Cash boost gives Wormit kids an arty outlook for new workshops

Wormit Plagroup were successful in securing upwards of �4000 for a new Be An Artist project
Wormit Plagroup were successful in securing upwards of �4000 for a new Be An Artist project

An art workshops celebrating children’s creative talents will benefit from over £4,000 from the Communities and Families Fund.

Based in Fife, Wormit Playgroup will use their £4,495 grant to run artist led workshops which will include photographic imaging and mixed media for 120 pre-school children.

The final art work will be showcased at a public exhibition in Newport-on-Tay.

Ann Sinclair, artists representative, Wormit Playgroup, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Big Lottery for providing the funds to enable us to run our Being An Artist project.

“The theme of the event is ‘Landscapes and Living Spaces’ and is aligned to Scotland’s Year Of Architecture, Innovation and Design 2016.

“On February 27 and 28, over 100 local playgroup, nursery and primary school children will attend workshops run by local professional artists, art students and parent volunteers.

“The children will prepare three-dimensional models and photographs which will be exhibited in a local art gallery on March 12 and 13. The older children will help to plan to exhibition.

“The children, their families and friends and the wider local community will feel an enormous sense of excitement and pride in seeing the work exhibited in such a professional setting.”

In Perth and Kinross, Horsecross Arts Limited will use their £7,600 award to deliver a 30 week creative learning programme for 200 children under the age of five.

The award will fund tutor costs and programme materials.

Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee, said: “Children will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively through art workshops.

“It’s clear that small amounts of funding directed to great work can often make the biggest difference to children and families.”

Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People said: “This joint venture between the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund has been a resounding success.