Leaving a #ScotArt legacy

27th November

Ahead of the Borders workshop for #ScotArt on Friday, we asked Young Champion Becca to talk about her experience so far. 

I applied to be a Young Champion for the #ScotArt project, representing the Scottish Borders, because in my spare time I am an ambassador for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 (#YoYP2018). So far this has been a brilliant experience and we have helped local organisations, the Scottish Government and others engage and work with young people across Scotland – so given that the theme for the #ScotArt project is young people, this fits in well with the other work I have done this year. 

I also enjoy volunteering and think that it is crucial for young people to be represented - not just nationally but in our local regions too!

The aim of the #ScotArt project is to celebrate the conclusion, but by no means the end, of YoYP2018 by leaving a legacy for everyone to remember.  The project gives young people from each region of Scotland the opportunity to design and create a sculpture which will represent their region in this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Torchlight Procession.  This is a fantastic way for young people in the Scottish Borders and across Scotland to get involved with local art and culture – culture which is of course one of the six key themes for the YoYP!  It’s also a great way to meet new people, develop your creative skills and teamwork skills.   

I think it is very important for young people to think and learn about the relationship between art and the Scottish Borders.  It is also important for young people to have the opportunity to express themselves in a creative way and represent their community. There are so many amazing views and landmarks in the Scottish Borders (as well as lots of amazing young people), therefore, #ScotArt provides an opportunity for us to showcase and celebrate this with the rest of Scotland!

So far, my involvement in the project has been a fantastic experience – I have developed my organisation skills, planning skills and most of all I am really looking forward to meeting more young people at the Scottish Borders #ScotArt workshop, which is being held on Saturday 1 December.  I am very excited to work with them to create what will be one of the region’s most memorable artwork! This is a very inspiring project for young people, local schools, youth clubs and other organisations, so I would very much encourage anyone who is interested to get involved and get creative!

Becca is the Borders Young Champion for #ScotArt. The regional workshop for the Borders is on Saturday 1 December and marks the last #ScotArt workshop before the exhibition of the sculptures on the Royal Mile from 20 December, and their role in the finale of the Torchlight Procession on 30 December. You can still sign up to the Borders workshop or submit your #ScotArt symbol idea online at scotart.edinburghshogmanay.com

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