Ongoing support from Trusts and Foundations is hugely important to Beacon Arts Centre.

We continue to focus on fundraising from a variety of sources. This is key in helping us to sustain and develop our activities, especially those for members of the community with the least ability to pay, whether individuals or groups, and in support of the work of emerging and early stage artists. 

We are grateful for the continued support from our project partners, major contributors, supporters and donors whose generosity has helped us – and will continue to help us – to light up lives in Inverclyde. 

Special thanks to our past and current project partners:

Inverclyde Council, Riverside Inverclyde, Creative Scotland, Big Lottery, Social Investment Scotland.

And thank you to our past and current major contributors:

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Bacher Trust, The Badenoch Trust, The Barcapel Foundation, BEMIS Scotland, The Binks Trust, The W A Cargill Fund, The Cattanach Charitable Trust, The Cruden Foundation Limited, Education Scotland, The Foyle Foundation, The Gannochy Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hector Gordon Russell Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, Inverclyde HSCP, The MacRobert Trust, The Moffat Trust, The Robertson Trust, Youthlink Scotland, Colin and Melba Bryce, Ronald H Higgs, Texas Instruments, Colin and Chris Weir.

How your support helps us to light up lives in Inverclyde

At the Beacon Arts Centre we believe that everyone should have fair and equitable access to the arts. We aim to remove barriers around disability, age, health and wellbeing and socio-economic deprivation to minimise disadvantage by encouraging participation for all. Therefore, we are committed to embedding outreach and creative learning across our activities, with the aim of reaching as many people in Invercyde and beyond as possible.

In 2020, we have committed to a number of projects under the following goals headings:

Realising Potential

Children and young people will regularly engage with the arts via Beacon Arts Centre and be inspired by the benefits this has in terms of their personal development and educational attainment.  

Children and young people attend Beacon Youth Theatre each week during school term to develop creativity skills.

Work placement opportunities are offered to local school pupils interested in pursuing a career in the arts. 

Children and young people participate in creative projects delivered by the Beacon Arts Centre via nurseries, schools, libraries and community centres, including the Green Arts Initiative Beanstalk Project.

Strengthening Communities

Beacon Arts Centre will develop as a community resource and asset for present and future generations.

Beacon Arts Centre contributes to at least one national arts festival each year, offering related participation opportunities to local people. This year, the Beacon is participating in the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

People from Inverclyde contribute to monthly meetings of the Beacon’s newly launched Community Ambassador group. This is an initiative connecting the Beacon Arts Centre with the local community. 

Complimentary tickets are offered to targeted children and young people via the Beacon’s Open Ticket scheme and distributed via Inverclyde’s Attainment Challenge team.

Care & Wellbeing

Those suffering long-term health conditions or disability will feel less isolated by becoming more engaged in their community via arts participation projects. 

The Beacon offers monthly Social Dances in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, and twice-monthly Dementia Cafés in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

Children and young people with physical disabilities and/or autism participate in the Beacon’s aerial dance project ‘Creatability’ in partnership with Barnardo’s Scotland. 

Local people with Parkinson’s disease participate in weekly dance classes through the Beacon’s Dance for Parkinson’s in partnership with Scottish Ballet.

Every year we connect thousands of people from communities across Inverclyde to the arts and performances. We can only continue to do this with your support. Even a wee contribution can make a huge difference!

If you would like to discuss any of our support options, please contact Jill Thomson, Development Manager, by email or phone 01475 723723.

Greenock Arts Guild Limited trading as Beacon Arts Centre is a registered charity in Scotland; Company No. SCO24805, Registered Scottish Charity No. SC003030.

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