Who : Creative Catalyst (Scotland) CIC is a social enterprise which supports young people into Creative Careers.
After establishing and running a similar two year pilot project for young creatives as part of the lead up to Perth Creative Exchange and The Famous Grouse Ideas Centre opening , founding director Helen O’Brien decided to take the model of this project forward as a social enterprise. In September 2019 we successfully received ‘Start It’ funding from Firstport, and moved into our new studio at Perth Creative Exchange in November 2019.
WASPS Perth Creative Exchange,
Stormont Street, Perth.
We are open Monday – Friday.
All projects are designed for the interests of the young people we work with, so various activities and projects are planned on different days.
We offer creative employability opportunities for young people who face barriers to employment and training in Perth & Kinross.
This project is specifically targeted at young creative individuals who need support to develop their confidence in their creative skills and abilities, and signpost to other opportunities and experiences that will support them with next steps of a creative career.
We work alongside other 16+ support agencies in Perth & Kinross who refer young people to us, and we also support individuals who come to us directly or through other independent contacts.
We do this by offering work experience and mentoring opportunities alongside professional artists and makers who lead live creative projects for us, from design and prototyping an idea, to making a final product, marketing and selling; visit shop here
These projects develop a broad spectrum of practical creative and transferable skills including using imagination, problem solving, clear communication, persistence, self discipline, collaboration and working to a deadline.
We also run creative workshops and programmes for children, families and communities which offers opportunities for our young people to work alongside a lead artist to gain confidence and experience of delivering projects with different age groups.
We aim for all these experiences to offer insight into jobs and careers within creative industries, alongside developing confidence, learning new and transferable skills, and supporting individuals health and wellbeing . We recognise that not everyone wants to or can follow a formal learning pathway, we hope to offer young people alternative ways to build confidence and gain work experience to support their next steps in a creative career.
We are very fortunate to have amazing directors with a wealth of experience and knowledge of Creative Industries, Education, Business and Project Management.
Our directors are:
• Helen O’Brien – Artist & Arts Educator with 15 years experience working in Perth & Kinross as a cultural coordinator & creative learning officer https://www.linkedin.com/in/helen-obrien-17952943/ & https://helenobrien.com
• Finlay Kerr – https://www.linkedin.com/in/finlaykerr/
• Fiona Reith – https://www.linkedin.com/in/fionareithcoaching/
• Astrid Leeson – Artist and Educator – currently leading CAYAG – Coupar Angus Youth Activites Group.
Through years of working in the cultural and community sectors in Perth & Kinross we have links with individuals, organisations and communities. Artists and Makers are our biggest partners as they are the ones we learn from, and who share their stories and advice of how to sustain a creative practice.
Organisations we’ve worked with include :
• Skills Development Scotland
• PKC Community Learning Team & CIF
• Perth UHI Creative Industries
• WASPS Perth Creative Exchange
• Perthshire Visual Arts Forum
We are always happy to extend our network as we recognise we are part of a creative community, and want to see it thrive as a growing sector within Perth & Kinross, Tayside and Scotland.