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North Lands Creative Glass

22 June 2015

Located in the wild and dramatic landscape of Caithness, a county which has a history in glass making, sits North Lands Creative Glass. It has established itself as one of the most prestigious centres for the study and development of glass as an art form, providing excellent facilities, opportunities and inspiration to artists working with glass locally and from all over the world.

The charity were particularly keen to open up access to the art form and craft to the local community.

North Lands Creative Glass was awarded £4,861.00, from the E.ON Camster Fund to contribute towards the first year of a three year programme, employing an outreach coordinator to design and deliver a glass making programme to further its community and educational activities.

The project helped North Lands improve and develop its position as a significant cultural presence in the community, encouraging local people to embrace the inspirational landscape around them and see it as a stimulus to creativity. In particular the outreach project helped connect the organisation with young people and help develop their creativity, which could help further studies or careers in the art form.

During the first year, the charity ran classes and activities on glass-making, drawing and craft making; and print making benefitting schools, young people, families & adults in the local community. Glass making classes taught new skills to beginners in glass craft and encouraged interest in developing more advanced skills.

A highlight of the year was the Virtual Worlds workshop which was held in collaboration with the Timespan museum and Arts Centres and St Andrew’s university. Participants were able to explore historical, digital environments which recreated landscapes from areas local to the community including a clearances township.

The project provided crucial developmental and practical assistance to the organisation so it could improve and develop its work in the community. The organisation now has a dedicated member of staff who was able to evaluate the adhoc outreach work and committed to developing relationships and co-ordinating activities within the community.

Lorna O’Brien, Innovation and Business Development Director, from North Lands Creative Glass said, “The project encouraged local people to embrace the wild and inspirational landscape around them and see it as a stimulus to creativity, sharing their learning & experience. It also encouraged intergenerational learning through fun educational workshops with adults and children doing things together.”








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