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Andy Peutherer of Scottish Landscape Painting has teamed up with with Greater Maryhill Foodbank & Art Retail Network to launch a city wide campaign to provide art supplies and creative materials to children and young people who rely on food banks.

andy peuthererThe founder of Give Art, Andy Peutherer describes his motivations for the project:

“Most kids that come into the food banks would love to get some toys or games. Giving them art materials and prints is a great way to inspire some wee minds. Most artists and professional creative people I know started with some paper and a biro or pencil. A lot of these kids have empty walls and no idea how much fun it can be to create something yourself.”

GIVEART believes that creativity at a young age is important. Whether it is drawing a picture, painting a landscape or designing a dream car, the space to create new ideas and enjoy art is essential to every young upbringing.

Julie Webster, manager of Greater Maryhill Food Bank speaks of the importance and longevity of the project:

“We are delighted to work in collective partnership with local artist Andy and Art Retail Network on this project. Andy’s previous generosity has benefited many families within the Greater Maryhill area of Glasgow.

When we look back on food banks when they are gone, Andy’s generosity will live on through the artwork that now hangs in many of the houses in the area and through the creativity that he has helped inspire in a new generation of artists, designers & creators.

We’re both looking forward to working in partnership in local primary schools within the local area. This is an idea that we hope spreads across Scotland, into the UK and worldwide, with community’s everywhere having their own ‘creative appeals’.”

A final push for donations will be held in the form of a gig at Record Factory, Byres Road on Sunday April 5th. More information on this can be found on Give Art's Facebook and Twitter (@GiveArtNow) page.

Donations can currently be made at Greater Maryhill Food bank, Chapel Street, Glasgow, G20 9BD

and The Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Road, Glasgow, Glasgow City G4 9SL

More drop off locations to be added shortly.

CONTACT
Alex Aitchison 07513188328 alex@artretailnetwork.com

https://www.facebook.com/GiveArtNow

Or drop off at Andy's studio in Finnieston – get in touch 1st 07877891831 or andy@underthekitchensink.com

art maryhill fbAbout Give Art

Give Art believes that creativity at a young age is important. Whether it is drawing a picture, painting a landscape or designing a dream car, the space to create new ideas and enjoy art is essential to every young upbringing.

They'll be collecting creative materials from various drop off points around Glasgow over during March and April, 2015 and donating Art Packs for children and young people to local food banks.

'We are delighted to have Maryhill Foodbank on board as our first partner organisation.'

GIVE ART work's with partner organisations to set up donation points where people can drop off art supplies, spare colouring pencils, paints or paper. We then collect these donations, put them together into art packs and deliver them to our food bank partner to distribute to children.

Donations can currently be made at Greater Maryhill Food bank, Chapel Street, Glasgow, G20 9BD

and The Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Road, Glasgow, Glasgow City G4 9SL

More drop off locations to be added shortly.

CONTACT
Alex Aitchison 07513188328 alex@artretailnetwork.com

https://www.facebook.com/GiveArtNow

Background to the Give Art Project

The Give Art project began in December 2014 when Glasgow artist Andy Peutherer first donated prints of his artwork and art materials to the Greater Maryhill Food Bank. Donations of materials were also collected from friends and facebook fans and the project expanded.  The Art Retail Network, local Glasgow artists, organisations and institutions came together to found Give Art.

“Most kids that come into the food banks would love to get some toys and what better  than something creative. Most artists and professional creative people started with some paper and a biro or pencil. A lot of these kids have empty walls and no idea how much fun it can be to create something yourself. Giving them art materials and prints is a great way to inspire wee minds.”

What We've Been Doing at Give Arts

posters maryhill fb'So far, we’ve teamed up with the Greater Maryhill Food Bank and a range of arts and community organisations across Glasgow. We want to collect enough art and craft materials to put together an initial donation of 100 art packs for children in Glasgow.
We work with our partner organisations to set up donation points where people can drop off art supplies, spare colouring pencils, paints or paper. We then collect these donations, put them together into art packs and deliver them to our food bank partner to distribute to children.'

'In the future we’re planning to expand our network of community partners and to work with more local food banks. We’ll also be putting together a series of free, fun workshops and classes for children in the area to come along and learn new skills such as  painting.'

'We hope that this concept can eventually spread country and worldwide.
You can find out more about what we do by visiting us on Facebook– please like our page.'

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How to get involved

picasso quoteHere’s how you can get involved:

DONATE – Come along to one of our donation points and drop off some art supplies. Anything you have lying around (providing it is in good condition and is suitable for kids) is appreciated. Don’t have anything at home? Try asking at work, or pick up something at a local shop (pound shops have a huge range of inexpensive coloured pens, pencils and paper etc). Any donation, however small, will be gratefully received.

VOLUNTEER – We’ll be looking for a small number of volunteers over the coming months to help put our art packs together and to give us a hand with a few other bits around the office. Interested? Get in touch at …..

SET UP A GIVE ART PROJECT IN YOUR COMMUNITY – The Give Art project has simple aims and is easy to set up, but has the potential to make a huge difference to a lot of children’s lives. Interested in setting up a project in your local area? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’d love to help! Facebook

Children and the Arts

Unlocking the Arts for All Young People

Thousands of children leave school having never set foot in an art gallery, watched a performance in a theatre, or listened to an orchestra play.

We know that early engagement with the arts has a positive impact on young people: raising aspirations, increasing confidence, improving communication skills and unlocking creativity. We champion the power of the arts to transform lives and strive towards a future where all children in the UK gain access to the arts.

Mission of Children and Arts

www.childrenandarts.org.uk/

Our mission is to reach out to the many children who are denied access to cultural venues.
Children and the Arts engages with disadvantaged children nationwide who do not have access to high-quality arts activity because of either social or economic barriers. Through a network of partners we use the arts as a platform to inspire and enable personal and social development amongst those who are hardest to reach. Through our work children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to visit.

 

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