In 2022- 2023, CAPTIVATE, our new communities and partnership programme, worked with 14 organisations, delivering 12 projects in North Lanarkshire, Uist & Edinburgh West.

As part of our pilot year working with lead partners WHALE Arts, Taigh Chearsabhagh and Cumbernauld Theatre we reached over 1600 people across these geographic areas, delivering activity within 9 communities, spanning 253 square miles of Scotland.

The programme has supported 1,420 children to experience live performance and participate in puppetry, visual theatre and animation projects.

CAPTIVATE has more than doubled the opportunities to see and participate in live visual theatre, puppetry and animation events in the participating areas.

Breaking this down, 600 children and young people, including families with additional needs and New Scots families attended live events and engaged in projects – as well as audiences having interactions with art forms that they tell us they have never had the chance to experience before.

Beyond performance, CAPTIVATE has trained 38 teachers giving 820 early years pupils access to puppetry in the classroom to support their emotional literacy through our Puppetry and Emotional Resilience programme.

The model of CAPTIVATE has created work for 6 individuals local to the participating areas, supported 44 artists with paid performance or facilitation work and generated direct income of over £3000 for the communities involved.

Read our full report on the pilot year here.

A big thank you to all the artists, venues, organisations and our partners involved for their work and ongoing dedication to supporting arts opportunities in their communities.

To find out more about what we have planned with partners in 2023 as we head into the second year of delivery with our partners visit our CAPTIVATE pages.

Images: Little Murmur c Angela Grabowska, Hibernate Post Show Activity by PAS c Oliver Benton (still) Seven Ravens by Tragic Carpet c PAS

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