Updates and announcements for all things In Cahootz.
Marginalised people’s experience of creativity as part of their recovery process: An analysis.
From June 2018 to September 2020, external evaluator Daniela Latina assessed our work with people in recovery from addiction, homelessness and poor mental health. Conducting focus groups and observing In Cahootz entire process in workshops and production. Resulting in the published evaluation. Below is the downloadable PDF. A flipbook version can be found in our The Work >Publications & Reports Section.
September / October 2021
We are delighted to finally bring you “Oor Carol & the Seagulls” By Martin Travers. Originally due to be performed March 2020. As restrictions on theatre were still in place our Creative Citizens upped their skills in a week of filming in June 2021. Here is the presentation of a lot of hard work and a long-awaited production.
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful with our application for funding to the Corra Foundation as part of the Scottish Government’s Grassroots Fund. This funding will help support our core team and help us develop a new creative workshop programme, specifically music, art and more filming, yippee! This is great news and shows support for our work with people in recovery. The arts can have a great impact on people’s lives, particularly building confidence and encouraging personal development. A big thank you to the Scottish Government and the Corra Foundation.
We are now into our Scottish summer and hope you are all enjoying the sun and rain. Our July is bookended nicely by two exciting events for our Creative Citizens project. Short film “A View fae the Windae” is now available for viewing.
Also from Creative Citizens our Project from the Pandemic created from what’s app group to creative response, to a newspaper and now art exhibition. Our newspaper can be found in the work section on this site. The exhibition will open on Friday 16th of July. Postcards from Pandemic will be exhibited at Trongate 103, Glasgow for 2 weeks.
As we step into the second month of 2021. We would like to bring you some news of what has been happening at In Cahootz.
What is going on?
As we moved into another lockdown all our workshops were adapted for online delivery and participants are still enjoying all that the creative programme offers. From Art, writing and music carried on from the previous year. We added exploring different movies and their soundtracks workshops. These groups take place on different days allowing participants a wide range of activities to keep them occupied and to help their wellbeing flourish. A new short film is on the horizon too, but we don’t want to give everything away.
The Postcards from Pandemic Newspaper is nearly ready to be rolled off the presses!
In the first lockdown, The Creative Citizens maintained connection using WhatsApp to create a digital project called ‘Postcards from Pandemic’. The aim was to keep everyone engaged through creative tasks and activities. We originally hoped to make an exhibition of all the material generated but due to the ongoing pandemic we have now edited and distilled the posts into our first newspaper.
Papers will be delivered to all those who contributed and helped to make this project happen and a digital version will be posted here for everyone to enjoy in February.
Hopefully, ‘Oor Carol and the Seagulls’ will be performed in the summer (all our fingers and toes are crossed). In the meantime, we are working with Martin Travers on ideas for a new play. We have started the development workshops for this, which will be our Creative Project number 4, and all is going well and on schedule via zoom. All things going to plan, we will hopefully start rehearsals in autumn 2021.
Glasgow City Council Communities fund announcement.
It’s been a year of uncertainty with Covid-19 taking over our lives, however, we have some cheering news from the In Cahootz team – our application to Glasgow City Council’s Communities Fund was successful and we now have support until 2023 to further develop our Creative Citizens project. This means we can offer adults from Glasgow’s recovery communities a substantial programme of work using creative and imaginative activities. We are also able to do this alongside more traditional training and skills development.
This has given us all a great boost and our Creative Citizens and arts workers are now planning a number of creative activities for the coming months and making some exciting plans for 2021.
We look forward to sharing these with our workmates, families, friends and Glasgow’s wider community next year.
Kate Black, Creative Director.
On behalf of the Directors & Trustees of In Cahootz, I would like to thank Glasgow City Council for their financial support to our Creative Citizens Project.
This award will transform our ability over the next 2 ½ years to provide the participants with much-needed stability; making a real difference to their lives and enabling them to re-connect with their families and local communities. It also allows our arts team to respond not only creatively but also strategically to meet their needs as we believe that this will be critically important in delivering the best value and best use of public funds.
This is the first time In Cahootz has been funded by Glasgow City Council and over the coming months and years, we look forward to building a good working relationship with appropriate council departments to achieve our common goals of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Jane Davidson, MBE,
Chair In Cahootz