Workshops will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4th July – 3rd August, 10am-4pm.

All participants will contribute to a final creative showcase of work at the end of the five weeks. Whatever their level of experience, whether young people consider themselves creative or not, it is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of the summer by working with enthusiastic, friendly and skilled tutors who will help them reach artistic heights!

Workshops are entirely free with food provided, along with a contribution towards travel expenses. This is the sixth year that CashBack to the Future has run thanks to the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities funding and Heritage Lottery funding.

Caroline McGee, Impact Arts’ Head of Operations says the Impact Arts team are excited to bring CashBack workshops back for another year.

“CashBack to the Future is about offering amazing creative experiences to young people who would otherwise have difficulties accessing artistic programmes.

“It’s about bringing high-calibre artists, and quality art materials, into a fun, friendly, high-paced and creative environment and watching young people’s ideas develop and flourish.

“We have again assembled a superb creative team and this year we have a heritage theme across all our CashBack programmes. We have therefore teamed up with various heritage organisations from across the central belt, which we are excited about.”

Impact Arts have teamed up with the David Livingstone Birthplace Museum in Blantyre. Natalie Lorimer, Youth Engagement Officer at the museum, said:

“We are delighted to be collaborating with partners at Impact Arts to deliver the CashBack Programme at the Birthplace this summer. This is a fantastic opportunity for local young people to develop their creative skills and build confidence in a supportive environment.

“As a museum, we are keen to celebrate the voices and ideas of young people across South Lanarkshire, who offer so much to our communities. We strive to be a welcoming, inclusive space for young people to engage with heritage and reach their full potential.”

The CashBack Summer programme is open to young people from areas of deprivation, who are at risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour, are experiencing mental health issues or disabilities, or who are over 16 but not in education, training or employment.

As well as building confidence and passing on new creative techniques, engagement has helped young people make positive life choices and re-engage with education.

Full details on the programme can be found at summer/

For more information or to join the programme, call Impact Arts on 0141 575 3001 or email


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